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Peter Sims

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Peter Sims is a best-selling author and entrepreneur.  His latest book is LittleBets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, and he was the coauthor with Bill George of TrueNorth: 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, a hub of creative thinking and doing, and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Business School where he established a popular class.  Previously, he worked in venture capital with Summit Partners as part of the team that established Summit's European Office in London. He is a member of G.E.'s Innovation Advisory Panel, and is a Co-founder and Director 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, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Mashable, strategy+business, TechCrunch, and as an Expert blogger for FastCompany.  He frequently speaks or advises at corporations, associations, and universities, including Google, Eli Lilly, Pixar, ConAgra, Gap Inc., Cisco Systems, Current TV, Amazon, and Stanford University. 

A graduate of Bowdoin College, he lives in San Francisco and some of his favorite pursuits include family, friends, music, people, learning, San Francisco Giants baseball, and laughter.  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.

 Publication Highlights

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small DiscoveriesFree Press, 2011

"Discovering Your Authentic Leadership," Harvard Business Review, 2007


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