Haters Gonna Hate: How Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Deals With Critics On UberFacts
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[Haters Gonna Hate: How Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Deals With Critics On UberFacts]
[Alexis Ohanian (born April 24, 1983)] Source: LYBIO.net
I’m Alexis Ohanian, the Cofounder of Reddit, and author of, Without Their Permission. And I’m here with an Uberfacts.
You see Reddit did not start out as a top 50 website. In fact, maybe three months into it, Steve Huffman, my Cofounder and I were invited out to Silicon Valley. We were living in Boston at that time, starting this little started up from my little apartment, and this executive invites us out. We were thrilled. We were like, yes, of course we will come out.
He is an executive at a company called Yahoo. Hopefully, people know.
And we were in flown out there, we had this meeting and he sits us down, he is like, guys we’d love to hear about Reddit. Tell us, how are things going? And then we started getting into it and he just cut us off pretty earlier, he just says: hold on – hold on –
How much traffic do you guys have any way.
Like, well, no we just launched a few months ago. But it’s gone week over week probably maybe 10,000 or 11,000 users. And he just laughs at us. He laughed at us, he is like, you guys, you guys are a rounding error compared to Yahoo. What are you even doing here?
[Alexis Ohanian] Source: LYBIO.net
We’re like, you invited us, like was that a thing that Yahoo does? You just invite start ups over to make fun of them? That meeting obviously did not go well. Steve and I flew back to Boston to our little apartment, the first thing I did was princeling out and putting on my wall, just a few words on the paper, you are a rounding error.
And every single morning, I would look at that. It became my wall of negative reinforcement, and I would start putting other things on that wall and every single morning, I wanted to know exactly who Steve, and I were doing wrong.
And you know, Reddit is now a top 50 website in the world.
And this guy, who I still have never named, I don’t even name him in the book.
I’m so grateful, because to this day, he still motivates me. He is still in TECH, and he still motivates me. He probably doesn’t remember that meeting.
But my advice to everyone these days is, look, you know, they are always going to be constructive critics who are amazing, who make us better and there are going to be haters. Right, haters are gonna hate.
So, you know what, eat them for breakfast. All right, use them as motivation, use them as fuel – don’t let them hold you back.
[Alexis Ohanian] Source: LYBIO.net
Yeah, so that is my little entrepreneurial story. I think it will be especially helpful for everyone in the VERGE community. By the way, that’s where I’m right now. We are right here, ground zero in Indianapolis, very excited for my VERGE event and I hope you enjoyed that UberFact.
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