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Below the Line with James Beshara

Below the Line with James Beshara

By James Beshara
Host James Beshara is an angel investor, advisor, founder, & general startup-helper in Los Angeles, CA. He has started three companies, sold one (Tilt; acq by Airbnb), and invested in multiple billion-dollar startups in his career. Now he's talking openly and honestly with others about what's going on "below the line" — the 90% of the story you don't read about or hear about anywhere else. Below the Line has evolved into a powerful weekly show that consistently takes a deep dive into the real journeys, the unspoken perspectives, and the psychological side of creating, founding, and learning.
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#130 — With Reality, Start Small — Duncan Trussell
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine  Today's episode is with Duncan Trussell. A brilliant man in many facets of life. We touch on cold dips and how they equate to philosophy.  Duncan opens up about his early use of psychedelics and how they help him realize his own consciousness. We then go even deeper into how psychedelics have affected the whole world. Duncan also explains how certain epiphanies have changed his mindset through his life including the love of his children. To conclude the episode, Duncan talks about how life is all about YOU and no one is going to save you. Start small and make the change within you.     Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline  Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Chargebee https://chargebee.com/partners-signup and use promo code BTL Shopify https://Shopify.com/BelowtheLine About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:09:53
May 03, 2022
#129 — Getting in the Way of Yourself — Langhorne Slim
Langhorne Slim is one of the most talented singer/songwriters of the last 20 years. James talks with him about his struggle with addiction, what it was like for a musician not touring over the pandemic, and how he coped with that. Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline  Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:26:46
April 20, 2022
#128 — Optimizing Health — Dr. Molly Maloof
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Dr. Molly has worked as an independent advisor & strategy consultant to over 45 technology companies in San Francisco & Silicon Valley needing help with clinical strategy, scientific marketing, medical research, & product development. She also regularly speaks at conferences and with wellness travel companies across the globe on topics such as the future of medicine, scientific wellness, and digital health. She chats with host James Beshara about the bioscience of love, the importance of relationship, and some alarming statistics surrounding mental health. https://www.instagram.com/drmolly.co/ Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Chargebee https://chargebee.com/partners-signup and use promo code BTL About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:05:40
April 05, 2022
#127 — No Judgements — Julien Smith
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine  Today's guest is Julien Smith. Julien is the co-founder and CEO of Practice, a business management platform for coaches. He is also New York Times bestselling author of three books. James and Julien dive deep into how daily rituals can help you tremendously. Something as simple as keeping a journal can help free mindspace to knock out impenetrable tasks. Julien also talks about how he became a New York Times best seller and how Seth Godin helped him achieve this. James askes Julien why it is important to find your voice and what that means to creators or founders. To conclude the episode, Julien talks about emotional lows and how he became an observer of himself to overcome them.  Find out more about Julien Smith: https://twitter.com/Julien https://practice.do/ 00:36 Intro 05:57 Daily Rituals 33:15 Running Practice 40:56 Worthwhile Life 46:30 Julien’s Background 52:00 Discovering your voice 1:04:03 Founding a startup 1:12:59 Emotion Lows 1:30:42 Becoming an observer of yourself  Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline  Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Chargebee https://chargebee.com/partners-signup and use promo code BTL About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:40:54
March 22, 2022
#126 — Stand Up Philosopher — Pete Holmes
]Today’s episode is with stand up comedian, actor, and podcaster Pete Holmes. James and Pete dive into the repulsion you feel in your early life that forces you away from things that aren’t intended for you. From leaving Massachusetts at an early age to finding his voice in comedy, Pete explains the feelings he had while falling upward. He also explains the craft behind Stand Up and what tactics he uses while on stage. To conclude the episode, James and Pete talk about why you don’t need to ask for permission. You have to find the freedom within yourself.  More Pete https://www.instagram.com/peteholmes/ Book Recommendations from the Episode: Being Aware of Being Aware https://www.amazon.com/Being-Aware-Essence-Meditation/dp/1626259968 Support Our Sponsors Chargebee https://chargebee.com/partners-signup and use promo code BTL Shopify https://Shopify.com/BelowtheLine Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline  Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:59:08
