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  • 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)
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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)

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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 history

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A better title for this book would have been "Six ideas Peter Thiel wants to put out there" but that admittedly sounds less catchy than "Zero to One"

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 He was not beaten by a better provider of software, he was superseded by a shift in technology toward powerful mobile devices, tablets and the cloud, all of which, in turn, were motivated by other entrepreneurs' desire to obtain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.
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This is an outstanding book that really makes so much sense. However, now I want to talk to Peter as I just know in 15mins he can make that difference to what I have ... this could be a kairos moment BUT he'll never get in touch with me.
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Excellent book. Enjoyed it and it was very informative. One of the best books I've read on business and I've read a lot.
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The book has many insights regarding how to start startups and sustain them and challenge monopoly and competitions impacts on startups.
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This Book was extremely inspirational and it has defenitely given me a different perspective of the entrepreneurial world! Even if you are just looking for some inspiration/motivation to succeed, I would defenitely advise this book!
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Best business book I have read. Crystal clear and inspiring for anyone interested in startups. Worth reading over and over
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Great insights , a bit random in places , but catches major considerations for startups and business culture . Fun
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all good
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