In BOLD, Steven and Peter offer a highly practical playbook that arms today’s entrepreneurs, activists and leaders with the tools and techniques they need to positively impact the world while simultaneously making their biggest dreams come true.
To make good on that promise, the book unfolds in three parts: Part One focuses on the exponential technologies which are disrupting today’s Fortune 500 and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from ‘I’ve got a new idea’ to ‘I run a billion-dollar company’ far faster than ever before.
Part Two of the book focuses on the Psychology of Bold—the mental toolkit that allows the world’s top innovators to raise their game by thinking at scale, including detailed advice and lessons from technology gurus such as Larry Page, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos. Also in Part Two, Steven reveals the keys to ultimate human performance garnered from fifteen years of research with the Flow Research Colletive and other projects - and I reveal my entrepreneurial secrets garnered from starting seventeen companies.
Part Three closes the book with a look at the incredible power and essential best practices that allows anyone to leverage today’s hyper-connected crowd like never before. Here, you’ll learn how to harness crowdsourcing solutions to massively increase the speed of your business, to design and use incentive competitions to find breakthrough solutions, to launch million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns to tap into tens of billions of dollars of available capital, and finally, to build exponential communities—armies of exponentially enabled individuals willing and able to help today’s entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true.

Table of contents

If you solve it, they will come. The first step towards exponential entrepreneurship is understanding that the world’s biggest problems are the world’s greatest opportunities.

Good-bye Linear Thinking…Hello, Exponential

40 percent of today’s Fortune 500 companies will be gone in ten years. The upstarts who take their place will be the ones who can think exponentially.

Exponential Technology

Exponential technologies move through six key stages. Understanding this path is the secret to seeing into the future.

Five to Change the World

Which way lies opportunity? Robotics, infinite computing, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, and networks and sensors are the technologies that will produce the next group of billionaires. But you don’t need to be a technologist to play this game.

Climbing Mount Bold

The first step to going bold is thinking bold. If you think can or think you can’t, well, you’re right.

The Secrets of Going Big

Super-Credibility and Stone Soup are two terms you probably don’t know, but exponential entrepreneurs depend on both to punch above their weight class.

Billionaire Wisdom

Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page all share one thing in common—each knows how to think at scale. Understanding eight key principles will help you do the same.


A billion minds are better than one. And with three billion new people coming online by 2020, the most successful companies will use that power to solve their problems.


Crowdfunding can be tricky, but a few key concepts turn it into the ultimate innovator’s cash machine.

Incentive Competitions

Incentive prizes increase financial leverage and create true breakthroughs. Now you have a tool for tapping into the world’s genius.

Incentive Competitions

Incentive prizes increase financial leverage and create true breakthroughs. Now you have a tool for tapping into the world’s genius.

Reviews of Abundance:

“At a moment when our world faces multiple crises and is awash in pessimism, Abundance redirects the conversation, spotlighting scientific innovators working to improve people’s lives around the world. The result is more than a portrait of brilliant minds – it’s a reminder of the infinite possibilities for doing good when we tap into our own empathy and wisdom.”
– Arianna Huffington
CEO, Huffington Post
“This brilliant must-read book provides the key to the coming era of abundance replacing eons of scarcity, a powerful antidote to today’s malaise and pessimism.”
- Ray Kurzweil
Inventor, author and futurist, author of The Singularity is Near
“Now that human beings communicate so easily, I suspect that nothing can stop the inevitable torrent of new technologies, new ideas and new arrangements that will transform the lives of our children. Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler give us a blinding glimpse of the innovations that are coming our way — and that they are helping to create. This is a vital book.”
- Matt Ridley
Author of The Rational Optimist
“Comprehensively sampled here are a hell of a lot of the profound innovations going on to improve the human condition. Every breakthrough helps empower others, and so they aggregate into a trend you can count on.”
- Stewart Brand
Author, Whole Earth Discipline
“Diamandis and Kotler challenge us all to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Innovative small teams are now empowered to accomplish what only governments and large corporations could once achieve. The result is nothing less than the most transformative and thrilling period in human history.”
- Timothy Ferriss
#1 NY Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek
“Diamandis and Kotler do a masterful job of explaining why we are at the start of a new era of radically increasing standards of living throughout the world. Abundance is essential reading for anyone looking for a better tomorrow.”
- Elon Musk
CEO, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, Founder of PayPal

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