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This article was published on August 7, 2013

The Washington Post almost bought Reddit in 2006

The Washington Post almost bought Reddit in 2006 Image by: AFP/Getty Images
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Here’s something to file in your Today I Learned box: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has revealed on his blog that The Washington Post almost bought the company back in 2006, but the newspaper passed on the deal because of price.

Interestingly, Ohanian said he got things rolling with a cold email to Slate’s Pressbox and then went up the chain to eventually meet with the decision maker. After the Post passed, Condé Nast swooped in to buy Reddit later that year.

While these sorts of almost deals are a regular occurrence, it’s still interesting to imagine how things would have turned out if the Post had gone through with the acquisition.

See also: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has acquired The Washington Post for $250 million

Image credit: Karen Bleier / AFP / Getty Images