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Alexis Ohanian

How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed

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Without Their Permission by Alexis Ohanian is a memoir and guidebook that outlines how everyone can leverage the power of the internet & create something out of nothing. Ohanian's stories inspire anyone to be creative, take risks, & embrace the power of the internet to make positive change in their life.

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    In order to create a product that people need, you have to start with a real problem.

    If you were going to found a technology-based start-up, what would you do? You’d probably begin by developing a great product and hoping that people would buy it, right? Unfortunately, it’s really difficult to persuade people to buy a product that they don’t yet know they need. In fact, it’s easier to start the whole process the other way around.

    Rather than starting with a product, begin by identifying a problem. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a well-known problem; in fact, people don’t always realize they even have an issue until you show them a better alternative to the status quo.

    For example, Adam Goldstein, co-founder and CEO of the successful travel search engine Hipmunk, realized in college that he had a problem booking flights. He was responsible for organizing all the travel for his debate team, which had a small budget for attending competitions. In order to find the cheapest flights, he had to check several flights at several airlines for several different time slots, which was an incredibly frustrating as well as time-consuming task.

    Once you have identified your problem, you can create your product around it.

    Adam Goldstein’s solution was a travel search engine that searches a number of airlines simultaneously and ranks them according to price and other factors, such as number of layovers and flight duration.

    In 2010 he brought his problem to Reddit co-founders Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman. They then turned his idea into a reality, gave it the name “Hipmunk,” and revolutionized travel searches in the process by saving people time and money.

    Unsurprisingly, the product quickly took to the market; people realized the Hipmunk’s advantages even if they hadn’t thought of travel searches as a problem, and were thankful for the simplification.

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    What is Without Their Permission about?

    Without Their Permission explores the author’s success with his hugely popular website, Reddit, as well as other internet-related stories, and investigates what exactly it is about the internet that makes it such a wonderful and dynamic place. Along the way, the author provides entrepreneurs with advice that helped him to form his remarkably successful business.

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    Without Their Permission (2013) by Alexis Ohanian is an insightful exploration of the power and potential of the internet to drive change and create opportunities. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers a behind-the-scenes look at the founding of Reddit and other successful internet startups, providing valuable lessons in entrepreneurship and innovation.
    • With its thought-provoking insights on the importance of open internet and the democratization of information, it challenges conventional thinking and sparks conversation.
    • The book's engaging storytelling and relatable examples make it an enjoyable read, ensuring that it never feels like a dry textbook but rather an eye-opening exploration of the internet's possibilities.

    Best quote from Without Their Permission

    Never miss an opportunity to make connections. 

    —Alexis Ohanian
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    Who should read Without Their Permission?

    • Anyone who is considering launching a start-up
    • Anyone interested in business
    • Anyone who is interested in technology and the internet

    About the Author

    Alexis Ohanian is an internet entrepreneur, founder of Reddit, investor and open internet activist whose book, Without Their Permission, is a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

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    What is the main message of Without Their Permission?

    The main message of Without Their Permission is that anyone can create and succeed in the digital age.

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    Is Without Their Permission a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Without Their Permission is a must-read for anyone interested in entrepreneurship and technology. It provides valuable insights and inspiration for success.

    Who is the author of Without Their Permission?

    The author of Without Their Permission is Alexis Ohanian.