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Zero to One

Written by: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
Narrated by: Blake Masters
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
4.6 out of 5 stars (923 ratings)

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Be inspired to build the future and not copy the past with the brilliant audiobook Zero to One, written by co-authors Peter Thiel and Blake Masters with an expert narration by Masters himself. These authors are hugely successful in their own right from the innovative ideas they have had in their own careers. Take their advice and gain the motivation you need to enter the thriving startup scene with a business concept that is truly original. Your creativity will be the driving force behind your success and this book will be the guide that shows you exactly how to get there. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

What valuable company is nobody building? The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won't make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to 10, adding more of something familiar.

"Every new creation goes from zero to one. This book is about how to get there. Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how." (Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla)

©2014 Peter Thiel (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world." (Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook)
"When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of Peter Thiel, read it twice. Or, to be safe, three times. This is a classic." (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan)

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Best book for startup entrepreneur at all levels.

I can promise you will never be bored to read this if you are an entrepreneur/ wanna be entrepreneur.

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Brlliant book

Peter Thiel drives home many points with apt examples and anecdotes. A must read for every entrepreneur.

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Not that Good

Well, after reading so many positive reviews I thought of getting this book. But when I read I was disappointed by it. You will only get a few lines useful in each chapter that is 25 minutes long. Overall the book wasn't that bad but I got to learn a few tips and I will definitely that to my business.

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great book

thought provoking book must read for everyone who wants to create better tomorrow, enjoyed listening and reading

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A good mix of facts and intriguing ideas

loved the narration loved the stories and ideas loved how it was never boring till the end

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One of the best books on Innovative thinking

Zero to One is a short read and it takes you through some of the key learnings of Peter Thiel from his own entrepreneurial journey.

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knowledgeable and helpful. Must read this book.

Amazing book. Every chapter is beautiful explained. Follow the rules and you will soon accomplished whatever you desire.

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super

not just good for startup founder but anyone exploring how world works this is a gem for all.

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Great book for startup

Short and crisp practical lessons if you plan to setup an organisation. I wish there were more examples.

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Very interesting insight backed by real world examples

Very interesting book filled with examples supporting the author’s claims. He provides a lot of insight into how he believes startups should function. I wish the narration was a bit more engaging and less monotonous but you get used to it after a while. The content is very interesting and has very little fluff. I suspect I will listen to this repeatedly in years to come to get a better understanding of the author’s viewpoint

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  • Bradley Shaw
  • 25-05-18

If you work for a Startup download NOW

Great book if you work for a Startup or have founded a startup. Raad/dowbload/listen to this book. It is very insightful about how to make a difference and get your startup to move from 0 to 1.

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  • Gavin
  • 04-09-20

Excellent insight for start up founders

I always like books that offer unique perspectives that enables one’s creativity to explore innovative ideas and new solutions to significant problems.

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  • Colbert
  • 11-07-20

Master Class

Beautifully narrated and well-crafted piece of business writing. I feel fortunate to have listed to this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-20

Not read very well

Throughout the book I get the feeling that the narrator does not really understand the content and is just reading most of the text like a robot which makes it hard to grasp and digest the content. Often I had to rewind the sections several times and it is still hard to grasp what the author is trying to say. Or maybe it's the fault of the content, but I would probably want to try the hardcopy/e-book to see whether it is the content or indeed as I guessed the narrator that it the problem

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  • Mattbutler04us
  • 07-05-19

From one of the smartest business minds of this era.

Brilliant. Peter is a genius. Better than the 10,000 other trashy books out here on this subject.

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  • Justin Yek
  • 17-01-19

Great Read

one of the most highly intellect people around silicon valley. recommend to all readers out there.

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  • Declan
  • 02-11-18

A challenge in perspective

The book gives a great viewpoint from the entrepreneur's perspective on economics and a companies position within it.

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  • Anik Islam
  • 20-09-18

Amazing!

Must listen if you’re a budding entrepreneur, or someone just looking for ideas for a business

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  • Brenda
  • 29-07-18

Nothing that it promises to be

Teaches you Zero to Nothing. It's simply a mild history lesson and a massive trumpet blowing session.

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  • Phani Raj
  • 26-06-18

No new insights

I struggled to finish. It was bland, more like summary of some already known happenings, with no new insights or learning. Narration was dry.

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  • Ahmad
  • 27-04-16

Reality of starting a business

This book is definitely not for those seeking motivational words to get them pumped up. It is for those seeking to understand the reality of starting of business and what to expect of the real world. Excellent listen.

