Scoop: Alexis Ohanian leaves VC firm Initialized
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is moving on from Initialized, the venture capital firm he co-founded in 2012, Axios has learned.
What happened: Ohanian has become more interested in "pre-seed" investing, which is often little more than a business plan and a founding team, whereas Initialized focuses on traditional "seed-stage" investing.
Why now: Initialized, led by Garry Tan, is beginning to raise its fifth flagship fund, as its $225 million fourth fund was raised two years ago.
- Don't be surprised to see Ohanian also raise a fund for his pre-seed efforts, although no word yet on how much he'll target.
- Ohanian also plans to remain involved with existing Initialized portfolio companies but won't make any new Initialized investments.
Backstory: Ohanian and Tan co-founded Initialized, but in 2014 he pulled back in order to retake the reins at Reddit. He then returned full-time in 2018 to Initialized, where his deals have included Goat, Ro, and Patreon.