“I was always a weird kid. My dad can certainly attest to that,” Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, told “Off The Cuff.” “He's still waiting for me to outgrow a lot of that, but it's not happening. I'll be thirty in a few months. Nothing’s changed.”
In addition to Reddit, Ohanian founded a social enterprise website, Breadpig, and helped launch Hipmunk, a travel-search website. He founded an investment firm, Das Kapital Capital. He’s invested in more than 60 other tech startups. He’s a multi-millionaire—and yes, he’s only 29 years old. If that makes him weird, we’ll have what he’s having.
Ohanian had intended to become an immigration lawyer. In his junior year of college, after suffering through an LSAT preparation test, he and a friend went to a Waffle House to commiserate. Those must have been some waffles, because Ohanian had a life-changing epiphany there: He wouldn’t be a lawyer, he would be a “startup guy.”
In 2005, he founded Reddit with Steve Huffman, his college roommate. Reddit is a social news website where content submitted by users (‘redditors’) is voted on by the community. The stories that receive the most votes rise to the top and front pages of the site.
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