Competition is for Losers with Peter Thiel (How to Start a Startup 2014: 5)

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Lecture Transcript:
Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal and Palantir, discusses business strategy and monopoly theory in "Competition is For Losers".
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  1. Shawn Jones
    Shawn Jones
    3 hari yang lalu

    Keep in mind a lot of his tone is about personal winning. If you raise the society around you everyone wins; cept maybe you in debt 😜

  2. AYOUB
    5 hari yang lalu

    Thank u for this informations , Silicon valley am coming babyyyyy ;)

  3. Boris Sarić
    Boris Sarić
    5 hari yang lalu

    N. Tesla is the best example.

  4. Escape g.o.a.t
    Escape g.o.a.t
    9 hari yang lalu

    Imo this speech hasn’t aged very well

  5. Richard Boss
    Richard Boss
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  6. Doug Dewar
    Doug Dewar
    13 hari yang lalu

    Peter I have a tech start up idea message me

  7. JSA
    17 hari yang lalu

    This guy is useless. I use to know him when he and his head of research David something ran a hedge fund called Clarium that blew up in 2008. He is proof that being rich is not a function of how good you are but a random function that people try to justify with ... 'I am rich because I work hard and blah blah blah'.

  8. Omodiagbe Dominic Edeoghon
    Omodiagbe Dominic Edeoghon
    18 hari yang lalu

    Beautiful! Priceless education in one hour.

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  11. Arjun G. Menon
    Arjun G. Menon
    27 hari yang lalu

    Just started watching, but I want to add that monopolies are bad. That's why authorities like the EU have competition law, and the US has anti-trust law. We need more such law, that are stronger and stricter in fighting against and punishing anti-competitive monopolistic behavior. Also, Thiel is morally bankrupt person, because of his support for evil in the US. That goes without saying, but I wanted to watch this video to see if there were any pieces of information of value that could be discerned from his generally bad beliefs.

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  15. The New Jer USA Lem
    The New Jer USA Lem
    29 hari yang lalu

    The value of the art and other valuables stolen by Hermann Göring (1893-1946) was greater than the total lifetime earnings of the Wright Brothers. Göring's early claim to fame was as an airplane pilot in WWI. Of course, we cannot blame the Wright Brothers for how people eventually used their invention, or for who benefited from it. In the video, Peter Thiel seems to be focused not so much on comparing potential benefit to potential harm, but comparing potential benefit to potential absence of benefit. The likely prospect of zero returns in exchange for a combination of money, effort, and time invested in some venture is -- or ought to be -- enough of a signal to prevent the vast majority of people from getting involved in such ventures.

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  17. Kauri Maher
    Kauri Maher
    Bulan Yang lalu

    WOW , THIS man is hella smart. thanks so much for the content

  18. Rick G
    Rick G
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    Wow. Smart guy. Why he would financially back a complete fucktard is beyond me. Probably just needed to keep those gov contracts and knew the way to Cheetos heart is through his wallet.

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  20. Johan Newaz
    Johan Newaz
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    This is a must watch for PLTR investors and its no coincidence he's wearing that shirt.

  21. kevin tanudjaja
    kevin tanudjaja
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    He talks a little bit repetitive.. literally

  22. Diogo Nunes
    Diogo Nunes
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    This is basically the Zero to One book

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  24. Zaurbek Stark
    Zaurbek Stark
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    "The most contrarian thing of all is not to oppose the crowd but to think for yourself." - Peter Thiel

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    I don't know who Needs to Hear This but " Greatness is often built when no one is watching ". So don't give up and keep going

    1. Ananthakrishnan V.S
      Ananthakrishnan V.S
      14 hari yang lalu

      Great , Hope you are building your greatness in the darkness 💗😍. Keep striving buddy. Great comment 👍👍. Loved it 💞💞

  26. Inovate facts
    Inovate facts
    Bulan Yang lalu

    When I get bored .then come here just type Peter thiel 😂😂😂

  27. John Johnes
    John Johnes
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    I wish there was a special dude on the stage who would slap this annoying idiot each time saying "ehhmm". Like, if you want to appear on stage, prepare for your speech.

