Zero to One
by Peter Thiel , Blake Masters
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James Altucher's Review:

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James Altucher's Review:

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.


Reid Hoffman's Review:

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.

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Max Levchin's Review:

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. 


Sam Altman's Review:

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.


Elon Musk's Review:

Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.


Derek Sivers's Review:

Brilliant, bold, and clear thoughts about how to make a big Silicon Valley size company. Other great insights like definite/indefinite optimism/pessimism.


Danielle Morrill's Review:

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.