Reddit.com, “the front page of the internet,” has more than 70 million monthly readers. It’s a social news and entertainment website that allows people to share links to interesting things they see on the web. Users can also post text updates to share their thoughts on any topic. I share everything I post to my blog on reddit.
Before founding reddit, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, had a great idea for a mobile ordering system for restaurants. They wanted to allow people to order food using their mobile phones. In 2004, this was a new concept.
In March of 2005, they took a train from Virginia to Boston to see Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator, give a speech about “How to Start a Startup.” They wanted to get Graham’s opinion about their startup idea. They eventually pitched their idea to Y Combinator, but it was shot down.
Graham and company didn’t like the idea, but they liked Steve and Alexis. Graham told them to think of something else, and reddit was born.
Steve and Alexis had talent and the ability to execute, but the real difference maker was their decision to travel to Boston to meet Paul Graham. That connection opened doors and drove traffic to their fledgling website before it was even officially launched!
If you like success stories and want to learn some valuable lessons about starting a startup, watch this video. And watch it to the end if you like to feel tingly!
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