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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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    To imagine what progress the future will bring, you must be able to view the present differently.

    Try to imagine the world in the year 2100. What do you see? For most people, the future is a tantalizing topic to think about.

    But what do we really mean when we talk about the future?

    Clearly, we don’t just think of the passage of time, but the progress made during that time. This progress, that is, the differences from the present, is what really defines the future.

    More specifically, it can be divided into horizontal and vertical progress:

    Horizontal progress comes from expanding on existing ideas and innovations. Here, globalization is a common driver because it helps spread existing ideas to more people.

    Vertical progress, however, comes from creating something new that didn’t exist before, like a new technology or method.

    Put another way, horizontal progress is going from one to n whereas vertical progress is going from zero to one.

    An example of horizontal progress would be mass-producing phones and distributing them to developing countries; an example of vertical progress would be building a smartphone from a regular one.

    As you can imagine, vertical progress is hard to predict because you have to imagine something that doesn’t exist yet. That’s why you can only predict future progress if you’re able to see the present differently.

    After all, the future is by definition different from the present, so to imagine it you can’t just focus on the status quo. If you want to imagine what the future holds, you must be able to view the present critically.

    The author believes that this is such a crucial ability that, in job interviews, he asks candidates, “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?” Why? Because only a person who can think outside established conventions can see and change the future.

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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.

    Best quote from Zero to One (old version)

    Actually, capitalism and competition are opposites.

    —Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
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    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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