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How Recent Tech Success Stories Are Disrupting Disruption Theory

For a generation of CEOs, Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma was a guiding light on how to survive industry disruptions. His book educated business executives on where competition would emerge from and how to respond...

Building the Maker Movement in Baghdad

Ali M. Ismail, Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Baghdad, Iraq Ali Ismail had been patiently waiting in Baghdad for the arrival of a visa the US embassy was mailing him. However, as the first week of Singularity...

Automation Is Eating Jobs, But These Skills Will Always Be Valued In the Workplace

If you’d asked farmers a few hundred years ago what skills their kids would need to thrive, it wouldn’t have taken long to answer. They’d need to know how to milk a cow or plant...

Technology Is the Great Amplifier of Our Humanity

Emilia Lahti: M.Sc., MAPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology), Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Finland and the US When faced with extreme adversity, why do some people persevere and grow from the challenge, while others call it...
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Innovative Technology Isn’t Enough: How to Create Your Startup’s Mission Statement

“Technology isn’t enough,” even for a tech startup. Technology is merely the how of a much deeper story. So said Kevin Starr to the startup founders participating in the Singularity University Labs Startup Accelerator during...

Meet the Engineer Bringing Wearable Sensors and AI to Autism Therapy

Andrea Palmer: Mechanical Engineering & Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate British Columbia, Canada We often cannot plan for the transformative moments in our lives. Though we try, these moments tend to occur when we’ve taken...

How Tech Can Make Entrepreneurship Safe for the Poor

What is the future of learning? That will depend on where you live and how old you are. In high-income countries for school-aged youth, it might come in the form of adaptive, digital content...

3D Mapping the World’s Reefs With Sly Lee (Interview)

Sly Lee: Marine Scientist, Science Communicator, Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Alumni Honolulu, Hawaii and San Francisco, CA If Silicon Valley had a mind of its own, which it may one day, its dreams would be comprised of...

This Is eSports: Where Pro Gamers Are YouTube Heroes and Entertainment’s New Rock Stars

As of last year, student athletes in the United States began attending universities on scholarship to play, get this, video games. I did not make this up, and if your forehead reflexively crunched in...

12 Industries Disrupted by Tech Companies Expanding Into New Markets

Can a company actually disrupt itself? I often say that businesses must disrupt themselves (before someone else does) to survive. The fact of the matter is: very few companies have actually successfully disrupted themselves. Instead, most successful...

How Future Cities Will Reconnect Humans and Nature (Interview)

Ana Cecilia Benatuil: Architect, Urbanist, Entrepreneur Graduate Studies Program 2015 Graduate Venezuela and Miami, FL Born and raised in Venezuela, Ana Cecilia Benatuil grew up in close contact with the diverse natural environments of her country before moving...
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Don’t Guess, Learn: Rapid Prototyping with Tom Chi [Video]

“Doing is the best type of thinking.” – Tom Chi Tom Chi, CPO and head of X at Factory, is largely known for his work creating Google Glass, but arguably one of his largest contributions...

There’s a Robot Waiting to Treat Your Predicted Heart Attack (Interview)

Habib Frost, Medical Innovator & Entrepreneur Copenhagen, Denmark Like the swinging of a pendulum, the mind of an inventor is often inspired by the voice of the critic; a filter that questions everything it is presented,...

New Series on Exponential Entrepreneurs Launches Today

Behind every great leader is a distinct journey—a trail of unique moments, memories, and experiences that, when woven together, make the individual into who they are. The stories of inspiring leaders, however, are often documented...

How to Find Something You Would Die for, and Live for It

This post is about achieving "significance" during exponential times. Significance is the feeling that your life (and your work) has had a meaningful and lasting impact. And today, during these exponential times, that impact can be greater...

Taking Flight: Meet the Startups of the 2015 Inaugural SU Labs Accelerator

This Monday (September 28th) we welcomed the first group of startups entering the inaugural SU Labs Accelerator. The accelerator is a rigorous 10-week track in which seven startups progress through a series of boot...

A Key Moment In Kenya: What Ed Tech Can Learn From the GMO Backlash

A trailblazing educational technology initiative backed by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and the World Bank has been stopped in its tracks by the government of Kenya. When it launched in 2009, Bridge International Academies served...

