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Peter is an accidental author (LITTLE BETS, TRUE NORTH), and cofounder of Fuse Corps, the social venture.

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The Immaturity and Arrogance of Uber

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Last week, I wrote about an article here for Medium entitled "Can We Trust Uber?" in which I described a ridiculous incident a couple of years ago where the company used what I thought was my private Uber location data without my permission to promote its brand at...

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Can We Trust Uber?

(4) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 6:51 PM

I was a big fan of the Uber service since I first saw one of the initial prototypes of the product. Yet, over time, I've started to trust the company less and less, causing me to increasingly wonder about the leadership team. The news from August that Uber...

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Indra Nooyi and Roger Goodell: Personal Loyalty vs. Leadership Accountability

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 12:50 PM

It caught me by surprise this week when PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi came out and publicly supported embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league in general. Nooyi's vote of confidence came at a critical time for Goodell and the NFL in the wake of what has been the worst...

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Rediscovering the NFL's True North

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 6:07 PM

I'm a huge football fan, and have rooted for the 49ers since my dad first exposed me to the game when I was five or six. I spent most of my birthdays growing up at the 49ers training camp in Rocklin, California, not too far from my hometown, and have...

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The Real Hero of the American Story

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 8:06 AM

We spend a lot of time talking about and waiting for a hero to save America -- the next Abe Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt. That's rubbish.

The real heroes in America can be found everywhere, right under our noses.

On this Labor Day, I salute my Uncle Joe,...

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My Surprising Conversation With Dick Fuld (Yes, That Dick Fuld) and the Future of America

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 10:08 PM

Why generational conflicts and resource fights are coming soon to a theater near you

On a Saturday morning in February 2013, I was attending an event for Kairos Society, an organization that supports and celebrates college students who are entrepreneurs, which was held on the floor of the...

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Five of Steve Jobs's Biggest Mistakes

(37) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 8:38 AM

It's a great disservice to everyone, especially young people, that the stories that we often hear about the most accomplished entrepreneurs sound so effortless. The truth is just the opposite, even for visionary creative success stories like those of Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Howard Schultz, Wendy Kopp, and even the...

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Why Does Anyone Listen to Donald Trump?

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 3:38 PM

At a time when American citizens crucially need to be better informed and educated about numerous institutional crises, I was only mildly entertained the other night when Donald Trump was being interviewed by Piers Morgan on CNN.

As many know, Piers Morgan got his start toward fame in the...

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You're Only As Good As Who You Surround Yourself With

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 3:02 PM

By now, Bill George is a well-known name to most, the former CEO of Medtronic, where the company's market cap grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion during his tenure. Upon his retirement in 2002, Bill invented a new life and purpose (by making little bets,...

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Reinventing America -- From the Bottom Up

(10) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 6:00 PM

With Europe on the precipice economically and politically, and U.S. institutions experiencing a significant crisis of moral leadership in the wake of the debt ceiling debacle, any student of history can predict that the world is approaching an inflection point.

Into this period of enormous uncertainty (and leadership vacuum)...

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The No Brainer That We Risk Missing

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 2:52 PM

One thing consistently puzzles me: there's a significant disconnect between policy makers and people who are working on actual problems in the grassroots.

Consider this example: Gerald Chertavian, is the founder and CEO of Year Up. He is widely considered to be one of the...

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The iPhone: How to Design a Great Business Model

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2008 | 12:20 PM

Apple's impressive quarterly earnings report this week, bolstered by iPhone sales, exemplified what has become increasingly clear: Apple has not only designed a highly successful product with its iPhone, the company's use of design principles have allowed it to build an incredible business model and ecosystem that has even Microsoft...

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Leading Innovation Through Methodical Experiments

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2008 | 11:49 AM

The Wall Street Journal's ideas reporter, Pfred Dvorak, wrote a great article describing Best Buy's experimental forecasting system entitled, "Best Buy Taps 'Prediction Market'" -- an excellent example of how companies are using focused experiments to innovate their internal processes. Anyone interested in innovation should take note.

Essentially, Best...

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Filling Russert's Void: The Need for American Trustees

(36) Comments | Posted June 21, 2008 | 7:40 PM

Like many, I have been astonished by the outpouring of sympathy and sense of loss following Tim Russert's death from Americans from all walks of life. What encapsulates their sentiments best is that they will miss Tim because they trusted him as an honest arbiter of political news. As much...

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Tim Russert: A Different Type of American Royalty

(21) Comments | Posted June 14, 2008 | 12:13 PM

I grew up just outside a town of 7,000 people and as a kid I didn't know anybody who was a "somebody" outside our Northern California county except Tim Russert. I met Tim in 1987 when I was eleven years old, before he was on TV or well-known. My mom...

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