Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Zero to One

If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.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. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobil...

Details Zero to One

TitleZero to One
Release DateSep 16th, 2014
PublisherCrown Business
Number of pages195 pages
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Economics, Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Management, Buisness, Leadership, Philosophy, Self Help

Reviews Zero to One

  • Andrew Garvin
    Having worked with Peter - and the PayPal mafia more generally - for almost 10 years now, I have a unique perspective on Zero to One. Indeed, a lot of the ideas contained within are familiar to me. The launching point for the book is Peter's stock interview question - a question I still remember being asked 8 years ago.'What is something you think is true, but that most people disagree with you on?'My answer at the time (2006) was: 'There is a bu...
  • Jacek Ambroziak
    I thoroughly enjoyed the book even if I have found myself in violent disagreement with many of its thoughts. The book opens up with these words."Every moment in business happens only once.The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.It’s easier to...
  • Nick
    The first book since Antifragile that had me hooked beginning to end. The definite/ indefinite paradigm had me thinking long after the book was finished. Fantastic.Ch. 1 The challenge of the the futureThe first chapter is an introductory piece on the creation of new value (going from nothing to something) thus zero to one as opposed to logarithmic and or incremental changes one to n. - He argues that spreading old ways to create wealth around the...
  • Yevgeniy Brikman
    This book fluctuates between brilliance and madness. When it focuses on the mechanics of start ups, it's great. When it focuses on Thiel's philosophies, it's a bit whacky. Thiel enjoys being a contrarian too much. Doing something new and valuable may require being a contrarian, but just being contrarian doesn't mean your ideas are new and valuable. Worth reading if you're interested in startups, but be prepared to skim and shake your head. Pros:*...
  • Sindy Li
    I heard about this book when it came out and thought that there was no way I would read a book on startups. Not that I don't see great things coming out of some startups, but I am not the only one who has developed a fatigue of the many random startups founded by fellow Silicon Valley dwellers who are engineers, MBAs, or a little bit of both, and of the many other Valley dwellers who claim they want to do a startup without knowing what it will be...
  • Arjun Balaji
    [Note: this review was written for an advance copy, so there may be minor differences between references made here and in the first edition.]Contrary to my own expectation, I quite enjoyed Peter Thiel's newest book. Though put off by some of Thiel's contrarian (and in some cases, delusionally bullish) opinions, after reading Blake Master's notes from Stanford's CS183, I was pretty excited for their latest collaboration. While the latter half of t...
  • Todd N
    Even worse than the self-help section of the bookstore, you need to go into the entrepreneur part of the business section of the bookstore to find a copy of this book.Unless you are one of those Twitter jerkoffs who is tweeting about your startup or -- worse -- your insights on the latest VC trends, you will probably want to wear a disguise when procuring a copy of this book. But it's totally worth it.This book is a refinement, with new ideas add...
  • K's Corner
    3.5 stars. An interesting read with some interesting and thought-provoking insights for tech startups and some not so that just come across as opinionated commentary.
  • Aaron Wolfson
    Prior to this book, which has received enormous buzz and effusive praise, for whatever reason I thought of Peter Thiel as a stuffy businessman rather than a brilliant thinker. I associated him more with his investing career than his experiences as a founder of Paypal and Palantir. In this book he wears both hats, and he also takes turns as a historian, futurist, and cultural psychologist and anthropologist. His ideas and prescriptions are as wide...
  • Anna
    “ZERO TO ONE EVERY MOMENT IN BUSINESS happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.”Peter ― Thiel, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future It is always a useful experience to read the thoughts of a success...
  • Jason Weeks
    Peter Thiel's book is definitely worthwhile reading.He has some fantastic points about start-ups, working environments for new and small businesses and a strong level of conviction for his methodology and beliefs which is nice to read.That being said, he's self indulgent in parts of this book - perhaps his choice as a self-made billionaire (I don't know) - and more importantly he spends a lot of time focusing on all the great achievements of his ...
  • Yunling
    I'm sorry. I don't know why all the rave. This book is full of pontification and cliche. And sometimes shameless ones. Not to mention the every now and then judgmental categorical commentaries. I had to return the audio book half way thru. Total lack of nutrition.
  • James Fairbairn
    Starts well, becomes trite, ends delusional.
  • Sebastian Nickel
    I think it's worth reading of you're interested in starting and funding businesses, especially since it's such a quick read. I found PT's thoughts on and defense of monopolies particularly interesting. But I was disappointed by the strength of his argumentation. I expected this book to read like the work of a sharp, keen thinker, but his reasoning throughout the book is actually very sloppy and relies very heavily on cherry picked examples.
  • Michael
