Unconventionalism in startups and life

Learning from Peter Thiel’s book Zero to One

Be a Monopoly

In business, perfect competition occurs when suppliers’ demand meets consumers’ demand, everybody is trying to get a bigger slice of the cake (market share), but nobody is. Since no firm has market power, it must sell at whatever price the market determines.

Both companies are great examples of creative monopolies

Monopoly is therefore, not a pathology or the exception. It is the condition of every successful business

The previously mentioned Thiel Fellowship gives people as old as 23 years old USD 100,000 to quit school and focus on building a project: their project. The current education system instead, is obsessed with competition, teaching everyone the same subjects in the same way, encouraging students to be “well-rounded” instead of being unique and great at 1 thing: being a monopoly.

That’s what Peter and Elon did, fusing Paypal and X.com

Find secrets

What important truth do very few people agree with you?

For Thiel, monopolies are one of those important truths. At the same time, they also go hand-in-hand with those truths. To be unique, you need to know something that others don’t. A secret is something important and unknown, hard to do but doable.

Jennifer Doudna, Nobel Prize laureate, didn’t create CRISPR. She discovered it. It had been a well-kept nature secret for millennia!

A great company is a conspiracy to change the world

Build the future

Books like Factfulness or Enlightenment Now like to talk about progress and how the world isn’t as wrong as we think it is. Whatever the case may be, I do think that the future won’t build itself.

  • Definite pessimism: copying what already exists. From my point of view, it’s the monotonous, undifferentiated, and non-innovative future that could lead us to disaster
  • Indefinite optimism: inherently unsustainable. How can you be optimistic about the future if you don’t have any plans? Remember that the future won’t build itself
  • Indefinite pessimism: self-fulfilling. No plan, no action, no bright future
Leonardo Da Vinci would design the future that he wish he would live in. I think it’s our time to build it.

Ambitious teenager building innovative projects with Synthetic Biology and Artificial Intelligence

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