March 08, 2022
#125 — Mixed Mental Arts — Bryan Callen
On today's episode James and actor, comedian and podcaster Bryan Callen dive deep into Bryan's early years of creating and why he started studying philosophy. He explains his fascination around fighting and why it has helped mold his brain into certain ways of thinking. Bryan also explains how he overcomes adversity and what it is like being 55 trying to come up with new ideas. To conclude the episode, Bryan and James talk about why your greatest strength is also your greatest liability and how to find courage within yourself.  Find Bryan Callen: https://www.bryancallen.com/ https://www.instagram.com/bryancallen/ Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline  Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:49:42
March 01, 2022
#124 — Serving the Public Conversation — Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone
Today’s episode is with Biz Stone, the Co-founder of Twitter. A man who early in his career knew nothing about tech but found a way to design websites which in turn started his own blogging career. He was then hired by Evan Williams, at Google working on Blogger, forming a bond which would go on to create a team at Odeo. They also hired Jack Dorsey. Biz explains why this was the starting ground for Twitter and how they came up with the idea. James asks Biz about the start of the company and how it went viral in 2007. Biz explains why he always put people before business and realized, over the years at a billion dollar company, you need humanity. To conclude the episode, Biz talks about how his unselfish nature has led him to greater opportunities instead of always trying to control the situation.    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:40:19
February 22, 2022
#Voicemails — What’s Happening to the Market? — Below the Line
Description: In today’s episode, James is joined by his good friend Ajay Mehta to take callers from listeners. James starts the episode by talking about his experience on the Duncan Trussell podcast and how he originally got to know Duncan. The first caller, Rev from LA askes, What are some big realizations or new insights that have been learned in the past year? The second question comes from twitter, What is happening in tech and why are all the stocks crashing? To conclude the episode, James and Ajay dive deep into NFT’s and crypto and why decentralization can have its consequences when it comes to losing money or getting hacked. Timecode Description: 00:27 Intro 4:36 James meeting Duncan Trussell 11:15 First experiences in Silicon Valley 20:41 Voicemail 1: Big realizations or new insights in the last year 43:35 Voicemail 2: Tech market crash, what is causing it? 1:04:49 Voicemail 3: NFT’s, are they the future? Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline   Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Shopify  https://www.shopify.com/belowtheline(Free 14 day trial for BTL listeners)  About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:17:14
February 08, 2022
#123 — The Art of Going Viral — Karen X Cheng
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Karen X Cheng is an award winning director who has reached over half a billion views across all platforms. Some would say she is the queen of going viral on the internet. In today’s episode she explains to James how her first video that went viral was by accident. After that video, she decided to try to recreate that virality but this time on purpose. James dives deep into Karen’s tactics for film making and how she creates these masterpiece clips that go viral online. Karen speaks about the easiest ways to grow online and what platforms are the most lucrative. From “Girl Learns to Dance in One Year” to partnerships with Beats by Dre and Puma, Karen’s story is an inspiration to all creators. To conclude the episode, Karen speaks about how she has mentally evolved and how she decides what to give energy to.    Follow Karen https://instagram.com/karenxcheng   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co   Shopify  https://www.shopify.com/belowtheline (Free 14 day trial for BTL listeners)   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:19:21
January 31, 2022
The Best Tools to Increase Your Productivity — Ajay Mehta — Below The (Hot)Line
