Looking for a collection of the world’s “best worst” watercolor recreations of classic paintings? Perhaps you’d like to browse photo gallery of the most bizarre and fascinating living spaces? Or, maybe you want to take part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) online chat with President Barack Obama or Snoop Lion?
Chances are, if it’s popular on the internet, it was because of Reddit (stylized reddit.) Founded by University of Virginia graduates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian in 2005, reddit is one of the most popular social news aggregators on the web, with a slogan that describes itself as “the front page of the internet.”
Beyond generating wildly popular news and content, reddit has also been home for activism. Earlier this year, the site participated in a blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA legislation. More recently, Ohanian leveraged the support of the reddit community and others through Kickstarter in order to call attention to a musician who had been denied royalties by the record industry for almost 30 years.
Ohanian spoke at Small Business Forum hosted by The Atlantic on how he and his partner managed to build a successful website and how reddit has shaped his role as an advocate.