Zero to One

zero to one

Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future

Author: Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel co-founder PayPal and Plantain, also investor of hundreds of startups including Facebook and SpaceX revises notes taken by one of his students Blake Masters from a course he had taught them on startups. He cautions about the book being a formula to success. He insists that new paths are new and untried and he goes on to explain that through the book.

The book is intriguing and gives a picture or rather a view of what to expect in future. He talks about how China is focusing on globalization instead of new inventions. To me China has always looked like a home of “made ins”. I have always seen that as invention but for big mind like that of PayPal founder Peter Thiel, he is probably seeing beyond what most of us can see. He has a point. The book ideally sets the mood and gives a sketch up of what a startup should look like. I like the chapter where he says, YOU ARE NOT A LOTTERY TICKET. Since I had already read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers I could easily relate. He goes on to cite what successful people say about success and concludes that perhaps they are just being strategically humble. If success was a matter of luck these kind of serial entrepreneurs probably wouldn’t exist