I recently had the pleasure of reading this book off of recommendations of good books for startup founders. It easily makes it to my top 3 non-fiction titles of all time. The book goes over several different concepts and ideologies around startups that stand well by themselves. This makes it a good candidate for picking up quotes out of, especially since some of these revelations are very memorable. Peter Thiel (PayPal, Facebook, Palantir) is really thinking at a level that transcends the common man.
I've picked out the following 6 quotes from over 40 that I ended up highlighting. Suffice to say, this post does not do the book justice. I'd highly recommend that you read it cover-to-cover. Get it here.
Good, succinct summary of the namesake of the book.
The chapters on how competition is the worst influence for a startup and how a monopoly is critical for success were mind-blowing. You can tell intuitively that competition for a company is bad, but this bad? Damn.
Anything less is just an incremental improvement, which is much, much harder to sell and probably not worth spending time on.
It was interesting to see examples of how it isn't a bell curve on ROI on startups as you'd expect, but a vastly skewed graph.
Most internal conflicts within companies can be rooted to a mismatch between the three responsibilities among the stakeholders of the company.
This is probably my favorite part of the book. We go through two examples, trying to see the answers for some that failed to answer any of these well (cleantech companies, Solyndra in particular) and one that answers all of them well (Tesla). It's no silver bullet for knowing a successful startup but I'm probably going to get this framed at my desk for being a great starting point.