The spirit of innovation is what drives the human spirit. The humdrum repetitive action of doing the exact same thing again and again might sound perfect from an automated robotic efficiency utopia’s perspective, but the fact is that being mindless drones is a thought that repulses humans at some point or the other. This is perhaps best manifested in the modern-day startup culture, with people increasingly buying into the entrepreneurial game.
This is where the book steps up. Penned by a person who made a startup before it was cool to start one, it brilliantly captures the practical nuances of running an entrepreneurial ship. Peter founded Paypal with a few people, and now runs an angel investment fund, so can be reasonably be said to know a few things about running startups.
Apart from giving you mantras to define your startup by, the book addresses real life situations of how and why you should structure your enterprise in a particular manner. What the book lacked for me, was something I see constantly when I read about startups – philosophy. More and more businesses are entering the field with a bare minimum idea of their end goal (if they have one at all), the ramifications of their product on the real world, and where their piece fits in the puzzle. Something that comes to mind is is the major privacy implication of Facebook or the gold mine of raw data generated by Zomato or Uber.
Something that I’ll carry away from the book is this – “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?” Answer that, and you’re bound to succeed.