Peter Sims

Peter Sims is an entrepreneur and award-winning author. He is founder of The BLK SHP Enterprises, Inc. (pronounced “black sheep”) with an innovation advisory services arm  called BLK SHP Innovation. His latest book is Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, which grew out of a five-year collaboration with faculty at Stanford’s Institute of Design (the, as well as his previous work in venture capital with Summit Partners, including as part of the team that established Summit’s European Office in London.


The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure

Never once in my life until my mid 30s did anyone ever (to the best of my recollection) call me “creative.” But now, I hear it all the time. So what happened?

5 of Steve Jobs’s Biggest Mistakes

It’s a great disservice to everyone, especially young people, that the stories that we often hear about the most accomplished entrepreneurs sound so effortless. Despite what we may have read, Steve Jobs was no different. Here are five of Jobs’s greatest mistakes, all of which history shows he ultimately learned from.

Going from Suck to Non-Suck as a Public Speaker

People often ask me for advice about public speaking, since I do a lot of it. Of course, it’s often reported that people are more afraid of public speaking than death (which is not exactly empirically accurate, but it is close). In my experience, becoming a good public speaker is not a natural skill for anyone.

What Google (and You) Can Learn from Amazon

Amazon’s strategy and decision-making process starts (and perhaps ends) with improving the customer experience. Every important meeting, project, or initiative at Amazon begins with a discussion of how the ideas will ultimately benefit customers.