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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future - Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
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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 search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. It’s easier... show more
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 search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is singular, as is the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange. PROGRESS COMES FROM MONOPOLY, NOT COMPETITION. If you do what has never been done and you can do it better than anybody else, you have a monopoly -- and every business is successful exactly insofar as it is a monopoly. But the more you compete, the more you become similar to everyone else. From the tournament of formal schooling to the corporate obsession with outdoing rivals, competition destroys profits for individuals, companies, and society as a whole. ZERO TO ONEis about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything I’ve learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX. The single most powerful pattern I have noticed is that successful people find value in unexpected places, and they do this by thinking about business from first principles instead of formulas. Ask not, what would Mark do? Ask: WHAT VALUABLE COMPANY IS NOBODY BUILDING?   
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780804139298 (0804139296)
ASIN: 804139296
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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2.0 Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Long story short: make mistakes, surround yourself with the right type of crazy people and believe in what you do.
Mommy, am I cult?
Mommy, am I cult? rated it
5.0 Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Thiel is an odd libertarian.He uses Marx, and compares him to Shakespeare. He criticizes the typical Silicon Valley libertarian... and Athlas Shrugged. His political views seem to come from his years of experience, not whatever political indoctrination is taught at college. But there is not much pol...
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fruitcakes rated it
3.0 Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Fast, breezy read. Wouldn't have picked it up if I didn't have to read it for a thing, but got some interesting points worth thinking about.
ybrikman
ybrikman rated it
3.0 Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
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 contra...
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