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Every moment in business happens only once

Every moment in business happens only once

  • Successful people find value in the most unexpected places. They think in terms of principles, not formulas.
  • Refining an existing idea moves the world from 1 to n, but to move from 0 to 1, we must create something new.
  • Progress comes from Monopoly, not competition. 

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Why Start-ups?

Why Start-ups?

A start-up is the largest group of people you can convince of a plan to build a different future. 

  • Big organisations are risk adverse
  • A brilliant loner does not have the means to create a new industry

It takes multiple people to create new technology, but also smallness for momentum and flexibility.

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Building a Strong Foundation

The first and most crucial decision is whom to start it with.

  • Ownership: who will run the company's equity
  • Possession: who will run the company's routine
  • Control: who will govern the company

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Monopoly Characteristics

Monopoly Characteristics

  1. Proprietary Technology: 10x Better than next best alternative.
  2. Network Effects: Provide immediate value to early adopters.
  3. Economies of Scale: Cost per unit declines as production increases.
  4. Branding: A reputation that differentiates itself from competitors and guarantees quality.

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Lessons of the Dot-Com Bubble

Lessons of the Dot-Com Bubble

  1. It's better to be bold than inconsequential
  2. A Bad Plan is better than none
  3. Don't Compete: competition destroys profits
  4. Sales Strategy matters as much as product

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The Power Law

The Power Law

Small changes have disproportionate results.

"The secret in venture funding is that the top investment equals or exceeds the rest of the fund combined." 

  • One market will bring the greatest success
  • One distribution strategy will outperform all others
  • Some moments will count more than others
  • What's more important probably is not obvious

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Finding Secrets

Finding Secrets

The best place to find secrets is to ask questions no one is asking and look where no one else is looking. 

  • "What important truth do few people agree with you on?"
  • "What valuable company is nobody building?"

The best entrepreneurs know this: every successful business is built around a secret that's hidden from the outside. 

A great company is a conspiracy to change the world; when you share your secret, the recipient becomes a fellow conspirator.

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CURATOR'S NOTE

'Zero to One' is one of my all-time favorite books. Peter Thiel discusses how successful companies are built around a strong foundation, secrets, and monopolies. This book is for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who want to build a valuable business that creates new things, rather than develop on existing ideas.

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