If you're just starting out and looking to understand some of the personalities in this space, read this book. Sadly, that's the most positive comment I can make. I'm afraid it's nothing better than a rant from someone who was either lucky or hanging out with some smart people when he achieved his success at Paypal. What really sucks is that Thiel provides few insights for genuine business people looking to grow in the SAAS or online space. Instead, he spends time discussing his opinions on subjects in which he is not an expert. Geopolitics, climate change, etc are super important but subjects best addressed by experts. I can count on one hand the books I've binned after reading them. This is one of them. Not worth the time or money.