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Zero to One by Peter Thiel
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it was amazing

One of the best books I've read recently. Thiel covers the nature of startups but he covers it in the context of contemporary society. He states that companies no longer plan for the future and are beholden to very short term returns. Instead he recommends planning a company for the long haul and figuring out how to get there by starting with the smallest piece of a market which can be monopolized as profits and value are created from monopolistic enterprises. If you are beholden to competition then you can't plan for the long term because you are constantly fighting battles in the short term. It prevents long term thinking.
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Peter Thiel
“In the world of business, at least, Shakespeare proves the superior guide. Inside a firm, people become obsessed with their competitors for career advancement. Then the firms themselves become obsessed with their competitors in the marketplace. Amid all the human drama, people lose sight of what matters and focus on their rivals instead.”
Peter Thiel, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Peter Thiel
“Rivalry causes us to overemphasize old opportunities and slavishly copy what has worked in the past.”
Peter Thiel, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Peter Thiel
“The hazards of imitative competition may partially explain why individuals with an Asperger’s-like social ineptitude seem to be at an advantage in Silicon Valley today. If you’re less sensitive to social cues, you’re less likely to do the same things as everyone else around you.”
Peter Thiel, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future


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