Peter Sims is the founder & CEO of Parliament, inc. — a place for learning, experimentation, and invention — and is a best-selling author. His latest book is Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, 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. Sims is also a founder of the BLK SHP (black sheep), a loose guild of creative misfits.
Early on, I worked in venture capital with Summit Partners, including as a founder of the firm’s European Office in London. Although doing deals was ultimately not my calling, 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 design thinking formed the basis for the next book Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries.
My experiences and work around creative processes, entrepreneurship, and innovation exposed me to a variety of worlds ranging from large corporations where I was a member of General Electric’s Innovation Advisory Panel, to public policy and social entrepreneurship including as the co-founder of FUSE corps (which places fellows on grassroots 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), to education on the advisory council for Columbia University’s Committee for Global Thought, as well as culture and the arts as president of The BLK SHP (black sheep) Foundation.
I found my calling as an entrepreneur, creator, builder, and writer. Each day, with a host of talented colleagues and collaborators, we build the company (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.