Peter Thiel (PayPal, Palantir, & Founders Fund)

1:45 Culture Eats Strategy 

3:56 Conspiracy as a metaphor for a company. 

6:02 It is a story of poetic justice on a grand scale plotted silently for nearly a decade.

15:25 Something in these pages planted itself deep into Thiel's mind when he first read it long ago.

21:40 It was ruthless efficiency and hyper competence.

34:36 You were driven to entrepreneurship because it was a safe space from consensus and from convention.

38:52 What if I do something about this? What might happen? What might happen if I do nothing? Which is riskier, to act or to ignore?

59:06 Sometimes these books teach us what not to do. 

1:11:10 Unknown unknowns > known knowns

1:25:47 How you do one thing is how you do all things. 

1:30:35 He had always been aggressive. He wouldn't have gotten where he was in life if he wasn't. 

1:32:38 Companies routinely focus on silly things. 

1:37:17 The greatest sin of a leader.

1:41:37 How powerful and resourceful is Peter Thiel? 

1:47:29 Just keep asking why. 

1:53:37 Gentlemen: You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you for the laws too slow. I'll ruin you. Yours truly, Cornelius Vanderbilt

1:58:50 Brilliant thinking is rare but courage is even in shorter supply

2:01:39 The business version of our contrarian question is: What valuable company is nobody building?

2:16:11 This Twisted logic is part of human nature, but it's disastrous in business. If you can recognize competition as a destructive force instead of a sign of value, you're already more sane than most. 

2:19:53 Steve Jobs saw that you can change the world through careful planning. Not by listening to focus groups feedback or copying others success.

2:21:05 You can have agency not just over your own life, but over a small and important part of the world. It begins by rejecting the unjust tyranny of chance.

Buy Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday

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