Great book. I really enjoyed this one. It’s kind of a combination of entrepreneurship, history, philosophy, and self-help. I guess all great books transcend their one genre. I don’t think you can classify a Dostoevsky or Hemingway novel as just fiction. There is certainly more to those books than a fun story. Anyway, back to Zero to One.
It was a fascinating read, and I’m not really involved with business or entrepreneurship or technology or really anything to do with Silicon Valley. It was just a cool insight into the mind of an incredibly smart person who thinks about the world in a different way than I do (and probably different than most people). I suppose it’s a bit cliché to say someone “thinks outside of the box,” but it certainly applies to Peter Thiel. You probably don’t become a billionaire and start several extremely successful companies in different industries without thinking differently than everyone else. Though the book has tons of interesting information and insight, what I loved most was how quick and to the point it was. There are so many non-fiction/business books that drag on for dozens, if not hundreds, of additional pages just to fill space. Thiel doesn’t do that. He gets to the point quickly and the entire book can be read in a weekend.
Excellent read. Definitely the best business book I’ve read in a while.