Peter Thiel quotes

Who is Peter Thiel?

Peter Andreas Thiel is an American tech entrepreneur and author of the book Zero to One.

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Peter Thiel quotes

“All happy companies are different: each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“By the time a student gets to college, he's spent a decade curating a bewilderingly diverse resume to prepare for a completely unknowable future. Come what may, he's ready—for nothing in particular.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“Creative monopoly means new products that benefit everybody and sustainable profits for the creator. Competition means no profits for anybody, no meaningful differentiation, and a struggle for survival.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“Customers won’t care about any particular technology unless it solves a particular problem in a superior way. And if you can’t monopolize a unique solution for a small market, you’ll be stuck with vicious competition.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“Elite students climb confidently until they reach a level of competition sufficiently intense to beat their dreams out of them. Higher education is the place where people who had big plans in high school get stuck in fierce rivalries with equally smart peers over conventional careers like management consulting and investment banking. For the privilege of being turned into conformists, students (or their families) pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in skyrocketing tuition that continues to outpace inflation. Why are we doing this to ourselves?”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“Entrepreneurship: you put one dumb foot in front of the other while the world throws bricks at your head.”

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“Eroom’s law—that’s Moore’s law backward—observes that the number of new drugs approved per billion dollars spent on R&D has halved every nine years since 1950.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“Every culture has a myth of decline from some golden age, and almost all peoples throughout history have been pessimists. Even today pessimism still dominates huge parts of the world. An indefinite pessimist looks out onto a bleak future, but he has no idea what to do about it. This describes Europe since the early 1970s, when the continent succumbed to undirected bureaucratic drift. Today the whole Eurozone is in slow-motion crisis, and nobody is in charge. The European Central Bank doesn’t stand for anything but improvisation: the U.S. Treasury prints “In God We Trust” on the dollar; the ECB might as well print “Kick the Can Down the Road” on the euro. Europeans just react to events as they happen and hope things don’t get worse.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“If you’ve invented something new but you haven’t invented an effective way to sell it, you have a bad business - no matter how good the product.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“If your goal is to never make a mistake in your life, you shouldn’t look for secrets. The prospect of being lonely but right—dedicating your life to something that no one else believes in—is already hard. The prospect of being lonely and wrong can be unbearable.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“If your product requires advertising or salespeople to sell it, it’s not good enough: technology is primarily about product development, not distribution.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“In a world of scarce resources, globalization without new technology is unsustainable.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“In the most dysfunctional organizations, signaling that work is being done becomes a better strategy for career advancement than actually doing work (if this describes your company, you should quit now).”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“Madness is rare in individuals—but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“Monopoly is the condition of every successful business.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“Moving first is a tactic, not a goal.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“The best entrepreneurs know this: every great business is built around a secret that’s hidden from the outside. A great company is a conspiracy to change the world; when you share your secret, the recipient becomes a fellow conspirator.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“The best projects are likely to be overlooked, not trumpeted by a crowd; the best problems to work on are often the ones nobody else even tries to solve.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“The most valuable businesses of coming decades will be built by entrepreneurs who seek to empower people rather than try to make them obsolete.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“The road doesn’t have to be infinite after all. Take the hidden paths.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“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.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.”

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“What important truth do very few people agree with you on?”

Peter Thiel Zero to One

“You should focus relentlessly on something you’re good at doing, but before that you must think hard about whether it will be valuable in the future.”

Peter Thiel Zero to One