Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – Peter Thiel, Blake Masters

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An integral part of the now legendary “Paypal Mafia” coterie that included Elon Musk (of Space X and Tesla fame); Reid Hoffman (of Linkedin); Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim (of You Tube), David Sacks of Yammer and Russel Simmons of Yelp, Peter Thiel is today acknowledged as one of the most astute, successful and proven serial entrepreneurs.

In this crisp and transparent book, Thiel lays down some of the essential facets underpinning every successful start-up venture – a venture that has the vision and verve to unlock what Thiel perceives to be the secret of either nature or man. Articulating the subtle yet significant difference between globalisation and technology, this master investor and innovator pours forth with clarity on the myopic blinkers that act as insurmountable hurdles to success.

While not a ‘how-to-guide’ (as professed in the very introduction by Thiel himself), “Zero to One”, is explicitly different from a whole horde of business and management spiels doing the rounds today. It is inspiring, inimitable and inviting.

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