Alexis Ohanian: Reddit success has 'always been the people' - KMSP-TV

Reddit co-founder: 'I hope we can keep an internet where all links are created equal'

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Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian made a stop at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to talk about the future of the internet and where it goes from here.

"The internet, for people who have a connection to it and the skills to make the most out of it, is such a democratizing force to share ideas," Ohanian said.

Reddit is now one of the top 50 U.S. websites, getting around 80 million unique visits last month alone.

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"This is basically the book I wish I had when I was in college before I started on my entrepreneurial journey with my Reddit co-founder Steve Huffman. We're seeing whole innovations, whole worlds of social media that didn't exist 10 years ago, in the last five years created a generation of entrepreneurial people to get ideas and share ideas and make the world suck less in any way."


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"Historically speaking, so many other communication platforms whether radio, television, film, all of these were also heralded as being just as democratic as we talk about the internet today. But every single one of them ended up not being that way. It was a culmination or combination of big business or government just screwing and muddling things up.

"I hope we can keep an internet where all links are created equal and I'm sure some bright young minds right here, right now in a cafe somewhere cooking up something. I want them to have the same access, same level playing field Steve and I did to create the next big thing."

‘It's always been the people'

"One day we had an AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview from Jerry Seinfeld. This is mind-blowing to see people from all over the world getting the chance to ask a question of Jerry Seinfeld and in this moment get to elicit real human, interesting responses."

"It's not the software itself that makes Reddit interesting. It's people. It's always been people."

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