How Robots and Sensors Will Transform Transportation, Agriculture, and Elder Care

Sensors and robotics are two exponential technologies that will disrupt a multitude of billion-dollar industries. This post (part 3 of 4) is a quick look at how three industries — transportation, agriculture, and healthcare/elder care — will...

How VR and AR Will Reinvent Consumer Electronics, Education, and Retail

We live in an age of disruption — industries will be transformed. This post (part 2 of 3) is a quick look at three multibillion-dollar industries (consumer electronics, education, retail) that are ripe for disruption this decade...

The 3 Major Industries AI and Big Data Will Reshape This Decade

We live in an age of disruption — and that's a good thing. Industries will be transformed. Major companies will fall. Old systems will collapse as entrepreneurs figure out how to optimize and reinvent inefficient businesses, products,...

Question Everything: Your Company’s Biggest Problems Are Its Biggest Opportunities

The world's biggest problems are the world's biggest business opportunities. This also holds true for you. This post is a fun formula for fixing your problems while at the same time creating incredibly powerful startups. Advice to CEOs...

Hacking Talent in the Age of the Exponential Human

“If you’re going to stay around and be safe for your whole life, then you’ve never really lived, and you’re already dead.” - Travis Rice, pro snowboarder  At the core of the Law of Accelerating Returns is...

A Grand Unveiling: Inside the Big Ideas Hatched at the 2015 Graduate Studies Program

Only 10 weeks ago, 80 individuals from 43 countries around the world arrived on Singularity University’s campus here in Silicon Valley to embark on SU’s flagship Graduate Studies Program. Over the course of the program,...

Why Email Is Broken—and What Will Replace It

If you need to communicate something important to a friend, do you call? Visit? Email? Text? Skype? WhatsApp? Snap? Tweet? Message on Facebook or LinkedIn? How we communicate in exponential times is changing. This post is about...

Why Reorganizing Google Is Essential for Its Survival

It used to be that businesses could see their competition coming and anticipate the threats. Clayton Christensen, with his theory of “disruptive innovation,” taught that a new entrant attacked a market leader by launching...

The Billion-Dollar Trait Behind Airbnb, Instagram, and Pinterest

An overnight success… after 10 years of hard work. That's the story for my founding XPRIZE and co-founding Zero-G. It's also the story of Airbnb, Instagram, Pinterest and a lot of other startups. People often forget how...

Why Entrepreneurs, Not Government, Drive Innovation

It's sad that the U.S. government doesn't fund risky research anymore. After all, "the day before something is truly a breakthrough, it's a crazy idea"… and if you're not funding crazy ideas, you're stuck with...

Are People in Silicon Valley Just Smarter?

Why is Silicon Valley better at innovating than most of the world? Why are the number of successful startups so high there? Where is the next Mecca of tech-startup success going to emerge? This post is about where...

The End of Big Banks Is Nigh

The bank of the future will be in our pockets or on our wrists, not on street corners or housed in high-rise towers. Mobile banking is going viral, and the first adopters are the "millennials"...

How to Disrupt Yourself With Moonshot Thinking and Unholy Alliances

I often consult for Fortune 500 companies who are looking for ways to innovate (quickly). Perhaps they've heard the stat that 40 percent of today's Fortune 500 companies will no longer exist in 10 years. Earlier...

Exponential Finance: This Startup Lets Anyone Send Digital Cash Without a Bank

Come to Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of finance and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance Summit. Today there are 6.8 billion cell phone subscriptions—almost as many...

Exponential Finance: New Breed of Organizations Re-Ranks the Fortune 100

Come to Singularity Hub for the latest from the frontiers of finance and technology as we bring you coverage of Singularity University and CNBC's Exponential Finance Summit. Yesterday, an alarming statistic was thrown down on CNBC's Squawk...

Why the Millennials Are the Most Important Generation Yet

Millennials are those born between 1980-2000, today between the ages of 15-35. This post is about millennials – why they are changing the game, how to hire them, and how to keep them motivated. The data presented...

The Dirty Secret Behind Real Innovation: How Our Urge To Play Invented The Future

One of the most interesting things about writing books is the macroscopic picture that emerges when you’re done. Larger patterns begin to reveal themselves, bigger questions start to arise. Take Tomorrowland, my latest book. While...

