Peter Thiel Quotes | Author of Zero to One

Peter Thiel is a German-American billionaire entrepreneur and author. He is a co-founder of Paypal, Palantir technologies, and a board member at Facebook. We have compiled a list of best quotes by Peter Thiel. Most of them are from his renowned book Zero To one and others are from his seminars and life.  

Peter Thiel Quotes | Author of Zero to One

Here’s the list of Best Quotes from Peter Thiel:

1. “First, only invest in companies that have the potential to return the value of the entire fund.”

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2. “Monopoly is the condition of every successful business.”

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3.“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.”

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4. “The most valuable businesses of coming decades will be built by entrepreneurs who seek to empower people rather than try to make them obsolete.”

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5. “Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even shorter supply than genius.”

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6. “The most contrarian thing of all is not to oppose the crowd but to think for yourself.”

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7. “All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition.”

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8. “Madness is rare in individuals—but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule,”

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9. “All Rhodes Scholars had a great future in their past.”

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10. “moving first is a tactic, not a goal.”

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11. “The road doesn’t have to be infinite after all. Take the hidden paths.”

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12. “Customers won’t care about any particular technology unless it solves a particular problem in a superior way. And if you can’t monopolize a unique solution for a small market, you’ll be stuck with vicious competition.”

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13. “Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.”

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14. “In a world of scarce resources, globalization without new technology is unsustainable.”

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15. “If your product requires advertising or salespeople to sell it, it’s not good enough: technology is primarily about product development, not distribution.”

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16. “Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina by observing: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Business is the opposite. 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.”

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17. “When Yahoo! offered to buy Facebook for $1 billion in July 2006, I thought we should at least consider it. But Mark Zuckerberg walked into the board meeting and announced: “Okay, guys, this is just a formality, it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. We’re obviously not going to sell here.” Mark saw where he could take the company, and Yahoo! didn’t.”

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18. “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.”

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19. “you’ve invented something new but you haven’t invented an effective way to sell it, you have a bad business—no matter how good the product.”

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20. “the single most powerful pattern I have noticed is that successful people find value in unexpected places, and they do this by thinking about business from first principles instead of formulas.”

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21. “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.”

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22. “Ralph Waldo Emerson captured this ethos when he wrote: “Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances…. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”

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