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If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets. The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new...

If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

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Number of Pages: 195

ISBN: 0804139296

ISBN-13: 9780804139298


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Lessons:
• The best businesses focus on building something new instead of competing.
• These businesses are built on secrets very few people at the time understand.

Zero to One is the canonical example of venture capital as philosophy. It explains how having a deterministic view of the future which every exceptional founder you work with will have is ultimately the key to pursuing venture as a calling rather than a career. I recommend startin...

Zero to One is the canonical example of venture capital as philosophy. It explains how having a deterministic view of the future which every exceptional founder you work with will have is ultimately the key to pursuing venture as a calling rather than a career. I recommend starting with this book as an introduction to technology’s purpose and what’s at stake when you show up to every meeting.

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Timeless advice from Peter Thiel about building a startup.

Opened my mind up on how best to start a startup, the importance of sales, the importance of the right team. Well worth the investment.

Recently I've been thinking about the set of books I'd recommend to someone wanting to do something innovative, to create something new. The first is "Zero to One" by Peter Thiel, a very good book that gives an overview of entrepreneurship and innovation.

If you really understand something that the rest of the world is confused about, and it’s an important truth, [this book] says here are all the ways you might want to make that work.

business books: Lean Startup, Zero to One, Hard Things, Innovators Dilemma, Crossing the Chasm + more

The first and last business book anyone needs to read; a one in a world of zeroes.

This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.

Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how

Zero to One is an important handbook to relentless improvement for big companies and beginning entrepreneurs alike. Read it, accept Peter’s challenge, and build a business beyond expectations.

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.

Zero to One is the first book any working or aspiring entrepreneur must read—period

Peter Thiel, in addition to being an accomplished entrepreneur and investor, is also one of the leading public intellectuals of our time. Read this book to get your first glimpse of how and why that is true.

Peter Thiel first invested in Stripe in summer of 2010—50 months ago—and just released a very good book.

Might be the best business book I've read...Barely 200 pages long and well lit by clear prose and pithy aphorisms, Thiel has written a perfectly tweetable treatise and a relentlessly thought-provoking handbook.