3 min read

A COVID-19 vaccine for older adults -- one of our most vulnerable populations

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 11, 2020

A successful COVID-19 vaccine will need to protect those who are 65 or older, one of our most vulnerable populations.

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7 min read

New COVID-19 vaccines are flooding our feeds, but are any of them manufacturable at scale?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 2, 2020

We’re bombarded every day with news about the latest miracle vaccine candidate: when it will be available, which vaccines have reached clinical trials, the stock market performance of the manufacturers, and so on.

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4 min read

The most powerful vaccine you haven’t heard about…

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 30, 2020

The race is on. Across the globe, researchers, scientists and CEOs are developing more than 160 vaccines, all taking aim at COVID-19.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials Exponential Organizations machine learning Business Models who not how Software as a service SaaS AI as a service AIaaS Machine Learning as a service MLaaS
8 min read

7 Business Models of the Next Decade

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 26, 2020

Some of the most potent innovation taking place today does not involve breakthrough technologies…. but rather the creation of fundamentally new business models.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials Exponential Organizations Business Models crowd economy
5 min read

Future of Money - AI Investors, Death of Cash & the Crowd…

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 12, 2020

Every day, roughly 60% of all market trades are made by computer.

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10 min read

20 Metatrends for the Roaring 20s

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 5, 2020

In the decade ahead, waves of exponential technological advancements are stacking atop one another, eclipsing decades of breakthroughs in scale and impact.

Topics: 3D Printing AR/VR Manufacturing Sensors Entrepreneurship Finance AI Exponentials Exponential Organizations space exploration Singularity machine learning networks 5G Augmented Reality trillion sensor economy Business Models Brain computer interface internet of things Spatial Web exponential technology bci brain machine interface energy abundance future of energy smart economy trends 2020s 2020 sustainability
13 min read

Who Not How: Software Edition

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 29, 2020

In the age of COVID, how do you 10X your business? And more broadly, in the coming decade, how do you go from a linear ‘old-school’ company to an ‘Exponential Organization’? Today, there is a clear strategy…

Topics: Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials Exponential Organizations machine learning Business Models who not how Software as a service SaaS AI as a service AIaaS Machine Learning as a service MLaaS
6 min read

The Future of Money - Part 2

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 26, 2019

Over three quarters of Americans used a mobile device the last time they checked their bank account balance, and mobile banking is skyrocketing across the globe.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Finance Exponentials cryptocurrencies banking Business Models visionary money currencies M-Pesa currency microfinance
5 min read

The Future of Money - Part 1

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 22, 2019

The way we store our money today makes zero sense.

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7 min read

Entrepreneurs-in-the-Making: Are You Ready to Take the Leap?

By Peter H. Diamandis on Dec 19, 2019

As an entrepreneur, there’s a lot on the line.

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3 min read

Marketing in the information age

By Peter H. Diamandis on Oct 16, 2019

It seems like everywhere you turn in the business world, you see the word “automation”. While it’s clear that automating your workflow can increase your team’s productivity, I’ve found that many companies haven’t fully embraced the marketing tools available to them. This is a shame, because I believe that the implementation of proper marketing tools is critical to the long-term survival of any company in the age of information.

Here are 3 of my favorite automation tools that help lay a solid foundation in marketing:

  1. Hubspot: All good marketing starts with a solid CRM, and I’ve been using Hubspot in my businesses for the last 4 years. It’s a one stop shop that includes webpage hosting, email automations, and built-in integrations with other software solutions like Stripe, Zoom, and most ad platforms. 
  2. Zapier: In the past you had to hire a team of API developers to send information between, say, your CRM and payment platform. Zapier is an incredibly innovative company that disrupted this market by working as a “glue” between the software solutions that you already use in your business. You can create “Zaps” to connect all your apps, so you can automate tasks in the background and focus on more important work.  
  3. Hotjar: Hot jar is a user behavior monitoring tool. You always hear me talking about the importance of listening to the data and gathering customer feedback. Hotjar can be added to nearly any website and captures data about your users on your site like clicks, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior to create a heat map. This can help you optimize your site for lead capture, featured content, and more.

While automation is a brilliant solution in marketing, there will always be a need to connect with people on a personal level. Marketing is one of the best tools for building and maintaining relationships in your business.

My friend Joe Polish has been an incredibly valuable marketing resource for me and my businesses. He hosts an annual event called Genius Network (apply here), which  I attend every year to stay up to date in marketing, and to connect with other successful entrepreneurs. Here are a few of my favorite takeaways from his program.

3 ways to connect with your clients: 

  1. Send a thoughtful gift such as an autographed book or gift card. When connecting with your clients, ask them personal questions about their preferences, hobbies, and other causal topics.. When the time is right, send a gift based on what you learned about them Don’t just send a Starbucks card, send something that shows you really listened.  For example, If you know me, you know I love space. A few years ago, a salesperson sent me a small meteorite as a thank you gift. That was one of the most thoughtful and personal gifts I've ever received because it signaled to me that our relationship was personal, not just transactional. It should come as no surprise that Icontinue to do business with them to this day.
  2. Connect with them over the phone, send an email, or mail a thank you note. Staying in contact with your clients is critical to your success. I’ve found that mail can still be an incredibly effective way to be in touch with people that are important to your business. Earlier this year, I hosted an event for a group of Abundance 360 members. While I sent an email invitation, I also sent a written card to members inviting them to the event using a company called Addressable to help me “hack” time. They use a small “team” of robots to write and mail letters for you.
  3. Show in-person support by participating in one of  your client’s events, or visiting them  in their office environment. Attending a client-hosted event shows support for their business and is a great way to indicate mutual respect and admiration. It also signals your understanding that business relationships go both ways – that you don’t mind going out of the way for your client’s convenience.

If you’re interested in diving in deeper into these concepts, I recommend attending Joe’s Genius Network event November 2-4 in Phoenix, AZ. I’ll be there alongside speakers likeKeith Cunningham, Chris Voss and Barbara Annis. You can apply here.

Topics: Entrepreneurship Business Models automation marketing
11 min read

Abundance Insider: September 7th

By Peter H. Diamandis on Sep 7, 2018

In this week's Abundance Insider: Graphene retinas, dancing deepfakes, and CRISPR curbs muscular dystrophy in dogs.

Cheers,
Peter, Marissa, Kelley, Greg, Bri, Jarom, Joseph, Derek, Jason, Claire and Max

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Easy-to-Make Videos Can Show You Dancing Like the Stars

What it is: A team of researchers at UC Berkeley has developed an AI motion transfer technique to superimpose the moves of professional dancers onto any amateur ('target') in seamless video. By first mapping the target's movements onto a stick figure, Caroline Chan and her team create a database of frames, each frame associated with a stick-figure pose. They then use this database to train a machine-vision system called a generative adversarial network (GAN), which generates an image of the target person based on a given stick-figure pose. Map a series of poses from the source video to the target, frame-by-frame, and soon anyone could be a Michael Jackson, a Ginger Rogers or a world-class ballerina — take your pick.

Why it's important: Somewhat reminiscent of AI-generated "deepfakes," this development of full-body motion transfer marks significant progress, largely given the minimal nature of its data inputs. While former AI-driven frame-by-frame image transfers would usually require multiple sensors and cameras to build a 3D picture of someone's pose, Chan and her team are able to use 2D video taken from a single camera, even a smartphone. But aside from this technical advantage, the use of generative adversarial networks in film could tremendously disrupt entertainment, bringing legendary performers back to the screen and granting anyone virtual stardom.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

Graphene Artificial Retinas Could Help Millions See Again

What it is: Presenting at an American Chemical Society meeting, an international team of researchers shared their pioneering work in leveraging the high flexibility and optical versatility of graphene to create artificial retinas. They combined graphene with materials like molybdenum disulfide, gold, alumina, and silicon nitrate to form transparent, flexible structures that can be used to register incoming light signals. While these aren't yet functional, biomedical retina replacements, their ability to register light signals is a foundational first step.

Why it's important: Millions of people currently suffer from retina diseases, and today's artificial implants are rigid and flat -- not the ideal replacement for our flexible, curved natural retinas. More broadly, a transition to carbon-based electronics would leverage the sheer abundance of carbon here on Earth and elsewhere in the universe. Imagine a future in which you can sequester carbon dioxide from the air (CO2 composes over 95 percent of Martian air), separate out the carbon, and print a wide range of electronic (or biomedical) devices at scale.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Max Goldberg / Written by Max Goldberg and Marissa Brassfield 

Nestle is Using DNA to Create Personalized Diets

What it is: In a massive push to acquire cleaner labels and sell healthier products, Nestlé is now piloting a personalized nutrition program in Japan, boasting 100,000 program participants to date. Using AI, DNA testing and meal analysis to collect consumer data on diet and health, the Nestlé "Wellness Ambassador" aims to fine-tune personalized nutrition and extend the lifespan of an aging population. With an annual subscription of roughly $600, participants receive an in-home DNA collection kit, learn about personalized supplements, and can post photos of all their meals in exchange for AI-recommended dietary changes.

