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Blake Masters

Business, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Law / Legal

Travels from San Francisco, California, USA

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Blake Masters Profile

  • He collaborated with legendary entrepreneur and angel investor, Peter Thiel to pen one of the most read business books of the decade Zero to One: Notes on Start-ups or How to Build the Future.
  • As President of the Thiel Foundation and Principal of Thiel Capital, he passes on strategies he’s learned from some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names to audiences of aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Recognized by Forbes as one of the 30 most economically influential people under the age of 30, he is the cofounder of the start-up Judicata which aims to change the face of legal research.
  • Blake Masters inspires entrepreneurs and Millennials to take on the world’s problems rather than simply accepting them. He has co-authored the book Zero to One with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel in which the two discuss secrets on developing break through solutions that take society to the next level

    Masters became a well-known name when he began posting essay adaptations of his class notes from CS 183, a course that Thiel was delivering at Stanford University. His Tumblr blog soared to over a million views in a matter of days, a phenomenon that led him and Thiel to collaborate in writing their business best-seller.

    Masters is a lawyer who graduated from Stanford and Stanford Law. Currently he also serves as Principal at Thiel Capital and President of The Thiel Foundation. He is the co-founder of the law research start-up Judicata.

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      Little did Blake Masters know when he posted his class notes on Tumblr, that they would inspire one of the must-read business books of the decade. The Stanford Law student and his professor, Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal collaborated to write the best-selling Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future after Masters’s notes went viral.

      The heart of Thiel’s 2012 course was how to build new businesses and new technologies in order to have a better future, something that Masters felt more people – outside the Stanford student body attending the class – needed to know. After he posted his second set of class notes online, his blog’s traffic skyrocketed, receiving over 1,000,000 views. Masters e-mailed Thiel, who encouraged him to keep posting. The two later agreed that writing a book would be a “more powerful way to start a wider cultural conversation.”

      Masters has followed his own advice and launched the start-up Judicata, which aims to reinvent the way legal research is conducted. He serves as President of the Thiel Foundation, Principal of Thiel Capital, and has been named one of Forbes’s “30 Under 30.”

      A Stanford alumni, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and baby boy.

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    In 2012, Blake Masters took a highly unusual class at Stanford. The professor was the legendary Peter Thiel, PayPal cofounder and the first outsider to fund Facebook. Additionally, several of Silicon Valley’s greatest minds guest lectured, bringing together ideas and advice from some of the most distinguished innovators of our time. Blake Masters shares a one-of-a-kind set of secrets and truths about what it takes to accomplish something big as he offers key insights that cannot be ignored by the business world.

    Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
    The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investors Peter Thiel and Blake Masters show how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

    They begin with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

    The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Copying others takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace; they will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

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    Books by Blake Masters:

    Zero to One

    If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.

    The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

    Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

    Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

    Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

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