(1:45) Culture Eats Strategy
(3:56) Conspiracy as a metaphor for a company.
(6:02) It is a story of poetic justice on a grand scale plotted silently for nearly a decade.
(15:25) Something in these pages planted itself deep into Thiel's mind when he first read it long ago.
(21:40) It was ruthless efficiency and hyper competence.
(34:36) You were driven to entrepreneurship because it was a safe space from consensus and from convention.
(38:52) What if I do something about this? What might happen? What might happen if I do nothing? Which is riskier, to act or to ignore?
(59:06) Sometimes these books teach us what not to do.
(1:11:10) Unknown unknowns > known knowns
(1:25:47) How you do one thing is how you do all things.
(1:30:35) He had always been aggressive. He wouldn't have gotten where he was in life if he wasn't.
(1:32:38) Companies routinely focus on silly things.
(1:37:17) The greatest sin of a leader.
(1:41:37) How powerful and resourceful is Peter Thiel?
(1:47:29) Just keep asking why.
(1:53:37) Gentlemen: You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you for the laws too slow. I'll ruin you. Yours truly, Cornelius Vanderbilt
(1:58:50) Brilliant thinking is rare but courage is even in shorter supply
(2:01:39) The business version of our contrarian question is: What valuable company is nobody building?
(2:16:11) This Twisted logic is part of human nature, but it's disastrous in business. If you can recognize competition as a destructive force instead of a sign of value, you're already more sane than most.
(2:19:53) Steve Jobs saw that you can change the world through careful planning. Not by listening to focus groups feedback or copying others success.
(2:21:05) You can have agency not just over your own life, but over a small and important part of the world. It begins by rejecting the unjust tyranny of chance.