In today's episode, James invites his friend Ajay Mehta on to take questions from listeners. The first caller, Sean from North Carolina, askes "What are the best tools or apps to become more productive?" Ajay and James dive deep into their career timeline and talk through the tools they have used in the past and the new found solutions to these tools that have helped them become more productive in modern day. The second question comes from David on Twitter, asking "What is a skill you wish you had?" James and Ajay bring up skills from their mentors that have been molded into their minds around time management and workflow. They also speak about how some of these mentors skills can make your daily workflow much easier and less stressful. To conclude the episode, Question #3 comes from Sarah on Twitter asking, "What is your biggest miss?" This topic ranges from investing to running a company and understanding upside vs downside. One 100x investment could potentially make up for those other 20 investments that turned into nothing. https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Find out more about Ajay Mehta: https://twitter.com/ajaymehta Blog Post mentioned: http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline  Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Shopify https://www.shopify.com/belowtheline (Free 14 day trial for BTL listeners) About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:18:59
December 07, 2021
#122 — Transformations from Good to Great — Jim Collins
Today's episode is with one of the greatest business authors ever, Jim Collins. Jim is one of the most inspirational figures in James' career. Not only did he inspire James, but he also is one of James' fathers, favorite authors. This has formed a bond at a young age between the two and has helped form many ideas in James' head. James and Jim cover many topics today, in one of our longest podcasts ever recorded, they talk about a wide range of VERY useful topics for founders and creators. From, breaking down Jim's personal rubric on writing a book to how an idea turns into a book. Jim explains why it is important to keep turning the flywheel even when you feel like abandoning it. James and Jim, also speak about how great leadership, can take a company, far beyond what is projected on paper. Jim also explains the difference between Good and Great. To conclude the episode, Jim speaks about luck and how not only good luck is inevitable but so is bad luck, he explains how not all time in life is equal and how you should zoom in on the good luck and reevaluate the bad luck.   Find out more about Jim Collins here: https://twitter.com/level5leaders https://www.jimcollins.com/ Buy Jim's new book, Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0.   (https://www.jimcollins.com/books/BE2.html) https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL at Checkout for 20% off) About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:34:28
November 23, 2021
#121 — The Next Era for Logistics — Kevin Gibbon
Today's episode is with the brilliant, Kevin Gibbon. Kevin is the Founder and CEO of Airhouse. He was previously the Founder and CEO of Shyp. Kevin opens up candidly about his experience in Silicon Valley and explains what it was like moving to the USA to pursue his dream of owning his own company. James and Kevin, speak about the Silicon Valley Network and why it is the hub for startups. They also dive deep into why investors are more likely to invest in a second time failed founder rather than a brand new founder just starting their company. Kevin also explains the lows, mentally, he endured during the end of his first company and how it impacts him still to this day. To conclude the episode, James and Kevin talk about the legitimacy behind CryptoCurrency and if it is here to stay! https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Find out more about Kevin Gibbon: https://twitter.com/kevingibbon https://www.airhouse.io/ Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL at Checkout for 20% off) AppSumo http://appsumo.com/bff About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:47:50
November 16, 2021
What is Vedanta? — Below the (Hot)Line #14
In today's episode, James gets a voicemail from a caller asking "What is Vedanta?" James, has talked a lot about Vedanta in pervious episodes and today explains what it means to him in his own words. He has credited some of his success and peace in life to this philosophy.  Vedanta is a philosophy taught by the Vedas, the most ancient scriptures of India. Its basic teaching is that our real nature is divine. https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James:   James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
31:01
November 12, 2021
Improve Your Fundraising As A 1st Time Founder — Ajay Mehta — Below The (Hot)Line #13
On today's episode, James takes voicemails from listeners. He invites his good friend Ajay Mehta on to discuss the topics from the callers. Ajay previously worked with him at Tilt and has founded two companies since, Birthdate Co. and Therapy Notebooks.  The callers asks wide range of questions all centered around the lifestyle of being a founder and an entrepreneur. From Health and Diet for productivity to how to start fundraising as a first time founder. James explains why 90% of the interaction with investors should be based on asking for advice before asking for a check. To conclude the episode, James and Ajay discuss what company or one project they would invest in if somebody theoretically gave them a million dollars.  https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Find out more about Ajay Mehta: https://twitter.com/ajaymehta Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL at Checkout for 20% off) AppSumo http://appsumo.com/bff About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
