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Legendary entrepreneur and investor
Peter Thiel shows how to build a great
business—and a better future.

"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. 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-founder of Netscape, and venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz

"When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of Peter Thiel, read it twice. This is a classic."

− Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan

"Peter Thiel is one of the leading public intellectuals of our time."

− Tyler Cowen, New York Times best-selling author of Average is Over and Professor of Economics at George Mason University

"Zero to One is an important handbook to relentless improvement for big companies and beginning entrepreneurs alike."

− Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE

"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

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – The Challenge of the Future

“What important truth do few people agree with you on?” Answering this deceptively tricky question is the key to any future of progress—and to building a great business.

Chapter 2 – Party Like It’s 1999

The dogmas created after the dot-com crash continue to haunt us today. The first step to thinking clearly is to question what we think we know about the past.

Chapter 3 – All Happy Companies Are Different

The most successful businesses share one key feature that enables them to innovate at unprecedented scale.

Chapter 4 – The Ideology of Competition

Competition isn’t just seen as a spur to productivity—for many, it’s a way of life. But what if it’s actually holding us back?

Chapter 5 – Last Mover Advantage

Short-term thinking ruins companies. The most important lesson an entrepreneur can learn is to think big but start small.

Chapter 6 – You Are Not a Lottery Ticket

The same question lurks behind every success: was it luck or skill? But builders aren’t backward-looking; they adopt a more definite attitude and engineer a better future.

Chapter 7 – Follow the Money

Apply it correctly, and one simple insight—almost everything is radically less equal than it appears—can change your life.

Chapter 8 – Secrets

Every one of today’s most famous and familiar ideas was once unknown and unsuspected. Lots more secrets remain undiscovered; learn to find them and see your fortune rise.

Chapter 9 – Foundations

The decisions you make today will govern what your business looks like years now. Every entrepreneur has to get a few things right from the start.

Chapter 10 – The Mechanics of Mafia

After PayPal, the “PayPal Mafia” created SpaceX, Tesla, LinkedIn, YouTube, Yammer, Palantir, and Yelp. The incredible story of that team will help you build yours.

Chapter 11 – If You Build It, Will They Come?

The best product does not always win. Great products do not sell themselves. That’s up to you, and the problem is much stranger than it seems.

Chapter 12 – Man and Machine

20 years ago, people feared cheap foreign labor; today, it’s replacement by robots. But the most successful entrepreneurs make products that help humans, not automate them away.

Chapter 13 – Seeing Green

Clean energy is a hugely important sector—and to date it’s been a huge flop, as entrepreneurs neglected to answer the seven questions that every business must get right.

Chapter 14 – The Founder’s Paradox

Founders are contradictory: revered and abhorred, powerful and weak. Just as we need founders in all their peculiarity, founders need to understand a few things to survive.

Conclusion

What will our society look like 20 years from now? 100? It’s up to us. We cannot take for granted that the future will be better, and that means we have to work to build it now.

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This is not your average business book. You’ll learn:

  • What’s wrong with “lean startups”
  • How Shakespeare and Marx predict conflict
  • When “irrational exuberance” is rational
  • Why man and machine are friends, not foes
  • What Tolstoy can offer startups
  • How hipsters can think like terrorists
  • Why Americans misunderstand China
  • How Tesla played Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Why Bill Gates retired from technology
  • What’s wrong with “disruption”
  • Why Baby Boomers are delusional (Ayn Rand too)
  • What Einstein never said but should have
  • What’s behind Silicon Valley’s casual wear
  • Why the “failure is good” meme is wrong

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