• Peter Leyden

    Founder of Reinvent

    Peter Leyden is the Founder and CEO of Reinvent, a new media startup that gathers top innovators in video conversations about how to fundamentally reinvent our world. He frequently moderates the virtual roundtables as well.

    Leyden worked for several innovative organizations that helped reinvent the fields of media, business and politics: He was managing editor at the original Wired magazine that helped introduce the digital revolution in the 1990s. He worked at Global Business Network, the pioneering think tank that helped corporations plan for the future. He was founding director of the New Politics Institute that helped those in Washington transition to politics on the Internet.

    Leyden knows much about new technologies and big trends impacting the future and frequently gives keynote talks on these topics through Keppler Speakers. He is the coauthor of two multi-disciplinary books on the future: The Long Boom and What’s Next. Leyden started his career as a journalist, including serving as a special correspondent for Newsweek magazine in Asia. He has spent his entire life interviewing remarkable people about big ideas.

    You can find more about his background on his website at peterleyden.com.

Related Video Conversations

  • Completed: June 7, 2018 PST

    Stewart Brand on the Whole Earth Catalog’s Long Legacy over 50 years

    Series: Interviewing

    Fifty years ago the Whole Earth Catalog burst onto the cultural scene and helped set in motion waves of innovation that reverberated through the San Francisco Bay Area and the rest of America – and that continue to this day. The one-and-only Stewart Brand was the creative force behind that unique media publication and cultural…

  • Completed: March 15, 2018 PST

    A Facebook Co-Founder Rethinks How to Solve Economic Inequality

    Series: Interviewing

    Chris Hughes considers himself lucky—too lucky. Chris was born into a modest family in North Carolina before getting a scholarship to Harvard University, where he was the freshman roommate to a guy named Mark Zuckerberg. That led to him becoming one of the co-founders of Facebook, core to the startup in the early days, including…

    Participants: Chris Hughes, Peter Leyden
  • Completed: December 20, 2017 PST

    California is the Future—of American Politics

    Series: Speaking

    At the inaugural TEDxOakland event in October, Reinvent Founder Peter Leyden explained how California sets the precedent for what happens in the rest of the nation—only 15 years early. From anti-immigrant backlash to corporate tax cuts, California has experienced many of the challenges and missteps that now face the United States as a whole, and…

    Participants: Peter Leyden
  • Completed: November 13, 2017 PST

    Trusting Strangers, Not Institutions—Navigating the Complicated Landscape of Platforms

    Series: Interviewing

    World-renowned trust expert and University of Oxford lecturer Rachel Botsman’s new book, Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together – and Why It Could Drive Us Apart, explores questions of transparency, scale, and ownership that are at the heart of the sharing economy.

  • Completed: November 6, 2017 PST

    WTF? What’s the Future of Platforms and Silicon Valley?

    Series: Interviewing

    We were thrilled that our November edition of What’s Now: San Francisco served Tim O’Reilly’s official book launch party, hosted in conjunction with Bloomberg Beta. At What’s Now, the founder of O’Reilly Media laid out his thoughts on the future of work, and in particular, the role that platforms will play in this future.

  • Completed: October 30, 2017 PST

    Can the Innovation Hubs of New York and San Francisco Ramp Up a Reinvention of America?

    Series: Interviewing

    Few people understand innovation, and the peculiar kinds of innovation practiced in both New York and San Francisco, better than Steven Johnson. The best-selling author has written 10 books that essentially all deal with innovation, and he maintains a home in both places, shuttling his family between each.

  • Completed: October 17, 2017 PST

    Treaty of San Francisco (3/4): Gavin Newsom on California’s Potential to Model the Future of Work

    Series: Interviewing

    When it comes to modeling the future of work, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom believes his state still has a long way to go. California may be leading in low-carbon initiatives and immigration policy, Newsom said, but it’s “not leaning into the issue that will define the conversation over the next decade in a potent…

    Participants: Gavin Newsom, Peter Leyden
  • Completed: September 28, 2017 PST

    Applied Neuroscience and Ramping Up Human Potential

    Series: Interviewing

    When Vivienne Ming began her neuroscience PhD program in the early 2000s, she wanted to learn how to build cyborgs. Her classmates thought the idea was crazy. Fast forward fifteen years, and the idea doesn’t sound so crazy anymore.

