Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian to Discuss the Internet as Opportunity during Visit to UMass Amherst

Alexis Ohanian

AMHERST, Mass. – Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian will speak on “Without Their Permission,” a discussion on how the Internet offers an incredible opportunity for entrepreneurship, on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

UMass Amherst alumnus Steve King, who was one of Facebook’s first 15 employees, will join the conversation to tell his own story of pursuing his dream. Afterward, attendees are invited to continue the conversation with Ohanian and King.

Ohanian will also sign copies of his book, “Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed.” The 2013 release explains how the Internet has become the most powerful and democratic tool for circulating information in human history.

This event is an opportunity to hear how the Internet can help people do whatever they want, but more efficiently, with more profit and with more reach. During his talk, Ohanian hopes to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs to recognize their dreams and achieve their goals. Ohanian says this is the talk he wished he had when he was a young ambitious student at the University of Virginia.

Ohanian helped found Reddit, an immensely popular social news site with more than 100 million visitors last month. He was also instrumental in launching hipmunk, a site that takes the “agony” out of travel, and Breadpig, a site for 21st century social enterprise. Ohanian has spoken at TED, volunteered in Armenia as a Kiva Fellow and has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list two years in a row. He has gone on to start other successful companies and has invested in more than 80 other tech startups.

The event is free and open to the public.