  28. dwight st john
    dwight st john
    Bulan Yang lalu

    There's a debate coach at Beverly Hills HS that had PERFECT WORD ECONOMY in competition. Peter needs to get him to fine tune his lecture. This is agonizing.

  29. Ian Pryor
    Ian Pryor
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    Be another tech company? What is a Tech company anyways???

  30. hieroglyph321
    Bulan Yang lalu

    What a knob ...

  31. quartytypo
    Bulan Yang lalu

    What about a Chinese restaurant with a British flare?

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  33. Sean Barry
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  34. phippsis
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    Great lecture but I can’t stop feeling like Michael Scott is teaching me about business 😆

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  36. Fred Garvin
    Fred Garvin
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    666th comment! Which reminds me...Thiel is the Antichrist. And gay. He's the gay Antichrist.

  37. Daniel Paulson
    Daniel Paulson
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    @29:43 - As a scientist, this is TRUTH!

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    1. Whodjathink
      Bulan Yang lalu

      Do you even know what you said? Lol

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  40. CàriX
    2 bulan yang lalu

    Basically: test the product in the smaller market, then go big, if the product is ready.

  41. Arne Jenssen
    Arne Jenssen
    2 bulan yang lalu

    The URL for the transcript

  42. Investidor Internacional
    Investidor Internacional
    2 bulan yang lalu

    2:30 Peter again, predicting the future

  43. Oleksii Nesterenko
    Oleksii Nesterenko
    2 bulan yang lalu

    47:55 what is the question?

  44. Kyle Woodworth
    Kyle Woodworth
    2 bulan yang lalu

    ah yes the google monopoly, much more prone to political influence and biased search results. so beautiful

  45. Mark Bons
    Mark Bons
    2 bulan yang lalu

    Very interesting perspective. Everybody gets the "umm"s when speaking in public, even billionaires...except Ray Dalio. Maybe observe simple problems that afflict you , your fiends and family, create a prototype and solve your problem. Try it on your family and fiends and if it works, then determine if any elements of the solution can be patented and/or copyrighted and/or trademarked. Then sell it and scale accordingly.

  46. Galactic Ambitions
    Galactic Ambitions
    2 bulan yang lalu

    He feels quite content to ridicule British food when he would never ridicule Nigerian or Ghanaian food, and yet he claims to be anti the double standards of political correctness. Amazing how someone so clever can be so intellectually contradictory. Even more weird considering the quality of American food.

    1. T Jay
      T Jay
      2 bulan yang lalu

      British food is bland and shite mate.

  47. Skiddla
    2 bulan yang lalu

    24:26 three quarters = 80%/85% seems legit

  48. Ivan Break
    Ivan Break
    2 bulan yang lalu

    How can there be losers If competition is for losers ? If it's so then there shouldn't be competition there for no winners or losers .

  49. leedsmanc
    3 bulan yang lalu

    Be in a position where you can eat the low hanging fruit at the start of a technology revolution that no one understands yet. Thanks for the business advice, Silicon Valley.

    1. ISH ISH
      ISH ISH
      Bulan Yang lalu

      You're gonna have to find a whole different tree in an previously unexplored forest. Whose fruits fruits look inedible.Get laughed at for "wasting your time" on such and ugly fruit no one would want. Selectively breed and improve it. Start a farm growing said fruit. Make people wonder how they managed without it.

  50. Akash Pansari
    Akash Pansari
    3 bulan yang lalu

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  52. Intars Kocesevs
    Intars Kocesevs
    3 bulan yang lalu

    About scientists being delusional (in what Thiel describes them being like for not seeking monetary reward) around 29m-30m: innovator-scientists do not "capture the value" because very often by their inherent value system/scientific training and/or creative mindset (from all of which innovation comes as a sort of consequence) do not seek to capture and limit progress; they are not seeking of becoming greedy captivators but more likely seek to become something like liberators; of course, their work is highly exploited anyways for profit motif and obsolete market society dynamics (which were progressive 200 years ago and pulled us out of middle ages but now are more often becoming detrimental to our further progress towards humane/rational and efficient civilization and sustainability). Sometimes those creative geniuses, scientific inventors either due to their critical thinking or due to their creative -out of the box thinking "see right through" market society values and especially - a profit seeking motif, as the Number 1 barrier to faster human progress in the long run and as such they most likely go for their "silent revenge" and passive resistance form to this selfishness manifestation by not "capturing" (like into a prison) the value of their discovery hoping that it is best way to serve even currently blind society towards its problematic race towards futuristic society were no one works more then 2,3 days a week and lives better than presently. Mentally, such scientific innovators are above monetary system with its primitive values. You can look at them as rare human beings that found ways to transcend market society values (thanks to Science and Art and help of patrons and almighty Probability with Luck events) :l

