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Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He started PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and took it public in 2002, defining a new era of fast and secure online commerce. In 2004 he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director. The same year he launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like national security and global finance. He has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, and dozens of successful technology startups, many run by former colleagues who have been dubbed the "PayPal Mafia." He is a partner at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies like SpaceX and Airbnb. He started the Thiel Fellowship, which ignited a national debate by encouraging young people to put learning before schooling, and he leads the Thiel Foundation, which works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking about the future.

The Best 4 Books on Peter Thiel

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


If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

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Da zero a uno: I segreti delle startup, ovvero come si costruisce il futuro (Italian Edition)

Nel mondo del business ogni evento accade una volta sola. Il prossimo Bill Gates non costruirà un sistema operativo. Il prossimo Larry Page o Sergey Brin non realizzerà un motore di ricerca.
E il prossimo Mark Zuckerberg non creerà un social network. Se state copiando le loro imprese, non state imparando molto da loro.
Ovviamente è più facile copiare un modello che realizzare qualcosa di nuovo. Fare quello che sappiamo già fare porta il mondo da 1 a n, un cambiamento incrementale che aggiunge un po’ di qualcosa che ci è familiare. Per costruire il futuro occorre invece un cambiamento verticale, trasformativo: bisogna andare da 0 a 1. L’atto della creazione è unico, così come il momento in cui essa avviene, e il risultato è qualcosa di originale e inusuale, che va perseguito a tutti i costi, perché chi non lo farà è destinato a scomparire.
Da zero a uno tratta di come costruire imprese che creano cose nuove e si basa su tutto ciò che Peter Thiel, imprenditore seriale e pensatore controcorrente, ha imparato in prima persona come cofondatore di PayPal e Palantir, e poi investitore in centinaia di startup, comprese Facebook e SpaceX.
La sua filosofia d’impresa, la densa analisi delle questioni fondamentali dell’innovazione e del
futuro, e il suo sguardo dietro le quinte delle imprese di maggior successo della Silicon Valley offrono una guida inestimabile a tutti coloro che vogliono mettersi in gioco e creare la propria azienda.
Nessuna formula per il successo però: i percorsi migliori sono quelli nuovi e mai sperimentati.
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The Diversity Myth : Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus

This is a powerful exploration of the debilitating impact that politically-correct “multiculturalism” has had upon higher education and academic freedom in the United States. In the name of diversity, many leading academic and cultural institutions are working to silence dissent and stifle intellectual life. This book exposes the real impact of multiculturalism on the institution most closely identified with the politically correct decline of higher education—Stanford University. Authored by two Stanford graduates, this book is a compelling insider’s tour of a world of speech codes, “dumbed-down” admissions standards and curricula, campus witch hunts, and anti-Western zealotry that masquerades as legitimate scholarly inquiry. Sacks and Thiel use numerous primary sources—the Stanford Daily, class readings, official university publications—to reveal a pattern of politicized classes, housing, budget priorities, and more. They trace the connections between such disparate trends as political correctness, the gender wars, Generation X nihilism, and culture wars, showing how these have played a role in shaping multiculturalism at institutions like Stanford. The authors convincingly show that multiculturalism is not about learning more; it is actually about learning less. They end their comprehensive study by detailing the changes necessary to reverse the tragic disintegration of American universities and restore true academic excellence.
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De zero a un (French Edition)

Comment construire le futur pour l'homme qui a créé PayPal et investi dans Facebook, SpaceX et Linkedin.
- ' Ce livre propose des idées complètement nouvelles et apporte une véritable bouffée d'air frais sur une question vitale : comment créer de la valeur en ce monde. ' Mark Zuckerberg, PDG de Facebook
- ' Peter Thiel a créé plusieurs entreprises révolutionnaires et dans Zéro à Un, il nous explique comment il s'y est pris. » Elon Musk, PDG de SpaceX et Tesla
- ' Quand un spécialiste de la prise de risque écrit un livre, lisez-le. Dans le cas de Peter Thiel, lisez-le deux fois ou pour être tout à fait sûr du coup, allez même jusqu'à le lire trois fois. C'est un classique. ' Nassim Nicholas Taleb, auteur du Cygne noir
Écrit à partir de cours donnés à Stanford, Zéro à Un propose une vision radicale et nouvelle sur la conception et le management des start-ups.
Quelques uns de ses principes :
- Le mythe du prochain Facebook, Google...
Chaque instant en business n'arrive qu'une fois. Le prochain Bill Gates ne construira pas un système d'exploitation, Sergueï Brin ne fera pas un moteur de recherche et le prochain Zuckerberg ne créera pas un réseau social. Si vous les copiez c'est que vous n'avez rien à offrir de mieux.
Quelle vérité etes-vous seul à posséder, quelle est la société que personne ne construit ?
- Vive le monopole. La compétition et le capitalisme sont à l'opposé...
Certes, il est plus simple de copier un modèle que d'inventer. Faire ce qu'on sait mène le monde de 1 à n.
En y ajoutant un élément déjà connu. Mais chaque fois que l'on crée de la nouveauté on passe de zéro à un.Ce livre explique comment y parvenir.

Traduit de l'anglais par Johan Frédérik Hel Guedj
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