46:32
November 02, 2021
#120 — #DeepDive on The Remote Workspace Utopia — Hiten Shah
Hiten Shah is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nira. A company that specializes in protecting companies documents from unauthorized access. Hiten has been working remotely for close to 18 years. Today he joins James to talk about The Remote Workspace Utopia. James and Hiten start the episode by giving listeners insight into all the technological gadgets used to help complete daily tasks and meetings remotely. James and Hiten also dive deep into the topic of meetings. Hiten explains the detrimental effects of mixing strategy and execution and why each topic should be discussed separately. To conclude the episode, James and Hiten talk about Communication in the remote workspace and what are the best practices in keeping your team on track. https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Find out more about Hiten Shah: https://www.twitter.com/hnshah https://www.nira.com/ Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors: Magic Mind https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL at Checkout for 20% off) AppSumo http://appsumo.com/bff About your host, James:   James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:00:05
October 19, 2021
#119 — The Man Behind BitClout and The DeSo Blockchain — DiamondHands Nader Al-Naji
This episode premieres on the day our guest Nader Al-Naji's "Deso" launches a $50 million fund for a fully decentralized eco system. The Octane Fund will fuel development of early-stage social media projects for the blockchain. Nader Al-Naji, also known as "DiamondHands" is the creator of Bitclout and the blockchain DeSo. In today's episode, Nader speaks about his background for the first time on a podcast and how he got into creating a blockchain. From working as an engineer at Google, to discovering Ethereum in 2017, there has been immense amount of influences in Nader's life, which have helped him create what is known today as the DeSo blockchain. James and Nader, dive deep into the Monopoly of content we see today with online media and the plan with DeSo to ultimately decentralize content. Nader also speaks on the criticisms he received with Bitclout and how his team has made changes to ensure the longevity of DeSo the blockchain. To conclude the Episode, Nader tries to predict the future and the impact you may see on the world if online content becomes decentralized, in his opinion, its a win win for everybody involved.  https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Find out more about Nader and The DeSo Blockchain: https://www.deso.org/ (Pie Chart of Ownership referenced 1:08:45) https://docs.deso.org/ https://twitter.com/nadertheory James' Original thoughts on Bitclout:   https://jjbeshara.com/2021/04/19/i-have-seen-the-future-and-its-bitclout/ Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL at Checkout for 20% off) AppSumo http://appsumo.com/bff About your host, James:   James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:02:40
October 05, 2021
#118 — The Master of Marketplaces — Jeff Jordan
Jeff Jordan is a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously CEO and then executive chairman of OpenTable as well as Senior Vice President and General Manager of eBay North America. James refers to Jeff as one of the Best Venture Capitalist in the last ten years and one of his favorite mentors. Jeff was also on the board of James' former company, Tilt. In today's Episode, James and Jeff dive into the early career of Jeff at companies like Disney and eBay. Jeff Explains how he built eBay North America from 3 employees to thousands in just a few years.  James and Jeff also give insight on "How to Manage," this includes managing employees to managing tasks and time. They also dive into Network Effects and how it has helped them both make decisions on what companies to invest in. To conclude the Episode, Jeff explains the working relationship with James and his company Tilt. https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Find out more about Jeff: https://a16z.com/author/jeff-jordan/ Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors: Magic Mind https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL at Checkout for 20% off) AppSumo http://appsumo.com/bff About your host, James:   James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:10:27
September 28, 2021
#117 — Continuing to Evolve as an Investor — Brad Feld