Why it's important: As the global population grows older — with over 12 percent aged 60 or older in 2015 — personalized nutrition and functional foods have long become lucrative markets. Today’s market for health-related products alone has been valued at an estimated $15 billion. And as stated by Kozo Takaoka, CEO of Nestlé Japan, "Nestlé must address [health problems associated with food and nutrition] on a global basis and make it our mission for the 21st century." But it is largely more health-conscious consumers that have spurred this trend, pushing food giants like Nestlé to spend billions on acquiring firms ranging from medical research to nutraceuticals. And as household brands start creating treasure troves of genetic and dietary data, personalized nutrition may soon enter the mainstream.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

CRISPR Halts Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs

What it is: Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center used CRISPR to reverse the gene defect causing Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in dogs. DMD is the most common fatal genetic disease in children, and a decade ago, a group of pups began displaying symptoms of the canine version of DMD. The research team added CRISPR editing instructions to a virus that likes to attack muscle cells and injected four DMD-inflicted dogs with millions of copies of the virus. The canine-patients experienced a 50 percent increase in leg muscle dystrophin levels (dystrophin is the protein absent in DMD), and more than a 90 percent increase in the heart. These results were astounding -- researchers estimate that only a 15 percent increase in dystrophin would bring curative results. While researchers are still studying the long-term effects of the treatment), for now, “they saw no adverse effects. Instead they saw puppies who could play again.”

Why it's important: This is the first time CRISPR has been used on a large mammal. The ability to alter genes in vivo is game-changing in our fight against disease. The funding mechanism for this DMD research is also fascinating: the University of Texas researchers partnered with a startup called Exonics, which licensed the DMD CRISPR treatment technology and are now working on human trials to bring the cure to market. Exonics is backed by "venture philanthropy," in which large nonprofits make venture capital investments to directly drive solutions via market forces and innovation. The nonprofit behind Exonics is the venture arm of CureDuchenne, which has leveraged a total of $1.3 billion in follow-on financing to accelerate DMD research.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Max Goldberg and Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

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12 min read

Abundance Insider: August 31st, 2018 Edition

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 31, 2018

In this week's Abundance Insider: AI-composed "focus" music, Robotics-as-a-Service, and 4D printing for ceramics.

Cheers,
Peter, Marissa, Kelley, Greg, Bri, Jarom, Joseph, Derek, Jason, Claire and Max

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P.P.S. Do you know any brilliant, driven, and passionate young entrepreneurs (University students and recent grads)? We’re looking for the best and brightest young entrepreneurs to join us for our educational Strike Force Fellowship Program. Twenty-five applicants will be awarded the coveted Fellowship. Fellows will learn from Peter and compete for two internships with our team next summer 2019. Click here for more information and for the application.

Music Made by AI Composers Improves Concentration

What it is: Brain.fm is one of several companies using artificial intelligence to help us hone into a hyper-productive state of work, a deep state of sleep, or a impeccable state of relaxation. While most music is designed to sound good, Brain.fm works with teams of scientists and engineers generating music that helps listeners achieve their desired state of mind. Human composers write and record the core sound tracks, and an AI engine mixes, matches, and remasters these motifs into longer tracks. Funded by an NSF Grant, this convergence of neuroscience with music theory is shaping up to be a powerful productivity tool.

Why it's important: Artificial intelligence is a user interface allowing us to access the breakthroughs of neuroscience. While direct brain-computer interfaces are a few decades from being consumer-facing, we are seeing a slew of applications that use our existing senses to optimize how our brains function.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

InVia Robotics Creates New Model to Sell Robots to the Masses

What it is: InVia Robotics is selling robotic services versus robots to make warehouses more efficient. The inVia team capitalized on the many mistakes of past robotics manufacturers to build robot hardware and innovate with their business model. InVia engineered movable, puck-shaped robots with a lift that can move the puck’s platform up and down, an arm that can move forward and backward, and a suction pump to drag boxes around a warehouse. InVia demonetizes access to robotics through its Robotics-as-a-Service business model. Instead of purchasing robots, customers can pay by the unit of work robots perform.