  • Completed: July 25, 2017 PST

    “Urbanism for All”—Achieving a More Inclusive Prosperity through Cities

    Series: Interviewing

    Richard Florida, City Lab Co-Founder and editor at large, sees the contemporary American city as a battleground for class conflict, and believes that the solution is more urbanism—specifically, what Florida terms “urbanism for all.”

  • Completed: June 28, 2017 PST

    The Reinvention of America – Peter Leyden Keynote Presentation

    Series: Speaking

    In this keynote presentation at the American Planning Association (APA) conference, Peter Leyden makes the case for how the chaos and disruption of the early 21st century will yield a more digital, global, sustainable world. Peter outlines the mega trends shaping America and the world today, including the fading of the Baby Boomers and the…

    Participants: Peter Leyden
  • Completed: June 17, 2017 PST

    The Multi-Millionaire Who’s Fighting for $15

    Series: Interviewing

    Entrepreneur and investor Nick Hanauer, one of the most vocal proponents of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, wants his fellow one percenters to understand the importance of addressing income inequality. No one has a bigger stake in a thriving middle class than the wealthy, Hanauer said. Yet over the past few decades, the creation…

    Participants: Nick Hanauer, Peter Leyden
  • Completed: April 20, 2017 PST

    Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin with Brian Behlendorf

    Series: Interviewing

    Many people have heard of bitcoin and might know something about blockchain, the technology system underlying the crypto currency. Yet few people understand how important blockchain technology could be not just for financial tech, but also for almost every other field.

  • Completed: December 13, 2016 PST

    Organizing Our Cities Around Autonomous Vehicles

    Series: Interviewing

    If Donald Trump’s election can be interpreted as a backlash against progress and the future, Robin Chase is here to say the future is coming much more quickly than many of us think, particularly where autonomous vehicles (AVs) are concerned. Chase, who co-founded Zipcar, believes that AVs will go on the market as early as 2020.

    Participants: Robin Chase, Peter Leyden
  • Completed: October 17, 2015 PST

    Making Films in the Cloud

    Series: Interviewing

    Filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain is pioneering an entirely new kind of filmmaking – cloud filmmaking. Shlain asks a question to the world, people film themselves in all different languages, and then Shlain incorporates these submissions into her films, which become available for free online. This method of filmmaking is 21st-century digitization and globalization at its finest, and so it’s perhaps not surprising that Shlain has no patience for technology panic.

  • Completed: October 16, 2015 PST

    Using Drones to Speed Global Progress

    Series: Interviewing

    Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired and the CEO of 3D Robotics, believes that the potential applications of drones extend far beyond commercial and recreational use. 3D Robotics manufactures more drones weekly than all U.S. aerospace companies combined, and is playing a pivotal role in revolutionizing the accessibility of this relatively new technology.

  • Completed: March 12, 2015 PST

    San Francisco As Ground Zero: The Epicenter of America’s Reinvention

    Series: Speaking

    In a keynote speech at the Commonwealth Club of California, Reinvent Founder Peter Leyden made his case for San Francisco as the epicenter of 21st-century reinvention. “I think, with time, we’re going to see these as the early days of essentially the building of a new kind of civilization, a 21st-century civilization,” Leyden said. The…

    Participants: Peter Leyden
  • Completed: March 4, 2014 PST
  • Completed: November 1, 2012 PST

    The Cloud in the context of Reinventing America talk

    Series: Speaking

    Leyden gave a short 20-minute talk in Las Vegas for Autodesk University in November 2012 in which they wanted him to put “The Cloud” and “Big Data” in a larger context of what else is going on in technology and the world. Leyden took the opportunity to lay out the concept of American reinventions and introduce his new Reinventors series too.

    Participants: Peter Leyden