    Lately Thiel has been in the news and one would expect, based on a cursory examination of his backstory and current infamy, a work of diabolical genius or at the very least one with a bit of an edge. That said, the most surprising part of the book is its extreme banality.
  • Sarah
    Thiel is worth hearing out based on his resume alone, and there's logic in his central premises about monopoly (which signals creativity, adds value to the world by providing cool new stuff to buy, and apparently, affords companies the luxury of not being evil) and competition (which signals no profits and a thankless life). His seven factors of startup success make sense in a necessary but not sufficient kind of way, and facetiousness aside, the...
  • imane
    الكتاب صعب و ممل لكنه مفيد و موجه للسوق الغربي حيث الابتكار و الاختراع لان دول العالم الاول تسير في خط تقدم راسي عكس الدول النامية التي تسير في خط افقي و تعتمد على التقليد فقط. التقدم الافقي هو تقليد الدول المتقدمة وهذا ما يسمى بالعولمة اما التقدم ا...
  • Melissa
    This book had nothing insightful or unique to offer. I found myself nodding in common sense to many of the points. It reads like college notes (what it is based on) but I would've asked for my 3 credits back. Skip it!
  • Ostap Andrusiv
    Дуже хороша книжка. Цікавий погляд на речі. Треба думати глобально і задавати собі правильні запитання.
  • Abdullah
    يعتبر مؤلف الكتاب "بيتر تيل" خريح القانون من جامعة ستانفورد الأمريكة من أشهر رياديي الأعمال والمستثمرين الذين استطاعوا أن يجتازوا انهيار شركات التقنية في أواخر عام 2001م أو ما يسمى بـ فقاعة الدوت-كوم أو شركات الانترنت. أسس بيتر مع آخرين شركة باي بال ...
  • Undrakh Ganzorig
    Zero to One offers far more than a simple how-to book to successfully survive as a startup. Actually no success stories of survivor companies are similar just as each individual has unique attributes potentially leading them to success; as Peter Thiel puts it, all happy companies are different. Reading Mr. Thiel's story of building PayPal won't make someone a next game changer, but his notes on startups and tech industry in general are good insig...
  • Daria
    I try to avoid reading books that recently came out because time is the best quality filter for literature. But this book was very highly recommended and I had some free time, so I decided to try it. It blew my mind - ambitious and hopeful, while being skeptical and contrarian at the same time - I finished it in a day. I recently finished Antifragile by Nassim Taleb, which I also recommend, and this book is a little similar in a sense of being co...
  • Eya Beldi
    I'have studied Business for 3 years in high school and it's my major in university now all I can say is that this book helps people who know about business and people who don't if you're planing to lunch a startup this book is for you if not and you're just curious don't waste your time.This books includes topics about the right way to build a team, to choose a good timing how to deliver your product how to have your own monopoly to sum it up it ...
  • Gordon
    Here's the single best idea I got out of this book: an interview question. Thiel would ask prospective hires, "What is one view you hold on an important matter, shared by few other people?" Responses ranged from the banal, to the flummoxed, to the truly insightful. Clever question.This book is a collection of Silicon Valley business wisdom for the startup world, based on a course that he taught at Stanford in 2012. Its contents would probably sta...
  • Joe Donatelli
    Peter Thiel’s new business book “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” offers an unintentionally grim view of the future. This sounds like I didn’t enjoy it, but that’s not the case.“Zero to One” is packed with insight. Thiel, who founded PayPal, shares truths that have an audience beyond the entrepreneurs for which the book is intended. It works as a guide to starting a company and to getting ahead in the work...
  • Федор Кривов
    Компании, не занимающие монопольного положения на рынке, предпочитают другой сорт лжи, заявляя: «Мы стоим особняком от всех!» Предприниматели всегда склонны занижать уровень конкуренции — но для стартапа эта ошибка может стать фатальной. Ужасн...
  • Punit Lohani
    The best way to predict the future is to define it. If you want to build the future, then read this book. It is about how to leverage the uncertainties of future to build startups. The book provides a new perspective on risk taking. It stands out for its original ideas and thought provoking questions. Moving from 0 to 1 is different from moving from 1 to 2.Not everything is right with Silicon Valley. In the past 30 years, it has mostly been one s...
  • Joel
    On its surface, Zero to One is a brisk tour de force of contrarian business advice. The popular media have already picked up on many of the central ideas to be found, viz. the importance of vertical "intensive" growth rather than just horizontal "extensive" growth, innovative monopolies versus destructive competition, and definite over indefinite views of the future. Were this just another pop business book, these ideas alone would be enough to m...
  • Shweta Nigam
    A thought-provoking book written by Peter Thiel who is one of the Paypal founders and CEO of Palantir. This is not a secret receipe for starting small business but talks about the approach to start "small" and dominate the micro market. If some one is currently running a business or hoping to build one, the book reads like a worksheet to help you develop your idea.I would have enjoyed if the author would have given more details about the whole pr...
  • Paulo Hora
    «Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina by observing: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Business is the opposite. All happy companies are different: each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition.»Just brilliant. Peter Thiel is a legendary entrepreneur but also one great thinker. His principles and vision help everyone to start to ...