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Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

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From the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Abundance comes their much anticipated follow-up: Bold—a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.

Bold unfolds in three parts. Part
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Simon Schuster
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Jay Dawkins
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Peter's laws:
1. If anything can go wrong, Fix It!!… to hell with Murphy!
2. When given a choice… take both!!
3. Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
4. Start at the top, then work your way up.
5. Do it by the book… but be the author!
6. When forced to compromise, ask for more.
7. If you can’t win, change the rules.
8. If you can’t change the rules, then ignore them.
9. Perfection is not optional.
10. When faced without a challenge, make one.
11. “No” simply means begin again at one leve
May 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book appeared on a couple of lists of best business books. I should have been warned off by the hype of the title, "Bold--How To Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World." Don't expect anything new here, it's recycled. If you haven't read anything about crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, building communities, etc. and want to catch up, maybe. But you can get up to speed on these concepts with Wikipedia in less time without the breathless delivery. ...more
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Despite what it says in the title, this is not a "how to" book, it is an inspirational book. There are plenty of "case studies" to demonstrate that wealth can be created and you can have impact on those around you and, maybe even those you don't know. However, this is no more a road map than Columbus had when he departed on his trip to the Far East.

I was a bit more disappointed with the chapter on building communities. There are plenty of lists but, as was said about many a river in Texas, it m
J.F. Penn
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book which sparked tons of ideas for me. Should be required reading for all entrepreneurs or indeed anyone interested in where the world is heading in the next 10-20 years. Just wow!
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Google did this, Facebook did that, Richard Branson is ballsy....
Risto Kärkkäinen
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
If (you are interested in making a positive impact) {
read this.
else {
continue rereading fifty shades of grey.
Cody Shorter
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
11 Things I learnt from Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World (Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler)
bold book

1) There is so much change happening in this world at an exponential rate. It amazes me how much technology is impacting us and will continue to do so.

From the book:
Consider that, twenty years ago, the idea that a computer algorithm could help companies with funny names (Uber, Airbnb, Quirky) dematerialize twentieth-century businesses would have seemed delusional. Fiftee
Kit Pang
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great read for entrepreneurs and anyone interested in today's technology and thinking BIG ...more
Bob Page
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
There's a ton of useful information about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding here, but the book is very focused on starting things and incentivizing people rather than the far more difficult and interesting slog of actually doing the work. For example, we're told we need more flow and get 17 flow triggers, but the authors don't tell us how they've re-arranged their lives to be in flow. Omissions like this make some of the concepts feel superficial. If you're interesting in crowdsourcing, crowdfundin ...more
Jose Papo
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bold is a great book and it talks about the new technological trends and also on the power of platforms based on the six Ds: Digitalization, Deception, Destruction, Demonetization, Dematerialization Democratization. It also talks a lot about moonshot thinking and crowdsourcing strategies. I gave 4 stars because I believe that the book "Exponential Organizations" by Salim Ismail of Singularity University is more practical and already have many of the ideas found on "Bold". ...more
Christa Pusateri
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are in need of some serious inspirational kick start to Fuel Your Drive to yourself a favor and read (or listen) to this book now!
Jian Hou
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Peter Diamandis' book is all about how to make an impact on the world. He argues that it is easier to do so now in the present than ever before due to the abundance of resources and networking that has been made possible through the Internet.
He expounds on that by demonstrating what exponential technology is, and how it can disrupts industries. In order to capitalize on this force, you will need to have the correct mindset, a BOLD mindset that does not constrain itself to the traditional box. Fi
Rafael Redondo
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for would-be entrepreneurs, especially the first part, that covers the technologies that will drive progress in the next decades and the second one, that explores the motivation for going bold
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and resourceful book. The previous book - Abundance - was more of an explanation of exponential technologies and frameworks for growth mindset. Bold is a practical guide that teaches you and shows you examples of how to tap into the huge potential of exponential technologies while providing case studies and best practices for tools and techniques such as crowdfunding, community building, prize incentives and other. But it also touches on mindset and flow states, as well as the importan ...more
Brendan Artley
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting read for the bold-minded who look into the future.
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has certainly got its pre-publicity quotes in order. Someone no less than former U.S. President Bill Clinton declares it to be a “…visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the world” and the head of Deloitte Consulting describes it as “… an essential navigation tool for any proactive CEO who wants to remain relevant.” The list goes on!

