I recently had the chance to talk with Alexis Ohanian, who cofounded Reddit in 2005 as a way for users to share and discuss just about anything going on anywhere around the world.
Ohanian is also the bestselling author of Without Their Permission, a partner at Y Combinator and a founder of Breadpig. He has been dubbed the “Mayor of the Internet” because of his leadership in securing an open internet. Ohanian rallied against lobbyists who pushed for piracy reform that he believed would threaten innovation.
I’m always pushing this next generation to take full advantage of the opportunities we’ve been given, especially while they’re still young and relatively free of responsibility.
The internet enables more people than ever before to do what they’re passionate about — and potentially make a living from it. I don’t want any of these kids looking back on high school as the best time in their lives. It’s all just getting started.
Defeating SOPA and PIPA, and fighting for net neutrality, feels like a moral obligation for me, because of all the success I’ve had thanks to the open internet. I want to make sure that opportunity continues for everyone.
We have a worldwide, borderless network that gets broader and deeper every minute, so let’s not destroy that. If you wanted to change the world in the Industrial Age, you needed to open a factory — in the Internet Age you only need to open a laptop.
I don’t have as much time for this as I would like now that I’m back at Reddit, but we had a big push to get Title II passed, with a Reddit-wide phoneathon I hosted, and the internet once again did what the pundits said would be impossible.
The fight will never end, but we’ll keep working to defend and spread the open internet.
Making something people love — even if it’s a business — is still making the world suck less. Creating great jobs, producing things people want and fulfilling one’s own purpose is absolutely harnessing the net for good.
The most crucial thing we got right was building Reddit as a platform for communities.
We didn’t imagine there would be hundreds of thousands of diverse communities like there are today, but we knew that’s how we’d have to grow. Whether you’re into makeup or ramen, there’s a home for you on Reddit.
Evolution has been a priority for the company since Steve and I returned last summer. There’s no website quite like Reddit, which is why it’s managed to grow in spite of not changing very much in the last six years since we left.
That said, we’re working hard to improve the product and make the experience better for everyone, from our most devoted users to the most casual.
I’ve been so floored by how much code the team has shipped in the last few months alone — easily more than Reddit did in the last year before we came back.
Every day is a new challenge, because there’s always more competition for people’s attention. But we’re lucky, because now that a quarter of a billion people are using Reddit every month, it’s become engrained in the lives of so many.
Hopefully there are many more users to come as we ship mobile web and native mobile improvements. Have you tried the native iOS and Android apps we finally launched?
I’m not apologizing for picking Verdana. Take a look at the native mobile and mobile web experiences for Reddit and you’ll find some modern, fast and beautiful ways to consume all the great Reddit content you’ve come to know and love. We’re always working to improve the user experience.
I’ve just been heads-down. I’m excited for NFL season to get started soon — does that count?
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