Strategy is mostly around creating competitive advantage/ moats/ secrets (what Thiel calls it). Here are a bunch of frameworks/books to think about the same

Frameworks from some of my fav books on Strategy

  1. My fav one: Thiel’s 7 questions You can find more here: https://manassaloi.com/booksummaries/2019/08/23/zero-one-peter-thiel.html He also explains how Tesla is different from other cleantech companies (check the end of the post) Zero to One is a must read if you work in startups/planning to startup

  2. Hamilton’s 7 powers: Scale economics, Network economics, Counter positioning, Switching cost, Branding, Cornered resources, Process power Something you should read if you are interested in business strategy Link to notes from the book including explanation of all the 7 powers: https://manassaloi.com/booksummaries/2019/08/22/seven-powers-hamilton-helmer.html

  3. Munger’s 5 elements which create moats: Supply-Side Economies of Scale and Scope, Demand-Side Economies of Scale (Network Effects), Brand, Regulation, Patents and Intellectual Property See the last section of this blogpost to read more on the same: Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor

  4. Platform revolution has a bunch of frameworks to think about how to build and grow a platform. It is highly relevant if you are working in a startup in the on demand space Full summary here: Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy

  5. Blitzscaling is a good read if you want to understand how to build hyper growth business It also has a lot of frameworks for growth: things which can turbocharge it or limit it https://manassaloi.com/booksummaries/2016/03/29/blitzscaling-reid-hoffman.html

  6. Only the Paranoid Survive is a great playbook on surviving 10X changes and has lot of war stories from Intel

Honorary mentions: Good to great, Built to last, Blue Ocean Strategy, The Innovator’s Dilemma I read them long back. Have to re read and take notes

Books I plan to read in the future

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