Brad Feld is a Founder and renowned Blogger in the entrepreneur space. If you have been in technology, or an entrepreneur, over the past ten years you have probably read many of his blog posts. From selling his first company for a million dollars to now managing over a billion dollars with Foundry Group, Brad has had a crazy rollercoaster of a career. In todays episode, James and Brad, talk about a childhood experience with his dad that introduced him to the tech world. Brad also explains the journey of selling his first company to now running a huge VC fund. A major part of todays episode is Mental Health and the stigma around it among entrepreneurs. To conclude the episode, Brad speaks about his quarterly disconnects from business and how it benefits the rest of his year and relationships. https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Find out more about Brad Feld: https://www.feld.com https://twitter.com/bfeld https://www.linkedin.com/in/bfeld   Brad's New Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0932BPN7N Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsor Magic Mind https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL at checkout for 20% off) About your host, James:   James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:25:26
September 14, 2021
#116 — The Art of Negotiation — Chris Voss
Chris Voss was a FBI negotiator for 30 years in New York. He handled situations like bank robberies and terrorist organizations when it came to negotiating deals with them. Chris has now turned those lessons and skills he learned during his time with the FBI into a master class called "The Black Swan Method" for business negotiation. In today's Episode, James and Chris talk about a Bank Robbery that happened at Chase Bank in New York. During the story of this robbery, Chris breaks down his every move and details how it relates to everyday life. From everything to using these skills to get a hotel upgrade to scoring a better deal in business, these skills can be used by anyone and are effective if used correctly. To conclude the episode, Chris tells James how he can predict when someone will give up based on data of the human brain. https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Find out more about Chris Voss and The Black Swan Method:  https://twitter.com/VossNegotiation  https://www.blackswanltd.com/home Text - 33777 - black swan method - for a newsletter from more information Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsor  Magic Mind  https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL for 20% at checkout)    About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:18:24
September 07, 2021
#115 — Life Design — Debbie Millman
Debbie Millman is named one of the most creative people in business. She is a designer, podcaster, author and educator. In today's episode, James and Debbie speak about her career arc of overcoming failure at one job and how it launched her into a better job and mindset. They also speak about how rejection is a key factor in decision making. Debbie also dives deep into why therapy gave her the mindset shift needed to ultimately become a more successful creator. To conclude the Episode, James flips the script on Debbie and askes her the key questions she always asks her guest on her podcast.  Find out more about Debbie Millman:  https://www.debbiemillman.com/  https://www.instagram.com/debbiemillman  https://twitter.com/debbiemillman https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsor  Magic Mind  https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL for 20% off at Checkout)     About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
53:23
August 31, 2021
#114 — A Deep Dive into The Art World — Todd Kramer
Todd Kramer is one of the key pieces of the Art world today. He currently owns multiple Galleries, with his partner Ryan Ross, they have created a well know space for artists to grow their work. In today's episode we take a deep dive into the Art world. James and Todd speak about how Todd's obsession with Keith Haring got him into this world when he was 24. They also talk about how galleries work and how they can help build artists career by showcasing their work. To conclude the episode, James and Todd speak about NFTs, the new emerging digital art form that has taken over the conventional art space over the past few months.   https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Find more about Todd Kramer:  https://www.instagram.com/toddkramer https://rkgallery.com/  Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsor  Magic Mind  https://magicmind.co (Use Code BTL at Checkout for 20% off)    About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:47:15
August 24, 2021
#113 — From Navy Seal to $100 Million in Sales -- Randy Hetrick
