Bold: How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World

Bold: How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World

Posted by jack_miller | Published 6 months ago

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By: Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler, et al.

Purchased At: $17.00

Bold is 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.

Exploring the exponential technologies that are disrupting today's Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from "I've got an idea" to "I run a billion-dollar company" far faster than ever before, the authors provide exceptional insight into the power of 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, networks and sensors, and synthetic biology. Drawing on insights from billionaire entrepreneurs Larry Page, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos, the audiobook offers the best practices that allow anyone to leverage today's hyper connected crowd like never before. The authors teach how to design and use incentive competitions, launch million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns to tap into tens of billions of dollars of capital, and build communities - armies of exponentially enabled individuals willing and able to help today's entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true.

Bold is both a manifesto and a manual. It is today's exponential entrepreneur's go-to resource on the use of emerging technologies, thinking at scale, and the awesome impact of crowd-powered tools.

In my experience as a business owner, there are many books about ideas. There are some books about "how to"s. Then there are some books about case studies. It is very rare to find any book that has high quality and practical content in all three agendas, that can be implemented directly without much interpretations.

I would say that any entreprenuer who study this book thoroughly, and go deep into all examples that provided, also see how those companies are doing these days, can not go wrong in their business venture.

I salute the time and effort of the authors who dedicated such knowledge to the world.

- alexa_cook

There is no doubt in my mind that Peter and Steven have done some extraordinary things with their lives. This book, however, is not one of them.

There are three parts to the book. Part One covers exponential technology. If you're familiar with AirBnB, and have read an article on Artificial Intelligence, most of this will not be new information to you. Part Two covers the mindset of bold leaders. If you have never read an article about Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk or Richard Branson, you can find those here. Part Three is entirely related to crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. If you have working knowledge of 99Designs, Kiva, or Kickstarter, you're probably all set.

This book is trying very hard to do everything and does not succeed. In fact there are a few blatant errors along the way. On page 126 the authors highlight a glass bottom plane as an industry "first." How did an April Fool's joke make it into this book as fact? They also repeat the same quotation within a few pages of each other. "This isn't just plumbing and pest control. We've got PhDs on the site. I've seen both quantum physics and aerospace jobs handled perfectly." This snippet appears both on page 150 and 158. Who edited this book?

I am a firm believer that in this life I should aim to contribute, rather than criticize. I suppose my contribution is to you, a potential reader, to strongly consider if this book is what you are looking for before you add it to your cart.

- hadlee_evans

I have two issues with this book. First, it would have been a whole lot better if I known about it and read it much sooner. Secondly, every copy should be shipped with a complementary highlighter because if you are serious about entrepreneurship and creativity that will give you an edge in today's world and don't have photographic memory, you will ABSOLUTELY be going back and referencing specific ideas and passages. I got so tired of trying to remember all the little nuggets of wisdom that by the time I was halfway through the book, I turned back to the beginning of chapter 2 and started highlighting close to three-fifths of the text!

Plain-English explanations of how technology giants like Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks and Google tap ideas and make them work are in this book. Understanding of how to slide into a state of flow and make it work for you is there. How to utilize platforms of social media to get instant feedback on ideas and therefore rapidly evolve and improve them is right there. Seriously. This is a how-to-take-over-the-world guide for entrepreneurs that can be read and understood by a 12 year old wearing headphones.

If you are thinking of starting a business that could shake up the status-quo and possibly change the world (never mind starting an Etsy page, I'm talking moonshots here), then this book needs to be in your collection. And I don't just mean taking up space in a bookshelf. No. This book should be dogeared and scuffed; sitting atop your coffee table right next to your dried out highlighter and your plans for the next big thing to benefit humanity. And if you read this book and it doesn't radically redirect and focus your ambition, then you are either already a millionaire reading what you already know, or your copy was accidentally shipped without ink. Which I'm sure Amazon would happily replace.

- sean_gomez

I have been a fan of X-Prize for many years. We have a very successful career and organization development company. But, I felt we needed to reinvent the business to meet the needs of a world that is vastly different from 1990. Bold helped us produce a radical and compelling new vision and we are in the midst of build a new business that will indeed, change the world. This book ought to be read by everyone who works and certainly for anyone who owns a business.

