It’s around 11 years since an X Prize Foundation team came to see me at SustainAbility’s London offices in Bedford Row. That was around the Ansari X Prize time. Have been fascinated by their approach and activities ever since – and Peter Diamandis’s books Abundance and Bold are virtually set texts at Volans.
Serendipitously, we came across Paul Bunje (who is pivotal on the energy and environmental sides of their work) no less than three times in the recent past, and he kindly offered the keys not only to the Foundation, but also to Singularity U and organisations like IndieBio (both covered in earlier posts).
He also engineered it that we could sit in on a filmed seminar Peter Diamandis – who I talked to, of all places, in the restroom this morning – was doing for Success Magazine. Then we had mind-boggling conversations with the new CEO, Marcus Shingles, with Joel Carnes (who runs the Prizes) and with Paul.
It will take a while to process what we learned, and continue to learn, but with only one more visit to do – to the LA Cleantech Incubator, introduced to us by Paul – I have to say that this trip has exceeded my expectations by the proverbial country mile.