Alexis Ohanian’s Without Their Permission, at NYU

POSTED ON OCTOBER 29, 2013 BY NATE SUKONIK Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman have come a long way. They founded Reddit in 2005. Alexis wrote a book called Without Their Permission. In it he shocks and enthralls us. I hurried over from FITnyc to see Alexis speak at NYU. It was a crisp fall evening and I met some friends from Hofstra University on the way. At NYU he stirred the crowd, he stumbled with the mic as he toyed over memes and startup terminology. He kept urging us to take initiative, to learn code and to build, build, build!!! Reddit was not made in a day. Neither was WTP. “Permission-less innovation, is about creation. The world wide web is flat. We will see better art, better technology, better news and better games because of the internet.” – Alexis Ohanian @reddit co-founder @alexohanian at #NYU last night: “The Web is the world’s greatest stage & library, in one.” #WTP pic.twitter.com/FdowQXOaho At NYU Alexis spoke to us about the importance of the Web, how places like Twitter and Facebook, are only the beginning. Ideas will be born and companies will rise. Is it about raising money? Not really. Is it about making great things? Yes. Reddit raised less than $200,000 dollars. It sold for many millions, because it did something fun and exciting. How do you make something exciting? You focus on what people want. Do people always know what they want? No. Show them something they might want and make it fun. Alexis focused on the creation of aliens in the headline of reddit. This was his major differentiation...

Re3 Storyhack: A Hackathon for Storytellers

POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 BY NATE SUKONIK Storyhack is not your typical hackathon. Its not aimed at solely web developers or application gurus. In fact its targeted at writers, flim makers, bloggers, students, developers, artists, activists and designers. This should come as little surprise as the organizers are clearly from the creative world, example: Deroy Peraza (@deroyperaza), Co-Founder & Creative Director at Brooklyn’s graphic design studio: Hyperakt. I was fortunate to meet the other cofounder of Hyperakt, Julia Vakser Zeltser, back when I attended Hofstra University. I was aware that their studio would often be involved with interesting projects, much like this hackathon. Julia’s amazing project was called I Have PSD and you can witness it for yourself. Storyhack’s aim is get their participants to cover global issues like sustainability, education and medicine. You’re allowed to create anything that covers your groups issue. It could be an interactive exhibit, performance art, a Flash mob, a mobile app, sculpture or even a print. There is no limitation of medium for the teams’ final outputs as long as they tell amazing life changing stories. There will be more than 10 teams and at least 75 participants. Applications are due by September 10th, 2013 to participate or submit an idea. Please revisit the website for competition updates and follow the organizers on twitter. Update: The competition was held October 5th and 6th 2013 at: Parsons the New School for Design The Vera List Center 6 East 16th Street, 12th Floor New York City Some of the projects that came out of the competition can be found...