Even Successful Internet Entrepreneurs Have 'Epic Fails'

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on what he learned from rejection

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Fact: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian originally dreamed of building an app for ordering takeout. Fresh out of college, he and a friend presented the idea to the heads of start-up incubator Y-Combinator. "I had my heart set on this for like a year – and we were told it sucked, basically,” he laughs during an interview for Atlantic Video’s Creative Breakthroughs series.

Ultimately, though, things worked out: This experience led Ohanian to start Reddit along with co-founder Steve Huffman. Hear Ohanian’s advice, including bonus wisdom from his mom, in the video above.

This interview was filmed at the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Emma Green is the managing editor of TheAtlantic.com, where she also writes about religion and culture.

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