Alexis Ohanian, probably made the best decision of his life of marrying tennis star Serena Williams. But nothing is more heart-warming than the news of the Reddit co-founder taking parental leave after the birth of his daughter Olympia.
In the essay which he wrote for Glamour, a popular daily, he discussed how he manages his marriage, and said that it was often the “simpler things,” like showing up for his wife and family, that mattered the most.
Ohanian admits that his understanding of showing up and being present for his wife was taken to another level when his daughter Olympia was born. “I was able to take 16 weeks of paid leave from Reddit, and it was one of the most important decisions I’ve made”, he says.
Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., their first child together, was born to the couple on Sep. 1, 2017.The Reddit Co-founder admits that being a founder has been of help to him as he didn’t have to worry about what others might think of his commitment to his company. He said that he had the freedom of bringing his daughter to office, or working remotely from anywhere his wife competes. He sees taking leave for his wife as a way to show-up for his wife and daughter. Apart from co-founding Reddit, Ohanian is also the co-founder of Initialized Capital and has been instrumental in launching a number of startups.
Ohanian’s partners at Initialized are used to seeing Olympia jump on camera — along with her doll Qai Qai — or hearing her babbling on a call. He tells them with pride, ‘Olympia’s at work today!’.