Randy Hetrick is a Navy Seal turned into an Entrepreneur. He is the founder of TRX and now OutFit Training. From Navy Seal to 100 million in sales is the best way to describe Randy. In today's episode, James and Randy dive deep into the life of a Navy Seal and the process of becoming one. Randy also gives listeners a great story of how getting lost in the jungle, while leading a Seal team, has instilled many values and traits in himself that he uses daily during his Business side of life. He also explains how the stress from warfare is similar to the stress in entrepreneurship. To end the episode, Randy talks about how two women in his family influence his daily life by the way they lived their lives.    \Where to find Randy:   https://twitter.com/randyhetrick https://www.instagram.com/randyhetrick https://www.facebook.com/RandyHetrick 00:40 Intro 04:27 Randy’s Background 18:28 What it takes to be a Seal 27:25 Business compared to warfare 37:27 The most stressful moments as a seal 51:05 Experience as a seal to Entrepreneurship conversion    1:02:40 TRX 1:34:50 3 stories that shaped Randy 1:40:34 What takes up Randy’s headspace   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsor Magic Mind https://magicmind.co(Use Code BTL at Checkout for 20% off)   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:50:05
August 17, 2021
#112 — AdVentures at Google — Bill Maris
Bill Maris is the founder of Section 32, a venture capital fund investing at the frontiers of technology and healthcare. Prior to Section 32, Bill spent almost a decade at Google as the founder and first CEO of Google Venture. On today's episode, James and Bill take a deep dive into what it took bill to become the CEO of Google Ventures. They also speak about the patterns you see in Venture Capital and how a young investor can use these patterns to benefit with their future investments.  To conclude the episode, James and Bill talk about the real problem with our society, mental health. They give examples of how we could come up with a solution and what the world will look like if we don't start thinking about these issues.    Find out more about Bill Maris: https://www. section32.com/   00:27 Intro 02:16 Bill’s backstory 17:10 What to do after you sell your first business 27:45 Google Ventures 41:53 Being a Middle Man in the Tech World   51:24 Patterns with Investing in Venture Capital 57:30 Pieces of advice that changed Bill’s mind 1:06:44 Trends Bill follows 1:23:17 Mental Health    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsor Magic Mind https://magicmind.co (Use code BTL at checkout for 20% off)    About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:44:48
August 10, 2021
#111 — Heart of a Lion — Michael Burns
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Michael Burns is an Entertainment Executive and Vice Chairman of Lionsgate. He is an Original Co-Founder of Lionsgate when it was first started in 1999. Michael is also James' neighbor and was his first friend when James moved to Los Angeles. On today's episode, Michael talks about how the short squeeze in AMC has helped the movie industry profit as a whole. Michael and James also speak about the process of creating a film from beginning to end. They also speak about the library of films Lionsgate has produce over the past 20 years. To conclude the episode, Michael outlines the Pros and Cons of the modern day streaming service industry and how it has changed the way we view content.    Find out more information about Lionsgate Films: https://www.lionsgate.com/ 00:23 Introduction   03:03 “Meme” Stocks 12:31 Streaming Services 18:15 Lionsgate’s Background 29:33 Movie Making 101 42:53 TV vs Movies 48:23 Attachments to failing shows 58:16 Lionsgate’s early struggles 1:04:30 Modern Day Lionsgate 1:09:54 Stories that have shaped Michael Burns 1:19:36 What takes up Michaels mindscape   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsor Magic Mind https://magicmind.co(Use code BTL at checkout for 20% off)   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:21:42
July 28, 2021
#110 — Build Your Fort — Chris Powers
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Chris Powers is an entrepreneur with more than 16 years of real estate development and investment experience.  He was also one of the first people to invest in host James Beshara's payment company tilt. In today's episode Chris and James speak about investing in your mindset, and the mistakes you can make when finding a cofounder. They discuss envy and how it affects your mind. They dissect about how hiring cheap work gets you cheap results and also how it will cost you more in the long run. To conclude the episode, Chris and James speak about an organization called YPO that Chris has been involved with for many years and how it effects his day to day work.    Find Chris Powers:   https://twitter.com/fortworthchris https://open.spotify.com/show/4dLKPVTiXWmrFwd43iN2LZ (Podcast)   00:32 Intro 10:26 What excites Chris in business   22:00 Efficiencies on recruiting   33:12 Key pieces of advice for Chris   45:12 Handing off the CEO title 57:38 Founders Ego 1:09:58 Starting something new 1:19:03 All business is people trusting each other 1:29:26 Partnerships 1:44:40 3 stories that have shaped Chris 1:55:03 YPO’s effect on Chris   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsor Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:05:16
July 22, 2021
Top 10 Mistakes Founders Make With Startups — Below the (Hot)Line #12
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
30:13
July 16, 2021
#109 — Nothing To Prove — Justin Kan
