Summary of Without Their Permission

How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed

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Without Their Permission book summary
Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of Reddit, shares start-up secrets.


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Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has worked with more than 60 tech-based start-ups and a number of nonprofit and artistic projects. He’s an active defender of political freedom for the Internet, with a great deal to say about online business, culture and start-ups. He offers insights, advice, harangues and hardheaded common sense about making money and fomenting social and political change online. A thoughtful entrepreneur with a conscience and a strong record of success to back up his ideas and tactics, Ohanian pulls off the rare feat of providing value to absolute beginners, industry insiders – and everyone in between. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends his insights to start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, political activists, and anyone interested in the history of the Internet, legislation affecting it, social change, cyberculture or starting an online business.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Reddit started,
  • How to launch a tech start-up and
  • What the social implications of the Internet revolution portend for Internet freedom.


The Power of the Internet
The Internet changed everything about how you do business and how people think about value. Throughout history, you could invent something new only if you had “access to the means of production and access to labor.” Today, you don’t need credentials or connections...
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About the Author

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian helped launch Hipmunk. He has invested in or advised scores of start-ups, and he has helped organize the fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act.

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