One of the best books I have ever read. Peter Thiel has a different way of thinking about things and his success has shown that outside the box thinking can lead to massive capital returns (not saying money is everything). His mentality and viewpoints are understood after reading this book and how a company can go from 0 to 1 as a total game changer. I recommend all aspiring entrepreneurs and successful ones to check out Zero to One. I'm nerdy and blogged about this book last year.
Zero to One is the compilation of Blake Master’s notes from Peter Thiel’s Stanford class. There are some profound insights in the book. My favorite is the idea that entrepreneurs should develop a secret. A secret is not an unknown. Rather, it’s something just not widely believed to be achievable or feasible. In other words, it’s an insight, a thesis that isn’t widely held that creates a business opportunity.
This book is listed in recommended reading list from 'The James Altucher Show'
But the first thing I do is read all of their books. Here are some of the guests and some of their books, in no particular order. I recommend all of the below books. If I didn’t like a book, I wouldn’t have them on the show.
This book belong to a list top ten books to expand your brain by James Altucher
There’s a lot of business books out there. 99% of them are BS. Read this one.
So many concepts really changed my attitude about not only business but capitalism.
Thiel, the founder of PayPal, and first investor in Facebook, is brilliant in how he simply shares his theories on building a billion dollar business.
I love his story on my podcast what exactly happened in the room when a 24 year old Mark Zuckerberg was offered $250,000,000 and refused it in two minutes.
In his book Zero to One, my friend and former colleague Peter Thiel lays out an ingenious, provocative, and highly entertaining argument regarding the virtues of monopoly and the shortcomings of competition. He makes his case so deftly that I suspect it will soon attain the implacable majesty of conventional wisdom. That would be a shame.
What’s your favorite business book you’d recommend to young entrepreneurs and why?
Some good ones from the “pure business” category: Zero to One, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, The Innovator’s Dilemma, Good to Great, etc.
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.
This is a no-brainer on the list. Most startup enthusiasts have probably already heard about this one, given how much people admire Peter Thiel, one of the infamous “PayPal Mafia” cofounders. But, if you haven’t actually picked up and read Zero to One yet, now is the time.
Thiel expounds on some of his core beliefs, like: understanding what important truth few others agree with you on; why product doesn’t always win; and the importance of being a long-term thinker as a founder. You can breeze through this read in a weekend, but you’ll be referencing it over and over again for a long time.