Alexis Ohanian was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD. He's written a national bestselling book, Without Their Permission, and has long advocated for the open internet and STEM education. Alongside Garry Tan, in 2012 he co-founded Initialized Capital - a seed stage venture fund with over $500M under management and a portfolio with $36B in market value. Alexis also co-founded Reddit, the third-largest website in the US, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2005 and acquired by Condé Nast in 2006. In 2014, he returned to Reddit to lead a turnaround as Executive Chairman of the now-independent company; in 2018, he transitioned to the Board of Directors and returned to Initialized full-time. In 2020 he stepped down from the Reddit Board asking that his seat be filled by a Black board member, and pledged to use his future Reddit gains to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate. An advocate for paid family leave, Alexis has lobbied on Capitol Hill and launched the Business Dad podcast to explore how high profile dads balance work and family life through intimate, one-on-one conversations. Alexis has a BA in History and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.