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Alexis Ohanian's talk at the Next 10 conference in Berlin, Germany: Turning Mountains into Molehills.

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  • History major
  • Award yourself 10 internet points if you guessed correctly
  • reddit gets called lots of things
  • We just wanted a place whereyou could find what’s new and interesting online at any given moment
  • Something we never expected was the strength of this community, which I’d put up against any online community of comparable size.
  • Something we never expected was the strength of this community, which I’d put up against any online community of comparable size.
  • alps
  • molehill
  • Quake in haiti
  • Tragic events
  • Quake in haiti
  • Quake in haiti
  • Screen cap of reddit post
  • Reaching out to directrelief, transparency
  • Reaching out to directrelief, transparency
  • Reaching out to directrelief, transparency – they were happy to send photos and even let the community do one of reddit’s famous AMA interviews
  • Reaching out to directrelief, transparency
  • My first blog entry on it
  • Attainable goal.
  • Attainable goal.
  • Crushed – tried 2pi (it’s a math joke Chris came up with)
  • Crushed – tried 2pi (it’s a math joke Chris came up with)
  • Then reddit took over. A number of the more hardcore users rallied behind the idea of hitting the same amount of money reddit exchanged in the internet’s (world’s?) largest ever secret santa
  • Crushed – tried 2pi (it’s a math joke Chris came up with)
  • The guys at digg, props to the ex-ceo jay, who pushed this through and put our friendly rivalry to work doing a bit of good.
  • Then reddit took over. A number of the more hardcore users rallied behind the idea of hitting the same amount of money reddit exchanged in the internet’s (world’s?) largest ever secret santa
  • At the time of this slide’s production, reddit had raised one cent over their goal
  • What the hell, here’s a kitten
  • Conquered
  • I’d love to give you a clear explanation for how a team of 7 employees (since steve and I retired, there are now just 4 fulltime devs and one community manager). Maybe I’ll save that for an e-book ;)
  • I’d love to give you a clear explanation for how a team of 7 employees (since steve and I retired, there are now just 4 fulltime devs and one community manager). Maybe I’ll save that for an e-book ;)
  • I’d love to give you a clear explanation for how a team of 7 employees (since steve and I retired, there are now just 4 fulltime devs and one community manager). Maybe I’ll save that for an e-book ;)
  • I’d love to give you a clear explanation for how a team of 7 employees (since steve and I retired, there are now just 4 fulltime devs and one community manager). Maybe I’ll save that for an e-book ;)
  • This is not a community of do-gooders and nonprofit junkies (they’re there, but these are ppl wasting time at work – that’s why they visit). But because it was a genuine community movement, it took on a life of its own. If you’ve got an extra 4 minutes, I’ve got a TED talk about this. It involves a whale, which is nice.
  • This is not a community of do-gooders and nonprofit junkies (they’re there, but these are ppl wasting time at work – that’s why they visit). But because it was a genuine community movement, it took on a life of its own. If you’ve got an extra 4 minutes, I’ve got a TED talk about this. It involves a whale, which is nice.
  • This is not a community of do-gooders and nonprofit junkies (they’re there, but these are ppl wasting time at work – that’s why they visit). But because it was a genuine community movement, it took on a life of its own. If you’ve got an extra 4 minutes, I’ve got a TED talk about this. It involves a whale, which is nice.
  • After selling reddit, I noticed I had more free time without a startup to worry about every waking hour. So I did the only thing I knew how to do – I started another one. This was 2 years ago.
  • Techcrunch. whoa
  • We partnered with room to read
  • We partnered with room to read
  • i finally retired from reddit to become a kiva fellow, volunteering for 3 mos in Armenia ( just got back )
  • Kiva has become synonymous with microfinance for many Americans, which has placed a responsibility on the young nonprofit to educate as it rapidly grows.
  • Kiva has become synonymous with microfinance for many Americans, which has placed a responsibility on the young nonprofit to educate as it rapidly grows.
  • Kiva has become synonymous with microfinance for many Americans, which has placed a responsibility on the young nonprofit to educate as it rapidly grows.
  • The minimum loan is 25, but each $25 feels relevant when it’s part of a grokkable goal (like “Armen needs $3,000”) this is the future of donations.
  • Kiva has become synonymous with microfinance for many Americans, which has placed a responsibility on the young nonprofit to educate as it rapidly grows.
  • Kiva has become synonymous with microfinance for many Americans, which has placed a responsibility on the young nonprofit to educate as it rapidly grows.
  • Kiva has become synonymous with microfinance for many Americans, which has placed a responsibility on the young nonprofit to educate as it rapidly grows.
  • Fewer and fewer people are going to be satisfied making donations that go to a general fund – it’s not just the millionaires who get to feel in control of their donations.
  • Fewer and fewer people are going to be satisfied making donations that go to a general fund – it’s not just the millionaires who get to feel in control of their donations.
  • This is unnerving for most nonprofits, who love their general fund – and who could blame them
  • but there’s hope
  • It’s also changed the face of american politics
  • It’s also changed the face of american politics
  • It doesn’t necessarily mean it will cannibalize donations to the general fund
  • And thanks to the web, the cost of being accountable for these kinds of micro philanthropists is only getting easier to bear
  • If we can tell what a total stranger just had for lunch, we should be able to know how our money is being used by a non-profit
  • And thanks to the web, the cost of being accountable for these kinds of micro philanthropists is only getting easier to bear
  • And thanks to the web, the cost of being accountable for these kinds of micro philanthropists is only getting easier to bear
  • And thanks to the web, the cost of being accountable for these kinds of micro philanthropists is only getting easier to bear
  • haiti
  • And thanks to the web, the cost of being accountable for these kinds of micro philanthropists is only getting easier to bear

