How many people do you know that launched a top 100 start-up fresh out of college, gave a TED Talk, and graced the Forbes 30 under 30 list two years in a row? We only know one, the start-up man himself: Alexis Ohanian.
Between sitting on the reddit board, publishing breadpig authors, drawing the adorable hipmunk, and donating a year of mentorship to fund all STEM projects in Brooklyn, Alexis found the time to write a book. His new book, WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION, is a guide for young entrepreneurs to change the world without permission.
We had the opportunity to talk to Alexis and ask him some questions about his book. Check what he had to say, and find out how to win 1 of 10 signed copies of WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION!
DonorsChoose.org: How would you describe WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION in 140 characters or less?
Alexis: Inspiration + blueprint for anyone to be awesome online
DonorsChoose.org: Not many 30 year olds decide to take up the pen. What inspired you to write this book?
Alexis: Whether I was talking to Fortune 500 CEOs or college students, I came back to the same themes of how the internet was empowering anyone with a connection and a great idea to innovate without permission.
DonorsChoose.org: What do you hope readers will take from your book?
Alexis: I hope they will be motivated and have the guidance to finally turn that idea into a reality. I would be thrilled if someone put the book down and never looked at it again because they were finally doing something they loved.
DonorsChoose.org: As a longtime friend of DonorsChoose.org, and member our National Advisory Council, we know that you are passionate about education. How does education tie into WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION?
Alexis: Learning how to learn using the internet is fundamental not only for great entrepreneurs but for great people. We now have access to the world’s greatest library and stage in one so let’s make the most out of it. And of course this is only a reality for the people who have the skills to do it so getting education to some of the poorest neighborhoods in America is vital. This is why I’m such an ardent supporter of DonorsChoose.org and why I’m funding every single STEM classroom in Brooklyn.
What does education ‘without their permission’ mean to you? Comment on this post now until October 7, for a chance to win 1 of 10 signed copies of WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION.