As Alexis Ohanian learned when he helped to co-found the immensely popular reddit.com, the internet is the most powerful and democratic tool for disseminating information in human history. And when that power is harnessed to create new communities, technologies, businesses or charities, the results can be absolutely stunning. At 29, Ohanian has come to personify the dorm-room tech entrepreneur, changing the world without asking permission. Within a couple of years of graduating from the University of Virginia, Ohanian did just that, selling reddit for millions of dollars. He's gone on to start many other companies, like hipmunk and breadpig, all while representing Y Combinator and investing in over sixty other tech startups. Currently on his book tour, Ohanian will be stopping at UC Irvine to share his ideas and tips about harnessing the power of the web for good. The Q&A type event will be led by Bill Maurer, UC Irvine School of Social Sciences dean, anthropology and law professor and director/co-director of two tech-focused research centers, the Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion and the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. Joining them will be UC Irvine alumni-entrepreneurs including David M. Ochi, '97, founder of numerous companies and executive director of the UC Irvine Antrepreneur Center.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Donald Bren Hall, Room 6011
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis; limited overflow seating will be available in satellite rooms.
Contact: Lina Hernandez, email@example.com or 949.824.6802.
UC Irvine sponsors include:
Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences | School of Social Sciences