- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Virgin Books (18 September 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753555182
- ISBN-13: 978-0753555187
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.4 x 22.2 cm
- Customer Reviews: 4,574 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future Hardcover – 18 September 2014
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Book: Feels original, not a digital copy. But paper quality makes it doubtful.
Content: Author express the huge requirement of new ideas and uniqueness. Including success stories of Mark and Musk makes it interesting and inspirational to read.
Entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but this book does put light on the fundamentals of starting a business.
I order diamonds, and receive poop in the mail. How is that fair? And can the seller even read titles of paperbacks? Now I'm stuck with crap masquerading as literature. A better use of my money would've been to watch it burn. You know, just for fun.
What a disappointment!
It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is singular, as is the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange."
It’s author – Peter Thiel:
One of the very best in the business. He has worked with some of the stupendous success such as Facebook , PayPal. The book is based on a series of lectures Thiel gave at Stanford. Both these factors play a big role towards the authenticity & appeal of the book
This is one of the prime reasons that makes this book. Not only best practices, frameworks but also the context has been set in a very neat manner that makes it very effective and engaging.
Thiel has also managed to articulate whatever he wanted to convey to the audience in a very effective manner. Especially for wannabe Entrepreneurs the book is an ideal launchpad and benchmark to vet their current efforts against.
Frameworks and Tools:
The book also provides lot of frameworks & tools that are very analytical and provides lot of depth in terms of suggestions as well leading to lot of introspection as a reader.
Thiel has got it bang on so far as a co-founder, Venture Capitalist and he continues his golden run. I would highly recommend it to all Entrepreneurs and Wannabe Entrepreneurs. An Excellent way to learn from the very best in business. #RangasReview
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"Doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is singular, as in the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange."
Zero to One suggests a very different method from the lean-agile approach proposed by Steve Blank and Eric Ries in The Four Steps to the Epiphany and The Lean Startup respectively. They suggest that Customer Discovery, Validation, Creation and Building are the cornerstones of the startup approach.
I believe we need to start with a vision of what a successful business would look like, and we need to see that it will be significantly different (10x) from existing competitive solutions. How do we get there? By understanding and executing a market entry path that is iteratively to build, test & learn. I would also question Thiel’s suggestion that only technology enables that step change. In the cited case of Facebook, there were multiple solutions offering social media platforms and it appears the leadership and marketing of Facebook, were more the decisive factors. We could even argue that Facebook is an example of the Eric Ries approach.
The example of Paypal and Thiel’s insights into the economy and the investment community around the DotCom boom and bust were very interesting. The investor expectations are a constant challenge as I’ve heard from one investor that he wouldn’t get out of bed if a company wasn’t turning over €40million in 3 years and another saying if you showed me figures like that I’d think I was working with idiots with their heads in the clouds.
After the main point of vertical innovation is made, the book rambles and while the discussion points are interesting you often wonder what this has that to do with the main premise of the book. The book does feel a little unstructured and elements seem to be included as they were part of a lecture series rather than an integral part of a framework for achieving that 0 to 1 impact.
I would recommend reading this book as it may encourage and inspire you to consider where you want to go with the company and its core solutions. It does, however, need to be tempered with the knowledge that other approaches exist and Peter Thiel may be wrong, at least in parts.
Would recommend at the least underlining and recapping between readings. Very versatile book to as it caters to not only those who are starting out trying to think of a business idea, but also to those who have a business and are trying to build teams as well as anyone in business who wants to grow.
I have a degree, though with this book I learnt some amazing solid principles about economics and how the world works. What prompted me to give with 5 stars in stead of 4 is that for the majority, the author gave substantial evidence (often real life) to back up his theories and thus I really can't dismiss the book.
also like the chapters on why we either do easy things in life but rarely the very hard stuff, and why folk go 2 ways either go for the easy way, eg rubbish job, or other spectrum become hippes,religious cults and believe in stuff noone can prove right or wrong, so they are just as bad as the lazy ones that take the rubbish jobs.
makes you realise why some middle east /african, third world,countries that are backward are so religious cos they have to have something to believe in to make their lifes worthwhile,to get them out off bed in morning, but they dont have any decent inventors, businessmen,fantastic companies, cos that takes effort which these countries dont have any off.
the best guys are those trying to do difficult jobs, problems, but they are solveable ones !!!
dont try and try to travel to the next galaxy at the speed of light, impossible, try to get to mars instead, possible , but hard.
Easy reading and some out of the box perspectives on thinking about big ideas and successful companies.
some of the opinions are stated as fact, eg technology is not competing with people... which would be contestable based on history.
High level and does not feel sufficiently rounded to cover all key topics
Can tell it is notes from a series of lectures as opposed to an in-depth approach
I would highly recommend this book