Turning Mountains into Molehills

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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

    1. 1. turning<br />MountainsMolehills<br />into<br />Alexis Ohanian<br />@kn0thing<br />
    2. 2. GutenMorgen!<br />
    3. 3.
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    6. 6. Steve<br />
    7. 7. Steve<br />
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    12. 12.
    13. 13. “Social Media”<br />
    14. 14. “Digg’s front page – 2 days earlier”<br />
    15. 15. “What’s new & interesting online”<br />
    16. 16. ½ Million Visitors a Day<br />
    17. 17. Community<br />
    18. 18. Community<br />
    19. 19.
    20. 20.
    21. 21. be<br />Genuine<br />
    22. 22. you cannot create<br />“Organic”<br />
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    33. 33. GOAL<br />$31,415<br />
    34. 34. GOAL<br />$31,415<br />
    35. 35. $31,415<br />GOAL<br />$62,830<br />
    36. 36. $31,415<br />GOAL<br />$62,830<br />
    37. 37. $31,415<br />$62,830<br />GOAL<br />$185,229.69<br />
    38. 38.
    39. 39.
    40. 40. $31,415<br />$62,830<br />GOAL<br />$185,229.69<br />
    41. 41. $31,415<br />$62,830<br />Donated by reddit:<br />$185,229.70<br />
    42. 42. $31,415<br />$62,830<br />Donated by reddit:<br />$185,229.70<br />
    43. 43. A gift from Zach Weiner of SMBC-Comics.com, who we have a crush on.<br />
    44. 44. 1,900,000 uniques per month for every 1 developer<br />
    45. 45. Me<br />1,900,000 uniques per month for every 1 developer<br />
    46. 46. Steve<br />1,900,000 uniques per month for every 1 developer<br />
    47. 47. 1,900,000 uniques per month for every 1 developer<br />
    48. 48. (not reddit)<br />
    49. 49.
    50. 50.
    51. 51. create, create<br />Create<br />
    52. 52.
    53. 53. “read”<br />
    54. 54. breadpig.com<br />
    55. 55. Pig<br />
    56. 56. Pig +<br />
    57. 57. Pig +Bread Wings<br />
    58. 58.
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    60. 60.
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    62. 62.
    63. 63.
    64. 64. 200,000+ people said WTFCNN?!<br />
    65. 65.
    66. 66. make it<br />Personal<br />
    67. 67.
    68. 68.
    69. 69. 25,000+ copies sold<br />
    70. 70. Everything is better with robots.<br />
    71. 71.
    72. 72. More literate children means more potential book buyers.<br />
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    83. 83. $54,000 donated in 2009<br />
    84. 84. Help us spend our profits.<br />Vote at Breadpig.com<br />
    85. 85. make it<br />Relevant<br />
    86. 86.
    87. 87.
    88. 88. $135,487,285<br />Lent to kiva borrowers to date<br />SOURCE: http://www.kiva.org/about/facts<br />
    89. 89. $0<br />Amount passed through government<br />SOURCE: http://www.kiva.org/about/facts<br />
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    99. 99. $750+ Million raised from donors<br />
    100. 100.
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    103. 103.
    104. 104. This is the trend. Thanks to technology.<br />
    105. 105. Name<br />Age<br />Favorite subject<br />This is the trend. Thanks to technology.<br />
    106. 106. Twitter:<br />“OMG. Like, I just 8 a hole BURGER!!1 WOW.”<br />
    107. 107.
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    112. 112. The world has a lot of big problems.<br />
    113. 113. The world has a lot of big problems. We need more good, small ideas.<br />
    114. 114. email<br />alexis@breadpig.com@kn0thing<br />twitter<br />Lemme know what you thought.<br />

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