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Alex Ohanian

Alex Ohanian

Alex Ohanian is an American entrepreneur and investor.

Alex Ohanian
Alexis Ohanian, born on April 24, 1983, in Brooklyn, New York, is best known as the co-founder of Reddit, one of the most popular websites in the world. But aside from his achievements in the tech industry, Ohanian has worn many hats: entrepreneur, investor, author, and advocate for internet privacy and freedom. Alexis, of Armenian and German descent, was raised in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the University of Virginia, where he met Steve Huffman. Together, in 2005, the two developed the idea for Reddit as part of the inaugural class of the Y Combinator startup incubator program. Reddit, a social news aggregation and discussion website, quickly grew in popularity. In 2006, just a year after its launch, it was acquired by Conde Nast, though Ohanian and Huffman stayed on for a few more years before moving on to other ventures. In the subsequent years, Ohanian became a prominent and vocal advocate for the open internet. He played a crucial role in the protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in 2012. These legislative proposals, if passed, would have drastically changed the way the internet functioned, especially in terms of content sharing. Due to the enormous online protests, of which Reddit was a significant part, the acts were shelved. Beyond Reddit, Alexis Ohanian has been involved in numerous other ventures and projects. He co-founded Breadpig, an uncorporation that produces geeky merchandise and gives the proceeds to charity. He also launched Initialized Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm, which has been a part of successful investments in startups like Instacart and Ro. In 2013, Ohanian released a book titled "Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed", where he shares his ideas about the future of the internet and entrepreneurship. The book became a bestseller and further established Ohanian's reputation as a thought leader in the tech industry. On a personal front, Alexis Ohanian's life took a high-profile turn when he married tennis superstar Serena Williams in 2017. The couple has a daughter together. Ohanian has been publicly supportive of Williams, frequently championing her causes and achievements. In recent years, Ohanian has been a significant advocate for paternity leave, a stance influenced by his own experiences as a new father. He took a notably public stand on the issue, discussing the importance of time off for new parents and how businesses should adapt to this necessity. Through all his endeavors, Alexis Ohanian remains a significant voice in tech and entrepreneurship. With a unique blend of passion, advocacy, and innovation, he continues to influence the world of startups and beyond.
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