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January 30, 2017: Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder, XPRIZE, Singularity University

Among other topics, Rob discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:
  • Peter’s interest in space and technology innovation, and how these common themes run through his various companies and initiatives
  • How Peter divides his time and delegates responsibilities across his organizations
  • The accelerating pace of technological change and the challenges and opportunities this presents for companies
  • Best practices for corporate innovation, including scaling at the edges, experimentation, and more
  • How companies can anticipate the disruptive forces in their industries and respond accordingly
  • Peter’s views on artificial intelligence, and why he believes the opportunities outweigh the risks of the technology
  • Where Peter sees the greatest innovation taking place over the next one to three years
  • Peter’s thoughts on radical health and life extension

Peter Diamandis Biography

Peter is a serial entrepreneur and an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. Some of the companies that Peter has founded or co-founded include XPRIZE, Singularity University, Human Longevity Inc and Planetary Resources. He is also a prolific speaker, author of two New York Times Best Selling books, investor, and advisor to business leaders and startups.

Peter has been a lifelong entrepreneur, founding his first organization while he was still an undergraduate. He has founded well over a dozen companies, with many of his earlier ones focused on opening the space frontier for humanity. These earlier organizations include International Space University, Zero-G, Space Adventures LTD, BlastOff! Corporation, the Rocket Racing League, and several others. Diamandis sits on the boards of several companies, including Hyperloop One, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Economist’s Innovator of the Year, the Arthur C. Clark Award for Innovation, the Lindbergh Award, and many others.

Peter hold an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics, as well as a graduate degree in AerospaceEngineering, both from MIT. He received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

I recently caught up with Peter over the phone and our conversation covered World Class IT Principle One, People, as we discussed how he chooses his business partners and the roles they play in his organization, and Principle Three, Project and Portfolio Management, as we discussed the importance of diversified product portfolios and the need to disrupt one’s own offering. We also covered Peter’s interest in space and technology innovation, and how these common themes run through his various companies and initiatives, how Peter divides his time and delegates responsibilities across his organizations, the accelerating pace of technological change and the challenges and opportunities this presents for companies, best practices for corporate innovation, including scaling at the edges, experimentation, and more.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview