My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.

Starting a Business

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian: Don't Be Fooled by the Glamorous Trappings of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur Staff
Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.
4 min read

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

Onstage at the Entrepreneur360 conference in New York City, Reddit co-founder, author and investor Alexis Ohanian urged the audience not to mistake the glamorous idea of entrepreneurship for the actual daily grind that goes into running a successful business.

Related: Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Reveals Hopes for New Site 'Upvoted' (VIDEO)

Ohanian emphasized the importance of not getting hung up on surface-level details, like designing business cards, when you could be focusing your efforts on the more substantive aspects of  your business such as listening to your customers and providing them with a great product or service.

“Especially for an early stage company, it is vital that you are gut checking every decision you are making in terms of how you are going to be spending the day,” he said.

To hear more from from Ohanian on making mistakes and the questions Reddit is tackling right now, check out the video above.

More from Entrepreneur

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Lapin can help you pitch your brand to press and strengthen your media training.
Jumpstart Your Business. Entrepreneur Insider is your all-access pass to the skills, experts, and network you need to get your business off the ground—or take it to the next level.
Starting, buying, or growing your small business shouldn’t be hard. Guidant Financial works to make financing easy for current and aspiring small business owners by providing custom funding solutions, financing education, and more.

Latest on Entrepreneur