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book review: from zero to one

January 4, 2016

This post discusses from zero to one

author
Peter Thiel

what i got and thought
The value of a successful company is from zero to one rather from one to n. From one to n is achieved by copied others which creates values in short time but will be doomed in the future. From zero to one is achieved by creating unique and irreplaceable values and could be the corner stone of your company.

The next Michael Jordan will play basketball; otherwise, he couldn’t have the opportunities to be the next Michael Jordan. However, the next Bill Gates couldn’t try creating new operating system; otherwise, he will not have a breakthrough from zero to one and will not be successful. The next Larry Page couldn’t try developing new search engine; otherwise, he will not have a singularity from zero to one and will fail. The next Steve Jobs couldn’t sell iPhone; otherwise, he will not change the behaviours of customers from zero to one and will not be a legend.

Sometimes, we need to do something which was failing in the past, because the root cause of these failures was just not done at right time. Even for many, these failure stories proved these ideas were wrong, but these ideas may be perfect now. Keep in mind that future is the time what is excluded from the past in the time space.

As an employee, we are supposed to choose a company which has monopoly in the market rather than suffers from peer competitions. A company has no monopoly advantages needs to cost down their products and is destined to give less and less to their employees.


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