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Praise for Peter Diamandis and his X PRIZE Methodology

"The success that the X PRIZE Foundation has achieved is the kind of leverage that we all look for. The X PRIZE model has huge potential to unlock innovation around the Grand Challenges that are important to each of us."Larry Page, Co-Founder and CEO, X PRIZE Trustee
"Peter Diamandis has been thinking big and bold for decades.  His work with X PRIZE, Singularity University and Abundance is extraordinary.  Not only has he opened up the personal spaceflight industry, but his work is making a significant dent in solving humanity's grand challenges."Steve Forbes, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes
"The first person in this generation to realize the importance of prizes was Peter Diamandis. He set up the X PRIZE which then led to SpaceShipOne and Virgin Galactic. Without Peter commercial spaceship travel wouldn't have happened. He is a very unique individual."Richard Branson, Chairman, Virgin Group
"The X PRIZE Foundation is working on challenges such as how we educate our kids, provide drinkable water to the world, ensure a cleaner environment, solve our energy problems, and solve the climate crisis. Personally, I'm excited to work with the indefatigable Peter Diamandis and the Foundation to help create the prizes that are going to inspire and motivate innovators to drive these radical breakthroughs." James Cameron, Producer/Director, Explorer

Current Press for Peter Diamandis

April 21, 2012


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Film director James Cameron, Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, X Prize founder Peter Diamandis and billionaire Ross Perot Jr. along with a number of other incredible minds plan to take on outer space.


April 21, 2012


Optimists at Silicon Valley think tank Singularity University are pushing the frontiers of human progress through innovation and emerging technologies, looking to greater longevity and better health. As part of his series on Making $ense of financial news, correspondent Paul Solman explores a future of "exponential growth."


April 28, 2012

Visioneering: Your Money with Ali Velshi

Every year the X-Prize Foundation gathers a group of more than 100 scientists, engineers, developers, entrepreneurs, and simply put, big idea people in one location for what is called Visioneering.


Singularity University: Meet the people who are building the future By Carole Cadwalladr

April 28, 2012
Take top thinkers from Silicon Valley and science, mix them with scientists, innovators and philanthro-capitalists, and you've got the Singularity University – on a mission to seek technological solutions to the world's great challenges.It's day one at the Singularity University: the opening address has just been delivered by a hologram. Craig Venter, who was one of the first scientists to sequence the human genome and created the first synthetic life form, is up next. And later, we will see two people, paralysed from the waist down, use robotic exoskeletons to rise up and walk. But first, the co-founder of the Singularity University, Peter Diamandis, gives us our instructions for the day. Your task, he says, is to pick one of the "grand challenges of humanity" – the lack of clean drinking water, say. And then come up with an idea that "can positively impact the lives of a billion people".


"The day before a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea," says X Prize Founder, Peter Diamandis, who has helped popularize the innovation-through-competition craze that has swept up organizations from Netflix to the White House. A well-crafted competition can spawn entire industries, such as how the Ansari X Prize gave birth to the current race between Virgin Galactic and Space X for dominance of the commercial space travel industry. On the other hand, Netflix’s recent admission that it never used its $1 million dollar prize to improve their recommendation algorithm highlights the need to use funds wisely.We sat down with the X Prize team and their guests at its annual brainstorming event (or "Visioneering" as they call it) to learn about the strategies and pitfalls of prize-based innovation breakthroughs. Experienced prize managers say that a good prize begins with wild brainstorming, and needs to be followed up with a super-tight problem statement, a dedicated team, and, last but not least, aggressive marketing.


A Quixotic Quest to Mine Asteroids  by Amir Efrati March 30, 2012
A new company backed by two Google Inc. GOOG -0.54% billionaires, film directorJames Cameron and other space exploration proponents is aiming high in the hunt for natural resources—with mining asteroids the possible target.The venture, called Planetary Resources Inc., revealed little in a press release this week except to say that it would "overlay two critical sectors—space exploration and natural resources—to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP" and "help ensure humanity's prosperity." The company is formally unveiling its plans at an event Tuesday in Seattle.