Turning Mountains into Molehills Turning Mountains into Molehills Presentation Transcript

  • turning
    MountainsMolehills
    into
    Alexis Ohanian
    @kn0thing
  • GutenMorgen!
  • Steve
  • Steve
  • “Social Media”
  • “Digg’s front page – 2 days earlier”
  • “What’s new & interesting online”
  • ½ Million Visitors a Day
  • Community
  • Community
  • be
    Genuine
  • you cannot create
    “Organic”
  • GOAL
    $31,415
  • GOAL
    $31,415
  • $31,415
    GOAL
    $62,830
  • $31,415
    GOAL
    $62,830
  • $31,415
    $62,830
    GOAL
    $185,229.69
  • $31,415
    $62,830
    GOAL
    $185,229.69
  • $31,415
    $62,830
    Donated by reddit:
    $185,229.70
  • $31,415
    $62,830
    Donated by reddit:
    $185,229.70
  • A gift from Zach Weiner of SMBC-Comics.com, who we have a crush on.
  • 1,900,000 uniques per month for every 1 developer
  • Me
    1,900,000 uniques per month for every 1 developer
  • Steve
    1,900,000 uniques per month for every 1 developer
  • 1,900,000 uniques per month for every 1 developer
  • (not reddit)
  • create, create
    Create
  • “read”
  • breadpig.com
  • Pig
  • Pig +
  • Pig +Bread Wings
  • 200,000+ people said WTFCNN?!
  • make it
    Personal
  • 25,000+ copies sold
  • Everything is better with robots.
  • More literate children means more potential book buyers.
  • $54,000 donated in 2009
  • Help us spend our profits.
    Vote at Breadpig.com
  • make it
    Relevant
  • $135,487,285
    Lent to kiva borrowers to date
    SOURCE: http://www.kiva.org/about/facts
  • $0
    Amount passed through government
    SOURCE: http://www.kiva.org/about/facts
  • $750+ Million raised from donors
  • This is the trend. Thanks to technology.
  • Name
    Age
    Favorite subject
    This is the trend. Thanks to technology.
  • Twitter:
    “OMG. Like, I just 8 a hole BURGER!!1 WOW.”
  • The world has a lot of big problems.
  • The world has a lot of big problems. We need more good, small ideas.
  • email
    alexis@breadpig.com@kn0thing
    twitter
    Lemme know what you thought.