Feeding Tomorrow’s Billions: Lab-Grown Meat Products, Vertical Farms, AI-Designed Recipes, and More

Food and agriculture accounts for about 5.9% of the global GDP. Global food retail sales alone account for about $4 trillion/year, and food accounts for 15% of what American households spend each year. It is an...

Why There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be an Entrepreneur

Doctor, engineer, and businessman. These were the top three career choices for the children of middle-class families in India when I was young. Doctors earned the most respect; engineers were second-best; business was something...

The Internet of Everything Is a Simply Massive Opportunity: $19 Trillion in the Next Decade

This week I interviewed Padma Warrior, CTO and Chief Strategist of Cisco, to discuss the Internet of Everything (IoE). Padma is a brilliant and visionary person, one of the most important female leaders of this...

Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Exponential Finance Is Coming to Wall Street This June

CNBC and Singularity University are partnering to present Exponential Finance, a two-day conference in New York City exploring the game-changing technologies poised to disrupt business and the financial world. Technology moves as fast as the...
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Why Startups Like Uber, Airbnb, and SpaceX Succeed, While Others Fail

What's most important for the success of your project? Is it the team? Funding? Timing? Idea? Business model? Recently I heard Bill Gross, one of the most brilliant entrepreneurs of this century, offer a compelling answer—one...

Crowdfunding’s Continued Maturity Is Empowering Entrepreneurs Like Never Before

One of the core ideas in my latest book Bold is that today, for the first time in history, entrepreneurs have the ability to take on grand, world-changing projects—the kinds that twenty years ago were...

The Secrets of Unicorn Companies (and the 100 Most Scalable Organizations)

We are in era of unprecedented value creation, and its symbol is the Unicorn — a company that rapidly gains to a valuation of a billion dollars and beyond. While pundits are again asking “Are we...

Finland’s Latest Educational Move Will Produce a Generation of Entrepreneurs

Last Friday marked the fifth anniversary of the iPad, a device heralded for triggering the broad adoption of tablet computers and for further spurring our always-connected, digital lives. Like the iPod and iPhone before it, the iPad significantly impacted a number...

Signs Virtual Reality and Crowdfunding Are Going Mainstream

Three exciting developments — that I believe you should know about — happened in technology this week. In this blog, I want to share them with you and give you context. Pebble Time Crowdfunding > $20 million A few...

Revolution in Fundraising

Over the last 30 years, I've raised hundreds of millions of dollars for my startups and XPRIZEs. This is a critical blog for any entrepreneur trying to raise money. As the saying goes, no bucks,...

A Telepresence Robot with a Gripping Arm? ORIGIBOT Is a Dream Come True

Telepresence robots are awesome, but the experience can be frustrating at times. The reason? They lack arms. Whether you want to examine an object yourself, open a door, or pretend to be the Terminator with a Nerf gun, the lack of...

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Will Revolutionize Transportation, But That’s Only The Beginning Of The Change It’ll Bring

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream a 60 page white paper. The paper caused a...

Last Chance to Contribute to Singularity University Documentary Crowdfunding Campaign

Time is running out to help make the upcoming Singularity University documentary, The University, as good as it can be. Last month, director Matt Rutherford announced a $30,000 Indiegogo campaign to fund the film’s...
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Crowdfunding Begins for Documentary Film Charting the Birth of Singularity University

Matt Rutherford, filmmaker and former producer of Charlie Rose, first met Salim Ismail at a birthday party in San Francisco. Over a beverage and some tech talk, the conversation turned to a new project...

Neurogames are Ready to Take Flight — Expect a Breakout Year Ahead

“We’re very close.” In just three words, Palmer Luckey of OculusVR fame, perfectly summarized not only where virtual reality stands, but perhaps the entire neurogaming industry. Luckey was on hand to present with other industry...

From $2M to $2B in 18 Months: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Oculus VR

As I'm sure you've already read, Facebook recently acquired Oculus Virtual Reality for $2 billion. This is a huge deal... and here's why: Brief Company Timeline: August 2012 -- Oculus Rift raises $2.5M on Kickstarter June 2013 -- Oculus Rift raises $16M...

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