Alexis Ohanian’s Without Their Permission, at NYU



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


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 on the user side, it was fun and strange. His investors, and cofounder discouraged him from pursuing this alien as the company’s mascot. They were wrong. Today some people even tattoo the alien on their bodies, to show their love and dedication to reddit as a fun communication tool.

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