I think it's best to share some outside blurbs for this one:
" Zero to One is the first book any working or aspiring entrepreneur must read—period."- Marc Andreessen, co-creator of the world's first web browser, co-founder of Netscape, and venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz
“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 Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan
"Peter Thiel, in addition to being an accomplished entrepreneur and investor, is also one of the leading public intellectuals of our time. Read this book to get your first glimpse of how and why that is true."- Tyler Cowen, New York Times best-selling author of Average is Over and Professor of Economics at George Mason University
“This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.” - Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
“Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.” - Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla
"Zero to One is an important handbook to relentless improvement for big companies and beginning entrepreneurs alike. Read it, accept Peter’s challenge, and build a business beyond expectations." - Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE
I think that about covers it.
I'm going to let a few blurbs describe this one.
"Ignore this book at your own peril." -Seth Godin
"If given a choice between investing in someone who has read Rework or has his MBA, I'm investing in Rework every time... a must-read." - Mark Cuban
"There's no jargon or filler here, just hundreds of simple rules for success." - Chris Anderson
From the back cover: ASAP is poison. Underdo the competition. Meetings are toxic. Fire the workaholics. Emulate drug dealers. Pick a fight. Planning is guessing. Inspiration is perishable.
Really enjoyed this book. It's so interesting to see an inside version of a multi-billion dollar company and find that things aren't so pretty. Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape, and I constantly forgot this was about an business valued at $4.2B when acquired by AOL. I love hearing about the scrappy early days and the challenges that every business faces.
A quote from this book has been lodged in my brain from the moment I read it: "There is no silver bullet that’s going to fix that. No, we are going to have to use a lot of lead bullets".
The one that started it all for me, as it did for many others. Originally published in 2009, Tim was ahead of the curve on quite a few things. Some of the links and resources are surely outdated with even the second edition being 12 years old, but the concepts are as relevant as ever - similar to GTD.
I plan on rereading it.