Without Their Permission: Summary Review

This is a summary review of Without Their Permission containing key details about the book.

What is Without Their Permission About?

In Without Their Permission, the author shares his ideas, tips and even his own doodles about harnessing the power of the web for good, and along the way, he sares his philosophy with young entrepreneurs all over the globe. This book is his personal guidebook as to how other aspiring entrepreneurs can follow in his footsteps.

Who is the author of Without Their Permission?

Alexis Kerry Ohanian is an American internet entrepreneur and investor. He is best known as the co-founder and executive chairman of the social media site Reddit along with Steve Huffman and Aaron Swartz.

How long is Without Their Permission?

  • Print length: 272 pages

What genre is Without Their Permission?

Business, Nonfiction, Technology

What are good quotes from Without Their Permission?

“We don't even realize something is broken until someone else shows us a better way”

“Find People Who Give a Damn; Hire Them; Repeat”

“When sharing anything you’ve created with the world, you have to assume at the start that no one gives a damn about it.”

“You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed.' [Paul Graham]”

“The ruthless, fickle, and particular users of the World Wide Web have created the most competitive marketplace of ideas the world has ever seen; you either make something people want or people move on.”

“There’s no secret to “going viral,” despite what plenty of self-appointed “social media gurus” may tell you (hint: if they call themselves that, run in the opposite direction).”

“You might be thinking, “But what if someone steals my idea?” Trust me: most of us don’t have the spare time to start a company with your great idea, and even if we did, it’s going to be up to you to outexecute your competitors.”

“We’d either defeat ourselves first or they would defeat themselves for us.”

“Growing up, I had the words LIVES REMAINING: 0 written on the wall of my room. If life were a video game, that’s how it’d indicate this is the only chance left.”

“The advantage of leading is that you’re not following anyone,”

“The most pivotal product decision we made seemed much less important at the time but was our first big fight. I really wanted “tags” as a way to categorize content, and Steve insisted we let users launch their own reddits within our network (we’d call them subreddits). Just like WordPress was a blogging platform for online publishing, reddit would be a platform for online communities. It didn’t seem important at the time, but Steve was absolutely right and it’s a damn good thing he won because that decision would ultimately drive reddit’s success where all of our then competitors failed. We combined this simple point system with the ability for anyone to create a forum for an online community to share and discuss links—from NFL fans (/r/NFL) to corgi lovers (/r/corgi).”

“Don’t be afraid to show your users that you give a damn. It should shine in everything you do, from the design of your website to the way you respond to feedback e-mails.”

― Alexis Ohanian, Without Their Permission
 

What are the chapters in Without Their Permission?

Chapter 1: The American Dream Lived Online
Chapter 2: The Story of Reddit from College to Conde Nast
Chapter 3: Hipmunk Takes the Agony out of Online
Chapter 4: Startup MBA Part I - Make Something People Love
Chapter 5: Startup MBA Part II - Blueprint for Growth
Chapter 6: Using the Internet's Power to Make the World Suck Less
Chapter 7: Are You Not Entertained?
Chapter 8: Mr. Ohanian Goes to Washington
Chapter 9: Dear Graduating Class of 2025

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