All You Ever Wanted to Know About Reddit: “The Front Page of the Internet” -

From award-winning journalist Christine Lagorio-Chafkin


From award-winning journalist Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, join CORE: for a captivating and exclusive look inside the curious story of Reddit: “The Front Page of the Internet”

Reddit began in 2005 as an after-thought to a seemingly failed bid to join a start-up incubator. Today, Reddit is the fourth most visited internet sit in the United States. Reddit’s founders, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, met as video-game-loving undergrads at the University of Virginia. As so many other start-ups fizzled in the 2000s, how did this unlikely pair turn Reddit into the Internet’s dominant force—a laboratory of culture known for everything from cat memes to its role in Donald Trump’s political ascendance?

In the tradition of riveting start-up narratives like The Accidental Billionaires and Bad Blood, Lagorio-Chafkin's new book We Are The Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory; is the gripping story of how Reddit’s founders Huffman and Ohanian rose up from average suburban childhoods and became millionaires, creating an icon of the digital age, before they almost lost Reddit for good amid a series of turbulent controversies.

We Are The Nerds is a captivating look deep inside this maddening enterprise--whose army of three hundred million obsessed users have been credited with everything from solving cold case crimes and spurring on tens of millions of dollars in charitable donations to seeding alt-right fury.

As a veteran tech reporter and senior writer at Inc., Lagorio-Chafkin, has had unprecedented access to founders Ohanian and Huffman for over five years, sitting with them for dozens of hours of interviews, along with her hundreds of interviews with other key figures connected to the Reddit story.

We Are The Nerds is the definitive account of Reddit’s early years and growing pains. Packed with revelatory details about its biggest triumphs and controversies, this inside look at Reddit includes fresh insights on the relationship between Huffman and Ohanian, AMAgeddon, staff turmoil, the tragic life of Aaron Swartz, and Reddit’s struggle to become profitable.

We Are The Nerds is a compelling exploration of the way we all communicate today--and how we got here. Reddit and its users have become a mirror of the Internet: it has dingy corners, shiny memes, malicious trolls, and a sometimes heart-melting ability to connect people across cultures, oceans, and ideological divides. It is essential reading for Redditors—and anyone who wants to understand our culture today.

About Christine Lagorio-Chafkin:
Christine Lagorio-Chafkin is senior writer at Inc.com and Inc. magazine. She covers America's largest private companies. She also serves as co-host of the award-winning Inc. Uncensored podcast. During her tenure, Inc. has won National Magazine Awards for General Excellence and several Eppys.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, New York, Vanity Fair, The Believer, Bomb, and other publications. Prior to joining Inc. in 2008, she was a writer and producer for CBS News. She started her career in New York interning for The Village Voice’s legendary investigative reporter Wayne Barrett.

Her book about Reddit and Internet culture, We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet’s Culture Laboratory, was published by Hachette Books on October, 2 2018.

Lagorio-Chafkin grew up on a sheep farm and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in New York City with her husband, toddlers, and cats. Her favorite subreddits are r/blep and r/ShowerThoughts.

Twitter @lagorio
Instagram @youfoundchristine
Website christinelagorio.com

Moderated by Taylor Lorenz:
Taylor Lorenz is a staff writer at The Atlantic where she covers internet culture. She was previously a tech and culture reporter at The Daily Beast. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed, New York Magazine, Business Insider, and more. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.


“The best, grittiest, most accurate book yet about what it's like to build a startup.”—John Zeratsky, former design partner, Google Ventures, and bestselling author of Sprint and Make Time

“Incisive, witty, and brilliantly written"—Emily Chang, author of the national bestseller Brotopia

“A gripping read, and it’s full of lessons for building startups and organizing communities.”
—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

“Christine Lagorio-Chafkin has done a masterful job of explaining how Reddit became the Internet’s dominant cultural force…. A must ready for anyone hoping to make sense of the century ahead.”
—Ashlee Vance, New York Times bestselling author of Elon Musk