Most of you will know Alexis as a co-founder of Reddit. Some of you may know him as the founder of Breadpig, purveyors of geeky things that make the world suck less. You may also know him as the author of Without Their Permission, his personal guidebook to how other aspiring entrepreneurs can follow in his footsteps. You may even recognize him from his Silicon Prairie documentary about America’s new Internet economy, or from his run for President of the Internet during his successful campaign to kill SOPA.
What you may not know is that he has an awesome new show on The Verge called Small Empires (and that he’s grown a beard very, very similar to the one sported by your friendly blogger — excellent taste Mr. Ohanian!). The first episode profiles Cyrus Massoumi, CEO and Co-Founder of ZocDoc and the ZocDoc team.
I love Cyrus’ story about being their lead sales guy by day and website QA lead by night. The hustle for their first three years is the story that every startup should aspire to: the conviction that you are absolutely right is the thing that makes your five year company into an ‘overnight success’. Also, snack food. Lots and lots of snack food.
Update: Episode 2!
Alexis very kindly tweeted back after I posted this to let me know that Episode 2: Rap Genius is now up:
My first post is up at Medium.com: some thoughts on Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post acquisition. An excerpt: A theory: Bezos’ net worth according to Forbes is $25.2bn, so the purchase price of $250m is 0.009% of his money. At that price, he could be buying WaPo for nostalgic reasons. Think of it as philanthropy in […]
To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase ‘terrible beauty.’ Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: it’s a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else’s body. It also makes me quite astonishingly calm at the thought of death: I know whom I would die to protect and I also understand that nobody but a lugubrious serf can possibly wish for a father who never goes away.
[Thank you, Bianca (and Soph!), for a beautiful Father's Day card]
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