Planetary Resources Co-Founder Aims To Create Space 'Gold Rush'    by Brian Caulfield April 20, 2012
Earlier this year, entrepreneur and X-Prize impresario Peter Diamandis hinted he was about to unveil something amazing: a startup that will mine asteroids for precious metals."Since my childhood I've wanted to do one thing, be an asteroid miner," Diamandis told Forbes. "So stay tuned on that one." It looks like Diamandis may be about to push the launch button on the idea. Backed by a group including Google Chief Executive Larry Page, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, filmmaker James Cameron, former Microsoft Chief Architect Charles Simonyi, and Ross Perot Jr., Planetary Ventures will unveil its plans Tuesday at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.


About Peter Diamandis's New York Times Hardcover Besteller Abundance

Peter H. Diamandis' first book Abundance:The Future Is Better Than You Think (written with Steven Kotler) shot to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List hitting #2, and has remained on that list for more than 8 weeks. The book also hit #1 on Amazon and #1 on Barnes and Noble.Abundance sold over 15,000 copies in the first week, and over 50,000 in the first two month. The book received advance praise from top authors and global business leaders (see next page) as well rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, the Economist, Christian Science Monitor and CNN to name a few.
Diamandis appeared on over 100 TV and Radio interviews in the first 45 days promoting the book. A community of over 50,000 individuals was created around Abundance that will be called upon to promote and support the launch of BOLD. Diamandis designed and executed a world-class marketing campaign bringing to bear his vast organizational, media and social media team resources. While Abundance provided a vision of the future, Diamandis' next book provides an executable blu-print for how to achieve that future based upon this own work, and that of his world-class network.

Diamandis designed and executed a world-class marketing campaign bringing to bear his vast organizational, media and social media team resources. While Abundance provided a vision of the future, Diamandis' next book provides an executable blu-print for how to achieve that future based upon this own work, and that of his world-class network.

Top Media Appearances:
  • PBS-TV: "Newshour"
  • NPR: "On Point", taped Commonwealth Club appearance, and local NPR shows
  • Marketplace Money Radio
  • MSNBC "Morning Joe" and "Dylan Ratigan Show"
  • CNN: "Your Money" with Ali Velshi and "BookMarks" shows
  • CNBC-TV "Squawk on the Street" and "Worldwide Exchange"
  • Fox Business Network  "Stossel"
  • CBC-TV "Lang &  O'Leary Show"
  • Fox News Radio "Alan Colmes Show"
  • Coast to Coast national radio show (4.5 million listeners), Motley Fool Radio
Top Keynote Appearances: Diamandis has presented keynotes on Abundance at the following venues: TED (keynote); DLD (keynote); SXSW (Keynote); The Commonwealth Club; Google Zeitgeist; Summit Series; Cal Tech and dozens more.

About Peter Diamandis


PETER DIAMANDIS is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation (www.xprize.org), 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 (www.singularityU.org), a Silicon Valley based institution teaching graduates and executives about exponentially growing technologies and their potential to address humanity's grand challenges.

Diamandis is coauthor of the New York Times best selling hardcover book Abundance—The Future Is Better Than You Think (www.AbundanceTheBook.com) which was #2 on the NYTimes List and #1 on Amazon.

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 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!"


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All shall have prizesMarch 1, 2007

April 28, 2012


Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism—that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I'm not saying we don't have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down."


Re: Abundance: The Future is Better than you Think


Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism—that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I'm not saying we don't have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down."



#2 New York Times Hardcover Bestseller #1 Amazon Bestseller List #1 Barnes & Noble Bestseller List

Praise for Abundance

"This brilliant must-read book provides the key to the coming era of abundance replacing eons of scarcity. Abundance is a powerful antidote to today's malaise and pessimism."  — Ray Kurzweil, inventor, and author The Singularity is Near
"Abundance provides proof that the proper combination of technology, people and capital can meet any grand challenge."  — Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group
"This is a vital book. Diamandis and Kotler give us a blinding glimpse of the innovations that are coming our way—and that they are helping to create."  — Matt Ridley, Author of The Rational Optimist
"This is an audacious and powerful read! Abundance shows us how today's philanthropists, innovators, and passionate entrepreneurs are more empowered than ever before to solve humanity's grand challenges."  — Jeff Skoll, Cofounder of eBay, Chairman of Participant Productions
Diamandis and Kotler do a masterful job of explaining why we are at the start of a new era of radically increasing standards of living throughout the world. Abundance is essential reading for anyone looking for a better tomorrow."

Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX, CEO, Tesla Motors, Cofounder, PayPal

"Comprehensively sampled here are a hell of a lot of the profound innovations going on to improve the human condition. Every breakthrough helps empower others, and so they aggregate into a trend you can count on."— Stewart Brand, author, Whole Earth Discipline
"Diamandis and Kotler challenge us all to solve humanity's grand challenges. Innovative small teams are now empowered to accomplish what only governments and large corporations could once achieve. The result is nothing less than the most transformative and thrilling period in human history."— Timothy Ferriss, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek
"Beliefs about optimism and abundance are often self-fulfilling. In this astonishingly brilliant book, Peter Diamandis (who is one of the most visionary people alive) and Steven Kotler make a compelling and powerful case about why our future is much brighter than we have been led to believe. If you read only one book this year, this is it."— Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder & President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Author, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease

Plenty to Go Around by Jon GertnerMarch 30, 2012
"…I'm fairly certain even the most skeptical readers will come away from "Abundance" feeling less gloomy. What's more, anyone contemplating the direction of our global society would do well to read and debate its arguments. The future may not turn out to be very bad, or even very good. We may just muddle through, with plenty of highs and lows, kind of as we're doing now. Still, there's a significant idea embedded within "Abundance": We should remain aware, as writers like Jared Diamond have likewise told us, that societies can choose their own future, and thus their own fate. In that spirit Diamandis and Kotler put forth a range of possible goals we may achieve if we have the imagination and the will. A little optimism wouldn't hurt, either."…Diamandis and Kotler have written a frequently interesting and sometimes uplifting book. There are a number of ideas in "Abundance" that even devoted followers of technological trends may find new and reifying. The authors' tutorial on the declining costs of solar panels and power storage, for instance, makes a nearly airtight case for clean energy's imminent economic and environmental effects. And did you know that robotic surgeons—first developed for soldiers during battle, now used to help with knee-replacement surgeries—may be adapted to perform simple and urgent procedures in developing countries where doctors are scarce? Or that "vertical farms" within cities have a real potential to provide vegetables and fruits to local consumers on a mass scale? I didn't."
Now for some good newsMarch 3, 2012
"The world has been so dogged by bad news of late that it is almost possible to forget about tiny miracles like the LOC. But [Abundance] remind[s] us that boffins continue to make the world a better place even as politicians strive to do the opposite. Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler make a breezy case for optimism in "Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think"…a godsend for those who suffer from Armageddon fatigue. They also remind us that technology keeps improving despite economic gloom…"
Abundance:The Future is Better than you Think By Kate Vander WiedeFebruary 28, 2012
"Not only is Abundance a riveting page-turner…but it's a book that values your intelligence by being honest and shooting straight. Abundance gives us a future worth fighting for. And even more than that, it shows us our place in that fight...."
Defying DoomsayersBy Michael ShermerFebruary 22, 2012
"A manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world's most pressing concerns: overpopulation, food, water, energy, education, health care and freedom."
Abundance:A Reminder of the Need to Focus on our Surpluses and Not Just Our ShortagesBy Arianna HuffingtonFebruary 21, 2012
"Our world faces multiple crises and is awash in pessimism. Abundance redirects the conversation, spotlighting scientific innovators working to improve people's lives. The result is more than a portrait of brilliant minds—it's a reminder of the infinite possibilities for doing good when we tap into our own empathy and wisdom."
Peter Diamandis: Rocket ManBy Brian CaulfieldFebruary 13, 2012
"Peter Diamandis' $10 million X Prize bounty sparked a boom in commercial space tourism. You won't believe what he wants to do next."