Peter Diamandis: Biography highlights
Recently named by Fortune as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Peter H. Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions.
Full biography of Peter Diamandis
- Chairman and CEO, XPRIZE Foundation
- Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Singularity University
- Named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, Fortune Magazine
Peter Diamandis is the executive founder of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world’s leaders on exponentially growing technologies.
As an entrepreneur, Diamandis has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital and education. He is cofounder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies, and co-founder and Vice Chairman of Celularity, Inc., a cellular therapeutics company. In addition, Diamandis co-founded Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroids for fuels and precious materials.
Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of three books: Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World. His newest book in this series of exponential technologies—The Future is Faster Than You Think – is a blueprint for how our world will change in response to the next 10 years of rapid technological disruption.
He earned degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering from the MIT and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Diamandis’ favorite saying is “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”
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Peter Diamandis is one of the country's great entrepreneurs and thinkers. Peter is one of the most popular speakers at the TED conference and one of the most provocative thinkers of our time.'
Johnson & Johnson
'Peter Diamandis absolutely delivered our key messaging with a powerful and passionate presentation. He truly is an inspiration and very dynamic. During the two days of the summit following his opening keynote, many of our internal speakers reflected on his words. He has such great passion.'
Education & Creativity
'Peter's presentation is world-class. One of the best I've had the pleasure to watch. His passion and vision is infectious. Diamandis offers a critical perspective that everyone needs to hear. If you're looking for someone to help you chart your future, Peter is the perfect choice.'
'I've shared the stage with Branson and the Dalai Lama. And in my entire life, NO SPEECH has inspired me to get out and kick butt in the world like you did. Thank you for that.'
'Never before have I seen someone provide a view of the future that is so informed by science and history, yet utterly optimistic! Diamandis clearly and entertainingly uses analogies from the past to illustrate how the major problems mankind faces today and tomorrow, will inevitably be solved through exponential technologies. Bravo!'
'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!'
'Diamandis is one of the most passionate and dynamic speakers today. If you want to energize your senior management team and give them an understanding of the future, bring Diamandis in as your keynote speaker.'
The Richmond Forum America's largest non-profit community forum
'Dr. Peter Diamandis blew our entire audience away, becoming our highest-rated speaker of the last ten years - no easy feat considering our previous speakers included President Barack Obama, Ron Howard, Steve Forbes, Tony Blair and President Bill Clinton. Diamandis presented an informed vision of the future that is both exciting and thought-provoking.'
NFL Digital Media
'If you ever have the chance to see Peter Diamandis speak, run don't walk to get a seat. Awesome inspiration.'
Accelerated Intelligence Inc.
'Peter gives hope where others see none. Not only is his speaking style engaging of great importance for all of humanity This man is doing critically important work. He is making his life and the lives of other count immeasurably.'
Peter's speaking topics
Meta-Trends: The Future Is Faster Than You Think
Technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, we will create more wealth than we have in the past hundred years. We will also experience more upheaval than ever before.
During this gripping and insightful keynote, Diamandis outlines a road map to our near future, describing how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies will impact both our daily lives and every company. What happens as AI, robotics, and virtual reality crash into 3D printing, blockchain, and global gigabit networks? How will these convergences transform today’s biggest industries?
How will this change the way we raise our kids, govern our nations, and care for our planet? Diamandis will also explain why the rate of technological acceleration is, itself, accelerating and will examine a number of Meta-trends, as desired by the event.
Bold Thinking For An Exponential Organization
Today a company’s success depends on mindset, its use of exponential technologies and the power of crowdsourcing. This keynote, based on Diamandis’ bestselling book BOLD, examines the approaches required 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?
Diamandis explains how a Massively Transformative Purpose can drive your organization’s culture and help you attract the best employees. He examines the innovation principles used by GoogleX’, and the power of bold, “moonshot” thinking. He details how entrepreneurial billionaires like Larry Page, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson think -- and what strategies they use to scale and disrupt.
Transforming Scarcity to Abundance
Diamandis is the New York 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 converging to better the lives of billions.This keynote is an antidote to pessimism. Diamandis examines human need by category — water, food, energy, healthcare, education, communication and freedom — and shows the audience detailed evidence on the revolutionary improvements in these areas over the past century.
He addresses how a range of exponential technologies are transforming what was once scarce into abundance. Humanity’s grandest challenge is providing abundance, and this keynote addresses how we rise to meet it.