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)
... 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.
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.
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!
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.
Although I found the narration dull and often found myself mentally drifting off to something else and having to rewind.
"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.
"Intelligent & well structured insight into building a business"
Excellent insight into critical aspects of building a business, all the more valuable as the material is from real experience rather than theory.
"Great narrator and content - greater if applied"
logically goes through the principles rather than a formula for success, which changes with landscape. however the principles are deeply rooted in the landscape irrespective of change. great read!
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