September 4, 2020

How Alexis Ohanian Met His Future Wife Serena Williams

>> Stephen: HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?. >> WELL. HAD A BUSY LAST YEAR. >> Stephen: WHEN DID YOU — YOU STARTED REDDIT. >> FULL TIME CAPITALIST. >> Stephen: FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT REDDIT IS, I WOULD BE SURPRISED BECAUSE IT IS THE FOURTH MOST VIEWED WEB SITE IN THE U.S. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WHAT REDDIT IS?

I’VE DESCRIBED IT AND PEOPLE GO, NO, THAT’S NOT WHAT IT IS. >> THIS WAY YOU CAN TELL PEOPLE DEFINITIVELY: A COLLECTION OF COMMUNITIES, 100,000 PLUS OF USERS ALL OVER WHO ARE SHARING CONVERSATIONS AND COMMENTS. >> Stephen: THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING INTERESTING ON REDDIT. >> GUARANTEED. I WANT TO DISCOVER THE NEXT ALEXIS OHANIAN, HAND THEM A CHECK AND HAVE THEM CREATE SOMETHING EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER. >> Stephen: THE NEXT ALEXIS OHANIAN IS ACTUALLY YOUR OWN CHILD RIGHT THERE. >> YES. >> Stephen: THERE IS YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILD OLYMPIA, RIGHT THERE. >> YES. >> Stephen: WHO IS THE DAUGHTER OF YOU AND YOUR LOVELY WIFE SERENA WILLIAMS. RIGHT THERE. THERE YOU ARE. ( APPLAUSE ) HOW, ALEXIS, BECAUSE I KNEW YOU BEFORE YOU WERE MARRIED TO THIS LOVELY WOMAN.

HOW DOES A SELF-DESCRIBED UNEQUIVOCAL NERD END UP WITH ONE OF THE GREATEST ATHLETES IN RECORDED HISTORY? HOW DOES THAT COME ABOUT? IT’S NOT A NATURAL MATCH! ( LAUGHTER ) I COULD HAVE WON A LOT OF MONEY IF I BET ON THIS, THE ODDS WOULD HAVE BEEN PRETTY GOOD. >> DON’T EVER TELL ME THE ODDS, STEVEN.https://appadvice.com/app/lesbian-singles-dating-chat/1297152391 I WOULD BEG TO DIFFER ON ONE HAND BECAUSE SHE’S AN ACTUAL TOTAL NERD, INDEED. >> Stephen: REALLY?

>> Stephen: HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?. >> WELL. HAD A BUSY LAST YEAR. >> Stephen: WHEN DID YOU — YOU STARTED REDDIT. >> FULL TIME CAPITALIST. >> Stephen: FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT REDDIT IS, I WOULD BE SURPRISED BECAUSE IT IS THE FOURTH MOST VIEWED WEB SITE IN THE U.S. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WHAT REDDIT IS?

I’VE DESCRIBED IT AND PEOPLE GO, NO, THAT’S NOT WHAT IT IS. >> THIS WAY YOU CAN TELL PEOPLE DEFINITIVELY: A COLLECTION OF COMMUNITIES, 100,000 PLUS OF USERS ALL OVER WHO ARE SHARING CONVERSATIONS AND COMMENTS. >> Stephen: THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING INTERESTING ON REDDIT. >> GUARANTEED. I WANT TO DISCOVER THE NEXT ALEXIS OHANIAN, HAND THEM A CHECK AND HAVE THEM CREATE SOMETHING EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER. >> Stephen: THE NEXT ALEXIS OHANIAN IS ACTUALLY YOUR OWN CHILD RIGHT THERE. >> YES. >> Stephen: THERE IS YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILD OLYMPIA, RIGHT THERE. >> YES. >> Stephen: WHO IS THE DAUGHTER OF YOU AND YOUR LOVELY WIFE SERENA WILLIAMS. RIGHT THERE. THERE YOU ARE. ( APPLAUSE ) HOW, ALEXIS, BECAUSE I KNEW YOU BEFORE YOU WERE MARRIED TO THIS LOVELY WOMAN.

