Zero To One

Peter Thiel's new book on Startups

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Reviews

  • Simon CockayneFounder & Happiness Nurturer @ WhoZoo.io
    Pros: 

    The advice on co-founders knowing each other from past experieneces.

    Cons: 

    I think it is good as it stands. "Creativity, Inc" is a cracking book too.

    I didn't agree with Peter's stance and thinking on all aspects. E.g. early specialization early in education.

    But I think that's cool. Even the things I didn't agree with made me think and stretched my mind too.

    If you are thinking about a startup or innovation, read this book.

    Simon Cockayne has used this product for one year.
  • Michael BennettMarketing, sales, operations.
    Pros: 

    The seminal book on building once-in-a-generation technology companies.

    Cons: 

    None, but see below my disclaimer.

    The most important book you can read on building transformational startups that build and then bring generational technology to the world and live changing returns to teams and investors.

    This book is focused on wisdom and frameworks for Type A companies and teams, those with extremely large missions and top talent. I love this book and try to reread once a year. As a disclaimer, it's not geared toward iterative entrepreneurs developing linear solutions to problems, and in fact, calls that out in the book, so be warned :) It will undoubtedly leave anyone who picks it up inspired and ready to get to work.

    Michael Bennett has used this product for one year.

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Erik TorenbergHunterHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
for those who haven't seen this @peterthiel AMA -- must-read: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/com...
Brad Holden@holdenbrad · Principal, TomorrowVentures
@eriktorenberg Great AMA. Loved the response when someone asked whether Palantir was a front for the CIA. "No, the CIA is a front for Palantir"
Stuart Chaney@stu_chaney · Engineer Airbrake/Exceptional/Rackspace
@eriktorenberg Bought. Mostly due to how awesome that AMA was...
Philip I. Thomas@philipithomas · Co-founder at moonlight
@holdenbrad If you're unfamiliar - check out the Palantir wikipedia page.Thiel co-founded the company with a little VC fund called In-Q-Tel. In-Q-Tel is an arm of the CIA.
Benjamin Hoffman@benhoffman_ · Software Engineer
@holdenbrad @eriktorenberg my personal favorite: Q: Favorite rap artist? A: Ben Horowitz
chinozc@chinozc · Next Media Agency
@eriktorenberg @peterthiel Reading this amazing book!
Dave Morin@davemorin · Founder & Partner, Slow Ventures
This is bar none the best book on startups ever written.
Erik TorenbergHunterHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@davemorin curious what was most compelling / biggest take away for you dave!
Ross Rojek@sacbookreviewer · CTO, GoLocalApps.com, Apptoolkit.io
This looked like an interesting book. However when you analyze companies and products in hindsight, its always easy to find the results that match your thesis. So looking forward to seeing what they came up with. (This was also a selection for our bookbuzz.email newsletter this week.)
Nick Zieber@nzieber · Tech & Startups Community in Hong Kong
"After reading this, you'll have no need for books again. Period." -Abraham Lincoln ... Just kidding. I think it's probably an extraordinary book. Perhaps the quotes from famous people are a little much. Looks like an exciting story.
Alexander Mimran@amimran · Founder, Minbox
Extremely solid so far. A must read for startups.