Peter Sims is a best-selling author and the founder & CEO of BLK SHP, Inc. — a place and platform for making small bets, forging co-conspiracies, and building new ventures. He is also an Adviser at (Google) X, Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory.
His book Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, was selected as a one of the six best advice books for entrepreneurs by the Wall Street Journal and as one of the best business books of the year by The Washington Post and Inc. Magazine. He was the coauthor with Bill George of True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, which was a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-seller.
Previously, he worked in venture capital, including as the co-founder of Summit Partners’ European Office in London.
Peter was a co-founder of Giving Tuesday, an international charity movement and day of giving. He was also the co-founder of FUSE corps, considered the White House Fellowship for city government, that contributes over 100,000 hours of public service annually.
He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Stanford Business School, and studied design thinking at Stanford’s Institute of Design (the d.school).
Peter is the also founder of the BLK SHP Foundation, a global community of creative misfits that seeks to unlock the inner artist in everyone, recognizing that no one does that alone.
As a sixth generation Northern Californian, his great-great-great grandfather, Jacob Gundlach, founded Gundlach Bundschu (GunBun) in Sonoma, California’s oldest family-owned winery, which is run today by my cousins who, unlike Peter, actually know a lot about wine.