Peter Sims is a best-selling author and the founder & CEO of Parliament, 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.
He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Stanford Business School, and studied design thinking at Stanford’s Institute of Design (the d.school).
Sims is also founder of the BLK SHP (black sheep) — a community of creative misfits that seeks to unlock the inner artist in everyone, recognizing that no one does that alone. Supported by a small foundation, BLK SHP catalyzes various “Operations” nationally and globally, including the launch of Giving Tuesday.
Early on, I worked in venture capital with Summit Partners, including as a founder of the firm’s European Office in London. I loved working with entrepreneurs, and wanted to be one. Unexpectedly, though, I accidentally became an author after business school, when Bill George asked me to co-author the book True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership. My curiosity then led me to Stanford’s Institute of Design (the d.school) and a long collaboration with faculty that formed the basis for Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries.
These experiences exposed me to a variety of worlds: as a member of General Electric’s Innovation Advisory Board and as a social entrepreneur including as part of the founding team of Giving Tuesday and the co-founder of FUSE corps, which places fellows on year-long projects within cities to tackle problems such as opioids or low income housing, and has become one of the fastest growing social ventures in America.
Ultimately, I found my calling as a creator and builder — an artistic entrepreneur. Each day, with a host of talented colleagues and collaborators, we build a company and new ventures (Parliament) and foundation (BLK SHP). And, I write when I can.
I am a graduate of Bowdoin College and live in the Bay Area as a sixth generation Northern Californian (on both sides). My 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 me, actually know a lot about wine.