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  • Tim
  • 20-08-15

Interesting listen

Although I found the narration dull and often found myself mentally drifting off to something else and having to rewind.

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  • 11-05-17

One of the Most misleading books I've bought

I had to stop at chapter 9. The title is misleading. had to look at the cover several times to make sure i was listening to the correct audiobook. But even if i wanted to buy a book that was a mash up of politics, philosophy, business, religion, child education and history this would not be it. A lot of his theories on business, such as monopoly, is garbage in my opinion.
Complete letdown. I wouldn't recommend to anyone.

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  • James
  • 17-11-15

Refreshingly old-fashioned

Thiel brings "progress" back from the intellectual wilderness alongside other currently unfashionable concepts like proactive planning and building our own future. I liked it.

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  • Thomas
  • 12-09-15

Good topics, make you think about the future

Very good topics in the book, sometimes goes a bit far (e.g: comparison of founders with Gods and kings).
A lot of companies history examples are used.

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  • Robin Waite
  • 15-09-15

Ok, not up to all the hype

In my opinion this book wasn't up to all the hype it had received. Personally I felt it was a little flat, and didn't leave me pumped up to embark on my next startup adventure.

I also felt, as an entrepreneur, that it lacked significant tips and substance to help or inspire me to do what I do now, but better and bigger. There are perhaps better books out there; for example The Lean Startup by Eric Reis kept making my mind wander off down little entrepreneurial side roads of inspiration, which I then used to kickstart elements of my business.

It is a good listen (the audiobook) in its own right. Well narrated, and well written and researched I would say.

But I was left uninspired. Basically Zero to One actually translates to you're either going to make it or you're not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-02-16

Great book

While very condensed and not too many in depth examples of the application of Peter 's, it is a great book which summarises a couple of rules of thumb as well as his personal philosophy as an investor. Very highly recommend it!

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  • Y. Syed
  • 14-09-15

Very good advice for any tech startup

Shame about the performer's monotone delivery, otherwise, an excellent book.
If your planning a new startup, be ready to take notes and apply them, dispassionately to your grand idea.

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  • 16-03-16

Profound and Insightful

The obvious intelligence of the writers is well organized to allow for easy listening. So good that I will be listening again. A lot of American businesspeople think they have a book in them and it ends up beong tragic ot obvious. This is an exception to that!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-20

The Founders book of enlightenment

Founding a tech business can be a lonely place when surrounded by centuries of books covering non tech related business. Zero to One has to be the Bible for any tech StartUp or ScaleUp Founder/s, possibly the only book which goes deep into tech macro & viral economies of scale compared against out dated sectors rife for change through the power of technology. If there was enough room on my body I’d have this book tattooed to it chapter and verse. Gary Woodhead Founder of CurveBlock

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-19

Poor reading

The narrator of this story really fails to demonstrate any expression. Very mono-tonal. I was interested in the content but the narrator really put me to sleep every time I tried to listen.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-07-15

OK, partly useful

Probably useful as a first business book, anyone that has studied this area before maybe a little disappointed.

The most interesting part of the book were the insights into Peter Thiels thinking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-19

Made me realize I was def on the right path

I’m a denipreneur (I denied my true calling as from a child I had always believed that if I was an entrepreneurial would die like my dad did) but normal life never worked for me. I read a book like this and I know without a shadow of a doubt this is my jam. I’m in the right direction. So great to read. Thanks guys for sharing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-20

Packed with contrarian gems

Be careful who you listen to in this space. Peter Thiel has walked the talk and this book is not a carbon copy of the popular wisdom when it comes to startups. Excellent information.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-06-20

Great book!

1 of the many nuggets in the book -Don’t try and be good at something that most people are already good at - really insightful and easy read 👍👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-20

Knowledgeable Insight

Really well put together and enjoyed taking notes. Highly recommend to any entrepreneur to listen.

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  • Harold
  • 26-10-19

too short

great listen for any investor in business. found it entertaining, educational and easy to follow

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  • Michael
  • 07-09-19

A new Bible!

Essential read for anyone who is interested in business - it offers a profound way of looking at commerce which will change the way you view the world. absolutely a must read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-19

Great book for tech startups

Great book. Suits for entrepreneurs considering to kick start a tech startup. even otherwise there were many takeaways for any startups

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  • A serravalle
  • 17-07-19

Must Read

For any founder, dreamer, tech evangelist, doom sayer, or anyone with any ideas for the future at all.