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‘Zero to One’ Book Review: A Lucid Treatise

By on Feb 10, 2015 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

Zero to One is an instant classic that any aspiring business owner should read in 2015. Peter Thiel breaks down large ideas and provides very convincing explanations for them throughout his book. I am currently in the middle of a few other business books that I haven’t finished yet, but I tore through Zero to One in a few days. The one takeaway The most important takeaway from the book is something often repeat by Thiel: that we should focus on solving big problems that currently don’t have a solution. He supports this idea in many different ways. One angle is to think about one truth that you hold to be absolutely true that most people would disagree with. Another supporting idea is that if you plan on improving something that already exists, you need to make your product 10x better, not 3x better. A third supporting idea is that there are secret problems hidden in plain...

Product Idea: Tap to Donate Easy Button

By on Dec 5, 2013 in Ideas | 0 comments

Things are moving online so much and so quickly that all the techie hipsters get excited about things such as the Fliike, a physical Facebook like counter for storefronts, or the Little Printer from Berg that prints out daily news from your preselected websites. These all have some element of intimacy baked into them because they bring digital junkies into the real world, if only for a second, which is refreshing these days.   You wake up from a dream, happy with life, feeling that you want to give today. You walk over near your bedroom door and hold your phone against a soft glowing light that looks like the easy button. You hold it there for 3 seconds until the light turns green. You’ve just donated $10 to the American Red Cross. You will receive a thank you card from them in 3 days. After a month, you’ll have 20 of these cards sitting on your kitchen table so the...