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Author: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters Narrator: Blake Masters Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9780804165266
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If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

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Quotes & Awards

  • An extended polemic against stagnation, convention, and uninspired thinking. What Thiel is after is the revitalization of imagination and invention writ large… The New Republic

    "Might be the best business book I've read...Barely 200 pages long and well lit by clear prose and pithy aphorisms, Thiel has written a perfectly tweetable treatise and a relentlessly thought-provoking handbook.
  • This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.  Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
  • Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.  Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla
  •  Zero to One is the first book any working or aspiring entrepreneur must read—period. Marc Andreessen, co-creator of the world's first web browser, co-founder of Netscape, and venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz
  • Zero to One is an important handbook to relentless improvement for big companies and beginning entrepreneurs alike. Read it, accept Peter’s challenge, and build a business beyond expectations. Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE
  • 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 Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan
  • “The authors distinguish their own thinking and methods from the orthodoxies of the financial and business communities. Lively and often acerbic, Thiel and Masters leave many of today’s business shibboleths trashed along the way. They…provide rules of thumb and case studies drawn from experiences, all bound up with their radically different business methods and practices. Their views on viral marketing and the importance of sales will be of interest to aspiring entrepreneurs, as will their dismissal of current ideas of market and technological disruption…Forceful and pungent in its treatment of conventional orthodoxies—a solid starting point for readers thinking about building a business.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Crisply written, rational and practical, Zero to One should be read not just by aspiring entrepreneurs but by anyone seeking a thoughtful alternative to the current pervasive gloom about the prospects for the world. The Economist
  • Thiel has drawn upon his wide-ranging and idiosyncratic readings in philosophy, history, economics, anthropology, and culture to become perhaps America’s leading public intellectual today  Fortune
  • Peter Thiel, in addition to being an accomplished entrepreneur and investor, is also one of the leading public intellectuals of our time. Read this book to get your first glimpse of how and why that is true. Tyler Cowen, New York Times best-selling author of Average is Over and Professor of Economics at George Mason University
  • The first and last business book anyone needs to read; a one in a world of zeroes. Neal Stephenson, New York Times best-selling author of Snow Crash, the Baroque Cycle, and Cryptonomicon
  • "Forceful and pungent in its treatment of conventional orthodoxies—a solid starting point for readers thinking about building a business.  
    Kirkus Reviews
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Business

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter V. | 11/14/2018

    " Great insight from silicon valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel. Must read for everyone interested in innovation, growth and some fatal mistakes to avoid when planning a start-up. One of the 10 books I am refering too constantly. Great book that plays very well with Napoleon Hills "17 principle of success". A business book MUST "

About the Author

Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. He is the cofounder of PayPal and has been involved with some of the most dynamic companies to emerge from Silicon Valley. He is currently the chairman of Palantir Technologies, an analytical software company.  

About the Narrator

Blake Masters is a former attorney and cofounder of Judicata, a service designed to fix the shortcomings and hassles of legal research. He is also the coauthor of Zero to One, a book about building successful companies that create new innovations.