Zero to One

Zero to One Summary

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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 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.



Book Reviews

kyleadr1

1 Hundred5 star

After some time thinking, Peter, thank you.55

User^1366

Tech Ventures: View from a Different Lens5 star

In this engaging read, Thiel provides a unique overview on forces that allow for creation — and success — of a technology venture. A proclaimed contrarian, Thiel shows how seemingly contrarian views often fail to meet that very definition. A must read for every technology founder or enthusiast.55

steveo_gee

From Zero to One3 star

I thought the book hit on some interesting points, by pulling from personal experiences of the author, but it didn't quite provide the information about running a startup that I was looking for.35

Tokaychik

Great book!5 star

One of the great books I have read. Highly recommended for entrepreneurs and businesses owners.55

Sports fiend

Entrepreneurs, Start-ups, & Innovators, please be advised!5 star

I'm not going to say that this book is like the "New Testament" for Entrepreneurs or that it's brain (Thiel) is the "Jesus" whose scriptures finally give us a psychology we can use to believe in ourselves when the tides of doubt and ambiguity of the global economy come rolling in. I'm not going say that, because it's probably, at least, a bit of an overestimate even if it's how I feel. All considered, it is how I feel and I guess I already said it. I suppose another analogy I could offer is this: When those tides come rolling in and your ideas/ingenuity are fighting for their life just to keep treading, you should refer to this book. With it, your ideas/ingenuity and your perception of the world will gain the power, if I may, to walk on water. If you consider yourself an entrepreneur or innovator, please be advised! A newer, higher vantage point has been found. It is challenging and it is liberating. It is Zero to One.55

tkl2012

Great Book!5 star

A must read for anyone thinking about starting their own tech company.55

richardwesleyash

Good book, Thiel has crafted himself a unique world view4 star

Good book, Thiel has crafted himself a unique world view. In particular, I am fascinated by how he characterizes the state of the US conscience today as "Indefinite Optimism". From that discussion i think his main point is that we control our future. It's a subtle argument, but very important nonetheless. Thiel brings to light all the uncertainty of the future and the different ways people react to it. Only we can determine our future.45

Andyfxx

Great book!5 star

Peter - you're the man!55

TomSawyer_

It'd be nice if you would read this book, too.4 star

The book is a quick read. It's not consistently good throughout, but I found the better insights to be very good and not just by restating common knowledge in a superior fashion.45

john840av

Love it5 star

Really full of ideas and intuitions to make sense of our world55



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