Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis

Innovation, Incentive Competitions and Commercial Space Pioneer, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation

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Innovation, Incentive Competitions and Commercial Space Pioneer, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of "The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders" – by Fortune Magazine.

Innovation

In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight.

Science

Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan.

Education

He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges.

Space

In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroid for precious materials. He is also the Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero-Gravity Corporation.

Books

Diamandis is the New York Times bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World.

Academics

He earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Diamandis’ mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself."

Honors

In 2016, the Greek Government honored him by issuing a 1.2 Euro stamp into circulation. Also in 2016, the book How to Make a Spaceship – A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight, Peter’s biography and the story of the XPRIZE was written by Julian Guthrie with a Foreword by Richard Branson and an Afterword by Prof. Stephen Hawking.

Exponential Tech: Innovation/Disruption on the Road Ahead

The only constant is change, and the rate of change is increasing. 40% of today’s Fortune-500 companies are predicted to disappear in the next 10 years. Competition is no-longer the multinational overseas, instead it’s the exponential entrepreneur creating companies like Uber, Airbnb, DropBox, Oculus, Whatsapp, SpaceX, Tesla, etc... Disruption is also coming from data-driven tech giants who are entering into adjacent fields: Google and Apple entering the automotive industry, Apple the music industry, Facebook the global telecom industry, and IBM-Watson into Healthcare. Much of this transformation is a result of rapidly accelerating exponential technologies such as: Infinite Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, 3D printing Synthetic, Sensors, Networks, and Synthetic Biology. Diamandis is the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Singularity University (SU), the leading institution for the study of exponentially growing technologies. The technology speaker counsels many of today’s Fortune 500 executive teams and world leaders on the impact of these technologies. In addition, Diamandis is the Founder or co-Founder of 17 companies using the exponential technologies to transform a number of industries. In this high visual and powerful technology speaking engagement, Diamandis gives the audience a true understanding of the immediacy of these disruptions, providing them an urgency to innovate and transform old business models. His message: Today’s companies cannot remain stagnant. They must evolve or they will die. You are either disrupting your own business model or someone else will.

Transforming Scarcity to Abundance

Diamandis is the NY Times bestselling author of “ABUNDANCE – The Future Is Better Than You Think” (#1 on Amazon, #2 on NYTimes). In this book Diamandis shows us how technology is turning areas of scarcity into abundance. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies (AI, Robotics, Sensors, Networks, 3D Printing, SynBio, etc.) and the power of the crowd are conspiring to better the lives of billions. Diamandis’ technology speech is antidote to pessimism. In his keynote address, Diamandis examines human need by category — water, food, energy, healthcare, education, communication and freedom — and shows the audience detailed evidence how there has been revolutionary improvement in these areas over the past century. The technology and business speaker addresses how a range of powerful technologies such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computing, 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. As Elon Musk says, “Diamandis does a masterful job of explaining why we are at the start of a new era of radically increasing standards of living throughout the world.” As President Bill Clinton says, “Abundance, shows us that while the headlines are really bad in the world today, the trend lines are pretty good. Extreme poverty is down. The health care is improving dramatically around the world. There are developments now which make me believe we might be able to do what we did in the 1990s, which is to use technological developments to create more jobs than we lose.”

BOLD Thinking for an Exponential Organization

A company (and leadership’s) mindset is a huge factor in determining its results. The technology keynote examines the mindset and thinking required today to succeed during this exponential age. Where should a company be looking to grow 10x bigger, rather than 10-percent bigger? What does it take for a company to become an Exponential Organization? How do you become Uber rather than Kodak? In this keynote, based on the work from his book BOLD, the technology speaker examines Billionaire Thinking at Scale and presents case-studies and concrete takeaways from Larry Page, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson. He also looks at the importance of Bold, Moonshot thinking and provides insights coming from GoogleX’s work and their innovation principals. Diamandis explains the importance of adopting a Massively Transformative Purpose (MTP) to drive mindset and attract the best employees. The business speaker also explains the attributes of today’s “Exponential Organization” that are going from concept to billion-dollar valuations in record time. During this keynote Diamandis uses personal examples to emphasizes each of these points while he both inspires and teaches his audience. He draws from his own bold, Moonshot companies, specifically: Thru the XPRIZE he speaks about solving the worlds Grand Challenges; Thru Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), the technology expert discusses transforming the healthcare industry; Finally, thru Planetary Resources, Inc. (PRI), Diamandis shows us how to rethink scarcity and see how we will soon have access to vast resources.

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  • "Peter Diamandis is one of the country's great entrepreneurs and thinkers. He is one of the most popular speakers at the TED conference. I find him to be a provocative, great, entrepreneurial thinker. As one of the leading entrepreneurs around, he is going to kick off our meeting in an important way inspiring us about speed, innovation and what’s going on in the world today."

    Chairman & CEO
    General Electric
  • "Peter's keynote blew me away. I've been presenting for years and do it for a living, and Peter is at the top of the game. His personality shines through and is extremely authentic. He is a pretty amazing dude!"

    Sr. Vice President
    Cisco
  • "We had the pleasure of having Peter Diamandis present at our strategic planning retreat with the leaders of our member academic medical centers. The depth of his understanding of how technology is transforming our industry is extraordinary. Peter's insights sparked an exchange of new ideas that will influence how we meet the needs of academic medical centers and those they serve, now and in the future. I only wish we had the opportunity to have our CEOs spend an entire day with him!"

    President and CEO
    University HealthSystem Consortium
  • "Peter gave the featured Keynote to my first All-Executive meeting in my new role as CEO and made it a huge success. Several employees came up to me later to say that he was the best speaker we’ve ever had. His presentation on innovation and exponential technologies was very thought-provoking discussion and extremely valued."

    CEO
    NextEra Energy
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