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About Zero to One Book

WHAT VALUABLE COMPANY IS NOBODY BUILDING?

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there.

‘Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.’
ELON MUSK, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla

‘This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.’
MARK ZUCKERBERG, CEO of Facebook

‘When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of Peter Thiel, read it twice. Or, to be safe, three times. This is a classic.’
NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB, author of The Black Swan

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Zero to One by Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things

Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things

The book draws on Thiel's experience as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir, investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX. Thiel cautions the book offers no formula for success. Such a formula cannot exist as every innovation is new and unique. 

The most powerful pattern he has noticed is that successful people find value in unexpected places, and they do this by thinking about business from first principles instead of formulas.

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Zero to One explained

Zero to One explained

Progress can take one of two forms:

  • Going from 1 to n: horizontal or extensive progress means copying things that work -. Horizontal progress is easy to imagine because we already know what it looks like. 
  • Going from 0 to 1: Vertical or intensive progress means doing new things. Vertical progress is harder to imagine because it requires doing something nobody else has ever done

Example: If you take one typewriter and build 100, you have made horizontal progress. If you have a typewriter and build a word processor, you have made vertical progress.. 

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Peter thiel

Positively defined, a startup is the largest group of people you can convince of a plan to build a different future.

PETER THIEL

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Create the future

Create the future

The future is a time when the world looks fundamentally different from today.

We need two types of progress to create the future:

  1. Horizontal progress/Globalization (from 1 to n) - Copying things that work somewhere and making them available everywhere.
  2. Vertical progress/Technology (from 0 to 1) - Doing new things that nobody else has ever done.

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Peter thiel

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

PETER THIEL

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Aim to build a monopoly

Aim to build a monopoly

Aim to build a company that is so different and ahead of the others that it's not even competing.

A monopoly enables you to:

  • Allocate more resources towards innovation and long-term plans.
  • Stop focusing on generating revenue to survive.

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“Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even shorter supply than genius.”— Peter Thiel

Horizontal Vs Vertical Progress

Horizontal Vs Vertical Progress

  • Horizontal or extensive progress means copying things that work— going from 1 to n.
  • Vertical or intensive progress means doing new things— going from 0 to 1.

Vertical progress is more challenging. You have to imagine something that doesn’t exist yet, but it has greater potential rewards. Peter believes that only those who can think outside the box established conventions can understand and change the future.

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PETER THIEL

“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

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How You Can Be The Architect of Your Own Future

How You Can Be The Architect of Your Own Future

  • Being the architect of your own future involves attempting to create the best future for you.
  • Peter describes future success as being a product of focus, dedication, and determination. You have to forget about the ideas of fate and luck. Those who are consistently successful create their luck through their actions.

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New company  = new thinking

New company = new thinking

The amount of people in a startup is about the maximum number of people you can convince of a plan to build a different future.

The small size of a startup is what gives us space to think, it's what allows us to quickly entertain thoughts and not be bogged down by a slow-moving mass of people to talk to and convince.

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Beliefs only appear wrong when guided by hindsight

Conventional beliefs only ever come to appear arbitrary and wrong in retrospect; whenever one collapses, we call the old belief a bubble.

To put it simply, what may appear perfectly normal and rational and believed by many or most today may be downright ignorant or stupid by the people of tomorrow.

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4 lessons to guide your business

The dot-com bubble taught people 4 lessons:

  1. Make incremental advances
  2. Stay lean and flexible
  3. Improve on the competition
  4. Focus on product, not sales

And yet, Thiel argues exactly the contrary, providing the opposite principles which he believes to probably be more correct:

  1. It is better to risk boldness than triviality
  2. A bad plan is better than no plan
  3. Competitive markets destroy profits
  4. Sales matter just as much as product

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'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.

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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"One to n" Vs "Zero to one"

Going from one to n is just a start of another new business which is already existing in the market. You are building something which is not unique, which is not something people can say 'okay this is something new in the market'.Its just another service from another brand.

Going from zero to one is a process where you have unique idea which was never build, never used. You make something new that gives value to people.You start something which can overcome some large and real world problems.

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Some perfect examples of Zero to one.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin made a search engine And turn every information just some clicks away.

Mark Zuckerberg started facebook and connect everyone to form a social network.

Elon Musk started PayPal and made payments cashless.

Similarly, there are hundreds of thousands of examples which gone from zero to one and not just 1 to n.

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1. Invest Early

1. Invest Early

Maximizing retirement savings should be a key interest to any successful entrepreneur.

It will lead to greater dividends as you age and will generate wealth much more quickly than you might think.

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2. Be an Optimist

2. Be an Optimist

While the path to success will undoubtedly be littered with failure and setbacks, you must always keep an optimistic mindset and focus on the future.

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3. Automation is Not the Solution

3. Automation is Not the Solution

You should focus on building a business or product that leans on the complementary abilities of both humans and computers and

Focus on things that can leverage the power of man and machine.

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Goals distinguish

1. Satisfied with minimal effort.

2.sathisfied with serious effort.

3.cannot be satisfied,no matter how much effort one makes.

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Valuable Bussiness :

Valuable Bussiness :

1. The most valuable business of the coming decades will be built by Entrepreneur who seek to empower people rather than try to make them 'Obsolete'.✊✊✊

आने वाले दशकों का सबसे मूल्यवान व्यवसाय उद्यमी द्वारा बनाया जाएगा जो लोगों को 'अप्रचलित' बनाने की कोशिश करने के बजाय उन्हें सशक्त बनाना चाहते हैं।✊✊✊

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Successful Bussiness :

Successful Bussiness :

2.'Monopoly' is the condition of every successful business.

एकाधिकार हर सफल व्यवसाय की शर्त है।

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Important learnings from the book “Zero To One” at a glance.

Lessons From “Zero To One” !!

Lessons From “Zero To One” !!

  • Each moment happens once.
  • There is no formula.
  • Last can be first.
  • Progress comes from monopoly, not competition.
  • Cash is not king.
  • Rivalry causes us to copy the past.
  • Distribution is an essential part of your product

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