Why it's important: InVia’s robotic services are specially designed to address problems in e-commerce warehouse logistics. Older warehouse systems simply can't accommodate the variability (e.g. bundles, colors, sizes, and combinations) of e-commerce shipping and packing needs. By only requiring payment for work performed, Robotics-as-a-Service tears down the initial capital barrier to transitioning to robotics -- a prime example of new business models (as a service) converging with exponential technologies.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Eben Pagan / Written by Max Goldberg 

Research Team Develops the World's First-Ever 4D Printing for Ceramics

What it is: A team of researchers at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has developed the world's first successful method of 4D printing ceramics. With its high melting point, ceramic is a challenge for conventional laser printing, and current 3D-printed precursors rarely achieve complex shapes. But with CityU’s novel "ceramic ink" — a mixture of polymers and ceramic nanoparticles — 3D-printed precursors are remarkably malleable, able to stretch to three times their initial length. And given their elasticity and printable joints, these precursors can then morph and solidify into countless computer-designed shapes under the right heat treatment, boasting strength-to-density ratios far sturdier than other printed ceramics.

Why it's important: Overcoming 2.5 years of materials science challenges, the CityU team's 4D printing convention marks a tremendous breakthrough in self-assembling printed structures and ceramic shapes. With the fourth dimension of time, 4D printing involves objects capable of shape-morphing or self-assembling under certain stimuli, including temperature changes, mechanical force, electrical currents, water, and even light. This has tremendous implications for everything from global communications to space.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Richard Kane / Written by Claire Adair 

VR Helps Amputees Adjust to Their Prostheses

What it is: Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are leveraging virtual reality to help amputees more readily adjust to their prosthetic limbs. This virtual reality therapy works by essentially tricking patients into seeing their prosthetics as a part of their physical bodies. The EPFL research team used vision and touch by applying a neurosimulation currents to the nerves in the end of the amputee's stump. The applied current mimics the feel of a tactile stimulation to one finger of the new prosthetic, while the team illuminates -- in virtual reality -- where the prosthetic finger is in real life. By the end of the simulation, the patient’s feeling of where the prosthetic is located matched the actual location of the prosthetic in the patient's mind. Notably, these results lasted for up to 10 minutes after the simulation ended.

Why it's important: Exponential technologies both supplement and supercharge our day-to-day lives. Robots, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence provide extra help and essential healing for us everyday. Now, we are seeing intricate prosthetic limbs rehabilitating individuals’ abilities to carry out nominal day-to-day activities, restoring freedom of movement.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Light-Guided, Genetically Engineered Bacteria Paint Micro Mona Lisa

What it is: Researchers at Italy's Sapienza Università di Roma have genetically engineered E. coli to respond to light, using targeted light stimuli to guide their movement into micro-masterpieces like the Mona Lisa. Geared with living motors and their own propellers, E. coli can swim through liquids at ten times their own length in a second. And by using a recently discovered protein that causes ocean-dwelling bacteria to be powered by light, researchers are now able to direct the E. coli by locally decreasing light intensity. Light-responsive bacteria thereby accumulate into brushstrokes of E. coli, and researchers can shine negative micro-portraits, from Darwin to Einstein.

Why it's important: Engineered E. coli "microbricks" with genetically incorporated traits (such as light sensitivity) could propel numerous real-world innovations. As explained by Sapienza University of Rome's Roberto Di Leonardo, "these fantastic micro-robots could be controlled using physical external stimuli [...] in order to exploit their propulsion for transport, manipulation of microscopic systems inside miniaturized laboratories on a chip.” And given E. coli's infinitesimal scale and our newfound ability to manipulate its movement, this breakthrough could allow for everything from optical 3D printing of sub-millimeter microstructures, to in-vitro biomedical applications, to diagnostics on the single-cell level in labs-on-chips.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

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This email is a briefing of the week's most compelling, abundance-enabling tech developments, curated by Marissa Brassfield in preparation for Abundance 360. Read more about A360 below.

Want more conversations like this?

At Abundance 360, Peter's 360-person executive mastermind, we teach the metatrends, implications and unfair advantages for entrepreneurs enabled by breakthroughs like those featured above. We're looking for CEOs and entrepreneurs who want to change the world. The program is highly selective. If you'd like to be considered, apply here

Abundance Digital is Peter’s online educational portal and community of abundance-minded entrepreneurs. You’ll find weekly video updates from Peter, a curated newsfeed of exponential news, and a place to share your bold ideas. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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