- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Business Plus; 9.1.2013 edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455520020
- ISBN-13: 978-1455520022
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you're looking for a step-by-step guide on what to do to start the next major reddit or Facebook, you won't get that here. But I think that's intentional; you don't need explicit directions, just decide on a problem that you want to solve, and get to work. Personally a timely read for me, but really enjoyed the insight he shared along the way, and the argument he makes for keeping the internet free, open, and accessible to all (pointing out that today, while many of us take it for granted, it certainly is not).
I think it's a good read for anyone participating or interested in the "tech/startup life" - add it to your list.
The book “Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made Not Managed” by Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders of Reddit, tells us his story about creating his businesses and defining him as a true entrepreneur. The story takes us thought his life, gives us glimpses into his family and tells us of his associations leading to his successes. Throughout the book we see how even failures can lead to successes; from poor directions (redefining the business plan) of a company to starting too quickly (printing business cards before a true company existed) to walking away (when to sell or abandon) even when to involve yourself in a process you are not familiar (political causes). This reads more like an autobiography and not a how to guide on creating an entrepreneurial environment. His information is often too vague and the book reads like a college freshman report. Beginning each chapter with a quote is cute as is the large number of footnotes. Ohanian is a very smart, successful person and I really wanted to know more. He only touches on his life, and beyond his love of football and World of Warcraft we have to read too much between the lines, which is often wrong, to discover who he actually is. This was written mostly as a text book but should have been a story and I wish it had been told better.