Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian took their daughter Olympia to a Waffle House restaurant to show her the place that made him start Reddit instead of becoming a lawyer. Alexis Ohanian described the experience on her Instagram account.
“’Dad, stop taking pictures and let me eat this waffle’: I took Olympia Ohanian to her first Waffle House. If you know my story, you know that if I hadn’t gotten off the LSAT to get WH, I’d be a lawyer instead of starting Reddit.
I will always be grateful to that WH on 29 near the University of Virginia,” Ohanian wrote in the post.
How did Waffle House get Serena’s husband to start Reddit?
In a previous Fast Company interview, Serena Williams’ husband was asked what his career fork in the road was. “I came out of an LSAT and walked into a Waffle House, realizing I didn’t want to be a lawyer.
It was then that I decided to be an entrepreneur. convinced me [University of Virginia] roommate to turn down his job offer and work with me to build Reddit,” said Alexis Ohanian, quoted by Fast Company. In 2020, Alexis Ohanian resigned from the Reddit board, asking to be replaced with a more diverse candidate.
Serena Williams tweeted that she was proud of her husband’s decision. «Having diverse points of view in any forum is important. I’m so proud of you, Alexis. I know Olympia will be too.» Alexis Ohanian tweeted about her reaction.
«I say this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks, ‘What did you do?'» Ohanian has also pledged $1 million to Colin Kaepernick’s nonprofit Know Your Rights Camp.
«I will use future earnings from my Reddit shares to serve the black community, primarily to curb racial hatred,» Alexis Ohanian said in another tweet.