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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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A great book

Loved it. Narrator was pretty great. Had a lot of understanding about the business world.

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Important basics for any startup!

Fantastic book & audible version. Must read (or listen on audible) for everyone who wishes to start their own business. Nobody will teach you such important basics in high school or college while starting your dream company. Hope you all achieve 7/7 in your dream startup’s! Best

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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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Great book on startups

A must read book for people starting a business or a startup. The points are invaluable.

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Not as expected

Bought this book after reading so many positive reviews but was disappointed after reading. Though author is knowledgeable in the field views expressed doesn't give clarity on the topic. After completing the book difficult to comprehend exactly what did I got from this book. Ideas are scattered.

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Must for Entrepreneurs

Really outstanding breakthroughs by Peter Thiel. He will give you a new and wonderful perspective to look at the startups and Entrepreneurship as a whole.

Do read it even if you don't have time👍🏻

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peter theil (profound book)

the best line ,I will carry in my whole lifetime is look for new Secrets and Unlock it.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-21

Unbiased and Profound Quest of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

No quick magic scheme for starting enduring ventures. Peter dives deep into the core tenants of successful ventures for any real entrepreneurs tackling some of the hardest problems of humanity

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  • Mahlwane Magale
  • 13-11-20

Very practical, easy to follow and insightful book

The book well written and easy to follow. I would say this is a must read for anyone starting or joining a startup

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  • Fayd
  • 16-09-20

Way too short and nothing backed by data. A scam.

Narrator was ok. But the content of the book was superficial and not particularly helpful. I think this book would be of extremely limited value for someone learning about start ups.

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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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  • 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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  • Averageconsumer
  • 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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  • Andrew Grischenko
  • 10-10-16

The book is worth spending your time on

great story and heaps of facts from co-founder of PayPal and serial investor. It gives new perspective on competition and explains why every enterprenuor need to strive to be a monopolist. start small, be superior and critical to conventional thinking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-21

Palantir blueprint

This is basically the plan how he wants to build a monopoly business. I like it!

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  • Louise Revalde
  • 08-06-21

Look at it more as an autobiography

There's some general good business advice here- but it is so heavily influenced by Thiel's libertarian philosophy, of which can lead to contradicting ideas in itself. But if you can distract yourself away from that eccentricity this is quite an intriguing book with some substantial content on case studies, however I'm not aware if there are citations and references included in the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-21

Pleasantly surprised!

I had watched a YouTube summary of the book and was totally turned off the book. But it was the book I'd chosen for our work Book Club and I had to listen to it eventually. I really enjoyed it!!! I found the stories really interesting and the business insights and principals were engaging. Business isn't generally an interest of mine.
I do think Thiel dismisses social enterprises too quickly but can understand where he is coming from. Really interesting and engaging. I've just listened to it in one sitting!

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  • jake harris
  • 13-04-21

It's ok

There are some interesting and well argued points in here but there is also a lot of what feels like ranting about a personal agenda. Some of the frameworks for business success outlined are particularly useful.

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  • Icarus
  • 11-01-21

Brief but worth it

I find Thiel's contrarian take on profound matters very interesting, and gladly purchased this audiobook. I found myself stumped when Thiel's classic interview question (won't spoil it for you) was posed. Thiel also counters the notion that competition is good, by arguing that competition encourages conformity.

Having said that, I was not impressed with the chapters in the app not being titled. Small things such as that can make quite the difference.

I highly recommend listening to this even if you have no plans to create a startup.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-20

Disappointing

Zero to One, then back to One again. Lots of hype about this book but nothing actionable.