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Zero to One Audiobook

Zero to One

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Publisher's Summary

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)

©2014 Peter Thiel (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Andrew 06/07/2015
    Andrew 06/07/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "OK, partly useful"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    18/06/2017
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    "Great book. Slightly less engaging reader."

    A must read for those thinking through launching a startup. Each start of a company is special and you only get go and starting. This book takes you through key steps to help you dodge the mistakes so many have made before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sendy 01/06/2017
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    "a good entrepreneurial read...."

    It describes aspects of start ups from different angle and provides wealthy source of info

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Liu Parramatta, Sydney 11/05/2017
    Kevin Liu Parramatta, Sydney 11/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "lots of gossips rather than useful information"

    was expecting useful information and advice on getting from zero to one, but instead it's lots of gossips and few words of wisdom

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dermott 06/04/2017
    Dermott 06/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "makes you think twice about what's going on..."

    Thiel is a thinker and a doer. Maybe life has a way of dealing you the cards of opportunity if your open to looking for it but Thiel is very in tune with counter trends and taking a narrow decisive leap at real open fields of opportunity. A must read or listen for anyone looking to operate outside the norms of the business world and achieve something almighty

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 27/03/2017
    James 27/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "will listen again"

    great perspective. want to listen again so the concepts sink in a little better. especially the part about future thinking (optimistic etc)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikolic Milica 02/03/2017
    Nikolic Milica 02/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Good content, sub par narration"

    I liked the content but the narrator spoke in a monotone way that was too quick to take everything in. Would've preferred reading it myself, or if they got a professional narrator to do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    simon 09/02/2017
    simon 09/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "some interesting clashes between vc and startups.."

    As a reader of a bit of literature and reporting in vc, it was interesting to read about startups from the startup POV

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Nightingale 09/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A rough diamond"

    Gems of insight scattered amongst sketchy generalisations. You can't deny Theil's track record. I personally found the rational lacking but will certainly take some helpful guidelines out of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 02/01/2017
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    "Incredible book just do it"

    Peter has incredible insight and is a brilliant human. Buy the book. Listen to it multiple times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mubbashir
    15/01/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RI Coppin
    United States
    14/09/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Udit Bansal
    13/05/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mubeen
    9/04/16
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    "one to one..."

    With an excellent first chapter it draws you in but then slows down. Awesome vision and incite though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suchindra K C
    25/02/16
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    "Thought provoking book!"

    loved every chapter. changed my perspective on innovation and start ideas. strong recommended for new age innovators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tunde A.
    27/12/15
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    "very useful book."

    narration is awesome, punctuated beautifully for emphasis at the right moments. would listen to it again for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vishal
    16/12/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anand kumar
    24/10/15
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    "deep insights into startup world.."

    great listen.. new deep insights..
    good narration..
    it was gud to discover a great startup mindset

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Mantena
    NJ, United States
    18/06/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • z3yo
    12/09/15
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ahmad
    27/04/16
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    16/03/16
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    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    20/08/15
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    "Interesting listen"

    Although I found the narration dull and often found myself mentally drifting off to something else and having to rewind.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    28/02/16
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    "Great book"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Bath, United Kingdom
    17/11/15
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    "Refreshingly old-fashioned"

    Thiel brings "progress" back from the intellectual wilderness alongside other currently unfashionable concepts like proactive planning and building our own future. I liked it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Y. Syed
    Somewhere in Internet Land
    14/09/15
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robin Waite
    Stroud, Gloucestershire
    15/09/15
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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    23/06/17
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    "Thought provoking"

    Helps to build a good understanding of foundation of a new business success. Specific criteria are useful and worth noting down (chapter 14)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    22/06/17
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    "Clear and insightful"

    Well structured and easy to follow. Insightful and enjoyed the references and comparisons to great works, e.g. Shakespeare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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