Reddit is home to the best and worst of the internet. Political propagandists and puppy-lovers call the site home, with 1.2M+ subreddits spanning the globe. The site has driven hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to worthy caused... and disseminated thousands of leaked nude celebrity pictures.
A lot has happened over the company’s 13-year history.
Inc Magazine writer Christine Lagorio just published We Are The Nerds, a deep-dive into the founding story of Reddit.
The fifth most popular website in the US has humble beginnings
. Part of Y Combinator's first cohort (back when it was run out of Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston's house in Cambridge), Reddit was the brainchild of UVA's Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman.
Only two years after launch, the small team sold their company to Conde Nast... only to see the site engulfed in controversies, corporate restructuring, and in-fighting that threatened to bring the entire site down.
Christine spoke with hundreds of community members over the course of 6 years to bring the untold insightful, somber, and wholesome history about the "front page of the Interent" to light. Get a copy here
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