Acting as a how-to guide for using exponential technologies, “moonshot thinking” and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth w
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first part covered the landscape of innovation and the future in a terrific way. The second part felt more like a standard management tome but that said..I still learned a few things and enjoyed it.
Sotiris Makrygiannis
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will say a rather good book with lots of practical advice on how to manage a community, how to run a crowdfunding campaign and much more. As Greek, I admire Peter Diamandis, he has done so much. In fact, the star fleet academy would be the successor of his university, I believe and hope.
Tony Aubé
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Peter Diamandis is a fascinating individual and so is his book. The end section where he list tips and strategies on how to actually execute on your ideas was the more valuable to me.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This should have been a 5 but the fact I hit a real hard wall on the 3rd section of the book takes away from my personal experience.

Just based on its incredible topic, something was clueless about, this is an admirable book. It explains how a few people working from a garage now have the power to disrupt and literally reinvent longstanding industries. All via exponential technology.

Examples of such technologies in work include, Airbnb, a relatively recently formed organisation being valued highe
Matthew White
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bold is a book about how any ordinary person, with a shoestring budget, can create a thriving business. The book shows the perspective and advice from a handful of extremely successful entrepreneurs, including Larry Page, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.

The book carries a strong sense of empowerment, and inspiration, enough to make anyone want to make a difference in the world. The author also puts the reader into perspective, as there are multiple inputs towards the overall message.
Rishabh Srivastava
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I run a small startup, and read this book to understand what a framework for effective scaling would look like. I tend to devour startup books, and was pleasantly surprised to see that this covered very different material from what other startup books cover.

The first two sections of Bold present a 10,000 feet view of business, and discuss directional trends and meta-principles instead of concrete tactical advice. The third and last section gives great tactical advise on crowdsourcing and incenti
Christian Salazar
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can see why others are rating this book lower... some of the chapters focus too much on how they did their projects.

others may say, My project isn't like that, this isn't relevant. I can see that and almost gave the book 3 or 4 stars.

BUT, the dreams they are chasing are not dreams anymore... It's exactly this type of EXTRA LARGE thinking that put them in this situation. Think big, really, really big.
Daniel M. Lozano
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First half ot the book is inspiring. The second part is literally a playbook on how to use tools to create a successful project. Worth reading it.
Edric Subur
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the ‘expert’ state of mind a great number of things become impossible.”

Key takeaways:
1. The path to bold is paved with failures so it's critical to know how to handle risks. Outstanding entrepreneurs are not only bold at risk taking but also risk mitigating

2. Going for 10x means throwing out the rule book. There’s no chance of achieving that with existing
Asad Khan
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
There was more hype to the book than actual content.
The book started rather slow and I was almost about to put it down without finishing it but somehow I kept on reading it further.

The book for me after the first half became a little interesting. The crowd sourcing and community driven entrepreneurship chapters were something that I enjoyed reading and they came with some valuable advice.
The book other than that repeated the same mantra that we're already familiar with.

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Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely mind blowing book! And quite short at 200~ pages not including acknowledgements etc. Peter will amaze you with what a person can achieve in the 21st century with exponential technologies and crowd funding/sourcing. We truly live in a world of abundance. Took me ~2 weeks to finish this packed book, but oh boy, definitely 5 stars from me!

Bold – Impact the world
- Stages in exponential technologies: digitization, deception, disruption, demonetization, dematerialization, and democratizatio
Nisha D
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Not as interesting as Abundance, definitely worth reading if you're planning on creating a start-up. ...more
Vinni Dalpiccol
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, to-reread
This was good. This was really, really good. I came across it by accident when looking at the “readers also enjoyed…” section of Elon Musk’s biography and I’m happy to have immediately jumped in and started reading. This is a handbook on how to launch a business and make it grow. The author outlines strategies and is very practical in all his advice. It’s not much use to me right now, since I’m still not even enrolled in college, but I will certainly keep lots of aspects of it in mind during the ...more
Karel Baloun
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Diamandis amd Kotler intended this as a follow-up to their 2012 book Abundance, this time with a focus on the exponential attitude for entrepreneurs, and just a very few specific online tools to help 10x moonshot business success.

A few parts of the book were useful, including an introduction to heroX with a history of the xprizes.

Unfortunately, far too much self promotion crowded out truly valuable tools and progress from other groups, and too much repetition prevent going into enough depth on a
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Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of "The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders" – by Fortune Magazine.

In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight.

Diamandis is also the Co

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