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Reddit's Alexis Ohanian warns 'hustle porn' is 'most toxic, dangerous thing' in tech industry

·Senior Economics Correspondent at Yahoo Finance UK
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is known for his tech background and his marriage to tennis star Serena Williams. Photo: Jerod Harris/Getty Images
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is known for his tech background and his marriage to tennis star Serena Williams. Photo: Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, is warning tech entrepreneurs about the dangers of “hustle porn,” saying it “is one of the most toxic, dangerous things in the tech industry right now”.

Ohanian, who is married to tennis star Serena Williams, made his warning to an audience of tech entrepreneurs at the annual Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, on Tuesday.

While the term “hustle porn” may not be well known, it’s easily understood:

“It is this idea that unless you are suffering, unless you are grinding, unless you are working every hour of every day and posting about it on Instagram, you are not working hard enough,” he told the audience. “Do not let hustle porn win here. And do not let it infect your brain … It is such bullshit. Such utter bullshit. And the worst part about it is it has deleterious effects, not just on your business, but on your personal wellbeing.”

Ohanian, who is now leading the venture capital firm Initialized Capital, gave some common sense advice about ensuring startup founders exercise, eat healthy and confide in trusted individuals to ensure they protect their mental health.

“It will make you a better founder and it just might save your life,” he said.

In his talk, he also gave advice on dealing with negativity and setbacks, saying founders must be “relentless” in order to push past the detractors and build a successful company.

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