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Peter Diamandis
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Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.  Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.

Diamandis is also the co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution teaching graduates and executives about exponentially growing technologies and their potential to address humanity’s grand challenges.

Diamandis recently co-Authored Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think.

Diamandis has founded or co-founded many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures. He also counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives.

Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D.   Diamandis’ personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!”

Entries by Peter Diamandis

What the News Media Won't Tell You About Global Violence

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:11 PM

I call CNN the Crisis News Network (or the Calamity News Network), delivering all crisis, all the time...

Today's news media is a drug pusher, and negative news is their drug.

It might interest you to know that violence around the world has actually been going down, and has been...

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How to Plan a Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 12:40 PM

How did a simple Facebook group mobilize 12 million people in 40 countries in just one month?

That's exactly what Oscar Morales accomplished when, in 2008, he created a Facebook group called A Million Voices Against FARC.

I wrote about his story in Abundance -- the excerpt follows.

You've heard...

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Does Tech Improve Your Quality of Life?

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Have you ever heard people say that technology is getting in the way of human interaction? Or that our high-tech, always-connected world is making us miserable?

I've seen those stories too. But what they don't mention is that tech is actually contributing to our happiness.

This week's Evidence of Abundance...

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Where's the Gold in Your Data? Turning $500,000 Into $3 Billion

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 12:01 PM

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I collect a lot of data. We all do.

The fact is that data are worth a lot of money.

Google and Facebook built $100 billion-plus companies based on mining data. Shouldn't you?

In Abundance, I wrote about my friend Rob McEwen, chairman...

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Travel Safely: Evidence of Abundance #3

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:14 AM

My Abundance topic for this week is transportation, and specifically the vast improvements we've made in safety for cars and planes.

The following chart shows automobile and airline fatalities over time.

We begin in 1923, when the automotive industry was only about 20 years old. Look at the reduction in...

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Dunbar's Number: Why Celebrity Train Wrecks Grab Your Attention

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Millions of years ago, our brains became wired to remember about 150 people as "close friends".

This is probably because early hominid tribes gathered in communities of that size.

Today, this explains why an infantry company organizes around that size, and why smaller companies (e.g., less than 150 in size)...

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Evidence of Abundance #2: Maternal and Infant Mortality

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:32 PM

A hundred years ago, child birth was risky and infant mortality rates were horrific.

How would you feel if 30 percent of infants died? Or if 900 expectant mothers out of every 100,000 died giving birth?

But thanks to technology, the reality today is far different.

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From Beer to Caffeine: The Birth of Innovation

(8) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 5:46 PM

Three hundred years ago, during the Age of Enlightenment, the coffee house became the center of innovation.

Back then, most people went from drinking beer to consuming coffee (i.e. from being tipsy to being wired) and ideas started exploding.

The details of this story are important (and fun) one for...

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Evidence of Abundance #1: More Leisure, Less Work

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 9:35 PM

Is technology making you work harder? Or giving you more time off?

Seriously, it feels like it's enabling me to work around the clock! Heck, I'm writing this email at 37,000 feet on a Virgin America flight from DC to LA at 11 p.m. ET.

So that being said, I...

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The Abundance Mindset

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 8:21 PM

Your mindset matters. It affects everything -- from the business and investment decisions you make, to the way you raise your children, to your stress levels and overall well-being.

Are you living with a scarcity or abundance mindset? How about the people in your life?

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Unfair Advantages of Emotional Computing

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Earlier this week, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son announced an amazing new robot called Pepper.

The most amazing feature isn't that it will only cost $2,000, or that Pepper is intended to babysit your kids and work the registers at retail stores.

What's really remarkable is that Pepper is...

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No More Malls: 5 Disruptive Techs Transforming Retail

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Five technologies are converging to transform the retail shopping experience forever.

This is big. This isn't Amazon, it's Amazon x100. Very social, very local and very efficient.

This will impact multiple industries.

Though it applies to other retail, the example I'll share in this email is clothes shopping -- specifically,...

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What Will They 3D Print Next? Inside My Trip to Local Motors

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:22 PM

Last week, I flew my Cirrus to visit Jay Rogers and his team at Local Motors in Phoenix.

Jay showed me their plans to 3D print an entire car in just one day at the Int'l Manufacturing & Technology Show in Chicago this September. The electric drive car will be...

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Drones Overhead, Seeing Everything, Always: Inside Google and Facebook's Latest Acquisitions

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 2:36 PM

Imagine a fleet of drones, overhead, out of sight, tens of thousands of feet in the sky. Imagine those drones being powered by sunlight -- effectively aerial satellites that are orbiting constantly, never having to touch down for fuel. Now imagine thousands of them, perhaps tens of thousands of them,...

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64 Billion Messages in 24 Hours: Key Takeaways From WhatsApp's Massively Disruptive Statistics

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:26 PM

In February of this year, Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging platform WhatsApp set a record for the largest software acquisition of all time. It set the value of WhatsApp at more than Sony Corporation.

Most recently, the 5-year-old startup broke yet another impressive record -- 64 billion messages processed in 24 hours....

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From $2M to $2B in 18 Months: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Oculus VR

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 2:02 PM

As I'm sure you've already read, Facebook recently acquired Oculus Virtual Reality for $2 billion.

This is a huge deal... and here's why:

Brief Company Timeline:
August 2012 -- Oculus Rift raises $2.5M on Kickstarter
June 2013 -- Oculus Rift raises $16M in venture capital
...

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Outpaced by Innovation: Canceling an XPRIZE

(46) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 3:00 PM

At XPRIZE, failure is not a bad thing; it is part of the process. We expect most of our competing teams to fail as they attempt to achieve audacious goals. And sometimes, if we are doing our job right, an XPRIZE will fail as well. When we launch an...

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Latest on Crowdfunding... Searching for Alien Planets

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 1:22 PM

You know I'm a big fan of crowd funding. In 2012, over $2.8 billion of capital was unleashed from the crowd to fund innovative projects. That number is expected to grow to $15 billion by 2015. Getting access to money is no longer your biggest challenge.

Given how much I...

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Kickstarting the Future of Space Exploration

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:04 PM

When the Hubble space telescope was launched, many people said it was a waste of money and resources.

Requiring two space shuttle missions to get it right (first to put into orbit and then a second mission to fix the mirror) and a massive $2.5 billion expense,...

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Top 8 Recommendations for Success From Steve Forbes

(71) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:34 PM

In this blog, I continue my conversation with Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes Media -- sharing with you his top eight recommendations for success.

If anyone has seen success and failure on a global stage, it's my friend Steve Forbes. In my effort to extract from top CEOs...

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