Re: New book: Zero to One

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Posted by UR2 on September 21, 2014 at 13:16:55:

In Reply to: New book: Zero to One posted by JJed on August 28, 2014 at 11:59:00:

Yes, it is a very interesting book. Everyone is fascinated about these "geniuses" that thought of something no one else thought of. But in the book, he fails to realize that many of these so called "geniuses" just stumbled onto something big. Often they failed to see how big it was going to be. Bill Gates was just trying to create a minimal disk operating system (DOS) for the new "personal" computers. Steve Jobs just happened to see a new way of interacting with a computer at the PARC lab. Later, he went off in strange directions and got fired by his own board because he didn't understand where the computer industry was going. Zuckerberg was only trying to create a way for college kids to gossip about each other. It seems to me the real key to success in the tech world is in recognizing that there may be a variety of other uses and add-ons for a startup product and raising the money to hire sharp people to develop those other uses. If you don't do that, you will end up like Wordstar, being at the top, the number one word processing program, but failing to keep up with changing user-interface technologies and eventually falling to the bottom of the heap.

: Very interesting book about how to start a new business, "Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future."

: From Amazon:

: The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin wonít make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg wonít create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you arenít learning from them.

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