This is me in ninth grade.
Yeah. And I got an internet connection at this point
and I felt like…I felt like a superhero,
because I could build websites and because
this website GOCD GOCDs,
could be seen by millions of people all over the world
and it wasn’t long before I was going on message boards
reaching out to nonprofits, just for fun.
In order to build websites for them.
It was so great to know that these adults had no idea.
I was this dorky kid in my parents’ house.
All they knew is
I was someone who had a skill that they didn’t have
and it made me feel kind of powerful.
Because by the time I got to college,
and I met Steve, who lived across the hall from me,
freshman year very typical,
sort of founder meetings story. I don’t know.
I was on move-in day and I thought,
‘I hope there are more people who like video games here.’
and I look across the hall
and there’s Steve playing PlayStation2.
And I was thrilled.
I really didn’t think people play video games in college.
I was very naive. And I was thrilled to meet him obviously
because he was a gamer.
He was a little disappointed to meet me,
because he had seen my name Alexis on the door and thought
he was on a co-ed hall.
But we still became fast friends
and it wasn’t long until I realized
there was no way in hell I was going to be a lawyer.
I literally walked out of an LSAT
to go to a Waffle House.
No joke. Saturday morning what’s going on
If there’s someone who know about Waffle House,
you’ll know that epiphanies happen there.
Mine happened to be: I didn’t
want to be a lawyer. And instead
相反 我回到家里然后说 “史蒂夫 兄弟
I came back home and said ‘Steve dude!
We need to build something together,
because I don’t want to have a job I don’t love.’
然后他说 “好吧 那么
and he said, ‘Alright, well,
I have this idea.’
And he started pitching me on this ability
to basically use your cell phone which back then,
this is the smartest phone in the world.
But this was the smartest phone on the market and Steve said,
‘Look we all have phones now, why
are we still waiting in line?
We should be able to place that order at the Starbucks
or the Deli or wherever while we’re a few blocks away
and just have it there waiting for us.
So this is brilliant dude!’
And I was like
“我们可以把它叫做My Mobile Menu或者 Mmm”
‘We can call it My Mobile Menu or or Mmm…’
And it’s gonna be amazing. I convinced him to drop.
He had a job offer.
Convinced him to turn it down and
start a company with me. So we founded a company and
then senior Spring Break something amazing happened.
It didn’t involve Cancun or Tequila
and involves a Paul Graham.
It was this really fortuitous thing. He was giving a talk
up at Boston Ben Harvard called How to Start a Start-up
We thought this is amazing.
This is exactly what we want!
This is exactly what we need.
We wouldn’t want to go to the beach anyway
because there is no Wi-Fi there.
Let’s go to Boston. So we did.
He gave his talk. It was amazing.
We met him afterwards.
Steve got an autograph and I followed and said,
‘Dr. Graham, I would love to
take you out for a coffee.
Steve and I have come up from Virginia
and want to pitch you on a company.’
他说 “好啊 当然可以”
He said, ‘Sure, yeah okay.’
We pitched him on Mmm that night.
He loved it! He loved it! And imagine
our surprise: not three
weeks later he announces Y Combinator.
This idea to basically invest $6,000 per founder, and
give them a chance to
work for three months all summer long in Boston,
just writing code and getting users.
He emailed us. He said,
‘You guys have a great shot. You should apply.’
我们想 “哦 对啊 我们一定会的”
We thought ‘Oh yes. Oh yes we will.
This is perfect: Everything is aligning.
We are going to be great successes.
And so we got called up for an interview.
We went up to Boston,
gave the interview of our lives for YC. I mean
we were feeling amazing.
That night they called us up and they said,
‘Sorry you’re rejected.’
You’ll notice I’m using cats to demonstrate my
emotions during this volatile period.
So we were bummed and so naturally we drank,
But Steve and I were on a train back to Virginia
when I got a call from Paul.
It’s pretty exciting.
He said, ‘Look,
we talked about it and we still don’t like your idea.’
It’s like: You just called to tell me
that you still don’t like the idea?
他们说 “别别别 别挂断
They said, ‘No no no, hold on.
But we’d like you two.
We believe in you two.
As long as you change your idea,
and come up with anything else,
we’ll invest in you.’ I thought
我想 “好吧 好的 我们听着呢
‘All right. Okay. We’re
listening. Let me think about it.
We thought about it for half a second.
Steve ran, found the conductor
we got off at the nearest stop somewhere in Connecticut.
I got a ticket back to Boston. We met with Paul.
An hour later,
he handed us a $12,000 check, and said,
‘Just build something in a browser that
solves your problem every morning.’
What we came up with was Effectively Reddit.
这就是我们两个在 Y Combinator 孵化器的第一天
That’s the two of us on the first day of Y Combinator.
It’s a class photo day. I know. I know
that is actually me on the right.
You’ll also notice I had a t-shirt with a mascot
that I designed, long before we actually built a website or
even knew what it was going to be.
That was dumb. Wrong order of operations.
But clearly, I really really liked mascot.