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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

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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Steve Forbes' Advice on Innovation and Corporate Mindset

(7) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 2:20 PM

This is the first part of my two-part blog about my conversation with Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes Media, speaking about free markets, bold innovations and how he embraces change.

Steve Forbes is a friend who helped me launch my book, Abundance, holding my first-ever launch party at...

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Visioneering the Future

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 1:52 PM

This week at XPRIZE's Visioneering 2013, 120 of the world's visionary thinkers will gather for three days to discuss the world's grand challenges, and how we might solve them using incentive competitions. The event itself is extremely inspiring and a lot of fun, attracting an incredible 'who's who' from the...

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The 5 Ways Local Motors Built an Online Community

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 8:08 PM

In this blog, I'm continuing my conversation with Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, the open-source automotive design company. Here, Jay shares how he builds and engages his 30,000-person crowd.

As I've conducted my interviews with crowdsourcing entrepreneurs and experts, it's constantly hit me that your ability to...

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Can You Even Crowdsource the Design of a Car?

(6) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 2:14 PM

In this blog, I'm introducing you to Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, an open-source automotive design company that uses the power of the crowd to innovate a 100-year-old industry.

My personal fascination with the power of the crowd has been growing: Exactly what can a "crowd" accomplish?...

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TopCoder's 5 Steps to Building a Global Workforce Community

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 1:04 PM

In this blog, I'm continuing my conversation with TopCoder founder Jack Hughes, who gives us the steps that TopCoder took to build its community.

In my previous two posts about the open-innovation platform TopCoder, I introduced you to its methods. Now I want to explore how TopCoder engages with its...

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Crowd Control: TopCoder's 3 Steps to Building Community

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 2:16 PM

In this blog, I'm talking with entrepreneur Jack Hughes, founder of the open-innovation platform TopCoder, which brings together specialists from around the world to work on projects that end up costing far less than if these projects were done in-house.

TopCoder is a remarkable platform that connects corporations, organizations and...

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Silicon Valley's Secrets Disclosed

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 1:33 PM

In this blog, I'm continuing my talk with entrepreneur Philip Rosedale, who explains the "secret sauce" of Silicon Valley -- unveiling why Silicon Valley is such a hotbed of entrepreneurship.

I was interviewing Philip Rosedale, creator of the platforms Second Life and Coffee and Power, at Singularity University when he...

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Creating a Company Without Employees: Philip Rosedale on Coffee and Power and the Future of Entrepreneurship

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 12:42 PM

In this blog, I'm continuing my conversation with Philip Rosedale, founder of Second Life -- and his newest company Coffee and Power. Here, Philip explores his belief in the new way of employment, the new virtual company and what he learned in the process of creating new ways of doing...

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Second Life: How a Virtual World Became a Reality

(10) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 2:40 PM

In this blog, I'm introducing you to the work of Philip Rosedale, who set out on a very bold mission to create a virtual world accessible to the masses. How does one even think about doing something on this scale? What are the lessons learned? Enjoy!

I caught up with...

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5 Steps to Cutting Costs Through Open Source: DIY Drones

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 4:53 PM

In this blog, I'm continuing my exploration of what Chris Anderson's company DIY Drones has done in using open-source methods to create products that are exponentially less expensive to make.

After more than a decade as the editor of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson started the company of his dreams --...

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The DIY Revolution -- How to Remove 99 Percent of the Cost from Your Product

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 12:21 PM

In this blog, I'm introducing you to one of the premier do-it-yourself sites out there, Chris Anderson's DIY Drones, and how his kind of open-source innovation is changing the way products are created.

I'm a huge fan of Chris Anderson's DIY Drones, and how his model of creating a Do-It-Yourself...

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A Tongal-Produced Ad Scores a Super Bowl Touchdown

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 11:46 AM

In this blog, I'm revisiting the remarkable ad-creation marketplace Tongal, which had its own recent Super Bowl victory.

As everyone knows, the Super Bowl is almost as much about the commercials as it is about football. The Monday-morning quarterbacking of what particular ads were touchdowns or which ones were fumbles...

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The Demise of Madison Avenue -- 5 Steps to Crowdsource Creative Video Genius

(3) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 3:01 PM

In this blog I'm going to talk further about the video content creation site Tongal and outline its founder James DeJulio's suggestions for how best to use it.

As we saw in my last blog, Tongal uses exponential mechanisms to create video advertising content that's much more cost-effective, timely and...

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Genius TV Commercials at 1/100th the Price

(5) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 12:32 PM

In this blog I'm going to talk about how Tongal has revolutionized the world of video-content creation, and how it's been upending the closed world of advertising and Hollywood entertainment by opening up the creative process to the crowd.

I live in L.A., where every coffee shop is filled with...

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