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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Blake Masters, Peter Thiel

Narrated By: Blake Masters

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2014

Duration: 4 hours 49 minutes



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.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.


  • Asif S.

    Not many tips on start ups just discussion on basic known facts.

  • Elmo Traylor

    I really enjoyed this book. I have read and listen to many business books and I would put this in the top ten. I think this book should be read by everyone who trying to start a new business or learn about business all together. It is a must read you will get some good tips.

  • Kunal Kashyap

    one of the best business books I have ever read. love the insights around monopoly and competition.

  • Daniel Szlezynger

    It has a couple of good tips but not much more. Many successful people recommended this book so I had big expectations but it didn't meet them. Overall the book is ok but but it does't stand out. The narration was clear and perfectly understandable.

  • Sanjay Singhal (credit 2.0)

    Some revealing insights on startups and particularly on investing. A good quick read.

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