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The Long, Medium and Short Versions of Peter Leyden

Who is Peter Leyden? Some people want a lot of nuance and detail, and others just want the bare essential facts. So here you can find versions of bios that fit various lengths of words to fit different situations. They start out long and then lose less essential details along the way. You can also find descriptions of his company Reinvent. 

The Long 600 Word Version (From the About page.) 

Peter Leyden is blend of intellectual and entrepreneur who has spent his career working for innovative organizations trying to figure out the future and find better ways forward. He is the founder of Reinvent, a company that drives conversations with leading innovators about how to build a better future, and creates events and media to spread their ideas. He’s also a frequent keynote speaker on new technologies and future trends, working through Keppler Speakers.

Leyden came to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at the early Wired magazine that helped define the digital revolution, and he ended up running the magazine as managing editor. He then reinvented himself every 5 years or so by following the front edge of tech disruption and being part of pioneering organizations trying to fundamentally rework new ways to do business, politics and media.

After covering technology at Wired, Leyden widened his focus to the other major force restructuring our era – globalization. He worked at Global Business Network, an influential think tank that helped corporations and governments plan for the long-term – co-founded by the one-and-only Stewart Brand. There Leyden learned the value of pulling together elite networks of remarkable people from diverse fields to help solve complex challenges.

Leyden then spent four years helping those in politics transition to the new way of doing politics on the Internet, a period that culminated in Barack Obama’s historic campaign for president in 2008. Leyden shuttled between Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. on a monthly basis with technologists who could explain how to best use the new digital tools.

Since then Leyden founded two of his own media startups that tried to pull together all that he has learned over the years. The latest, Reinvent, connects up high-end networks of innovators from diverse fields, often gathering them in physical or  virtual events. Leyden then drives conversations about the future and how to solve complex challenges, which are captured on long-form video that can be shared.  A good example is What’s Now: San Francisco, an event series featuring many of the tech elite of the region, which Leyden has hosted for more than three years.

Throughout the last couple decades Leyden has given hour-long keynote talks on a regular basis to business and general audiences through Keppler Speakers.  He explains the big-picture story of our times and what’s coming next with a focus on educating outsiders about new technologies coming out of Silicon Valley and their eventual impact on the world. He uses dazzling multimedia slide decks that make his talks entertaining, and his generally positive message often leaves audiences inspired.

Leyden started out as a journalist working on regional American newspapers in the Midwest, New England and the Deep South, covering urban affairs. He served as a foreign correspondent watching the rise of Asia while working for Newsweek, covering China, Japan, and South Korea. He has traveled to more than 50 countries, in most regions of the world.

Leyden co-authored two books on new technologies and the future: The Long Boom, and What’s Next. He continues to write articles and recently wrote a popular series in Medium called California is the Future, which makes the controversial argument that the political transformation that happened in California over the last 15 years is now coming to America as a whole.

Leyden has lived in the same house in Berkeley for almost 25 years with his wife and daughter. He now considers himself a Californian, though he grew up in the heartland, in Minnesota. He was educated on the east coast, earning two master’s degrees from Columbia University in New York and graduating summa cum laude from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. For more see peterleyden.com and reinvent.net.

The 400 Word Version: 

Peter Leyden is blend of intellectual and entrepreneur who has spent his career working for innovative organizations trying to figure out the future and find better ways forward. He is the founder of Reinvent, a company that drives conversations with leading innovators about how to build a better future, and creates events and media to spread their ideas. He’s also a frequent keynote speaker on new technologies and future trends, working through Keppler Speakers.

Leyden came to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at the early Wired magazine that helped define the digital revolution, and he ended up running the magazine as managing editor. He then reinvented himself every 5 years or so by following the front edge of tech disruption and being part of pioneering organizations trying to fundamentally rework new ways to do business, politics and media.

After Wired, Leyden worked at Global Business Network, an influential think tank that helped corporations and governments plan for the long-term. There Leyden learned the value of pulling together elite networks of remarkable people from diverse fields to help solve complex challenges. Leyden then spent four years helping those in politics transition to the new way of doing politics on the Internet, a period that culminated in Barack Obama’s historic campaign for president in 2008.

Since then Leyden founded two of his own media startups that tried to pull together all that he has learned over the years. The latest, Reinvent, connects up high-end networks of innovators from diverse fields, often gathering them in physical or  virtual events. Leyden then drives conversations about the future and how to solve complex challenges, which are captured on long-form video that can be shared.  

Throughout the last couple decades Leyden has given hour-long keynote talks on a regular basis to business and general audiences through Keppler Speakers.  He explains the big-picture story of our times and what’s coming next with a focus on educating outsiders about new technologies coming out of Silicon Valley and their eventual impact on the world. Leyden co-authored two books on new technologies and the future: The Long Boom, and What’s Next.

Leyden started his career as a journalist, serving as a foreign correspondent watching the rise of Asia while working for Newsweek, covering China, Japan, and South Korea. He has traveled to more than 50 countries, in most regions of the world. For more see peterleyden.com and reinvent.net.

