alexis ohanian, the co-founder of
is a great guy, a creative
visionary and a starter of things. But most importantly alexis (or kn0thing
as he is known online) is single-handedly responsible for what modest success I
have as an entrepreneur -- and any future success I might have. He's second
only to my mother in making me possible. This bold admission was arrived
upon after some negotiation with alexis. His modesty would not allow him to
take full credit for my success. (His modesty is widely acclaimed and
demonstrated through his use of all lower-case characters for many proper nouns
associated with him -- hence the weird capitalization in the title of this article.)
Back to why alexis is responsible for my success. alexis and
begat reddit (this is the first time I've used the word begat in a sentence --
it feels good). reddit sort of begat OnStartups.com (my
driving a bunch of traffic in the early days and helping build that crucial
initial readership. OnStartups.com sort of begat HubSpot (my current
). So there you have it. alexis begat reddit begat
OnStartups.com begat HubSpot begat my plan for global domination.
Social Media Tool you actually use?
I had to Google
"Social Media Tool," but I'm still not sure what it is. All the results I got
were Twitter-related; it's just not stable enough for me. I do actually use my
BlackBerry every day, though.
My mother and father inspire me on a near daily basis.
Who Was Your Best Manager? Why?
Tony, my manager for two
years at Pizza Hut. He told me I could make a successful living as a
professional waiter in a big city like New York. This means a lot to a 16 year
old, as did the fact that he let me take free pizzas home.
Your first "real" job?:
Frankly, I don't think I've had
one. My first non-lawnmowing job was in the summer after 8th grade, when I
worked as a sales rep for a now-bankrupt company called Sidea. We demoed
software and hardware in a booth at my local CompUSA.
One day, after helping a customer choose between two mice, he handed me his
business card and offered me a sales job at his company (food-related, I
remember). I was an overweight kid until the end of high school, so he probably
thought I was older -- and would enjoy a job working with food.
Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking?
Shower. That's why I
sometimes take so long in there, honest.
What Do You Most Value In
Discipline: the ability to commit to something
and get it done.
What Would You Like To Be The World's Best At?
& debate. Or cuddling. But not both at once.
Which business visionary would you most like interviewed
Former Fannie Mae CEO, Franklin Raines.
Originally published Jul 30, 2008 1:36:00 PM, updated March 21 2013