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Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

Notes on Startups, or How to Build The Future

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Zero To One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters is a guide to building innovative businesses and achieving success through unconventional thinking.
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    Stop imitating, and start thinking outside established conventions.

    Try to imagine the world in the year 2100. What can you see?

    The future you imagine is probably different from today’s world in some ways. After all, thinking about the future means thinking about some sort of progress. We’ve all internalized this idea because we share the experience that the world we lived in as children was different from today in many ways. Most importantly, there was a lot of technological progress along the way.

    So, let’s get back to the exercise. If you think about the year 2100, what comes to your mind? Maybe you imagine super-fast planes. Silent and sleek self-driving cars. Computer monitors that are so thin you can barely see them from the side. You probably imagine a future that’s full of improved versions of products and services that already exist today.

    This is known as horizontal progress. It’s based on expanding on existing ideas and innovations. Here, globalization is a common driver because it helps spread existing ideas to more people. But if you want to be truly innovative, making horizontal progress isn’t enough. You should aim for vertical progress, creating an utterly new technology or method.

    The invention of the smartphone was the result of vertical progress: we went from a world without smartphones to a world with smartphones. Distributing them to new markets in developing countries, on the other hand, was horizontal progress – companies simply expanded on what was already there.

    And this is where Thiel’s idea of “going from zero to one” comes in. Think of a coordinate system. The x-axis represents horizontal progress – improving and copying – going from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 and so on, or, in mathematical terms, going from 1 to n. The y-axis represents vertical progress – going from nothing to something, or from 0 to 1.

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    What is Zero to One (Old Version) about?

    Zero to One explores how companies can better predict the future and take action to ensure that their startup is a success. The author enlivens the book’s key takeaways with his own personal experiences.

    Zero to One (Old Version) Review

    Zero To One (2014) offers valuable insights into building successful businesses by thinking differently. Here's why this book is a must-read:

    • It encourages readers to challenge conventional wisdom and explore untapped market opportunities.
    • The book shares practical advice from a successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
    • It emphasizes the importance of innovation and creativity in creating lasting value.

    Unlock the potential of your business ideas by reading Zero To One today.

    Who should read Zero to One (Old Version)?

    • Current and potential startup founders
    • Investors
    • Anyone interested in why certain startups succeed and others fail

    About the Author

    Peter Thiel is a co-founder of PayPal and one of the most prominent venture capitalists in the world. He was the first outsider to invest in Facebook, and he manages Founders Fund’s $2 billion assets.

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    What is the main message of Zero To One?

    Zero To One focuses on building innovative businesses through unconventional thinking.

    How long does it take to read Zero To One?

    The estimated reading time for Zero To One is around 3 hours. The Blinkist summary takes about 15 minutes to read.

    Is Zero To One a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Zero To One is worth reading for its valuable insights and unconventional approach to business.

    Who is the author of Zero To One?

    The authors of Zero To One are Peter Thiel and Blake Masters.

    How many chapters are in Zero To One?

    There are 14 chapters in Zero To One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters.

    1. The Challenge of the Future
    2. Party Like It's 1999
    3. All Happy Companies Are Different
    4. The Ideology of Competition
    5. Last Mover Advantage
    6. You Are Not a Lottery Ticket
    7. Follow the Money
    8. Secrets
    9. Foundations
    10. The Mechanics of Mafia
    11. If You Build It, Will They Come?
    12. Man and Machine
    13. Seeing Green
    14. The Founder's Paradox

    How many pages are in Zero To One?

    There are 224 pages in Zero To One.

    When was Zero To One published?

    Zero To One was published in 2014.

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