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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.

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  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. ...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

  • 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...

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.

H...

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...

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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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....

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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.

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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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'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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