Anyone familiar with this blog is familiar with my notes from Peter Thiel’s startup course at Stanford. With over 350,000 readers, more than a million page views, and coverage in the New York Times and Forbes (to name a few), the notes have had a good run. But I’m happy to report that they are only the beginning: Peter and I have decided to write a book called Zero to One.
Why a book? For starters, we can make the notes considerably better. Substantively, we are revising, updating, and expanding on the best parts of the class. Everything else will be improved as well. The prose will be stronger and clearer, without losing the atmosphere of openness and experimental thinking that inheres in the notes format. The design and packaging, too, will provide an entirely different readership experience. In short, we can make a book worth owning.
More broadly, though, books remain important, whether digital or in print. Our view is that some degree of sustained attention, not just brief scanning, is essential for real thinking. Stepping back from the parade of distractions and seriously engaging with a text affords opportunity to think, plan, and create. As Peter has said, meaningful progress requires that we think about the future for more than 140 characters or 15 minutes at a time.
Zero to One will be published by Crown Business, a division of Random House, in March of next year. Stay tuned for lots more details—I’ll try and share as much as I can along the way. Meantime, you can sign up for updates or follow along on twitter/fb here. Or pre-order here!