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Photos: The Globe hosts an evening with reddit co-founder

The Globe and Mail recently hosted an evening with tech entrepreneur, activist, investor and author Alexis Ohanian. It was held at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto.

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The Globe and Mail recently hosted an event with tech entrepreneur, activist, investor and author Alexis Ohanian. It was held at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto.

Neville Elder

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Mr. Ohanian started the social news site reddit (aka 'the front page of the Internet') with co-founder Steve Huffman in 2005, and sold it 15 months later to Condé Nast Publications. He later went on to launch an online travel company Hipmunk and Breadpig, an 'uncorporation' that donates all of its profits to organizations and people 'doing great things for the world.'

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He’s also become an activist for the Open Internet, helping launch the anti-SOPA/PIPA protests in the U.S. He helped lead the Internet-enabled grassroots campaign that eventually overturned the two bills.

This image was originally posted to Flickr by alecperkins

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His new book, Without Their Permission, is his personal guidebook to how other aspiring entrepreneurs can follow in his footsteps.

Katherine Scarrow/The Globe and Mail

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Attendees of the Globe Recognition event received a copy of Mr. Ohanian's book.

Katherine Scarrow/The Globe and Mail

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Sean Stanleigh, editor of Report on Small Business, moderated the discussion, which ranged from Mr. Ohanian's upbringing to how he was able to harness the power of the web for fun, profit, and social good.

Katherine Scarrow/The Globe and Mail

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During the talk, Mr. Ohanian talked about why he wanted to write a book, why education is the next industry ripe for disruption, why Y Combinator was invaluable, why everyone should start a company, and how he got into activism.

Katherine Scarrow/The Globe and Mail

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