Zero to One
“We need unusual individuals to lead companies beyond mere incrementalism.”
At it’s core, Zero to One is a reminder that no matter what everyone else is doing, you should think for yourself. That instead of following the crowd (and going from zero to n), you should look for a new way to solve the problem at hand (thereby going from zero to one).
Zero to One is a fast paced and thought provoking book laced with general business, startup, and investment wisdom. It was built off of a series of notes taken by Blake Masters during a Computer Science class (183: Startup) taught by Peter Thiel (the billionaire co-founder of PayPal & Palantir and investor in LinkedIn, Facebook, SpaceX and many others) at Stanford in 2012.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with Zero to One, however it was worth picking up simply because of Thiel’s credentials. As it turns out, Thiel has put together a fantastic book whose huge number of positive takeaways vastly outweigh the few minor disagreements I had with it. I’d consider it a must-read for anyone even remotely interested in business. ★★★★★