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Peter Thiel Quote: “We teach every young person the same subjects in mostly the same ways, irrespective of individual talents and preferences.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Selling your company to the media is a necessary part of selling it to everyone else.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “The most successful companies make the core progression – to first dominate a specific niche and then scale to adjacent markets – a part of their founding narrative.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “As computers become more and more powerful, they won’t be substitutes for humans: they’ll be complements.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “So when thinking about what kind of company to build, there are two distinct questions to ask: What secrets is nature not telling you? What secrets are people not telling you?”
Peter Thiel Quote: “War metaphors invade our everyday business language: we use headhunters to build up a sales force that will enable us to take a captive market and make a killing. But really it’s competition, not business, that is like war: allegedly necessary, supposedly valiant, but ultimately destructive.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “If your goal is to never make a mistake in your life, you shouldn’t look for secrets.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “You probably can’t be the Google of 2014 in terms of compensation or perks, but you can be like the Google of 1999 if you already have good answers about your mission and team.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “True heroes take their personal honor so seriously that they will fight for things that do not matter.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Every company starts in unique circumstances, and every company starts only once.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “That’s why hiring consultants doesn’t work. Part-time employees don’t work. Even working remotely should be avoided, because misalignment can creep in whenever colleagues aren’t together full-time, in the same place, every day. If you’re deciding whether to bring someone on board, the decision is binary. Ken Kesey was right: you’re either on the bus or off the bus.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “If everything worth doing has already been done, you may as well feign an allergy to achievement and become a barista.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “The hazards of imitative competition may partially explain why individuals with an Asperger’s-like social ineptitude seem to be at an advantage in Silicon Valley today. If you’re less sensitive to social cues, you’re less likely to do the same things as everyone else around you.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “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 Quote: “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?” This question sounds easy because it’s straightforward. Actually, it’s very hard to answer. It’s intellectually difficult because the knowledge that everyone is taught in school is by definition agreed upon.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Whoever is first to dominate the most important segment of a market with viral potential will be the last mover in the whole market.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Instead of pursuing many-sided mediocrity and calling it “well-roundedness,” a definite person determines the one best thing to do and then does it.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “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 Quote: “Unless you have perfectly conventional beliefs, it’s rarely a good idea to tell everybody everything that you know. So who do you tell? Whoever you need to, and no more. In practice, there’s always a golden mean between telling nobody and telling everybody – and that’s a company. The best entrepreneurs know this: every great business is built around a secret that’s hidden from the outside.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Elon describes his staff this way: “If you’re at Tesla, you’re choosing to be at the equivalent of Special Forces. There’s the regular army, and that’s fine, but if you are working at Tesla, you’re choosing to step up your game.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “For a company to be valuable it must grow and endure, but many entrepreneurs focus only on short-term growth. They have an excuse: growth is easy to measure, but durability isn’t. Those who succumb to measurement mania obsess about weekly active user statistics, monthly revenue targets, and quarterly earnings reports. However, you can hit those numbers and still overlook deeper, harder-to-measure problems that threaten the durability of your business.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Elite students climb confidently until they reach a level of competition sufficiently intense to beat their dreams out of them.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Like acting, sales works best when hidden.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Daimler uses Tesla’s battery packs; Mercedes-Benz uses a Tesla powertrain; Toyota uses a Tesla motor. General Motors has even created a task force to track Tesla’s next moves. But.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “The Field of Dreams conceit is especially popular in Silicon Valley, where engineers are biased toward building cool stuff rather than selling it. But customers will not come just because you build it. You have to make that happen, and it’s harder than it looks.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Paradoxically, then, network effects businesses must start with especially small markets. Facebook started with just Harvard students – Mark Zuckerberg’s first product was designed to get all his classmates signed up, not to attract all people of Earth. This is why successful network businesses rarely get started by MBA types: the initial markets are so small that they often don’t even appear to be business opportunities at.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “The convergence of desire is even more obvious at the top: all oligarchs have the same taste in Cristal, from Petersburg to Pyongyang.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Entrepreneurship: you put one dumb foot in front of the other while the world throws bricks at your head.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “A new road or a secret gate, And though we pass them by today, Tomorrow we may come this way And take the hidden paths that run Towards the Moon or to the Sun.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Watson, Deep Blue, and ever-better machine learning algorithms are cool. But the most valuable companies in the future won’t ask what problems can be solved with computers alone. Instead, they’ll ask: how can computers help humans solve hard problems?”
Peter Thiel Quote: “No one gets into Stanford by excelling at just one thing, unless that thing happens to involve throwing or catching a leather ball.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “The most obvious clue was sartorial: cleantech executives were running around wearing suits and ties. This was a huge red flag, because real technologists wear T-shirts and jeans.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Today a grand plan coming from a schoolteacher would be dismissed as crankery, and a long-range vision coming from anyone more powerful would be derided as hubris.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “1. Goals that can be satisfied with minimal effort; 2. Goals that can be satisfied with serious effort; and 3. Goals that cannot be satisfied, no matter how much effort one makes.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Customers won’t care about any particular technology unless it solves a particular problem in a superior way.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “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 Quote: “People are scared of secrets because they are scared of being wrong. By definition, a secret hasn’t been vetted by the mainstream. 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 Quote: “No technology company can be built on branding alone.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “To say that there are no secrets left today would mean that we live in a society with no hidden injustices.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “But there is no reason why technology should be limited to computers. Properly understood, any new and better way of doing things is technology.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “You can expect the future to take a definite form or you can treat it as hazily uncertain.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Why work with a group of people who don’t even like each other?”
Peter Thiel Quote: “College students can become extremely skilled at a few specialties, but many never learn what to do with those skills in the wider world.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Most fights inside a company happen when colleagues compete for the same responsibilities.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Bob Dylan has said that he who is not busy being born is busy dying.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “The two houses are alike, yet they hate each other. They grow even more similar as the feud escalates. Eventually, they lose sight of why they started fighting in the first place.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “If you’ve invented something new but you haven’t invented an effective way to sell it, you have a bad business – no.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “Question for job applicants: What important truth do very few people agree with you on?”
Peter Thiel Quote: “There’s nothing wrong with a CEO who can sell, but if he actually looks like a salesman, he’s probably bad at sales and worse at tech.”
Peter Thiel Quote: “The biggest difference is that cults tend to be fanatically wrong about something important. People at a successful startup are fanatically right about something those outside it have missed.”
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