Innovators of all stripes―like Airbnb and Uber―are increasingly using new technological capabilities to circumvent traditional regulatory systems, or at least put pressure on public policymakers to reform laws and regulations that are outmoded, inefficient, or illogical. Other disruptive innovators are emerging in other fields using technologies as wide-ranging as 3-D printers, drones, driverless cars, Bitcoin and blockchain, virtual reality, the “Internet of Things,” and more. Some of these innovators just love to tinker. Others want to change the world with new life-enriching products. And many more are just looking to earn a living and support their families. Regardless of why they are doing it, these “evasive entrepreneurs”―innovators who don't always conform to social or legal norms―are changing the world and challenging their governments.
This book makes the case for embracing “evasive entrepreneurs” and the freedom to be innovative because of the many benefits that individuals, society, and even governments derive from acts of technological creativity.
“Adam Thierer provides an important new way of reframing the debate around ‘permissionless innovation,’ with lessons for business, regulators, and everyone concerned with a fair and prosperous future.”
—Virginia Postrel, author and columnist
“Blending real‐life examples with the theories of social science, Thierer shows why ‘freedom to innovate is a moral imperative’ both for individuals and society at large. If humanity is to have any future at all, it must be along the lines Thierer lays down in this book.”
— Timothy Sandefur, vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute