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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. 

The Long Bio Geared to Business

Peter Leyden has spent his career trying to figure out the future and come up with new ways forward that could help make a better world. He has done this through a wide range of work in journalism, business and politics, while developing expertise in foresight and innovation, as well as thought leadership and media.

Leyden is unusually talented at curating networks of innovators from diverse fields impacting the future, and skillfully interviewing them about their latest ideas. He has the ability to synthesize many perspectives into strategic insights into what’s probably coming, and envision what’s possible to achieve. He can skillfully communicate all this to small groups of senior executives as well as to broad audiences through keynote talks, which he does through Keppler Speakers, and in his writing, which includes two books.

Leyden came to San Francisco 25 years ago to work at the early Wired magazine where he developed an expertise in quickly understanding the implications of new technologies, and began building a huge network of technologists and entrepreneurs that continues expanding to this day. He ended up as Managing Editor running the magazine.

Leyden then worked at Global Business Network, the pioneering think tank on the future, co-founded by the legendary Stewart Brand, which helped corporations and governments plan decades ahead. He learned techniques to systematically analyze the future through scenario planning, and to develop innovative strategies through design thinking.

Leyden more recently founded and ran Reinvent, his own media startup focused on the future that helped pioneer the nascent technology of interactive video and drive conversations with experts around the world in projects like the Future of Work, done in partnership with tech companies like Airbnb. For the last four years, he hosted What’s Now San Francisco, a monthly physical event series where he publicly interviewed world-class thought leaders about their latest ideas, and convened a cross-disciplinary network of participants.

Throughout the last 20 years Leyden has delivered frequent keynote talks in the United States and Europe as a futurist and thought leader represented by Keppler Speakers. He can translate complex ideas in ways that engage and inspire both business and general audiences. He has the experience and gravitas to influence C-level leaders and senior executives in small settings as well.

Leyden has written two books on the future that have been published in multiple languages: What’s Next, and The Long Boom, which was written in the late 1990s and told the story of the world until 2020 – and which largely played out.

Leyden did a four-year stint in politics to help figure out how the new technologies of the internet could transform campaigns. He brought top technologists from Silicon Valley to talk to top leaders in Washington on a monthly basis, and he served on the Technology and Media Advisory committee of Barack Obama’s historic 2008 campaign.

Leyden started his career as a journalist where he first learned to interview anyone and explain everything to mass audiences. He served as a special correspondent for Newsweek covering South Korea, China and Japan, and has traveled to more than 50 countries over the years.

From an early age Leyden showed an unusually wide range of interests that make him comfortable conversing in many fields. He designed his own multi-disciplinary major at Georgetown University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He also earned two Master’s Degrees from Columbia University, one in journalism and one in comparative politics.

In his spare time he loves reading books and watching movies about near-term science fiction that helps breathe life into what the future will be like. Despite all the dystopia he encounters in fiction, and the many real crises of today, he remains an optimist who truly believes that the world can get better, and will.

The Long Bio Geared to Speaking

Peter Leyden is blend of intellectual and entrepreneur who has spent his career working with innovative organizations trying to figure out the future and find better ways forward.

As an intellectual, he’s a frequent keynote speaker on new technologies and the future, working through Keppler Speakers. He’s written two books about the future, including The Long Boom, which influenced a generation of internet entrepreneurs in the 1990s and largely forecast the actual story of the world until 2020.

As an entrepreneur, Leyden joined the early team at Wired magazine and has founded two of his own startup media companies. Reinvent, the most recent, drove conversations with leading innovators about how to build a better future and created virtual and physical events to spread their ideas via video.

Leyden’s latest creation is The Transformation, a series of written stories about a positive future that arguably could emerge in the next 30 years. The stories are told from the perspective of someone in 2100 and describe how America and the world solved the many great challenges that we face today. The Transformation is also a talk about the many inexorable trends and technologies that can’t be stopped under any scenario, and it’s under development for a book.

Leyden came to the San Francisco Bay Area 25 years ago to work at Wired and he ended up running the magazine as managing editor. He then followed the front edge of tech disruption and worked with a succession of pioneering organizations trying to reinvent new ways to do business, politics and media.

He worked at Global Business Network, an influential think tank of thought leaders co-founded by the legendary Stewart Brand that helped corporations and governments plan for the long-term. 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 then founded two of his own media companies. Reinvent helped pioneer the virtual events world that emerged with the arrival of interactive group video in 2012. For the last four years he was host of What’s Now: San Francisco, a physical event series showcasing thought leaders from a wide range of fields throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

All through the last couple decades Leyden has given hour-long keynote talks on a regular basis to senior executives and business audiences through Keppler Speakers. He explains the big-picture story of our extraordinary times and what’s coming next with an emphasis on all the positive possibilities that are often overlooked by others. Leyden is a can-do optimist who leaves any audience inspired.

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. Leyden graduated summa cum laude at Georgetown University and has two Master’s Degrees from Columbia University.

A 400 Word Version: 

Peter Leyden is blend of intellectual and entrepreneur who has spent his career working with innovative organizations trying to figure out the future and find better ways forward.

As an intellectual, he’s a frequent keynote speaker on new technologies and the future, working through Keppler Speakers. He’s written two books about the future, including The Long Boom, which influenced a generation of internet entrepreneurs in the 1990s and largely forecast the actual story of the world until 2020.

As an entrepreneur, Leyden joined the early team at Wired magazine and has founded two of his own startup media companies. Reinvent, the most recent, drove conversations with leading innovators about how to build a better future and created virtual and physical events to spread their ideas via video.

Leyden’s latest creation is The Transformation, a series of written stories about a positive future that arguably could emerge in the next 30 years. The stories are told from the perspective of someone in 2100 and describe how America and the world solved the many great challenges that we face today.

Leyden came to the San Francisco Bay Area 25 years ago to work at Wired and he ended up running the magazine as managing editor. He then followed the front edge of tech disruption and worked with a succession of pioneering organizations trying to reinvent new ways to do business, politics and media.

He worked at Global Business Network, an influential think tank of thought leaders co-founded by the legendary Stewart Brand that helped corporations and governments plan for the long-term. 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 then founded two of his own media companies. Reinvent helped pioneer the virtual events world that emerged with the arrival of interactive group video in 2012. For the last four years he was host of What’s Now: San Francisco, a physical event series showcasing thought leaders from a wide range of fields throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

All through the last couple decades Leyden has given hour-long keynote talks on a regular basis to senior executives and business audiences through Keppler Speakers. He explains the big-picture story of our extraordinary times and what’s coming next with an emphasis on all the positive possibilities that are often overlooked by others.

A Medium 300 Word Version:

Peter Leyden is a 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.

A Shorter 200 Word Version: 

Peter Leyden is a 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 25 years ago to work at the early Wired magazine 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 working for pioneering companies like Global Business Network. In 2012 Leyden founded Reinvent, which connects up networks of innovators from diverse fields in physical 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.

Leyden started out his career as a journalist, including working as a special correspondent in Asia for Newsweek, and 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

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

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

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

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