Ohanian, who was dubbed “Mayor of the Internet” by Forbes in 2012 and is the best-selling author of "Without Their Permission," sat down with ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis on "Real Biz With Rebecca Jarvis" to talk all things Reddit, his early inspirations, tortilla makers, tech investing and the best piece of advice he’s ever received.
Here are five things you might not know about Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian:
1. Without Waffle House, there may have never been a Reddit.
Ohanian skipped out on his LSAT after he got a hankering for waffles, and it was inside the Waffle House down Route 29 in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he had an epiphany.
“If I wanted waffles more than this LSAT, I probably shouldn’t be a lawyer,” Ohanian said. “I went back to my apartment and talked to Steve, and said, ‘Let’s make something together -- let’s start a company.’”
... And that’s how Reddit was born.
“My entire paternal side being Armenian imbued me with a very strong sense of responsibility,” said Ohanian. “Knowing about all of their sacrifices, I think, gave me a tremendous amount of strength and ability to endure.”
So don’t forget to wish him a "Happy Birthday" next April 24!
3. His favorite app (after the new Reddit app) is Snapchat.
“It took me a while to get into it, I didn’t understand it,” Ohanian said. “It’s a very different approach to authenticity, but I very much see Snapchat and Reddit as kindred spirits in that way because it’s about being real. Not just for a generation, but I think more broadly, something more and more people want.”
4. He doodled Reddit’s mascot 'Snoo' before the company was ever launched.
If you know Reddit, you know Snoo: The little alien is the site’s mascot. Ohanian drew the little guy/gal while he was sitting, bored, in class at UVA.
“I actually had the mascot before we built the website, which is not the right order to do it,” Ohanian said. “I’ve literally met at least six people who have the Reddit alien tattoo on them!”
5. His Reddit username is ‘knOthing’
Ever wonder what the site’s co-founder goes by on his home turf?
“My username is kn0thing. It was from high school. It was King Nothing, a Metallica song. I was really into Metallica.”
What did people originally think of Ohanian’s idea for Reddit? Hear his story in the link above.