5 Things Startup Should Learn from Peter Thiel’s Zero To One
Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded PayPal and Palantir.
He also made the first outside investment in Facebook and was an early investor in companies like SpaceX and LinkedIn. And now he’s written a book.
Zero To One includes lots of good guidance for early-stage startups so far.
1.The Ideology Of Competition
The reality is, there is no perfect competition, competition eats away from the same pool of potential profits.
Competition means fewer revenues and profit margins for every company involved.
A huge market means huge competition. Your aim as a humble startup would be to escape competition, find a niche in a big market, and a way to dominate it.
2.All Happy Companies Are Different
It’s more comfortable to copy a model than to make something new. Doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar.
But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is unique, as is the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange.
Because every innovation is new and unique, no authority can prescribe in concrete terms how to be more innovative.
Indeed, the single most powerful pattern I have noticed is that successful people find value in unexpected places, and they do this by thinking about business from first principles instead of formulas.
3. Strength Of A Company
A startup is the largest group of people you can convince of a plan to build a different future.
A new company’s most important strength is new thinking: even more important than skill, small size affords space to think.
you need to make sure that you bring out the best from every person who works for your company. If you aren’t already a great leader who inspires excellence, how can you change this? If you are a good leader, focus on becoming even better.
Vilfredo Pareto showed that 20% of the population owned 80% of the land in the country.
To maximize process efficiency, you should focus on 20% of the opportunities which would return 80% of the gains.
Whenever you plan to spend some time taking an action, think of this law and where your action will fall on the power-law distribution. Take fewer actions with a bigger impact.
5.Follow The Money
Maximizing retirement savings should be a key interest to any successful entrepreneur.
Therefore, maximizing those savings through your Roth IRA or 401(k) — by investing as soon as you can — will lead to greater dividends as you age and will generate wealth much more quickly than you might think.
Some of the favorite quote from the book-Zero To One:
1.“Monopoly is the condition of every successful business.”
2.“The most valuable businesses of coming decades will be built by entrepreneurs who seek to empower people rather than try to make them obsolete.”
3.“Madness is rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.”
4.“Most of a tech company’s value will come at least 10 to 15 years in the future.”
5.“If your product requires advertising or salespeople to sell it, it’s not good enough: technology is primarily about product development, not distribution.”
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