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Peter Diamandis

Futurist; Chairman & CEO, X Prize Foundation; Co-Founder & Chairman, Singularity University; Co-Author, Abundance: The Future Is Better than You Think

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Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.

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TED Talk: Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

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Peter H. Diamandis, MD Founder, Executive Chairman, XPRIZE Foundation Executive Founder and Director, Singularity University.

Fortune Magazine recently named Peter Diamandis as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders.

Diamandis is the Founder & Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the Executive Founder and Director of Singularity University; a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world's biggest challenges and build a better future for all.

As an entrepreneur, Diamandis has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital, and education. He is also co-founder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies.

Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance & BOLD. He earned degrees in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from MIT and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
Peter’s favorite saying is “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.


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    Disrupting Today’s Healthcare System

    (Huffington Post) – This week in San Diego, Singularity University is holding its Exponential Medicine Conference, a look at how technologists are redesigning and rebuilding today’s broken healthcare system.

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    Success Into Significance

    (Tech Blog) – Significance is the feeling that your life (and your work) has had a meaningful and lasting impact.

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    Three Industries That Are Ripe For Disruption

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – We live in an age of disruption – and that's a good thing.

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    These Are the Companies That We’ll Be Talking About in the Future

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – "Want to become a billionaire? Then help a billion people."

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    Communicating in Exponential Times

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – This blog is about the best practices, basic rules, and the emerging technologies in a rapidly changing (and increasingly fragmented) communication landscape.

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    Learning in Exponential Times

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – How to learn is changing, and it's changing fast.

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    Grit… So Important!

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – This blog is about "grit"… one of the most critical attributes of being a successful entrepreneur today.

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    Why Stem Cells May Save Your Life

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – This blog is about how stem cells are going to change medicine forever, extend life, and potentially save your life in the years ahead.

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    Entrepreneurs, Not Government, Drive Innovation – Here’s Why

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – It's sad that the U.S. government doesn't fund risky research anymore.

    After all, "the day before something is truly a breakthrough, it's a crazy idea"… and if you're not funding crazy ideas, you're stuck with linear (incremental) thinking.

    This blog is about why YOU as an entrepreneur (or 'exponential CEO') are going to be solving our problems, as opposed to waiting for the government.

    Why government R&D funding is declining, why that's a bad thing, and how innovative entrepreneurs are now responsible for keeping the U.S. on the cutting edge.

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    How the Future of Transportation Will Shape Your Life

    Four revolutions in transportation are taking place this decade.

    This blog is a look at how they will shape your life, your business and our world.

    In 2011, Peter Thiel famously said, “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters…”

    Guess what? The flying car is coming, and so is a heck of a lot more.

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    Beyond Social: The Age of Impact Entrepreneurs

    By Daniel Jordi

    (Pulse) – For the major part of the past two centuries, we strived to build large organizations around one single purpose, to maximize profit no matter what. The industrial age was driven by greed and overly egocentric behavior.

    As this age is coming (or has come?) to an end and the connection economy is thriving, there is a new breed of entrepreneurs rising to the top.

    As we have seen when the dot-com bubble bursted or with the real estate and banking crisis, greed and "profit as purpose" are not sustainable business models.

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    Experfy Closes $1.5 Million Seed Round. Notable Investors Include XPRIZE’s Peter H. Diamandis

    Boston, MA, June 07, 2015 –(PR.com)– Harvard-Backed Experfy, the leading Managed Marketplace for Big Data and Analytics Consulting, raised $1.5m in a seed round led by XPRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis. Through its network of 1350+ vetted data experts, Experfy provides advisory services, big data readiness assessments, roadmaps, predictive dashboards, algorithms, and custom solutions for mid-market and Fortune 500s.

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    The ‘Rising Billion’ New Consumers Will Arrive by 2020

    (The Huffington Post) – The most dramatic (positive) change in our global economy is about to occur between 2016 and 2020.

    Three to 5 billion new consumers, who have never purchased anything, never uploaded anything and never invented and sold anything, are about to come online and provide a mega-surge to the global economy.

