About Me

> Short bio

Alexis was born in Brooklyn, NY but grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD where he slowly realized his desire to play professional football would potentially not pan out. After graduating from UVA, he turned his efforts towards making the world suck less. He cofounded Reddit and Initialized Capital, a seed stage venture fund with over $230M under management; he's the bestselling author of Without Their Permissionand an activist for the open internet.

> Less short bio

Alexis Ohanian is co-founder of Reddit, Initialized Capital, and bestselling author based in San Francisco, CA.

After graduating from UVA in 2005, Alexis and his co-founder Steve Huffman started Reddit, which they sold in 2006 to Conde Nast. In 2015, he returned to executive chair a fully independent Reddit, which is now the 4th largest US website, 7th largest in the world. Today, he serves on the board of directors as an advisor to the firm.

In 2016, he joined Garry Tan in kicking off the third fund for Initialized Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that has over $230M under management.

Alexis helped launch hipmunk (acquired by Concur in 2016) and ran marketing/pr/community before becoming an advisor and joining the fight against SOPA & PIPA. He's invested in and advised over two hundred tech startups and was a parter at Y Combinator; created & hosted a show called Small Empires (2 seasons!) about tech startups & their communities; and in 2013 wrote a national bestselling book, Without Their Permission

Along the way, Alexis 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 also proudly designed the mascots for every company he's started.