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Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future by [Masters, Blake, Thiel, Peter]
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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 n, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. 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

‘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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3284 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital (18 September 2014)
  • Sold by: PRH UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KHX0II4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I've read a lot of business books in 2017.

As I've read more and more books across business and tech, there's three criteria that I judge these books on. I know I'm going to love a book if it:
> Introduces me to new ideas
> Makes me question long held assumptions
> Balances big picture thinking with practical tactics
For me, this book delivers strongly on all three.

I don’t agree with all of Thiel’s opinions. But if you like thinking about the future you’ll probably like this book. 👍👍👍
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Are you planning to start a restaurant serving Indian or British food in downtown Palo Alto (or anywhere for that matter)? Do you think you have a unique advantage over your competitors that will enable you to survive the competition? Think again, says Peter Thiel, in his book “Zero to One”. “If you lose sight of competitive reality…. your business is unlikely to survive.” Peter dispels the notion that competition in undifferentiated commodity business is good for your business. Rather, he favors “creative monopoly” despite the notoriety the word “monopoly” has gained over the years.

The preamble of the book states “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”, but for any founder or investor to achieve exponential growth, he states “Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there.” Peter Thiel has reinforced this message throughout the book and supported it with good examples.

He strongly argues that starting up an undifferentiated commodity business will wipe away profits and leave the start-up struggling for existence. He argues in favour of “creative monopoly”; a monopoly that encourages creativity in developing new products such that the society as a whole will benefit from such monopoly. These monopolies invest their monopoly profits in long-term projects and research; competitive companies cannot invest long-term because they spend more time struggling to earn and keep their existing profits. He thinks we need more creative monopolies to power the world. Such messages seem to fly in the face of established economic theory; but the presentation of the content makes a compelling read.
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Thiel leads you to look at things in a different way to the norm and leads you to think deeply and question things we ordinarily take for granted
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Very much enjoyed this insightful book.
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While it's definitely a must read and it does provide some of the best analogies from one of the top insiders of the startup scene, some of the chapters seemed a bit off-point with too much philosophy rather than actionable ideas. The graphs were a downer for me all through the book! If there's a next edition it has to up the game on illustrations.
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A wonderfully written book that encourages you to think critically. Having worked in a traditional industry where standard "MBA" strategy is practiced, it was a breath of fresh air to read this book, I can honestly say it's the best book I've read on strategy. It's also very well edited meaning it is an easy read.
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Disappointing book. Author is very condescending in tone, and makes a lot of assertations without backing any of it up with evidence. For example, the author continually claims that Venture Capitalists don't understand the effects of power laws, which is totally untrue in my experience. Running Lean would be a better choice for aspiring start-up founders IMO.
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By far the best business book I have ever read. Peter Thiel provides insights which generate the ideas that entrepreneurs need to stay fresh and excited about their ventures. This book is a must read for anyone looking to develop a business that will disrupt and succeed.
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