Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel

“Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.” 
-  Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla

Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He started PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and took it public in 2002, defining a new era of fast and secure online commerce. In 2004 he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director. The same year he launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like national security and global finance. He has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, and dozens of successful technology startups, many run by former colleagues who have been dubbed the “PayPal Mafia.” He is a partner at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies like SpaceX and Airbnb. He started the Thiel Fellowship, which ignited a national debate by encouraging young people to put learning before schooling, and he leads the Thiel Foundation, which works to advance technological progress and long- term thinking about the future.

Book of the Month, February 2017

Before Disrupting Healthcare, Pallav Sharda

Pallav Sharda is a healthcare entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in health information technology. Pallav put that experience to work creating insights for future entrepreneurs entering the complex healthcare space in his book, "Before Disrupting Healthcare: What Innovators Need to Know."

The book is CTC's selection as Book of the Month for February 2017.

Pallav went Inside the Founder's Studio to talk about the book, as well as entrepreneurship in health, and much more in our wide-ranging discussion. This episode of "Inside the Founder's Studio" is available in CTC's PODCAST ARCHIVE


California Tool Works: Incubation and Acceleration in the Cauldron of Innovation

Accelerators and incubators play a vital role in the state’s innovation ecosystem. Startups often find incubators and accelerators attractive as they go through the pains and pitfalls of early success and failure. As the model has proliferated, accelerators have become the epitome of an industrialized process: startups churned out in volume through an assembly line.


For Further Reading


The New Geography of Jobs
By Enrico Moretti
Coming Jobs War
By Jim Clifton