Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

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Peter Thiel isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Not Gawker’s, at any rate, though apparently Hulk Hogan is a fan.

And he tends to get mentioned in the same breath as Ayn Rand a lot, albeit vaguely, as some kind of disciple, though “being influenced by Ayn Rand[1] or anyone else for that matter, is a lazy condemnation, unless you are prepared to spell out how, and what this means in practice, so we are inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt here. On the positive side of the ledger, Thiel has had his fair share of roaring successes, and while, in the short run it isn’t always easy to sort the talent from the flukes, he’s done enough to earn a hearing.

And an interesting listen it is too.

there is much here Aus der Kriegsschule des Lebens, as it were, but — as such Nietzschean medicine tends to be, it is bracing stuff, and a corrective to much of the patent nonsense that passes for internet wisdom in our credulous age.

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  1. For some lazy condemnation, see this New Yorker piece