Small Empires with Alexis Ohanian
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Stephen Greenwood, Senior Producer
Georg Petschnigg, CEO, FiftyThree
Anthony Casalena, Squarespace
Moderator: Nilay Patel, Managing Editor, The Verge
The web series Small Empires with Alexis Ohanian gives insider access to tech startups in New York that are transforming how the entire country lives. In each edition Internet guru Ohanian illuminates how such tech innovators as ZocDoc and Rap Genius create their disruptive products, beginning only with a laptop. Ohanian envisions his show as “Inside the Actor’s Studio meets Dirty Jobs for tech in New York.” Hosted on technology-meets-art website The Verge, Small Empires profiles tech entrepreneurs who candidly relate the struggles and successes of their early days. The series also features behind-the-scenes tours of these burgeoning startups, offering valuable insight into how new companies can flourish in a digital world. Ohanian will discuss his web venture with many of the influential innovators he has covered.
Ohanian is the cofounder of community-based news site Reddit, founder of Breadpig, which marries commerce and philanthropy, and advisor to travel site Hipmunk. He sits on the NYC Mayor’s Council on Tech and Innovation and will release his first book Without Their Permission in October 2013.