The book recommendation below, besides being a favourite of our CEO, is a startup and entrepreneurial must-read.
Have you ever heard of the “PayPal Mafia”?
One of its most well-known members, along with Elon Musk and Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), is Peter Thiel – Facebook’s first outside investor and founder of PayPal as well as Palantir.
In Spring 2012, Thiel taught CS 183: Startup at Stanford University. Notes for the course, taken by student Blake Masters, led to a book titled Zero to One by Thiel and Masters, which was released in September 2014.
As Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan, put it simply “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.”
Please let us know what you think of this selection, and keep your recommendations coming.
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
Zero To One is an inside look at Peter Thiel’s philosophy and strategy for leading a startup to success by looking at the lessons he learned from founding and selling PayPal, investing in Facebook and becoming a billionaire in the process.
“Excellent and crisply written! Enjoy!”, says our CEO Raphael Mueller, CFA, CAIA, who has this book as one of his favorites on his bookshelf on the subject of entrepreneurship, management and innovation.