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One Country. Two Worlds. One Idea.

Lately, I’ve felt increasingly conflicted. I’ve spent the past ten-plus years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley as an author, entrepreneur, and angel investor. The optimism here is endless, and fear does not exist. Yet, I grew up in Colfax, California, a small rural town three hours away where the biggest story… continue reading »

Interview with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, Professor of Psychology at University of Pennsylvania:

Award-winning author Peter Sims shares some heartening research on how people like Steve Jobs, Chris Rock and Frank Gehry use small experiments to lay the groundwork for big creative successes. It’s an encouraging episode for all the creative types out there thinking they have to have it all figured it out from the get go…. continue reading »

The Return of the Guild

It’s easy to forget that guilds once ruled the world. By the time Rembrandt painted his masterpiece “Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild” in 1662, the concept, and inherent intrinsic value of guilds, was already a 400 year-old idea. If you were a craftsman, or merchant, or clothier in the case of Rembrandt’s drapers, guilds offered… continue reading »

How Andreessen Horowitz Is Disrupting Silicon Valley

Just over the crest of the highest point on Sand Hill Road, amid a cluster of relaxed buildings that could easily pass as residential units, sit the offices of Andreessen Horowitz (A.H.). Inside, you enter a lobby that doubles as a library featuring some of the favorite books of Marc Andreessen, who originally made a… continue reading »

The Hero Returns: Steve Jobs’ real genius

As the three-year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing approaches in October, complete lessons from his life and legacy are still far from written or understood. Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs, published soon after Jobs’ death in 2011, provided a formidable starting point, yet we still have a great deal to learn and understand about what… continue reading »

Little Bets in New York Times

Original article as it appeared in NYT here. PREOCCUPATIONS Daring to Stumble on the Road to Discovery By PETER SIMS AT the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, the New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman said that when he graduated from college, he was able to go find a job, but that our children were going… continue reading »

Five of Steve Jobs’s Biggest Mistakes

Originally published on Harvard Business Review’s blog. It’s a great disservice to everyone, especially young people, that the stories that we often hear about the most accomplished entrepreneurs sound so effortless. The truth is just the opposite, even for visionary creative success stories like those of Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Howard Schultz, Wendy Kopp, and… continue reading »

Why Google CEO Page should friend Amazon’s Bezos

Published originally on MarketWatch. SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google Inc. has reached another fascinating period of its growth and evolution. Three years ago, the Internet giant risked becoming the next Microsoft as it became more political and bureaucratic on the back of astronomical growth. But Larry Page’s return as CEO has brought welcomed product focus, leadership,… continue reading »

The Little “Nudges” that Would Make Even Churchill Proud

Last week, thanks to Kieron Boyle, Head of Social Finance and Investment at the UK Cabinet Office, who I was introduced to by Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the White House Office of Social Innovation and special assistant to President Obama, I had the privilege of visiting 10 Downing Street with a group of BLK SHP… continue reading »

(NPR interview) Obama 2.0: How will the second term play out?

9:06 AM, January 7, 2013   President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Daimler Detroit Diesel engine plant Dec. 10, 2012 in Redford, Mich. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Audio Obama 2.0: How will the second term play out? (program audio) Guests Julian Zelizer: Professor, Princeton University Peter Sims: Author of “Little Bets: How Breakthrough… continue reading »