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May 05, 2020

How do you balance it all? Working moms are asked this question incessantly, but it’s rarely asked of working dads. After Alexis Ohanian’s daughter Olympia was born, it took months before he was asked about work-life balance and the inevitable trade-offs of being a working parent.

In a new podcast from Initialized Capital, Alexis Ohanian (cofounder of Initialized + Reddit) opens this question up to some of the most successful men across business, sports, entertainment, and more, for candid conversations about what it means to be a father in today’s world and how they balance their careers and family.



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Justin Tuck is a former NFL defensive end for the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. During his eleven seasons in the NFL, Tuck won two Super Bowl titles before retiring from the league and pursuing his MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Tuck now spends his time as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs and as a father to two children. Justin joins Alexis in New York City to discuss his favorite family rituals, why education is so important to him and his wife and his fear of snakes.

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Alexis and Chris sit down in Chris’s home in Maryland to discuss Cub Scouts, the Maple Syrup fest in Highland County, and the joys of being a grandparent.

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Alexis joins Mero in his home in New Jersey, where the two discuss The Kid Mero’s childhood growing up in the Bronx, learning what memes are cool and ‘Jim Carrey Math’.

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Parker Conrad is the co-founder and CEO of Rippling, an all in one, easy-to-use HR and IT platform for businesses. Parker and Alexis catch up in San Francisco to discuss the importance of “daddy daughter nights,” watching animated films through the eyes of his children, and his morning bike ride to preschool with his daughter.

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Garry Tan is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, who also happens to be Alexis’ co-founder at Initialized Capital. Garry sits down with Alexis at Initialized Capital’s San Francisco HQ to discuss writing your own playbook as a parent, ‘high five fist bump big hug’ rituals with his son and his favorite morning routine with his sons, eggs in a basket.

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Chris Bosh is an American former professional basketball player who won back to back NBA titles for Miami Heat, a gold medal winner for Team USA in the 2008 Summer Olympics and a five-time NBA All-Star. Chris and Alexis sit down in Miami to discuss Chris suffering life threatening pulmonary embolisms, similarities in parenting as his grandfather and of course, being a Dallas Cowboys fan.

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Michael and Alexis sit down in Cannes, France at Cannes Lions to discuss being a parent to three and grandparent to six, traditions of Sunday family night dinner and the importance of balance and judgment when it comes to parenting.

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Scott and Alexis sit down in New York City to talk about limiting screen time for children, the ‘true self movement’ and of course, weekly trips to Michaels craft store with his children.

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Nicholas Thompson is the editor in chief of Wired and former editor of the NewYorker.com. Nicholas sits down with Alexis in front of a live audience at the Atoms pop-up in Soho NYC to discuss his experience raising his three sons and how he navigates parenting in the digital age, from limiting screen time to turning off notifications, and more.

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Hasan Minhaj, host of the Patriot Act on Netflix, is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor and television host. Hasan joins Alexis to discuss balancing life as a tv and media personality with his new role as a dad of a young daughter.

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