Live-chat con il co-fondatore di Reddit
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Live-chat con il co-fondatore di Reddit

Un evento a cura del team di FastCompany, in syndication.

by lillo
Alexis Ohanian, co-fondatore del social network che è diventato 'sottobosco e front-page' (americano) di Internet, in cui accadono le cose più strane e interessanti, parlerà  con i giornalisti di FastCompany del suo ultimo libro, Without Their Permission.

Come si legge nella descrizione dell'evento, Alexis offre, nel suo libro, una serie di consigli per aspiranti imprenditori. 

Chi meglio di lui, che ha aiutato molte start-ups a sfondare ed è stato paladino dei diritti dei cibernauti, battendosi contro lo Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) proposto lo scorso anno al senato americano. 

Assieme ai giornalisti e moderatori di FastCompany, si parlerà "delle umili origini di uno dei più popolari siti al mondo, della lotta per un Internet libero e aperto, e di tutto ciò che è compreso tra questi due estremi."

Le domande inviate tramite questo blog raggiungeranno direttamente Alexis, che potrà rispondervi in tempo reale. 

  • How have you found people best stand out in the internet? Is it purely about virality or can a truly good concept make it into the right hands of decision makers?
    thePortfolium 10/8/2013 5:57:08 PM
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  • it's a gift and a curse, but the best ideas don't always win.

    Alexis Ohanian 10/8/2013 5:57:38 PM
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  • But good ideas can (and do) get to decision makers -- my favorite example would be the SOPA/PIPA fight, which was declared inevitable by so many experts in DC, until a bunch of us, millions of people, made it unthinkable. We defeated $94M in lobbying from the entertainment industry and did so with an entirely leader-ful movement from the grassroots level (shamless: read all about it in my book ;))
    Alexis Ohanian 10/8/2013 5:59:36 PM
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  • Also cats help. A lot.

    Alexis Ohanian 10/8/2013 5:59:56 PM
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  • Do you have to have tons of capital to start your own business, or just a really good idea and some time at night to work on it? Is it possible to start a company from nothing within 3 months?
    SunshineRoom113 10/8/2013 6:01:33 PM
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  • You can definitely start it as a side hustle -- many before you have! The cost of starting companies these days is almost trivial -- it's cheaper to pay a cellphone bill than to host your first website. And many platforms -- etsy, kickstarter, creativemarket, shopify etc etc etc are marketplaces for talented people to (for nothing) start their own small empire. See what I did there? I'm sorry.
    Alexis Ohanian 10/8/2013 6:02:53 PM
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  • Jess Hullinger 10/8/2013 6:03:45 PM
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  • Alexis needs to leave Fast Company HQ and head to another commitment! But don’t worry, he’s going to stay online (in his cab) and keep answering questions! While he makes his way downstairs to his car, let's take a look at his debate with USC professor Jonathan Taplin that covered everything from antipiracy to SOPA to the current state of the movie and music industries.

    Miles Kohrman 10/8/2013 6:10:06 PM
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  • I'm going to approve the next question for when Alexis returns.
    Miles Kohrman 10/8/2013 6:12:06 PM
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  • What will drive the future of the "open internet" now that the US authorities have revealed themselves to be so snoopy, and nations like Russia are cramming incredibly deep surveillance tech into their national networks?
    Kiteaton 10/8/2013 6:12:07 PM
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  • TPP is what's scaring me right now.

    It's ultimately on us as citizens to create the government we deserve. As I said earlier, we're very capable technologically to continue circumventing and adapting (far faster than any one organization, especially government, could) but civilization would be all the poorer for not being able to take full advantage of the platform (the open internet) as it was intended. But here's the thing -- this is all new frontier. No one has a playbook for how this will turnout, but we've got good lessons from history for how it could go wrong.
    Alexis Ohanian 10/8/2013 6:17:47 PM
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  • What is your recommendation for a person who has a startup that isn't new in idea but believes he/she can do better than a startup that is at its beginning stage but already is scaling up?
    Tri 10/8/2013 6:21:03 PM
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  • While we wait for Alexis's answer, this is relevant: How to make a splash in a sea of startups (great advice from Chicago's top accelerator and VC)
    Jess Hullinger 10/8/2013 6:27:21 PM
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  • Anjali Mullany 10/8/2013 6:37:23 PM
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  • Here’s an excerpt from Alexis’ last book, "Make Something People Love: Lessons From a Startup Guy," where he explains how reddit’s $500 marketing budget was spent entirely on stickers.
    Miles Kohrman 10/8/2013 6:47:02 PM
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  • Apologies for the radio silence! We're going to take a short break while Alexis finishes up what he's doing and finds a solid internet connection. We'll send out a tweet from @FastCompany to let you know when we're back.

    Thank you all for your participation!
    Miles Kohrman 10/8/2013 7:05:17 PM
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  • First, realize no one has a really 'new' idea - everything is a remix, people.

    A week after we launched reddit, I discovered digg (seriously, I found the email and quoted it in the book). I emailed Steve and PG (Paul Graham) saying "meet the enemy: digg.com" and PG gave some great advice: competitors will never beat you, ignore them. And he was absolutely right -- look at digg and all the digg-clones who just clumsily aped what they did, they're all gone.

    So don't let that incumbent stop you -- ignore them + out execute them!
    Alexis Ohanian 10/8/2013 8:49:21 PM
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  • Even big companies and startups find 'hiring good talent' as a big challenge.
    As I'm single and working on my idea, how can I find right people through online as I can't find anyone around me? What are all the thing that I need to look for in my co-worker for my project?
    Gobinath Em 10/8/2013 9:02:00 PM
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  • It's going to be very hard to convince someone to join you until you can build something on your own, assuming you're capable of doing that, here are a few places to find cofounders:

    + friends and friends of friends and friends of friends of friends
    + University orgs, student groups, clubs etc.
    + Hackathons
    + Meetup.com (search for any number of keywords related to your business or industry)
    + Hacker News meetups
    + startups.reddit.com
    + entrepreneur.reddit.com
    + one of my 150 book events ;-)
    Alexis Ohanian 10/8/2013 9:18:29 PM
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  • Hey Alexis, I haven't read your book yet (I will I will!) but assume the title refers to the increasingly popular idea among new companies that employees and even business mandates would do well to operate around the idea that we should "ask for forgiveness later, rather than permission now." Can you elaborate on why you think that's an important idea for startups and really businesses of all kinds?
    maccabeem 10/8/2013 9:21:05 PM
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  • In the meantime, here's a video with Alexis and Seth Priebatsch where they set their sights on the TV in your living room.

    Miles Kohrman 10/8/2013 9:51:10 PM
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  • Yes, maccabeam, you should totally be like Grace Hopper. Obviously this also means use your best judgement and behave responsibly, but this cuts down on so much of the unnecessary bureaucracy that gets in the way of progress at so many large organizations. People need a bit of freedom to take risks, and sometimes fail, if they're going to improve and innovate.
    Alexis Ohanian 10/8/2013 9:56:39 PM
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