Book Review: ZERO to ONE: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

November 18, 2018


GENRE  Business Guide

AUTHOR   Peter Thiel & Blake Masters

PAGES       224

YEAR OF PUBLISH 2014

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 Peter Thiel studied philosophy at Stanford University (B.A., 1989), during which time he founded The Stanford Review, a newspaper that was critical of political correctness. In 1998 Thiel and several others cofounded Confinity, which was designed to handle payments between Palm Pilots. The following year it merged with Elon Musk’s X.com, and PayPal was created, with Thiel becoming its CEO and chairman. Designed to create “a new world currency,” the e-commerce the company specialized in Internet money transfers. PayPal proved hugely successful, aided by its use on the online marketplace eBay. In 2002 eBay acquired PayPal for $1.5 billion. 


ZERO TO ONE MOMENTS HAPPENS ONLY ONCE- "THE NEXT BILL GATES WILL NOT BUILD AN OPERATING SYSTEM,NEXT LARRY PAGE WILL NOT CREATE SEARCH ENGINE, NEXT ZUKERBERG WILL NOT BUILD A SOCIAL PLATFORM"

SUMMARY of Zero to One

ZERO TO ONE is about to become something from nothing. To initiate something is the biggest propulsion one can make in course of gaining knowledge, adding value, invent, and innovate and so on.  Consider an example: “For an airplane- It’s difficult to take off than fly”.
In his book,” Peter Theil” discusses his learning from PayPal days. He offers his perspective & teachings for future tech & nontech start-ups. He presents his ideas in reference to world-class companies, which differentiates them from other companies in-spite of delivering similar genre of products or services. Concept of being 10X better than competitors. The diagrams for his ideas,(fun to read), is more look like class notes of some smart kid. “Thing that attracts me as a reader is when the writer shows content not vocabulary.” Zero to One delivers it very well. The writing seemed oratory and it will bind you to enquirer ‘What’s next?’ It will thrive your present thinking when you will realize similar things happened to you but you never thought in that way. This book is likely to challenge everyone’s opinion, no matter what background. The Cherry on Cake is connecting business with science.
Peter admires monopoly, as it reduces competition. Unlike conventional knowledge, where competition is admired, he advocates competition adds less than it takes away. It promotes antisocial behavior. It does not create money. “The concept of making the pie bigger than competing for a bigger share.” Well, I must not spoil your curiosity by discussing his ideas.
Areas he covered include kind of future startups, profound knowledge of what has been done & what needs to be done, discussion on psychology of innovation, money, covert knowledge-what you are receiving from academics is not complete-why it is hidden, foundation and sustaining a company, supply and demand, synchronization of man and machine, green development, founders, investors and executors paradox, categorization of personality.

REVIEW of Zero to one

To conclude my review on “Zero to One”, I find it worth at-least twice or thrice a read. Not because of clearing ambiguity, but for absorbing & more importantly reading between the lines, as writing is been very precise. I wished to see more words because sometimes it may feel like a slideshow presentation, lacking the real story behind it. It challenges the status quo and it may be absurd for a few readers. But if you are the kind of person who smiles when wrong, I am sure you will find plenty of moments like that.




12 comments:

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  2. Interesting book. The detailed review piques one's curiosity to read it. A unique point highlighted in the book is the author's support of businesses that starts small, but aim to create a niche for themselves over time, what we commonly refer to as 'brand'.
    In fact, this so well applies to India, where many startups do not even aim to grow beyond their 'micro', 'small' and 'medium' status for fear of losing out on state support to such firms. Enterprises intending to go much beyond are the ones that inspire mankind, or putting it Steve Jobs way - 'Create a dent in the universe'.
    Small might often be beautiful, but big is sometimes better. Had Lord Krishna not taken His viraat form in Kurukshetra, Arjuna's doubts might have remained just too big for him to carry out his duty as a warrior.
    Good going Tejashwi!

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    1. Thankyou for commenting, your views always stands out

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  4. Good review at the same time the quotes of lord krishna and arjuna from mahabhata has even made is more clear for people to relate.
    I would definitely want to read this book because I feel I am the kind of person who smiles when things go wrong. Good pick of book and review.

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    1. Thankyou, well as you kindled geeta. I want to tell u, i too read it,five times. Everytime i find something new. It is for everyone, any profession u can relate its teaching

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  5. Interesting review,looking forward to read the book

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  6. Is not right to say that man should always be ground to earth when groom with silver petals in his life. Founder of payPal in" Zero to One". Of course in such type of books one should see contents only not vocubulary which u readers. One should go for this book.

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  7. Your review of the book in synchronized way which leads one after another events egerised the metal state of human beings. Good effort reviewer.

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