The life of Peter Thiel as told in the books Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue and Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Topics discussed in this podcast:
Culture Eats Strategy (1:45), Conspiracy as a metaphor for a company (3:56), It is a story of poetic justice on a grand scale plotted silently for nearly a decade. (6:02), Something in these pages planted itself deep into Thiel's mind when he first read it long ago. (15:25), It was ruthless efficiency and hyper-competence. (21:40), You were driven to entrepreneurship because it was a safe space from consensus and from convention. (34:36), 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? (38:52), Sometimes these books teach us what not to do. (59:06), Unknown unknowns > known knowns (1:11:10), How you do one thing is how you do all things. (1:25:47), He had always been aggressive. He wouldn't have gotten where he was in life if he wasn't. (1:30:35), Companies routinely focus on silly things. (1:32:38), The greatest sin of a leader. (1:37:17), How resourceful is Peter Thiel? (1:41:37), Just keep asking why. (1:47:29), 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 (1:53:37), Brilliant thinking is rare but courage is even in shorter supply (1:58:50), The business version of our contrarian question is: What valuable company is nobody building? (2:01:39), 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 saner than most. (2:16:11), Steve Jobs saw that you can change the world through careful planning. Not by listening to focus groups feedback or copying others success. (2:19:53), 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. (2:21:05)
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