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Boardroom vs family life: Workaholic Alexis Ohanian reveals how wife Serena has changed him

In New Zealand with Williams, Ohanian spoke of the positive impact family life has had on him.

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Updated: Jan 14, 2020, 10.30 AM IST
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Alexis Ohanian (R) revealed that he met Serena Williams when he took up a speaking offer in Rome. (Image: Serena Williams/Instagram)
Alexis Ohanian (R) revealed that he met Serena Williams when he took up a speaking offer in Rome. (Image: Serena Williams/Instagram)
The start of the tennis season means Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian trades the boardroom for the tennis court. In New Zealand with wife Serena Williams, who’s playing the Auckland WTA Classic, Ohanian spoke of the positive impact family life has had on him. “In the decade gone by, I was burnt out. We’d sold Reddit and I was product manager at Conde Nast. But I wasn’t a good manager at all. And my obsession with work to keep my mind off the loss of my mother had taken its toll on me,” he wrote in a post on Instagram.

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When 2010 started, I was burnt out. We'd sold reddit and I'd stayed on with a new title, Product Manager at Conde Nast, but frankly, I wasn't a good manager at all. And my obsession with work to keep my mind off the loss of my mother had taken its toll on me. I needed to get away and recharge, so I volunteered for kiva in Armenia and lived there for a few months. It was my first trip Home and it was revitalizing. In the decade that transpired, I started some more companies, wrote a book, created a video series, and also got a second chance to help lead reddit with a new perspective. This time it would be different, so when I was starting to tilt from having an apartment a block away from the office, I took a speaking offer in Rome for a few days away. That’s where I met my amazing wife (you could say her decade has been pretty great 🐐) who gifted me with our little treasure and changed our lives forever. I'm beyond grateful. Now I spend my time at work building and investing in a better future for her through technology @initialized Can't wait for what this decade has in store. #10yearchallenge

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“I started some more companies, wrote a book, created a video series, and also got a second chance to help lead Reddit with a new perspective,” he said, adding that things truly changed when he took up a speaking offer in Rome.

“That’s where I met my amazing wife, who gifted me with our little treasure, and it changed our lives forever. I’m beyond grateful.” “Now I spend my time at work building and investing in a better future for her [daughter, Olympia] through technology,” he said.

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