Alexis was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD. He's written a national bestselling book, Without Their Permission, has long advocated for the open internet and STEM education, and alongside Garry Tan co-founded Initialized Capital - a seed stage venture fund with over $500M under management and a portfolio with $22B in market value so far). Alexis also co-founded Reddit.
After graduating from UVA in 2005, Alexis 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, which is now the 3rd largest US website, 6th largest in the world. Today, he serves on the board of directors as an advisor to the firm.
In 2016, he reunited with his former Partner at Y Combinator, Garry Tan, as Managing Partner of Initialized Capital, an early stage venture capital firm he co-founded that has over $500M under management.
Alexis helped launch hipmunk (acquired by Concur in 2016) and ran marketing/pr/community for the platform 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 partner 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.
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 solid foods.