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    Groww Broww - Finance & Motivation
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  54. Lane Nickerson
    Lane Nickerson
    3 bulan yang lalu

    its interesting that PLTR frequently minimizes the amount of competition in the data OS space. between 7:00-8:00, peter discusses how monopolistic businesses (peter good) lie to create the appearance of having competition in a large shared space to appear non-monopolistic. Conversely, he also discusses how non-monopolistic businesses (peter bad) lie to create the illusion of being a large player in a niche space. PLTR states many times over that their only competition is a business' desire to build its own product. This would seem to follow the pattern of lies told by a non monopolistic business (peter bad). confusing...

  55. Virtuoz
    3 bulan yang lalu

    It's a pleasure for ears to listen to Peter. The good conclusion at 49:38

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    dick dumas
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    helps if your family already has wealth & connected to the CIA

  59. iceescape
    3 bulan yang lalu

    This did not age well. Peter Thiel really is missing a few screws.

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    D Doe
    4 bulan yang lalu

    uber, lyft, doordash, postmates, grubhub, netflix, wework...when you really understand their business model and how it is now at this moment...They will never ever be profitable if they keep their model....Especially Netflix..Subscription fees alone is not going to cut it..when you have to worry about keeping up with the demand, which make you spend so much on new content that people will binge watch...the same thing that is making netflix grow will eventually be their issue.

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      Valdemar Johansen
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      Rainer Zufall
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  66. ali shams
    ali shams
    4 bulan yang lalu

    Such an amazing talk!

  67. Frank Biosah
    Frank Biosah
    4 bulan yang lalu

    Why does he, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk sound so similar?

    1. SuperSwifty59
      Bulan Yang lalu

      @Fred Garvin im no fan of Zuck or Musk either

    2. Fred Garvin
      Fred Garvin
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      @SuperSwifty59 Yeah, I know. That is why I find Thiel repellant. That and Palantir.

    3. SuperSwifty59
      Bulan Yang lalu

      @Fred Garvin Peter we know for sure is. Thats why he went after Gawker for Hulk Hogan . Gawker outed him and he was not happy

    4. Fred Garvin
      Fred Garvin
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      They're all homosexuals.

    5. SuperSwifty59
      2 bulan yang lalu

      Zuck co-opted his swag .. Thiel early investor of FB and no doubt influencer on MZ

  68. goodolarchie
    4 bulan yang lalu

    I get that this is a business class, and business is concerned with capital, not human thriving. I am SO glad most people don't think like Peter Thiel because our race would be extinct by now.

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  70. Rod96
    4 bulan yang lalu

    He is a great human being. He is also very very humble. He came to my university in Guatemala of all places to receive an honorific degree and talked with whoever wanted to talk with him. He is a class act.

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  72. Olives Olive
    Olives Olive
    4 bulan yang lalu

    Outstanding! Thank you.

  73. Alexander Paideia
    Alexander Paideia
    4 bulan yang lalu

    Very rich and very poor at the same time. Any man could be comparatively very rich, and only in some aspects. But only the truly good man, who would consciouly admits to himself that he knows, that he is very rich, yet at the same time, very poor in other aspects. --- These men are the most worthy to be my long term teacher, friend, and comrade. Please Mr. Peter Thiel, let me have a short moment of your precious time, I have the solution to your quest for the world. Thank you for your attention. altc

  74. John Smith
    John Smith
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  75. Alexander Paideia
    Alexander Paideia
    4 bulan yang lalu

    Hello Mr. Peter Thiel, I am very much admire of your pioneer and constructive spirit for the people in our society, and need your mind more than anything else. If your heart is truly noble as what you are saying, please let me have just 5 minutes of your precious time to hear my most daring business proposal concept to built and benefit many times much more than what you have heard from other entrepreneurs. I promise you will be more than glad. altc

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  77. Brett Fox
    Brett Fox
    4 bulan yang lalu

    I just wrote about this topic. Peter is right. You want to do everything you can to avoid direct competition. Read this for why:

  78. Logan D. Williams
    Logan D. Williams
    4 bulan yang lalu

    three years later and all the links are busted - does anyone know what the last question was?

