About this talk
Alexis Ohanian shares lessons learned from years of building three startups from scratch. Making a customer’s day should be obligatory throughout every organization, he urges. Whether you mail swag to early users (like Hipmunk) or add fun to the otherwise mundane (like Wufoo), everything should have a personality that wins over users and, as a side effect, is more effective than any other kind of “traditional” marketing. “No one ever forgets their first 100 users,” he says. “Let them know that you give a damn.”
Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder, Reddit
Alexis Ohanian is a startup founder and investor in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from UVA in 2005, Alexis and his co-founder Steve Huffman started reddit, now a top 100 website. Ohanian helped launch hipmunk and ran marketing, PR andcommunity before becoming an advisor and joining the fight against SOPA & PIPA. He invests and advises over sixty tech startups. He’s Y Combinator’s Ambassador to the East, co-founder of the non-profit IHAS.
Along the way, Alexis spoke at TED, volunteered in Armenia as a Kiva Fellow, and was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 list two years in a row (and then turned 30). He proudly doodled the logos for all three of his startups.