David Harder - President, Inspired Work & Workskunk

- rashad_watson

The more I read Bold and hear the stories of Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson, as well as Peter Diamandis' own story, I begin itching to make monumental change. His 10x mentality for growth and innovation is exactly what is needed in every field. After reading this book, I crafted my own massively transformative purpose (MTP) based on my passions. If you are looking to be inspired, and then learn exactly what steps to follow to make something big happen, you need to read Bold by Peter Diamandis!

- norah_scott

Just as the title implies, this little book starts with the assumption that anything truly is possible, and builds from there. "Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World"discusses and brings to life the dynamic revolution that is spurred by exponential change of technology. In laying bare the cycle of industry obsolescence/birth of new industries, the authors bring to mind a recent meme that made the rounds on social media featuring a 1980's circa full page ad from Radio Shack, and pointing out that every single device on that ad was now contained in a single smartphone. All of the agents of modern change are addressed in this work, and it is so impressive in is scope, I will have to read it again several times over to take everything in.

- aspen_lewis

If you want to make a difference to the state we're in on the planet. If you're looking for inspiration and knowledge on how you might do that. If you just simply want to be amazed at the opportunities that are out there for innovation, radical change, exponential solutions to the grand challenges of humanity, look no further. By the end of chapter 1 I had created five new businesses in my head that I would never have thought about. BY the end of chapter 2 I felt humbled by my own inadequacies to play a part in this brave new world, along with a rising determination to find a way. But as much as I loved it, it left me with a tinge of concern for those people that will be left behind in this revolution. There is such a generational shift happening, and I feel for the struggle of those who cannot keep pace with the exponential speed of change and opportunity.

- alannah_gonzales

This is book is both a guide and a programme for forward-thinkers and entrepreneurs with a focus on the use of new and exciting technologies, thinking big and how to utilise modern investments of crowd-funding and using the average people to help develop your vision into an actual company or product.

Reading this gave me ideas and inspired me to move forward with my own entrepreneurial endeavours whilst giving me an insight to the great minds of the most exciting and modern powerhouses such as Larry Page, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg. The book has a lot of useful advice for upcoming entrepreneurs and people interested in emerging technologies and the use of crowdfunding platforms to enable their visions.

Overall there is a lot useful advice, processes and learnings from two very influential and knowledgable individuals. The price of their insights is worth the money you will pay for the book

- beckett_sanchez

Such a great read and a very inspiration book about how the future could unfold. I have even bought this book for friends and they have also enjoyed it. If you want something which will inspire you to do more with your life this is the book for you. I cant thank Peter Diamandis enough for writing this book.

- noah_johnson

Halfway through, can hardly put it down. Really has your creative side going wild.

- karina_rivera

Interesting read & thought provoking although some of the examples may need to be revised in light of what has happened since the book was written.

- casey_white

Very inspiring read, a book that will likely need some future revisions to keep up with the latest tech advancements but the underlying principles of exponential tech, bold thinking, power of the crowd etc. will still be relevant going forward.

- alaia_scott

This book had literally changed the way I look at the world and my ability to operate within it as an entrepreneur. Thank you so much for providing me with the Bible of Modern Tech Entrepreneurialism.

- peyton_ruiz

A much-needed travel companion ... so, so good

- josue_flores

Eyeopening and motivating, very inspirative, empowers that I can go BIG

- lylah_flores

Loved it and got me thinking. The future could be golden.
Good energy throughout with a fantastic narrative a must read.

- aisha_carter

This book is for you yes YOU if you are and believe in being Bold
Recommend it

- dahlia_castillo

Fantastic book - very optimistic and uplifting. Needs a bit of a reality check based on what we can achieve practically, but good inspirational book.

- kristina_peterson

I couldn't put it down, and would be business person would find this of great use in the way to go for growing your own business

- jackson_martin

Great book somewhat advertising the services of the author. Helps expand thinking and create energy for action biggest downsides mentioned only in passing at the end

- averi_cooper

Bold provides inspiration and concrete steps for entrepreneurs who are committed to resolve big problems facing our world today and create the future of abundance.

- kylie_wilson

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