On Campus: Lunch with Alexis Ohanian

Lunch with Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian: How to Make the World Suck Less
Thursday, December 5
12-1 p.m.
Beckham Hall, Fayerweather
Sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Wesleyan Career Center, and Texts.com

Join us for pizza, a talk, and a book-signing by Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, a serial entrepreneur who is “making the world suck less” with reddit, breadpig, hipmunk, Y Combinator, and his new book Without Their Permission.

Alexis will chat with Peter Frank ’12, Founder and CEO of Texts.com, about startups, creativity, and freedom of information. Q&A and a book signing will follow.  Questions should be submitted in advance via the Wesleyan subreddit.

Space is limited and registration is required. Tickets are $10 and include lunch and a print or e-copy of Without Their Permission. If you need free or reduced priced tickets, contact us. If you are not affiliated with Wesleyan, you can register above and buy your book at the event. If you buy a ticket and find you can no longer attend, you can give your ticket to someone else. We’re sorry, but we cannot offer refunds.

If you cannot attend in person, you can watch a live webcast at www.wesleyan.edu/wescast/

[Without Their Permission]ABOUT THE BOOK

For aspiring entrepreneurs eager to embrace the future of the internet for fun, profit, and the good of humankind. The world isn't flat, but the world wide web is. May this be your blueprint.

As Alexis Ohanian learned when he helped to co-found the immensely popular reddit.com, the internet is the most powerful and democratic tool for disseminating information in human history. And when that power is harnessed to create new communities, technologies, businesses or charities, the results can be absolutely stunning. 

In this book, Alexis will share his ideas, tips and even his own doodles about harnessing the power of the web for good, and along the way, he will share his philosophy with young entrepreneurs all over the globe. 

At 29, Ohanian has come to personify the dorm-room tech entrepreneur, changing the world without asking permission. Within a couple of years of graduating from the University of Virginia, Ohanian did just that, selling reddit for millions of dollars. He’s gone on to start many other companies, like hipmunk and breadpig, all while representing Y Combinator and investing in over sixty other tech startups. WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION is his personal guidebook as to how other aspiring entrepreneurs can follow in his footsteps.

Watch a video about the book here.

[Peter Frank '12]ABOUT PETER FRANK

Peter Frank '12, CEO of Texts.com, has been interested in entrepreneurship since middle school. He has built several businesses and sold hundreds of domain names. In January 2011, he sold the nation's largest anonymous college confession board, a site that got him lambasted in Time Magazine. 

After graduating from Wesleyan, he served for six months as a "jack of all trades" Associate at Hatch Labs, a mobile app incubator.

He has interned at Demand Media and Capital Group, where he was a member of the TAP Program.

Peter lives in NYC above a bar with two of his senior year roommates.  He is an English Major and Tinder user #9.


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, a top 50 US website.

Now a reddit board member, Alexis focuses on social enterprise Breadpig, publishing authors like xkcd and SMBC -- with profits donated to worthy causes.

Alexis helped launch hipmunk and ran marketing/pr/community before becoming an advisor and joining the fight against SOPA & PIPA.

He invests and advises over seventy tech startups. He's Y Combinator's Ambassador to the East, co-founder of the non-profit IHAS, and wrote a national bestselling book, Without Their Permission.
He's also got a show on The Verge called Small Empires about NY tech startups -- the founders who create and the people who use these digital platforms.

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 and loves his cat, Karma.

Alexis Ohanian discusses Reddit, crowdfunding and the value of a free and open Internet in this talk with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.

Read more about Alexis here.

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