HOW DOES A SELF-DESCRIBED UNEQUIVOCAL NERD END UP WITH ONE OF THE GREATEST ATHLETES IN RECORDED HISTORY? HOW DOES THAT COME ABOUT? IT’S NOT A NATURAL MATCH! ( LAUGHTER ) I COULD HAVE WON A LOT OF MONEY IF I BET ON THIS, THE ODDS WOULD HAVE BEEN PRETTY GOOD. >> DON’T EVER TELL ME THE ODDS, STEVEN. I WOULD BEG TO DIFFER ON ONE HAND BECAUSE SHE’S AN ACTUAL TOTAL NERD, INDEED. >> Stephen: REALLY?

WE MET THROUGH CIRCUMSTANCE. I WAS AN INTERNET CONFERENCE IN ROME, SHE WAS PLAYING A TOURNAMENT THERE, AND I HAD TOO MUCH TO DRINK THE NIGHT BEFORE, AS IS THE THING, RED WINE FLOWS NICELY IN ITALY, AND I OVERSLEPT, MISSED BREAKFAST, I’M A FIEND FOR COFFEE, AND THE NICE FOLKS SAID, IF YOU FEED COFFEE, SIR, GO SIT OUTSIDE. I GRABBED A TABLE, OPENED MY LAPTOP AND THIS AUSTRALIAN GUY, TURNED OUT TO BE HER ASSISTANT, IS LIKE, I’M MIKE, HI.

I TAKE OFF MY HEADPHONES. AND HE SAYS THERE’S A RAT NEAR YOUR TABLE, YOU SHOULD MOVE. I TOLD HIM THANK YOU, BUT I’M FROM BROOKLYN, I SEE RATS ALL THE TIME, IT’S REALLY NOT A BIG DEAL. ( LAUGHTER ) YEAH. >> Stephen: SO THAT WAS JUST TO GET YOU TO MOVE ALONG. >> I LATER L,ARNED THEY WERE TRYING TO GET RID OF ME. THEY WERE PLANNING ON USING THE TABLE FOR THE REST OF THEIR TEAM. BUT SERENA TURNED AROUND AND SAID, YOU’RE NOT AFRAID OF RATS?

I SAID, NO. SHE ASKED IF I WAS THERE AT THE TECH CONFERENCE. I SAID YES.

SHE ASKED ME WHO I WAS THERE TO SEE SPEAK. I SAID I WAS SPEAKING. SHE ASKED WHAT I DID.

I SAID I STARTED THIS COMPANY CALLED REDDIT AND I DO INVESTING. SHE SAID REDDIT, I NEVER HEARD OF IT. ( LAUGHTER ) AT THE TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO THINK SHE HAD A HIDDEN AGENDA, BUT SHE SAID IT WAS PURELY PROFESSIONAL AND GOT MY NUMBER TO ASK ME QUESTIONS ABOUT TECH AND SOME OF THE BUSINESSES SHE WAS INTERESTED IN. ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER AND SHE MADE WHAT I CALL AN L.A. INVITE FOR ME TO SEE HER PLAY IN FRANCE. SHE MADE THE INVITE WITH NO INTENTION OF ACTUALLY TAKE MEG UP ON IT. >> Stephen: SHE’S JUST SORT OF LIKE, OH, YOU SHOULD COME, I’M PLAYING AT THE FRENCH OPEN. >> WITH NO INTENTION OF ME TAKING HER UP ON IT OR IT EVEN BEING A SINCERE INVITATION. >> Stephen: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SHOW UP? >> I FIGURED, I’M AN ENTREPRENEUR AND YOU HAVE TO DEFAULT TO SITUATIONS AND TRUST YOUR INSTINCT AND KNOW WHAT YOU WANT AND DO IT.

