Book Review & Discussion : Without Their Permission

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How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed

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In this event, you’ll learn

Why none of your users will care about perfection and neither should you

The number one reason startups fail

What social currency is and why it’s important

How was started

Why you don’t have to win a contest to get your own TV show

About the Author

In additon to starting, Alexis Ohanian has also been instrumental in other successful online ventures, including HipMunk and BreadPig.

He lives in Brooklyn but remains a diehard fan of the Washington Redskins.


Named by Forbes Magazine as ‘The Mayor of the Internet’, Alexis Ohanian is the genial and engaging 30 year old founder of – a top 50 website with a billion+ page views per month. His book, Without Their Permission is an excellent guide to creating and investing in tech start-ups; it debunks the myth of the wunderkind; while putting forward his view that the power of the internet will transform the global economy in a post financial crisis age.

Essentially, the book is an auto-biography, with some surprisingly tender personal revelations. The reader comes away feeling they’ve spent time with a friend, and frankly rooting for Ohanian’s on-going success. The story is divided into three main sections: developing a tech start-up; observations on becoming a successful investor; and how to marshal an effective social media campaign.

If you’re not familiar with reddit,(without a capital r,) it’s a content aggregation website that acts as a social networking platform. Anonymous users gather around topics of interest, and upload material to share and discuss. Topics range from the sublime to the offensive – but you get to choose your own interests, so it can be tailored to your taste and sensibility.

Reddit was founded in 2005 by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, and subsequently sold to Conde Nast – allowing both young men to fulfill the American dream of becoming millionaires before they were 30. Subsequently, the rambunctious website fell out with its patrician stable mates, and was brought under the protective umbrella of the parent company, Advance Publications, where Ohanian has been reinstalled on the board of directors.

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