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
"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.
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
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.
As a reader of a bit of literature and reporting in vc, it was interesting to read about startups from the startup POV
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.
"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.
"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!
Although I found the narration dull and often found myself mentally drifting off to something else and having to rewind.
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.
"Fantastic business and innovation book"
it's a must read book, changed my perspective about impacting change in an ever evolving world and being part of change.
"Some thought provoking topics but delivery poor"
I listen to a lot of audio books and podcasts so I'll try to be as objective and constructive.
Firstly, I really really wanted to enjoy this book. The premise was intriguing.
I already knew by reading existing reviews that it was not a "how to be successful in business" type book and that was fine by me. I was looking forward to a more free-form and rambling narrative. It did explore some interesting areas and the narrator is suitably qualified to add authority to his words.
My problem was with the delivery. It was very monotone throughout and it wasn't enough to keep my attention sustained.
I did listen to the end though and there are a few snippets that I can take away from it.
Maybe the content could have been brought to life with a different narrator.
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