Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

No credit was given to Sean Parker who introduced Zuckerberg to Thiel – the first major outside investment in Facebook. Instead Parker was portrayed as a villain who didn’t know what he was doing. It ends with a philosophy called Singularity where there is infinite hope for the future. And according to the author, technology is the only thing that is capable of achieving it – with so many helping move the current scenario from 0 to 1. Other factors like psychology, spirituality, and other unknown realms are completely discounted by the author.

Name of BookZero to One PDF
AuthorPeter Thiel
PublisherCurrency Illustrated edition
PDF Size6 MB

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.

The book gives a completely new perspective on how businesses should be run or rather on what basis one should even start a company. Discusses mostly about monopoly – and a definition for it. I have come across this measure of monopoly for the first time. The author emphasizes the importance of salesmen. Says the real selling is when customers are not even aware that the selling is happening. And goes on to sell his product, his current investment to the readers – not sure how many realised this. At the end, there was too much focus on trivial and uninteresting things like how founders are eccentric – may be he wants to show the audience that how cool he is.

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