Speakers
Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian

After graduating from UVA in 2005, Alexis Ohanian and his co-founder Steve Huffman started Reddit. The site quickly took off, and in 2006, they sold it to Conde Nast. In 2015, he returned to executive chair a newly-independent Reddit and helped lead a turnaround—it’s now the third largest U.S. website, sixth largest in the world. Today, he serves on the board of directors as an advisor to the firm.

In 2016, he and Garry Tan co-founded Initialized Capital, an early stage venture capital firm with more than $500 million under management and a portfolio with $36 billion in market value so far.

Ohanian helped launch hipmunk (acquired by Concur in 2016) and ran marketing, pr and community for the platform before becoming an advisor and joining the fight against SOPA and PIPA. He's invested in and advised more than 200 tech startups and was a partner at Y Combinator; created and hosted a show called Small Empires about tech startups and their communities; and in 2013 wrote a national best-selling book, “Without Their Permission.”

Along the way, he spoke at TED, volunteered in Armenia as a Kiva Fellow and was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 list two years in a row. He’s a vocal advocate and fundraiser for STEM education, the open internet and paid family leave.

He also proudly designed the mascots for every company he's started. He and his wife are the new and thrilled parents of an awesome daughter, who will be learning to program as soon as she masters eating with a fork and knife.