The Medium 300 Word Version:

Peter Leyden is blend of intellectual and entrepreneur who has spent his career working for innovative organizations trying to figure out the future and find better ways forward. He is the founder of Reinvent, a company that drives conversations with leading innovators about how to build a better future and that creates events and media to spread their ideas. He’s also a frequent keynote speaker on new technologies and future trends, working through Keppler Speakers.

Leyden came to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at the early Wired magazine that helped define the digital revolution, and he ended up running the magazine as managing editor. He then reinvented himself every 5 years or so by following the front edge of tech disruption and being part of pioneering organizations trying to fundamentally rework new ways to do business, politics and media.

Leyden worked at Global Business Network, an influential networked think tank of thought leaders that helped corporations and governments plan for the long-term. He then spent four years helping those in politics transition to the new way of doing politics on the Internet, a period that culminated in Barack Obama’s historic campaign for president in 2008.

Since then Leyden founded two of his own media startups. The latest, Reinvent, connects up networks of innovators from diverse fields, often gathering them in physical or virtual events. Leyden then drives conversations about what’s possible in the near-term future, which are captured on long-form video that can be shared.  

Throughout the last couple decades Leyden has given hour-long keynote talks on a regular basis to business and general audiences through Keppler Speakers.  He explains the big-picture story of our times and what’s coming next. Leyden has co-authored two books on new technologies and the future: The Long Boom, and What’s Next.

The Short 150 Word Version: 

Peter Leyden is a leading expert on new technologies and trends shaping the future who frequently gives keynote talks about what’s next. Leyden worked for a series of innovative organizations that helped reinvent the fields of media, business and politics: He was managing editor at the original Wired Magazine that introduced the world to the digital revolution. He worked at Global Business Network, the influential think tank helping corporations plan for the future. He was founding director of an institute that helped those in Washington transition to politics on the Internet.

Leyden currently is the founder of Reinvent, a company that drives conversations with leading innovators about how to build a better future and that creates events and media to spread their ideas. Leyden started his career as a journalist, including working for Newsweek magazine in Asia. He is the coauthor of two books on new technologies and the future: The Long Boom and What’s Next.

The Shorter 100 Word Version: 

Peter Leyden is a leading expert on new technologies and trends shaping the future who frequently gives keynote talks about what’s next. He was managing editor at the original Wired Magazine that introduced the world to the digital revolution. Leyden currently is the founder of Reinvent, a company that drives conversations with leading innovators about the future and that creates events and media to spread their ideas. Leyden started his career as a journalist, including working for Newsweek magazine in Asia. He is the coauthor of two books on new technologies and the future: The Long Boom and What’s Next.

Various Size Descriptions of Leyden’s company Reinvent

Reinvent in 175 Words

Reinvent is a company that helps others understand what’s possible in the near future and how we can find better ways forward. We drive conversations about what’s coming in the next 10 years and how we we can more fundamentally reinvent new systems for the 21st century. We create networks of world-class innovators from diverse fields who deeply understand new technologies and have big ideas about how to solve many of the challenges of our times. We gather them in physical and virtual events and capture these conversations through media, particularly long-form video that can be shared with sophisticated audiences. We have done a range of future-oriented projects with leading companies like Airbnb and public event series like What’s Now: San Francisco since we launched as a startup in 2012. Our core team and network of innovators is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, ground zero for figuring out a new way forward for California, as well as for America and the world. See Reinvent.net for more.

Reinvent in 100 Words

Reinvent is a startup media company on a mission to help reinvent our world by driving conversations with leading innovators about how to solve the many challenges of our time. We connect up networks of remarkable people from diverse fields and focus them on how to overcome a big challenge and find a better way forward. We open up these deep-dive conversations to sophisticated audiences who want to understand what’s possible in the near future. Reinvent is based in San Francisco and partners with organizations out to drive more innovation, spread big ideas and change the world for the better.

Reinvent in two sentences – 50 Words

Reinvent drives conversations with leading innovators about how to build a better future and creates events and media to spread their ideas. We partner with companies and other organizations who want to bring together world class thought leaders, elite audiences from diverse fields, and produce media that can be shared.

Reinvent in one sentence – 25 words

Reinvent drives conversations with leading innovators about how to build a better future and creates events and media to spread their ideas. See Reinvent.net

Extremely Short Bios of Peter Leyden

30 words, 205 characters:

Founder of Reinvent, a future-focused Media Co; Tech & Future Trends Speaker; author of 2 Books; former Wired Managing Editor & journalist, entrepreneur and politico. More at PeterLeyden.com & Reinvent.net

25 words. 170 characters:

Founder of Reinvent, a future-focused Media Co; Tech & Future Trends Speaker; author of 2 Books; former Wired Managing Editor & journalist. More @ PeterLeyden.com

160 characters:

Founder of Reinvent, a future-focused Media Co; Tech & Future Trends Speaker; Author 2 Books; former Wired ME, & journalist. See Reinvent.net & PeterLeyden.com

150 characters:

Founder of Reinvent, a media company focused on the future; Tech & Future Trends Speaker; former Wired Managing Editor, journalist, author of 2 books

140 characters:

Founder of Reinvent, a future-focused Media Co; Tech & Future Trends Speaker; Author 2 Books; former Wired Managing Editor, & journalist.