Reddit Co-Founder Hosts Web Series Focused on NYC Tech Startups’ Early Days

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is teaming up with tech-oriented site The Verge on a 10-part web series that focus on the early days of tech startups in New York City.

In the series “Small Empires with Alexis Ohanian,” he will talk with other successful tech entrepreneurs about how sites like Kickstarter, Etsy and Uber began, which he described to The Hollywood Reporter as “Inside the Actor’s Studio” meets “Dirty Jobs” but with a focus on New York City’s tech industry. The debut episode will premiere July 29.

In the trailer for “Small Empires with Alexis Ohanian,” Ohanian sums up the premise of the show: “A generation ago, if you wanted to build a business empire, you needed to open a factory. Today, you only need to open up a laptop.”

Chad Mumm, executive director at Vox Media Studios, which owns The Verge, told The Hollywood Reporter that the series won’t be too techy for general audiences: “The one thing we didn’t want to do was a show that was like a ‘startup person’ show. We want to make a show that was appealing to a general audience.”

Ohanian started Reddit with Steve Huffman in 2005 and it has since grown to become one of the largest social news and information sites on the internet. Besides his upcoming “Small Empires” series, Ohanian has helped with Zach Anner’s travel web series “Riding Shotgun.”

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