Ahead of Demo Day, New Y Combinator Partner Alexis Ohanian Speaks! (Video)

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Alexis Ohanian


Alexis Ohanian recently joined Y Combinator as a partner. So I took the opportunity ahead of the seed accelerator’s famous Demo Day — which happens Tuesday in Silicon Valley — to talk to him about a wide range of topics, including what he is interested in investing in.

The high-profile Internet entrepreneur is, of course, the co-founder of Reddit, the social platform that was created in 2005 as the “front page of the Internet,” grew large and was eventually sold to CondĂ© Nast.

Ohanian also launched travel site Hipmunk and social enterprise effort Breadpig. He’s a big advocate of the open Internet and an active angel investor as well.

And Ohanian recently wrote a book, titled “Without Their Permission,” about his life as an entrepreneur. Although he only recently turned 30, it is a primer for those even younger to see innovation as a reachable goal. His book tour, in fact, was mostly aimed at college campuses.

Here he is in the video interview I did with him, in which he explained why he can no longer party like a student: