Alexis Ohanian talks about the early days of reddit at Mass Challenge

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  • Wasn’t going to be a lawyer
  • The plan was pretty simple, order food from your phone. Pick it up when you get there.
  • The plan was pretty simple, order food from your phone. Pick it up when you get there.
  • The plan was pretty simple, order food from your phone. Pick it up when you get there.
  • The plan was pretty simple, order food from your phone. Pick it up when you get there.
  • Happy alien after acquisition
  • We’ve grown a lot since
  • The first ppl to believe in us after our parents
  • My team
  • The community
  • Choose wisely, but there’s good news, because most – if not all - of you in this room are programmers
  • You have the power, and can learn a lot of the business side- no MBA required
  • Don’t choose your editor by its logo alone
  • If there’s one big disconnect between programming and non-programming cofounders
  • It’s that a day could be spent staring at a computer screen that results in a few flashes of genius that solves a very complicated program. Like most arts, it could be a nap that inspires you.
  • Contrast that with the non-programmer, who sees typing on a keyboard as being directly related to productivity
  • Cannot under value cheerleading, esp given how many startups fail because they simply quit
  • Cannot under value cheerleading, esp given how many startups fail because they simply quit
  • But he/she has to go above and beyond. No excuse to not always be banging on the keyboard to make some small gain somewhere.
  • Ok, well, not entirely
  • Let’s modify that
  • That bar has been set low (thanks, most businesses!)
  • Think of your last customer service exp
  • Look for these opportunities, always
  • Something useful about twitter
  • Great recent example of happy surprise in a mundane place
  • Stickers!
  • These ppl are important, very important
  • They are gold, hence the color change
  • Always remember this
  • Our users did our advertising and pr
  • Alexis Ohanian talks about the early days of reddit at Mass Challenge

    1. My reddit storyThe early days<br />alexis ohanian<br />@kn0thing<br />alexis@breadpig.com<br />
    2. See this and be the first to tweet to win a free copy of<br />xkcd: volume 0!<br />
    3. My reddit storyThe early days<br />alexis ohanian<br />alexis@breadpig.com<br />
    4. Steve<br />
    5. Steve<br />
    6. (NOT US)<br />
    7. MyMobileMenu<br />(MMM!)<br />
    8. Tweet:<br />“Your favorite cheese @masschallenge @breadpig”<br />
    9. Last 30 days<br />7Muniques<br />150M impressions<br />
    10. Start!<br />
    11. Co-founders matter, a lot<br />
    12. Good news, everyone!<br />
    13. Programmers are from Mars,business pplare from???<br />
    14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HYDvWLGmo4<br />
    15. Look for opportunities<br />to do something<br />awesome<br />
    16. Working harder makes up for being dumber<br />
    17. Working harder makes up for being dumber<br />(but it's not a substitute)<br />
    18. Respondquicklyto calls & email.<br />Do so as a human.<br />
    19. The element<br />of surprise<br />
    20. http://www.groupon.com/new-york/unsubscribed?mid=96988&addx=<br />
    21. Hand-mailing >300 sets of stickers is not fun work, but it’s rewarding.<br />
    22. Early adopters.<br />
    23. Early adopters.<br />
    24. no one<br />wants to use<br />your website<br />
    25. My mom<br />
    26. only your mom<br />wants to use<br />your website<br />
    27. you need<br />evangelists<br />
    28. FAIL<br />
    29. Make something people want<br />
    30. Make something people love<br />
    31. Give them a reason to talk about it.<br />
    32. Know about competitors.<br />But don’t care.<br />
    33. Launch.<br />Improve.Repeat.<br />
    34. you don’t<br />need PRfirms<br />
    35. stickers, wtf??<br />
    36. Questions?<br />

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