ExecBreakfast: Alexis Ohanian shared wisdom & advice with us

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We had the great pleasure to have Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, as guest in 4 of our ExecBreakfast last year.

If you missed him, you can can watch it now!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyyIGg12QZw

Or read all about it in the press:

If you want to build a startup, you don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to do it. Actually, maybe you shouldn’t, said reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian.

There’s a “monoculture” that pervades the Valley, he said, where people build startups to solve the problems of one specific set of people, namely, those living there. But if you’re elsewhere, you can create something that caters to your own community.

“Use the assets you have here,” he said.

More here: Why You Shouldn’t Be in Silicon Valley

While this reporter opted out of attending his talk at the George Washington University directly after Tuesday’s happy hour, I did manage to catch the same talk (and more!) at a much rather intimate gathering at Canvas, organized by TechBreakfast.
Beginning with the origins of Reddit and then touching upon his work with Net neutrality, Ohanian’s talk was replete with words of wisdom (“how to be awesome”) for the current and prospective startup founders in the room. Some key takeaways from his talk include:

Read more at 10 ways to be awesome

“The moderators are there to do whatever smart thing or whatever stupid thing they want,” said Ohanian during an appearance at November’s Exec TechBreakfast in Mt. Washington.

But the banning of certain publications, intolerable as it might have been for some reddit users and the editors of the publications, was not nearly as dire a situation as it was made out to be.

Read more at Technical.ly Philly

Author: Ron Schmelzer

Serial Entrepreneur (Parallel, maybe), Angel Investor, Mentor, Tech Enthusiast. Lots more on LinkedIn. Glad to know you.

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