Peter Diamandis launches XPRIZE.

The backstory behind how XPRIZE continued to succeed when it was about to fail.

About this Episode

In this episode Peter Diamandis and Erik Lindbergh recount how they managed to save the XPRIZE Foundation when it was looking like it was about to fail. Enjoy this fun episode.

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Some of our favorite quotes

Peter (to Erik): You were dubious to say the least.

Erik: I have to do this, because these chains aren't helping me in any way.

Erik: He kept rolling and rolling and rolling. We thought he was dead. Peter: I remember thinking he had a roll rating and he'd be able to correct it when he got into space, and he did.

Peter: It was a mission that was driven by passion. It's what we call a massively transformative purpose.

Peter: We need fires in large wooded areas, we don't need them in Malibu, we don't need them in Napa Valley.

Peter: There is no industry that isn't going to undergo a massive transformation, reinvention, demonetization, [or] democratization in this next decade.

Peter: Our mindset is the most critical thing in your life. If you are barraged by murder, and this, and negative that, and the sky is falling. Listen, we have negative things going on in the world and there are things I need to know about. But I have plenty of ways to find out what I need to know, rather than turn my brain over to some [news] editor who is going to occupy my brain for two hours.

Pursue your life's purpose like a man who's hair is on fire pursues water. ~Joseph Campbell.

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About the Peter H. Diamandis, MD

Founder, Executive Chairman, XPRIZE Foundation Executive Founder and Director, Singularity University

Fortune Magazine recently named Peter Diamandis as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders.

Diamandis is the Founder & Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the Executive Founder and Director of Singularity University; a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world's biggest challenges and build a better future for all.

As an entrepreneur, Diamandis has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital, and education. He is also co-founder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies.

Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance & BOLD. He earned degrees in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from MIT and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Peter’s favorite saying is “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”

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