I FIGURED WORSE CASE SCENARIO, I HAVE A GREAT STORY OF HOW I GOT BLOWN OFF FOR THE WEEKEND, I HAVE FRIENDS IN PARIS, I HAVE A GOOD TIME. I LET HER KNOW I WAS GOING TO BE IN TOWN AND IT WAS A PERFECT COINCIDENCE, I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE IN PARIS, ANYWAY. I WASN’T. >> Stephen: VERY SMOOTH. AND I WAS ONLY THERE FOR THE WEEKEND. I SAID I WAS WAY TOO BUSY TO MEET ON SATURDAY. >> Stephen: YOU FLEW TO PARIS AND TRIED TO ACT COOL? >> YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. >> Stephen: I’M JUST HERE TO CHECK OUT THE LOCAL RATS? ( LAUGHTER ) >> YOU ASKED ME HOW IT HAPPENED, THAT’S HOW.

I TOLD HER I WAS REALLY BUSY. THEN SHE TRIED TO BLOW ME OFF. EVENTUALLY, WE ENDED UP WANDERING DOWN PARIS TOGETHER, AND THE MOMENT I KNEW WE FOUND THIS LITTLE ZOO, AND I SAW IT OUT OF THE CORNER OF MY EYE AND I SAID WE’RE GOING TO WALK THROUGH THE ZOO. THERE WAS THIS BIG CAT LIKE A LEOPARD, A MAJESTIC CREATURE, AND THEN IT WAS FEEDING TIME. THEY THREW OUT A BUNNY. >> Stephen: A DEAD BUNNY?

IT WAS A DEAD BUNNY BUT IT WAS A SHOW. AND THIS LEOPARD JUST WENT IN AND BLOOD IS GOING EVERYWHERE. SHE’S VERY ROMANTIC AND SHE’S STANDING IN FRONT OF ME AND I CAN TELL SHE’S VERY UNSETTLED BY IT.

I SAID, IT’S COOL, WE’RE GOING TO KEEP GOING. P BUT IN THAT MOMENT, I SAID, THERE’S A CONNECTION. AND IN THAT MOMENT, THANKS TO THAT POOR RABBITT, I FOUND LOVE, IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING ELSE. >> Stephen: CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU. >> Stephen: AND ON THE NEW VENTURE. >> YES ( APPLAUSE ) >> Stephen: TELL ME ABOUT INITIALIZED CAPITAL AND CRYPT OCCURRENCEY AND DON’T EXPLAIN BLOCK CHAIN OR I WILL WALK OFF THIS STAGE RIGHT NOW. >> WOW IS THAT SO WHY CRYPT OCCURRENCEY? WHY NOT MONEY?

PEOPLE WILL SPEND IT. >> YEAH, WELL, SO WHAT THIS DOES IS ACTUALLY IT’S A FUEL FOR A POTENTIALLY NEW INTERNET AND THINGS LIKE BI BITCOIN AND CRYPT OCCURRENCEY IS A CHANCE FOR US TO HAVE A CURRENCY NOT BACKED BY A SINGLE COUNTRY. WE STILL EXPECT THE COUNTRY WILL BE HERE IN THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS. >> Stephen: IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH NEXT THREE, WE WILL BE JUST FINE. THERE WAS A BLOODLESS REVOLUTION IN AIR MEANIE WHICH IS FANTASTIC.

BUT IN SO MANY STATES THERE IS UNCERTAINTY ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND MOVIE AND PEOPLE SEE THEIR LIFE SAVINGS DISAPPEAR. THERE IS A VALUE OF HAVING A CURRENCY THAT’S POTENTIALLY LESS VOLATILE THAN THE STATES WITH HYPERINFLATION. AND WE TAKE FOR GRAND WE HAVE BANK ACCOUNTS AND WE THINK WE CAN MOVE THIS MONEY HERE AND THERE. BUT FOR SO MANY PEOPLE TO HAVE THE SECURITY OF KNOWING WHAT IT IS YOURS IS YOURS AND NOW THAT IT’S DIGITAL COULD BE TRANSFERRED WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU’RE GOING IS AN EMPOWERING THING. >> Stephen: GOOD LUCK. I HOPE WE DON’T NEED IT. >> I HOPE SO, TOO. >> Stephen: ALEXIS OHANIAN, EVERYBODY!

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