Alexis Ohanian Quotes on Internet, Entrepreneurship & More:
The great thing about the Internet is, it’s the freest marketplace of ideas that there is.
Being effective at social media, whether for business or personal use, means capturing people who have short attention spans.
Can we imagine the United States without electricity? No, that would be pretty hard. Likewise, we can’t really imagine being without an open Internet. The cost would be so grave, so serious.
Even if you have no interest in starting a company, having the experience of having ideas and doing them, that’s a muscle to exercise because that’s what people are going to want to see. That’s what makes you different.
Everything is derivative. Everything is a remix, and we all stand on the shoulders of giants – a great phrase.
Having ideas and doing them – that’s what entrepreneurship comes down to. That’s something that makes you not just a great founder who I want to invest in, but also a great employee or someone I want to work with.
I actually haven’t even found a curriculum in America that is really preparing people for this 21st century world.
I can’t begrudge anyone who opts to get a job instead of creating one for themselves.
I think everyone should learn how to code.
I want to be in an industry where the upstarts can grow and displace the incumbents, because that’s why there’s so much innovation.
If I didn’t believe in rooting for founders and investing in founders, I’d be a bit of a hypocrite.
Let’s say you’re all worried about student-loan debt and you need to have steady income. That doesn’t have to be your everything.
If you want to succeed, you’ve got to be okay to just lose control.
"I guess if you include contractors that are six or seven people working on Reddit, but when we got acquired there were basically three and then in the years since, we've added three more developer hires full time, and a community manager. But the site is still remarkably small.”
Alexis Ohanian Quotes on Business & Life:
You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed.
The ruthless, fickle, and particular users of the World Wide Web have created the most competitive marketplace of ideas the world has ever seen; you either make something people want or people move on.
You might be thinking, “But what if someone steals my idea?” Trust me: most of us don’t have the spare time to start a company with your great idea, and even if we did, it’s going to be up to you to outexecute your competitors. You’re.
We’d either defeat ourselves first or they would defeat themselves for us.
Growing up, I had the words LIVES REMAINING: 0 written on the wall of my room. If life were a video game, that’s how it’d indicate this is the only chance left.
The advantage of leading is that you’re not following anyone.
Don’t be afraid to show your users that you give a damn. It should shine in everything you do, from the design of your website to the way you respond to feedback e-mails.
The near ubiquity of the Internet (in the developed world, for now) has brought with it the promise of a global stage on which ideas can come to fruition.
YOU ARE A ROUNDING ERROR. Those five words still motivate me to this day.
We don’t even realize something is broken until someone else shows us a better way.
Find People Who Give a Damn; Hire Them; Repeat.
When sharing anything you’ve created with the world, you have to assume at the start that no one gives a damn about it.
Alexis Ohanian is an American investor and internet entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder and executive chairman of social news website named Reddit.
Ohanian and his friend Steve Huffman came up with the idea of Reddit with the goal of making it the “front page of the Internet.” In 2005, Reddit went on to join the Y-Combinator’s first batch of start-ups. In 2006, Condé Nast acquired Reddit. In 2007, Ohanian launched an uncorporation named Breadpig that produces geeky merchandise. The proceeds go to charity.
Ohanian published a book titled Without Their Permission: How 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed in 2013. It ranked 4th on The Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list for Hardcover Business. In 2013, Ohanian launched Small Empires with Alexis Ohanian, a weekly online series focused on rising startups in New York City.
Ohanian was named on the Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list as an important figure in the technology industry in 2011 and 2012. He was also named to the Crain’s “40 under 40” list for business. Besides, he was also named in the list of Most Creative People in Business by Fast company. In 2012, Forbes dubbed him as “Mayor of the Internet.”