Zero to One

Zero to One

Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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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 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. Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything the author 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 he has 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 no one building?
Publisher: New York : Crown Business, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780804139298
0804139296
Branch Call Number: 658.11 THIEL
Characteristics: 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Masters, Blake G. - Author

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qianhaha
Sep 22, 2020

Brilliant book... In fact my favorite book of all time.
This book inspired me to seek entrepreneurship, to attempt to innovate a product to revolutionize the world. Peter Thiel is highly qualified to write a book about entrepreneurship - he was part of the Paypal Mafia - a group of six people whom I respect the most. These six founded multi-billion dollar companies including Tesla, LinkedIn, Palantir, SpaceX, Square, Slide, Kiva, YouTube, Yelp, and Yammer. This book is different from other books on entrepreneurship. The ideas are avant-garde and provide an interesting viewpoint on current innovations.
I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to become an entrepreneur.
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 15, 2020

Zero To One is a must-have handbook for building a successful business with efficient employees, and an innovative product. The chapters are short and concise which makes this book a very easy read. Not only does this book provide direct tips, but it also draws many images and stories of Peters journey in growing his companies. Peter Thiel is the perfect example of doing what he speaks because the tips he includes are the exact same ones he used to scale PayPal and his own fortune. He also dedicates a little bit of the book to talk about innovation. One tip the sticks with me to this day is that “Zero to one is about growing vertically by innovating and creating completely new technology. 1 to n is about iterating existing technologies, or globalizing them and growing horizontally.” Overall this book is great for entrepreneurs looking to scale their business, and I highly recommend it. I rate this book a perfect 5/5! @UniquePerspective of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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LoveGodandbooks
Oct 23, 2018

Peter is no Anthony Robbins...and I say that as a 1000% compliment.
Thiel does not implore you to throw up your hands and stomp around like a 10 year old who’s had too much sugar...Rather, when looking at the glass of water, sure you’ll ask, “is it half full or half empty” or “does it matter, it’s just water, I wanted a Vitamin Zero..j/k.. the point being is...his theory is not just start the business with religious zeal but when you start it, in his words, “make it 10X better” than any competitor so that value stands out like a shining diamond. And use common sense principles that drive company growth.
It’s an excellent read, no doubt...like any good writer, Thiel uses history, philosophy, allegory, religion...to beef up his points.
I highly recommend “Zero to One”
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ricardohdz
Jan 31, 2018

A simple book about startups with a fresh and aggressive perspective. The basic message is hold to your unconventional beliefs, create a monopoly and build a team of unusual talent.

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careybeal
Jan 14, 2017

Very interesting read and some very thought-provoking insight into starting a new business or venture. Thiel toes the line between practical businessperson and relentless contrarian at times, forcing readers to think beyond where they might have imagined they would when picking up this book.

I particularly like the question, "what important truth do very few people agree with you on?" Again - it breeds creative thinking and that is, ultimately, what this book gets you to do.

Offers interesting perspective and is definitely a good read for those interested in building a successful business, or learning what it takes to do so.

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jinayatali
Jan 05, 2017

This is a great book for anybody who wants to be an entrepreneur. It's important to have a right entrepreneurial mindset from the very beginning and Peter's insights and thought process will certainly be of great value for that. Here is book summary http://www.howtoinvestinstocks.ca/booksummary

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JP_Wright
Sep 20, 2015

I was very impressed with Peter Thiel’s insights, thought process, and business acumen. If you are looking for the secret formula to starting that perfect business, you will be disappointed. The truth is that there is no secret. Great minds are unpredictable and Peter Thiel does a great job articulating that. However, Thiel does talk about trends and patterns behind the success of companies like Amazon, Payapl, and Telsa Motos as well as the success of individuals such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Thinking outside the box and figuring out what you can do that is not already being done is the key. This is by far the best business book I have yet to read and highly recommend it. It’s also quick, short, and very engaging.

manuelaleal Sep 15, 2015

This most brilliant book on start-up strategies it also deeply flawed.

The business analysis is faultless, challenging, exciting and truly mind-blowing. PT essentially explains his theory of monopolies, technology and what makes a technology company TRULY successful.

The problem appears at the end of the book when PT essentially describes that the culture of technology companies should be like cults, and gives hints at mildly creepy ageism and downright hypocrisy.

For example Peter Thiel gives out a scholarship for VERY young people to drop out of college to develop a business idea for one year, yet none of his companies seem to hire people without college degrees. He has a degree from Stanford and a law degree and yet sells the idea that college is useless but again if you look at the companies he owns, none of his employees seems to lack college degrees. He makes generalizations from a VERY privileged position, but then if you look at his politics, it makes sense. Try to put that aside for one sec because the first part of the book really is brilliant.

As flawed as it is, this is an essential book about business, entrepreneurial culture and technology and Peter's record as a founder of Pay Pal and record as Facebook's first investor should leave no doubt as to his record, business acumen and analytical abilities (outside of his shady political ideas).

lillybkk2015 Sep 09, 2015

This is very useful and worth to read.

lms Jul 09, 2015

Booklist Top Ten Business Books 2015

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Dec 23, 2014

1. Can you create breakthrough technology instead of incremental improvements?
2. Is now the right time to start your particular business?
3. Are you starting with a big share of a small market?
4. Do you have the right team?
5. Do you have a way to not just create but deliver your product?
6. Will your market position be defensible 10 and 20 years into the future?
7. Have you identified a unique opportunity that others don't see?

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