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So proud Reddit exists for this. Imagine how alone he must've felt without this community. No one should feel this alone.

https://www.reddit.com/r/lgbt/comments/4z6110/gay_guy_from_syria_needs_help/
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Sorry. . I will be praying for you. .. 
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Behold our YC application from 2005. I recently got asked about this on Reddit, so I figured I shared it here on facebook, too, since this is the place for sharing Reddit content a day later.

http://alexisohanian.com/our-y-combinator-summer-05-application-what-w
Steve & I ventured up to Cambridge, MA on our senior year spring break to hear Paul Graham read his essay, "How to Start a Startup". He announced Y Combinator shortly thereafter and we sent in the...
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...or G+ the day after that. Cool share tho. thx
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Benji started with a General Assembly class in programming and has gone on to found a great company in Picfair that I was thrilled to back: giving power (and money) back to photographers. #COYI

http://venturebeat.com/2016/08/11/meet-picfair-europes-upcoming-stock-image-starlet/
There are stock photo platforms that cater to just about every scenario, but a young London startup has been hard at work over these past few years as it vies for its piece of the lucrative photo-licensing pie.
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Shoutout to my 🇦🇲 cuz! Interview with Newheart Ohanian, stylist, on working on the Most Important Music Video of Year #Lemonade

http://www.racked.com/2016/8/12/12452098/beyonce-lemonade-stylist-newheart-ohanian
"You start off with lyrics that were written based on something, and you add visuals to it that have nothing to do with that, and people are going to get different messages."
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Sometimes the only community, the only family, the only people we can turn to are "strangers on the internet." See this very well researched piece in The Atlantic piece on Reddit.

"The most popular r/Relationships post of all time was by a woman whose husband had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Doctors had given up on chemo, so she turned to r/Relationships for ideas about how to make their last month together count. Suggestions poured in, from the romantic to the practical: do things they’d always meant to do together; collect the husband's passwords and pin numbers, and finalize his will; take pictures and videos to serve as long-term memories."

"The woman posted again later that summer that her husband had passed away. 'In the comments of my original post, a lot of you wrote that you cried and told your [significant other] you loved them or gave them a random hug much to their surprise,' she wrote. 'I'll admit that those comments made me happier than anything else.'"

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/08/is-reddit-the-worlds-best-advice-column/494243/
Even relationship troubles can be crowdsourced.
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It's happening. Great piece on Advertising Age today about how we're leveling up at @Reddit.

http://adage.com/article/digital/reddit-let-marketers-sponsor-users-organic-posts/305115/
Reddit's Promoted User Posts will let marketers sponsor posts that were originally created by redditors.
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Another media site, NPR.org, is shutting down their comments, so if you'd like a place to discuss those articles: https://www.reddit.com/domain/npr.org/top/
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"Speech recognition's lack of diversity is rooted in data sets collected decades ago." Reddit to the rescue.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/17/12402176/google-voice-recognition-accents-reddit?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
From Siri to Alexa, voice interfaces are becoming increasingly common, but for all their recent advances, they often struggle with one of the most basic characteristics of human speech: accents....
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"Is it possible that the secret to building machine intelligence lies in spending endless hours reading Reddit?"

Well, given this is the first time 245M+ people worldwide have been able to have quality discussions at scale, across borders like this, the AI will at least be thoroughly entertained.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602153/this-2-billion-supercomputer-will-try-to-find-intelligence-on-reddit/?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post
Researchers at OpenAI are developing algorithms capable of learning language by reading the Web and controlling robots through practice.
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I LOVE the URL's title text! Too funny!
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There goes +Reddit r/gameofthrones, changing lives. Congrats, u/ sparkledavisjr and many more talents be discovered on the platform. Add this one to the long list....

https://www.reddit.com/r/gameofthrones/comments/4xdu0c/everything_thanks_rgameofthrones_my_crazy/
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Shut up and take my money, Soylent. Three years ago, snarky articles condemned the product and totally wrote off the business.
Founders: don't build your company for the press, build it for your customers. Make something people love and it doesn't matter how many articles snarky bloggers write, it apparently doesn't even matter if your brand is a reference to scifi food made of people.


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Don't skip breakfast, sip Coffiest: a balanced breakfast and your morning coffee in one convenient bottle. Our plant-based formula provides 20% of your daily nutritional requirements and the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee in each bottle.
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The +Garry Tan stopped by Product Hunt for a great live chat today. Read it now, founders/investors (or aspiring founders/investors). https://www.producthunt.com/live/garry-tan#
Community Q&A with Garry Tan . Cofounder at Posthaven. Previously Partner at Y Combinator
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Work
Occupation
Creator of things. Writing a book: Without Your Permission
Employment
  • Breadpig
    Chief swine defender, 2009 - present
  • Institute on Higher Awesome Studies
    Board member, 2011 - 2012
  • Hipmunk
    Head marketing dude, 2010 - 2011
  • Kiva.org
    Kiva fellow in Armenia, 2010 - 2010
  • reddit
    Co-founder, 2005 - 2010
  • UVA Parking and Transportation Dept.
    Parking Booth Attendant, 2003 - 2005
  • Pizza Hut
    Dishwasher/Cook/Server, 1999 - 2001
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Currently
Brooklyn, NY
Previously
Columbia, MD - Charlottesville, VA - Somerville, MA - San Francisco, CA - Yerevan, Armenia
Story
Tagline
Startup guy who wants to make the world suck less & doodles all his own logos.
Introduction
Guten Tag! I'm a startup guy in Brooklyn who gave a TED talk about a whale. TechCrunch calls me "one of the more passionate and audacious young entrepreneurs in tech." Hide your kids - especially because I'm writing a book called Without Your Permission.

After graduating from UVA, I started reddit.com with Steve Huffman. Founded Breadpig, which creates geeky things, sells them, and gives away all the profits -- over $190,000 so far; things like: xkcd: volume 0, AwesomeSauce, LOLMagnetz, WTFCNN?!, Save Yourself, Mammal!, and a fake Rock Band.

Helped launch hipmunk -- ran marketing, PR, and logo-doodling -- presently an advisor. Ambassador to the East for Y Combinator. Angel investor at Das Kapital Capital, LLC.

Once rendered in CGI on NMA.TV. Bloomberg TV contributor. And my favorite: Stephen Colbert once gave me a shoutout.

If you've ever told someone about any of my projects, I owe you a beer. (Thanks!)

And if you're interested in having me speak -- I do it to fund my hummus addiction -- please email my agent.
Bragging rights
Co-founded reddit, gave a TED talk, and can eat more hummus than you.
Education
  • University of Virginia
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April 24