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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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Cash vs. Equity

Cash vs. Equity

You need to get the right balance between cash and equity when rewarding employees:

  • Cash is about compensating people for the job they are doing today.
  • Equity orients people toward increasing the company's value in the future.

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Proprietary technology

Proprietary technology

Proprietary technology is a great advantage on which you can build a monopoly business because it makes it difficult for other companies to replicate your product.

However, for proprietary technology to offer an advantage, it needs to be 10x better than existing sol...

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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.

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Get the right co-founder

Get the right co-founder

Choosing a co-founder is a crucial decision at the start of every company - one that's very hard to correct. You should team up with someone that has complementary skills and with whom you share a prehistory.

A great founding team is critical for th...

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Competition is for losers

Competition is for losers

Competition narrows your focus on beating the other companies. While this makes you good at that which you are competing on, it doesn't guarantee success.

You risk losing sight of the big picture and of what is important for future growth, if you keep relat...

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Do your own recruiting

Do your own recruiting

  • Attract people by explaining why your mission is compelling and why your company is a unique match for them.
  • Select only people that match your criteria and can be involved full-time.
  • Build a team of skilled people that can w...

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Start with a niche market

Start with a niche market

Startups should start with a very small market because it's easier to dominate than a large one. Once you dominate it, scale up and move into adjacent broader markets.

The perfect target market for a startup is a small group of particular people that are served by f...

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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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Seven questions every business must answer

Seven questions every business must answer

  1. Technology - Can you create a breakthrough technology instead of incremental improvements?
  2. Timing - Is now the right time to start your particular business?
  3. Monopoly - Are you starting with a big share of a small market?
  4. ...

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Future value

Future value

The value of a business today is the sum of all the money it will make in the future. Great businesses have the ability to generate significant cash flows in the future.

This explains why promising tech companies have such high valuations. Most of that value will come 10 to...

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Peter thiel

No company has a culture; every company is a culture. A startup is a team of people on a mission, and a good culture is just what that looks like on the inside.

PETER THIEL

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