Our user event is in T-7 days, and we can’t wait for all of the fun to begin! One of the things we’re most looking forward to is hearing Peter Diamandis, author and chairman/CEO of XPrize, speak during his keynote session. Many of us have read his book Abundance: The Future Is Brighter Than You Think, and we’re fired up to hear more inspirational ideas during his session. If you’ve never seen him speak, or haven’t had a chance to read his work, below is a cliff-noted version of why you should be as stoked as us that he’ll be joining us at CompCloud this year: 1.) He encourages positivity Diamandis is quick to admit that horrible things happen in our world - and while the mainstream media is quick to point out everything that’s going wrong in our society, that’s not what Diamandis focuses on. He brings to our attention that while the twentieth century saw epidemics, wars, and tragedies, it also was a time where infant mortality decreased by 90% and the human lifespan increased by more than 100%. He’s a glass (or rocket-ship) half full type of guy, and we dig that about him. 2.) He’s dialed in to the power of incentives Xactly’s Founder and CEO Christopher W. Cabrera recently wrote an article for INC. online that detailed his musings on Peter’s work. He said, “What I enjoyed most about Diamandis's thoughts on incentives is that he highlights just how large the scope of incentives can be, from sticking to an exercise plan to providing food for nine billion people. Large or small, incentives have a great power that has not yet fully been unleashed. Using incentive prizes is helping to solve the world's most pressing issues like providing over a billion people in need with clean drinking water and finding sustainable energy sources.” Cabrera hits the nail on the head when he mentions that one of the reasons incentives are so powerful is their breadth and depth; they can be equally effective on a personal level, in the workplace, and to inspire incredible social change. 3.) He’s brilliant and makes us feel smarter just by listening to him Have you ever heard of anyone else who can effortlessly switch between conversations about nanomaterials, to space exploration, to health-care - all without missing a beat? Me neither. I’m looking forward to having my IQ bumped up a few points just from being in close proximity to Diamandis. If you just read this post and panicked because you haven't registered for CompCloud yet, don't worry. There's still time to register for the event!