- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Virgin Books (4 Jun. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753555204
- ISBN-13: 978-0753555200
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future Paperback – 4 Jun 2015
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"Crisply written, rational and practical, Zero to One should be read not just by aspiring entrepreneurs but by anyone seeking a thoughtful alternative to the current pervasive gloom about the prospects for the world" (The Economist)
A ground-breaking and thought-provoking book on innovation and what it takes for a new company to prosper, from the co-founder of one of the most successful tech start-ups in historySee all Product description
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Two of the ideas are HUGE and the rest are filler. The first infuriated me and the second inspired me. The remaining four ideas were not exactly news to me because I once founded and ran a startup. There's also a couple rants, one against biotechnology and one against green tech, which to my ears sounded tribal.
After the ideas and the rants comes some rather embarrassing stuff that probably should not have made it into print. For example "we never invest in entrepreneurs who turn up for the interview in a suit" or "four of the founders of PayPal had built bombs as children." Memo to Peter Thiel: you are successful despite your prejudice against people who don't share your sartorial taste, and your partners made it to adulthood despite having been poorly supervised as children.
Idea number one is that "Monopolies are Good"
Not just for the monopolist (that would hardly have been a contribution) but also for everybody else. The general idea is that competition hurts profits and the lack of profits leads firms to an existential battle which does not allow them the scope to innovate. Monopolies are good because they have the power and scope to bring innovation to everybody. So Bill Gates brought the computer to every home. He was not beaten by a better provider of software, he was superseded by a shift in technology toward powerful mobile devices, tablets and the cloud, all of which, in turn, were motivated by other entrepreneurs' desire to obtain monopoly profits.Read more ›
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Written for Americans, "the rest of the world are wrong, Americans are right... blah blah blah"Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
A masterpiece. For those that feel that are wired to change the world then let this book both educate and inspire you of the possibilities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike Grogan
Really enjoyed it. Some philosophising but also plenty of practical tips for upstarts. Worth reading for any aspiring business owner.Published 2 months ago by emwil
Succinct, real, usable knowledge. Peter thiel, with this book, has fundamentally shifted the way I think about what makes a company valuable now and into the futurePublished 3 months ago
Pithy, hard headed yet visionary and full of practical, often counter-intuitive advice for start ups. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jjw