  79. RecycleBycicleTwice
    4 bulan yang lalu

    Bad example with Albert Einstein. In what way is it his fault that our civilization was hundreds of years away from monetising special or general relativity? Was he supposed to throw his brilliant ideas into the bin instead of developing and publishing them? He worked in a patent office - he knew quite well what could be monetised and what could not. So he decided to make a contribution to science knowing that it would not make him rich. Not everything in this world is about money

  80. Ludwig B
    Ludwig B
    4 bulan yang lalu

    What about AirBnB?

  81. Jonathan Austin
    Jonathan Austin
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    Is this similar to blue ocean

  82. heeman snkrs
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  83. Liane Hewitt
    Liane Hewitt
    4 bulan yang lalu

    This is the best argument for antitrust regulation made yet! Just listen to Thiel pulling back the veil. Markets never naturally reach perfect competition. That’s total BS. Thiel shows that competition will only exist if governments work against the natural impulse of businesses to monopolization. He also admits that scientists rarely capture the monetary value of their innovations and suffer from a great delusion. Ouch. Maybe they are not delusional and they are not driven by personal profit but genuine desire to discover, innovate and improve the world.

  84. yhuang aa
    yhuang aa
    4 bulan yang lalu

    The answer to last question is such a troll and very much to the are just chasing the fad not with real drive...

  85. Lush Interpolation
    Lush Interpolation
    4 bulan yang lalu

    He is so intelligent, not even smart, but INTELLIGENT - I’d like to understand what drove him to think that an absolute moron like Trump could actually change this country (for the better).

  86. 서정현
    4 bulan yang lalu

    Incredibly focused speaker. Love his "Zero to one" book

  87. Jonny Barrett
    Jonny Barrett
    4 bulan yang lalu

    'Einstein didn't get to be a billionaire, not even a millionaire - the Wright Brothers didn't make any money.... they didn't get rewarded for the value they created.... most scientists are fundamentally deluded that they'll be rewarded for their work." - Peter Thiel Oh Peter. Such a narrow view of value. The world knows their names, generations studies their contributions - they changed the course of human history. You may be a billionaire and enjoy all the trappings of material wealth, but you'll be a quickly forgotten footnote in a very long list of rich people in the 21st Century.... your impact outside of yourself is marginal - Einstein & his ideas are is immortal - he changed the world - measure the value of that. In short - keep sciencing scientists! The world needs you a lot more than these greedy self-serving monopolists.

  88. Robert Schrey
    Robert Schrey
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    Competition is said originally of two roads that are crossing, and it is unlikely that a road will never cross another road.

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  90. MrAndarstand
    4 bulan yang lalu

    one of the best things I have watched this year

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    4 bulan yang lalu

    He sounds Like Dr strangelove

  94. mynameisforrest
    4 bulan yang lalu

    Wow... Got a lot of insights from this talk.

  95. Liam Cahill
    Liam Cahill
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  96. Le Quoc Hoan
    Le Quoc Hoan
    4 bulan yang lalu

    19:12 "If you're copying these people, you're not learning from them."

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      Abhinandan Tiwari
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  97. B
    4 bulan yang lalu

    One of the best talks on YT

  98. bioman
    4 bulan yang lalu

    One minute and I already can't stand his ahhhmmms.... I give up.

  99. Sai Ve
    Sai Ve
    4 bulan yang lalu

    Patents and copyrights are also for losers, more specifically for pussies.

  100. cherubin7th
    4 bulan yang lalu

    29:30 Scientists don't have the delusion to be somehow rewarded. They usually have a paycheck already and just do science for science sake (and some fame too). If a scientist wants to make money, they leave academia. Silicon Valley has the delusion, that they deserve government's monopoly protection.