Zero to One (by Peter Thiel) Summary - Chapter 10

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 10 -The Mechanics of Mafia:
  • No company has a culture, every company is a culture
  • Beyond Professionalism:
    • Many think that working with people you hate is necessary for making money
    • If you aren't making lasting relationships with your co-workers, you haven’t invested your time well
    • People have to be excited to work with one another
  • Recruiting Conspirators:
    • A core skill every company needs
    • Need skilled people who will fit nicely with the whole team
    • Should be asking yourself: “Why does the company need this nth employee”
    • Truly talented individuals don’t need to work for your company
      • If they are actually talented, they'll have many options
      • People that are hired should be very invested in your mission and not swayed by stock options or ridiculous perks (silicon valley is famous for these)
  • Do One Thing:
    • “On the inside, every individual should be sharply distinguished by her work”
    • Thiel says: “The best thing I did as a manager at PayPal was to make every person in the company responsible for doing just one thing”
      • People know they would be evaluated by only that one thing
      • Reduces conflict as people aren’t fighting to do one thing
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