Zero to One

Zero to One

Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014 | Unabridged
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Silicon Valley legend Peter Thiel's vision for building the companies of the future. In Spring 2012, students at Stanford University packed a lecture hall to hear Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel teach a course called "Computer Science 183: Startup." Thiel told the class everything he knows about starting a company, going beyond the basics of running a business to answer the much harder question of how to find value where other people do not see it...
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780804165280
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (04 hours, 50 minutes, 46 seconds)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Masters, Blake
OverDrive, Inc

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Feb 14, 2019

A terrifically clear and well structured little book. Something one cannot say about business books is that they can be very helpful being referred to and re-read, but with this book, one can say just that. The scam of market defining is exposed. Looking for market signals, and interpreting them is touched upon (stay out of very competitive markets). The biggest point is the Big Secret, and how to harness it and not to loose it.
And perhaps best of all, its rather short.

Sep 19, 2016

7 main points:
1) engineering (10x better, breakthrough not incremental improvement)
2) timing - is this the right time?
3) monopoly - big slice in a small market?
4) people - do you have a right team?
5) distribution - not just create, way to deliver the product
6) durability - defensible 10 to 20 years in the future
7) secret - unique opportunity that others don't see

ZackApplewhite Oct 06, 2015

An excellent book for anyone looking at starting a business. I consider it a must read and intend to buy the book so that I can have a highlighted version for future reference. The author provides a series of great examples and detailed analysis without leaving the reader behind. The author also did very well in writing in a way that someone who didn't go to Stanford can understand.

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