von Peter Thiel

Dieses Buch bietet auf knapp 200 Seiten einen tiefen Einblick in die Welt der PayPal-Mafia und Co. Es hat mir sehr gefallen, da es neue Aspekte und Perspektiven auf Persönlichkeiten wie Elon Musk und Steve Jobs eröffnet. Es stellt den „Gründer“ als „Schlüsselaktivator“ dar. Die erste Hälfte des Buches ist besonders für Selbstständige wertvoll, da es hilft, den Fokus zu finden und Prioritäten zu setzen. Ab dem Abschnitt „Founders Paradox“ jedoch, empfand ich die Darstellung als etwas zu oberflächlich.


  1. What important truth do very few people agree with you on?
  2. 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.
  3. the more we compete the less we gain
  4. Competition can make people hallucinate opportunities where none exist.
  5. … even a monopoly is only great business if it can endure in future.
  6. [monopoly?] … proprietary technology, network effects, economies of scale, and branding.
  7. Start small … a very small market.
  8. Talented people don’t need to work for you they have plenty of options… [why should they work for you?] .. you are doing something important, that no one else is going to get done.
  9. … make every person in the company responsible for doing just one [unique] thing.
  10. … get one distribution channel to work … if you try several but don’t nail one, you are finished.
  11. Answer the 7 questions every business must answer! (Seite 153)
  12. … real technologists wear T-shirts and jeans // nerver invest in a tech CEO that wears a suit. ;)
  13. … what will stop China from wiping out my business?
  14. 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.
  15. The essential first step is to think for yourself.

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