Book Review: 'Without Their Permission' by Alexis Ohanian

English: Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders o...
English: Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders of reddit, as he speaks about his experience getting reddit from a startup to one of the top competitors in User-rated news and networking. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Genre: Non-Fiction/E-commerce
Published: 1 October 2013
Author: Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of reddit & other sites is well re-owned public speaker & also a partner at Y Combinator. Of all the time I've spent on reddit, I've never bothered to look up the story of Reddit from "How it started ?" to "How Conde Nast brought it ?"

Most of the story I've read about reddit, was from the movie/documentary of Aaron Swartz 'Internet's Own Boy'. There's no doubt that alexis didn't bring up Aaron's name in his book, it is said that they've had a messy breakup when Conde Nast brought Reddit. 

The author has divided the book into parts 1,2,3 subsequently drawing attention to his early life, graduation life with steve & After Reddit got sold respectively. 

Part-1 : Early Life
He talks about his passion for computers, Openness of the web & video games. Yeah, he played a lot of video games. I'm not sure if he still plays video games, or he even has time for them ? But rest assured it is how he got into the learning about the web.

Part-2: Early stages of Reddit
He'd signed up a demo at Y Combinator start up firm pitching his idea for reddit. They did get an angel investment out of it. He also talks about the two Internet breaking bill of that time, SOPA & PIPA and how they'd contributed to it. I'm wondering why didn't he mention aaron swartz, cause he actively participated against SOPA & PIPA in those days..

Part 3: Reddit Sold, They still work on Reddit & manage other Startups.
Now that reddit has been sold to a magazine giant, they still get to work on it improving and participating, implementing further improvements. He is also a re-owned public speaker (thanks to his first TedTalk when he was in India), he now earns=$$$ alot for an hour of speaking than most of what he's earned during his early days in graduation. 

I can't wait to put it all out, but the essence of a review is to give you a summary and to let you know about the story, conforming its validity. Now that I've done it all.. I urge you to read the remaining for yourself. 

Even though on his website the book costs few $$$ (on amazon), I've presented you a link to a torrent where you can download his book for free. Mind you its in epub (ebook) format. Check out the link above to download the book and let me know what you think ?
Book Review: 'Without Their Permission' by Alexis Ohanian Book Review: 'Without Their Permission' by Alexis Ohanian Reviewed by Kanthala Raghu on December 30, 2014 Rating: 5
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