Peter  Sims

Peter Sims

Peter Sims is an entrepreneur and award-winning 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, Inc. Magazine, and AmEx OPEN and he was the coauthor with Bill George of True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, which was a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-seller.

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Peter Sims is an entrepreneur and award-winning 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, Inc. Magazine, and AmEx OPEN and 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 has had a long collaboration with faculty at Stanford's Institute of Design (the d.school), and received an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School where he established a popular class. Previously, he worked in venture capital with Summit Partners, including as part of the team that established Summit's European Office in London. He is a member of General Electric's Innovation Advisory Panel, an Innosight Fellow, and cofounder of Fuse Corps, a social venture that places entrepreneurial leaders on year-long grassroots projects with mayors and governors to tackle some of America's most pressing problems.

His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Mashable, Forbes, strategy+business, Tech Crunch, and as an Expert blogger for Fast Company. He frequently speaks or advises at corporations, associations, and universities, including Google, Eli Lilly, Pixar, ConAgra, Gap Inc., Genentech, Cisco Systems, Clorox, Amazon, and Stanford University.

A graduate of Bowdoin College, he lives in San Francisco, and his great-great-great grandfather, Jacob Gundlach, founded Gundlach Bundschu (GunBun) in Sonoma, California's oldest family-owned winery, which is run today by his cousins who, unlike Peter, actually know a lot about wine.

Peter speaks with corporate, association, and nonprofit audiences around the world. Recent events include Procter & Gamble (World Design Meeting & Global R&D Annual Leadership meeting), Xerox PARC, Google (HQ in Mountain View, California & London Campus), Social Good Brasil, the Housewares Association, Mashable/United Nations Social Good Summit, The Economist: The Ideas Economy, the United Film & Video Association, Genentech, the Barranquilla, Colombia Chamber of Commerce Annual Summit, as well as at Pixar, General Mills, AT&T, Clorox, The Council of Foundations, and Amazon.

    "Peter has a natural ability to connect with his audience through his experience and passion. He was great to work with, and we had standing room only at our speaking event!"

    - Eli Lilly

    "We were thrilled to have Peter speak. He is passionate about the topic and a gifted, thoughtful and engaging presenter. Peter connects with his audience and conveys his points through vivid examples and stories that employees at all levels can relate to. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive!"

    - Conagra

    "Peter joined us for our annual BioWest Conference as the lead keynote presenter, and we couldn't have been happier. He has the ability to reach out and inspire each person in the audience with his knowledge and expertise. The event was a great success with much of the credit going to Peter for helping engage and impact the audience."

    - BioWest Biosciences