Peter Andreas Thiel is a German-American billionaire entrepreneur and venture capitalist. A co-founder of PayPal, Palantir Technologies, Founders Fund, he was the major investor in Facebook. He was ranked No. 4 on the Forbes Midas List of 2014, with a net worth of $2.2 billion, and No. 391 on the Forbes 400 in 2020, with a net worth of $2.1 billion. He is the co-founder of PayPal in 1999, serving as a chief executive officer until its sale to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion.
The great puzzle of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to examine and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel indicates how we can find unique ways to create those new things.
Thiel starts up with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too diverted by shiny mobile devices to note. Information technology has expanded rapidly, but there is no reason why growth should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be accomplished in any industry or area of industry. It comes from the greatly important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.
Doing what someone else already understands how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something common. But when you do something modern, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not assemble an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by rivaling ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will avoid competition altogether because their businesses will be unique.
Zero to One benefits at once an optimistic impression of the future of progress in America and a new means of thinking about innovation: it starts by understanding to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.
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