Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

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The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One , legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

Title : Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
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ISBN : 0804139296
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 195 pages


Andrew rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

Having worked with Peter - and the PayPal mafia more generally - for almost 10 years now, I have a unique perspective on Zero to One. Indeed, a lot of the ideas contained within are familiar to me. The launching point for the book is Peter's stock interview question - a question I still remember...

Jacek rated it ★★★★★

December 21, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed the book even if I have found myself in violent disagreement with many of its thoughts. The book opens up with these words. "Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a searc...

Nick rated it ★★★★★

August 04, 2014

The first book since Antifragile that had me hooked beginning to end. The definite/ indefinite paradigm had me thinking long after the book was finished. Fantastic. Ch. 1 The challenge of the the future The first chapter is an introductory piece on the creation of new value (going from nothing to s...

Yevgeniy rated it ★★★☆☆

November 26, 2014

This book fluctuates between brilliance and madness. When it focuses on the mechanics of start ups, it's great. When it focuses on Thiel's philosophies, it's a bit whacky. Thiel enjoys being a contrarian too much. Doing something new and valuable may require being a contrarian, but just being con...

Sindy rated it ★★★★☆

December 18, 2014

I heard about this book when it came out and thought that there was no way I would read a book on startups. Not that I don't see great things coming out of some startups, but I am not the only one who has developed a fatigue of the many random startups founded by fellow Silicon Valley dwellers wh...

Daniel rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

It starts with a simple and elegant thesis: a new idea is a singularity that changes the world. The best paths in business are new and untried. For this reason, there can be no definite road plan toward their creation. Every formula for innovation is new and unique. Buried within a book on busine...

Todd rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2014

Even worse than the self-help section of the bookstore, you need to go into the entrepreneur part of the business section of the bookstore to find a copy of this book. Unless you are one of those Twitter jerkoffs who is tweeting about your startup or -- worse -- your insights on the latest VC tren...

Arjun rated it ★★★★☆

July 21, 2014

[Note: this review was written for an advance copy, so there may be minor differences between references made here and in the first edition.] Contrary to my own expectation, I quite enjoyed Peter Thiel's newest book. Though put off by some of Thiel's contrarian (and in some cases, delusionally bul...

James rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 10, 2015

Starts well, becomes trite, ends delusional.

Jason Weeks rated it ★★★☆☆

December 03, 2014

Peter Thiel's book is definitely worthwhile reading. He has some fantastic points about start-ups, working environments for new and small businesses and a strong level of conviction for his methodology and beliefs which is nice to read. That being said, he's self indulgent in parts of this book - p...

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