Chairman’s Fireside Chats

Chairman’s Fireside Chats: Public Events, Singularity University 8 – 10 PM (PT) Moffett Field, CA

Get off-the-chart success with crowdsourcing and crowdfunding—meet top CEOs who’ll show you how. Mark your calendars!

Please join us for a series of in-person interviews and Q/A with Peter Diamandis & top CEOs/leaders this summer at SU!  We’re talking to four CEOs who have had off-the-chart success leveraging crowdsourcing and crowdfunding—tapping into the minds and purses of many to accelerate innovation in their business ventures.  We’ll be releasing the talks following the event if you happen to miss it. 

This summer, we are covering:

  • How to build your own DIY community—a global team of passionate makers who use their talents to help you research and develop your products for free (Jay Rogers, CEO, Local Motors; & Chris Anderson, CEO, DIY Drones)
  • How to crowdsource the development of your software and company (Philip Rosedale, Founder of Coffee and Power, Creator of Second Life)
  • How to raise more than $10 million dollars from 60,000+ people on Kickstarter (Eric Migicovsky, CEO, Pebble Watch)

Plus, as an added bonus, we’ll meet Rod Roddenberry son of the legendary creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenbery.  Rod will also show a documentary about Star Trek and his dad.

Please take advantage of these rare opportunities to meet these extraordinary CEOs and individuals. Look forward to seeing you there (Details below)!

July- August Chairman’s Fireside Chats Schedule

(All events are located at the main classroom b583c of Singularity University. Due to space limitation, visitors and alumni please fill out this form and obtain an email confirmation before attending:


July 16, 8:00 – 9:30pm PT / Mr. Jay Rogers, CEO, Local Motors
- Jay Rogers took on the automotive industry to build better and cheaper cars by crowdsourcing car design to his community of more than 50,000 car designers and enthusiasts. To bring a new car model to market, traditional manufacturers need 3 to 5 years and would spend billions of dollars in development costs. In contrast, Jay and his DIY community were able to bring their new car model Rally Fighter to market in 18 months. Learn how to build and grow a community to help you accelerate innovation, how to motivate the crowd, and how to get results through competitions. 

Previous Talk: 

July 10, 8:15 – 9:30pm PT / Mr. Eric Migicovsky, CEO, Pebble Watch – For his e-paper smartwatch (the Pebble), Eric raised more than $10 million dollars from 68,929 people in 40 days on Kickstarter. Find out how Eric developed his million dollar Kickstarter pitch, how his campaign went viral, and how you can do the same!

For the rest of the summer:

July 23, 5:30 – 6:30 pm PT / Mr. Chris Anderson, Founder of DIY Drones / 3D Robotics, and editor-in-chief of Wired – Without any background or training, in less than a year with almost no development costs, Christ Anderson created QuadCopter, an unmanned aerial vehicle (or drone) that rival military grade drones. His drone costs only $300, less than 1 percent of the military’s price. His secret? A DIY community of more than 26,000 passionate makers who created and tested everything from software to hardware that enabled QuadCopter (and they did all these R&D for free). Chris will teach you how to create a world-class DIY R&D community fueled by passion from scratch.

July 23, 8:00 – 9:30 pm PT / Mr. Rod Roddenberry, TV Producer, CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment — Star Trek series inspired generations of inventors, scientists and engineers. You don’t have to look far for examples: I was inspired to create the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE, a $10 million competition for a Star Trek Tricorder-like handheld device that doctors could use to diagnose patients. We’ll sit down with Rod Roddenberry to discuss his documentary about Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry (Rod’s father). We’ll also find out more about the Roddenberry Foundation, which funds paradigm-changing solutions to critical global issues in science and technology, the environment, education and humanitarian advances.

July 30, 8:00 – 9:30 pm PT / Mr. Philip Rosedale, Co-Founder of Coffee and Power and creator of the virtual world Second Life –With his most recent company, Coffee & Power, Philip Rosedale is challenging traditional notions of work. A marketplace for skill-based tasks, Coffee & Power matches buyers and providers of skills (across all areas of small tasks from software development services to hula-hoop lessons and custom artwork). Learn how Philip built the software for his company from the ground up with crowdsourcing, in a fraction of time and costs compared to traditional approaches. Also, find out how he distributes management decisions to create a flat, decentralized organization that makes employees happy!