What valuable company is nobody building? The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won't make a search engine. 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 10, adding more of something familiar.
"Every new creation goes from zero to one. This book is about how to get there. Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how." (Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla)
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"This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world." (Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook)
"When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of Peter Thiel, read it twice. Or, to be safe, three times. This is a classic." (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan)
Probably useful as a first business book, anyone that has studied this area before maybe a little disappointed.
The most interesting part of the book were the insights into Peter Thiels thinking.
great story and heaps of facts from co-founder of PayPal and serial investor. It gives new perspective on competition and explains why every enterprenuor need to strive to be a monopolist. start small, be superior and critical to conventional thinking.
author of The Leaky Funnel
His essential point iappears to be that we should only bother to build monopolies, or at least set out to do so. This is consistent with the attitude of Valley VC's; they will abandon a good business not destined to be a unicorn. Listen past this simple world view and you'll see why Thiel is so highly regarded. The seven pillars that he argues need to be in place for a new monopoly (that's where the 'zero to one' comes from) are insightful. Master these and the riches flow. Seek these but fail on a couple and good-enough might just be good enough.
"Excellent book for start-ups "
Excellent book for young entrepreneurs and new start-ups to relate to their effort to build and a very good knowledge fur companies to learn goody and bad about technolog based entrepreneurial shift.
"You had me up until chapter 5 and then ..."
... can I have done ice cream with that waffle?
The chapters on the philosophy about determinate or random - optimism or pessimism does not seem to fit in this book.
"Perspectives and Dimensions"
It was a great listen, provided new perspective and the dimensions to explore a start-up's ideas / strategies in.
Although it seemed to me a bit biased towards Facebook, Palantir, and Tesla but then these are true successes.
"one to one..."
With an excellent first chapter it draws you in but then slows down. Awesome vision and incite though
"Thought provoking book!"
loved every chapter. changed my perspective on innovation and start ideas. strong recommended for new age innovators.
"very useful book."
narration is awesome, punctuated beautifully for emphasis at the right moments. would listen to it again for sure.
"Great book for aspiring tech entrepreneurs."
It is a great book covering almost all aspects of a start up. Peters first hand account of building successful startups is very inspiring.
"deep insights into startup world.."
great listen.. new deep insights..
it was gud to discover a great startup mindset
"Startup 101 - must read"
It's a must read for anyone crossing over to the dark side of startup world. Even after we listen to these hindsights, many might still continue to make the same mistakes because each situation is different. But at least these thoughts condensed into a book could be used as a reference.
"Good topics, make you think about the future"
Very good topics in the book, sometimes goes a bit far (e.g: comparison of founders with Gods and kings).
A lot of companies history examples are used.
Although I found the narration dull and often found myself mentally drifting off to something else and having to rewind.
"Reality of starting a business"
This book is definitely not for those seeking motivational words to get them pumped up. It is for those seeking to understand the reality of starting of business and what to expect of the real world. Excellent listen.
"Profound and Insightful "
The obvious intelligence of the writers is well organized to allow for easy listening. So good that I will be listening again. A lot of American businesspeople think they have a book in them and it ends up beong tragic ot obvious. This is an exception to that!
While very condensed and not too many in depth examples of the application of Peter 's, it is a great book which summarises a couple of rules of thumb as well as his personal philosophy as an investor. Very highly recommend it!
Thiel brings "progress" back from the intellectual wilderness alongside other currently unfashionable concepts like proactive planning and building our own future. I liked it.
"Very good advice for any tech startup"
Shame about the performer's monotone delivery, otherwise, an excellent book.
If your planning a new startup, be ready to take notes and apply them, dispassionately to your grand idea.
"Ok, not up to all the hype"
In my opinion this book wasn't up to all the hype it had received. Personally I felt it was a little flat, and didn't leave me pumped up to embark on my next startup adventure.
I also felt, as an entrepreneur, that it lacked significant tips and substance to help or inspire me to do what I do now, but better and bigger. There are perhaps better books out there; for example The Lean Startup by Eric Reis kept making my mind wander off down little entrepreneurial side roads of inspiration, which I then used to kickstart elements of my business.
It is a good listen (the audiobook) in its own right. Well narrated, and well written and researched I would say.
But I was left uninspired. Basically Zero to One actually translates to you're either going to make it or you're not.
"Essential 20/20 hindsight for startups"
Needs to use the Tech World's Extreme Documentation to avoid dilution.
It has some gems but the size of the paper tome is off-putting. Less is more for startups that have to read a lot. Gates, Jobs, zuckerberg, Ellison together with many other entrepreneurs who dropped out but made it all had drive and perseverance and the SWOT analysis of one's self particularly age for a first time startup is of key relevance, but not discussed.
"My New Favourite Book"
Fresh Contrarian Thinking.
I certainly would have enjoyed doing that, but each nugget needs time to mentally digest before proceeding to the next. There are so many - a good thing.
Thiel is a breath of fresh air with his extreme contrarian thinking. Many of the concepts in this book are the total opposite of conventional wisdom, but as a multi-billionaire, Thiel can surely show that his thinking has at least worked for him.
The ideas have built bridges with concepts I vaguely understood, and I now have a much clearer picture of the birth and growth of disruptive business. Among many other things.
This is my new favourite book (I went and bought the print version after listening).
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