    While most of these individuals are in Africa, India, China and the developing world, and their income is low, when aggregated, this represents tens of trillions of new dollars flowing into the global economy. . . and no one is talking about it.

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    Peter Diamandis: Here’s How You’ll Buy Clothes in the Future

    Peter Diamandis talks virtual reality as a major emerging technology in today's featured Big Think interview. In his new book Bold (co-authored with fellow Big Think expert Steven Kotler), Diamandis explains how exponential entrepreneurs need to think about and work with exponential technologies set to take the jump from deceptive to disruptive.

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    Our Exciting, Weird, and Scary Future: Q&A With Peter Diamandis

    Whenever the world seems hopeless, I find myself revisiting the 2012 don't-worry-it's-all-gonna-be-great TED talk from XPrize CEO Peter Diamandis (embedded below). Diamandis is a passionate proponent of "rational optimism," and uses cold hard data to demonstrate how humanity is improving its condition thanks to technology.

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Diamandis is the leading figure in the Space Commercialization industry, having founded and run many of the leading companies such as Zero Gravity Corporation, Space Adventures, the Rocket Racing League, and International Space University to name a few. He is the recipient of the Economist No Boundaries Award, the Heinlein Award, Armstrong, Lindbergh, Von Braun, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards for his work. In this engaging, fun and visionary presentation Diamandis outlines Humanity’s future in space how we will travel there, build industries and launch future civilizations.

Diamandis provides an overview of the key exponentially growing technologies, covering topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Computational Systems, 3D printing, Medicine/NeuroSystems, Bioinformatics, Robotics, Network Systems, Nanomaterials, and Biotechnology.

Diamandis discusses how breakthroughs in these areas will transform products, companies, industries and even society over the next twenty years. He provides key insights on how human society has transformed from Local & Linear to Global & Exponential. This change is causing the creation of new billion dollar start-ups out of nowhere, and the demise of 50-year-old billion dollar companies overnight.

Through Diamandis’ work as Chairman and Co-Founder of Singularity University and Chairman/CEO of X PRIZE, he addresses the impact that exponentially growing technology has on companies, governments, and humanity. He speaks to the potential of creating a world of abundance, and the empowerment of small groups of do-it-yourself technologists to do what only governments or large corporations could do before.

Diamandis has co-authored Abundance (Simon & Schuster, Feb. 2012) in which he lays out how we will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions. An antidote to pessimism by tech entrepreneur turned philanthropist, Peter H. Diamandis.

Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing fast. The authors document how four forces exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising Billion are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. Abundance establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic roadmap for governments, industry and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.

In his keynote address, Diamandis examining human need by category water, food, energy, healthcare, education, communication and freedom Diamandis addresses how a range of powerful technologies such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computer, AI and robotics, biotechnology and medicine are transforming what was once scarce into something abundant.

Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge this is a keynote about how we rise to meet it.

Diamandis is a dynamic inspirational speaker who provides real value to his audience by showing them how to drive and incentivize breakthrough thinking within their company in order to achieve clear, measurable and objective results. Based on the success of the Ansari X PRIZE (which stimulated the creation of billion-dollar private spaceflight industry) and the success of the $10M Progressive Automotive X PRIZE, Diamandis explains how to incentivize breakthroughs. Diamandis explains how traditional thinking, risk-aversion and incrementalism will cause the demise of companies unable to cope with the coming decades of disruptive innovation.

Through concrete examples and lessons, Diamandis addresses two options:

  • Internal: How to create a culture of innovation within your company; or,

  • External: How to incentivize the outside world to help you solve your biggest problems.

Diamandis explains how the rapid growth of key exponential technologies (Nano, Info, Bio) are empowering individuals and small companies to do what only governments were able to achieve only a few decades ago. Such technologies will drive a period of significant disruption and/or opportunity depending on the company’s mind-set. Diamandis’ ultimate message is that companies cannot remain stagnant. They must evolve or they will die.

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