Zero to One (by Peter Thiel) Summary - Chapter 1

The following is a summary of Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future. I do not claim to own any of the book's original work, the following is simply a bulleted summarization with a few direct quotes. All copyrights and trademarks belong to their respective owners. Chapter 1 - The Challenge of the Future:
  • The future is simply set moments yet to come
  • Progress:
    • Horizontal/Extensive: copying things that work (1 to n)
      • One word: Globalization
    • Vertical/Intensive: doing new things (0 to 1)
      • One word: Globalization
    • 1815 - 1914: Rapid Technological Development & Globalization
    • 1914 - 1971: Rapid Technological Development, but not much Globalization
    • 1971 - Now: Rapid Globalization with limited Technological Development centered around IT
  • Thiel thinks Technology is much more important than globalization, however, globalization is still important
  • New technology comes from new ventures (strartups)
    • Historically small groups of people bound together together to change the world
      • Reasons for this:
        • hard to develop things in big organizations
          • conflicting interests
          • Bureaucracies move slowly
        • Hard to do it on your own
    • Startups operate on principle of small groups
      • Must stay small enough to accomplish things though
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