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

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Comments and mentions from HN threads:

Ask HN: Books with a high signal to noise ratio?

samsolomon: If you're into technology startups—I assume you are—Zero to One is absolutely what you're looking for.

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Ask HN: Books you read in 2015?

aws_ls: Thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. Insights into and anecdotal examples of Paypal mafia, among the numerous over there.

ing33k: Got some fresh ideas on how to think differently wrt business.

Mentions by: Symmetry

Ask HN: What three books impacted your career the most?

xiaoma: Zero to one opened my eyes to several angles of business that I hadn't been thinking about. It made me think much harder about making long-term plans towards a concrete goal, even if changes must be made along the way. It also clarified my thoughts about the nature of competition and non-conformity. Courage is in even shorter supply than genius.

Mentions by: samblr

Ask HN: Books you read in 2016?

yblu: If you can read only one book on startup this year, read this book.

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Ask HN: Which book have you re-read recently?

wirddin: If I had to highlight the most important parts of the book, I would end up highlighting the whole book.

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Ask HN: Books you wish you had read earlier?

Amogha_IO: A very short book, a must read for every entrepreneur. Dives into "first principal" thinking & execution.

Ask HN: What books do you keep on your desk?

georgewsinger: By far the #1 book I keep referring to and re-reading

Mentions by: mcphail : snake117

Ask HN: As a technical founder what is the best business book you've read?

shawn: I think it's a good one because it's a mix of analysis and history. Thiel had a unique vantage point, and he shares it well. It also challenges you to be ambitious, which is becoming a rare sentiment.

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Ask HN: Books you read in 2018?

indweller: Interesting take on startups and how to build them

Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?

Regardsyjc: Thiel's thoughts were so contrarian to everything I had learned or thought I knew that it literally changed my reality. It was kind of like when I learned how to program - what I read in his book - gave me a new lens to interpret how or what I saw in the world. It created a crack that made me wonder what else I wasn't seeing or able to see. ...

xutopia: It made me question what I was doing professionally and I now have a list of questions to answer whenever I am in a startup to help guide me

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