Justin Kan is an entrepreneur who is the co-founder of Justin.tv which is now Twitch.tv. He has now turned to creating more content online like vlogs and podcasts. Justin is also an angel investor, which is how James and Justin met. Justin was one of the first investors in James former company, Tilt. On todays episode, James and Justin speak about having a higher purpose for your work and being passionate about your startup. They also speak about Justin leaving Silicon Valley, where he has been living, and his future plans. To conclude the episode, James and Justin speak about what they look for in founders, when it comes to investing in startups.    Where to find Justin:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfRtwc6K_VU9N4OjNnU2P7g (Vlogs)   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8xRInHClfOm5yhsR2jAgUg (Podcast) https://twitter.com/justinkan https://www.instagram.com/justinkan Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:13:35
July 08, 2021
#108 — The Practice: Shipping Creative Work — Seth Godin
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Seth Godin is a best selling author, entrepreneur and public speaker. Seth has wrote over 20 best selling books around the world. On this episode, James and Seth, talk about his new book  "The Practice: Shipping Creative work" and what goes into "The Practice." In many ways, Seth is an antidote for all the messages you hear about short term success, he believes more in the long-term "process" or practice including all failures. Seth also speaks about the role of storytelling, the stories we tell ourselves and the relationship with those stories and our behavior. To end the episode, James and Seth speak about doing the work out of generosity.   Where to find Seth Godin: https://www.seths.blog/ https://www.sethgodin.com/ https://www.twitter.com/thisissethsblog https://www.instagram.com/sethgodin/ His most recent book: https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Shipping-Creative-Work/dp/0593328973 00:00 Intro 05:09 The Practice 6:52 Failures correlation with creativity   13:49 Silicon Valley Ecosystem   20:53 Authenticity is useless 27:20 Beginners Missteps 34:37 Storytelling 37:29 You’re artist when you tell yourself you are 40:41 Seth’s Workshop 46:30 Generosity   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline   Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.coNetSuite by Oracle https://netsuite.com/BTL About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
51:35
June 30, 2021
#107 — #DeepDive on Sales— Colin Coggins & Garret Brown
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Garrett Brown and Colin Coggins are two adjunct professors at University of Southern California at The Marshall School of Business. Garrett and Colin are so brilliant, their class has now became one of the most popular classes on campus. In this episode, James takes a deep dive into the world of sales. Garrett and Colin speak about the concept of "Everyone" is in sales. All of their insights are counter to what people would call a conventional way of sales. James also speaks to them about what shifted their mindset into what it takes to be a brilliant salesperson compared to a normal salesperson. They also spoke about what it means to sell with love instead of fear. To conclude the episode, Garrett and Colin talk about how "Happy Accidents" form a bond between seller and consumer.   Where to find Garrett and Colin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garrettjbrown https://www.linkedin.com/in/colincoggins Subscribe to their latest content and upcoming book:   https://www.agency18growth.com/ 00:00 Intro 02:39 What comes to mind when you think of Sales 14:29 Being yourself when selling 31:03 The cycle of sales 54:14 Communicating out of fear or love 1:05:11 Teaching undergraduates about love in sales   1:10:49 How Garrett and Colin became a duo   1:25:03 Can you be great at sales if you don’t believe in the product? 1:29:20 Great sales people talk to themselves 1:41:19 Motivated speech 1:49:53 Process vs Results 1:56:31 Resilience in sales   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co NetSuite by Oracle https://netsuite.com/BTL About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:09:41
June 24, 2021
#106 — Music to a Creator’s Ears— Guster's Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller is the lead singer of Guster. After meeting James in a Clubhouse meeting, Ryan decided to come on the podcast and share his life experiences in a music career as a creator. In this episode, James and Ryan, speak about his ability to create new friendships wherever he goes based off energy. Ryan also gives his insight into what it was like being a touring musician during a pandemic and the lack of live shows. In the middle of the episode, Ryan announces that Guster will be headline Red Rocks Amphitheater this summer (Tickets Below). To conclude the episode,  James and Ryan, speak about the differences between releasing music now vs his first album.    Where to find Ryan Miller:   https://www.instagram.com/ryancmiller/ https://twitter.com/guster   https://www.guster.com/   https://www.vermontpbs.org/makinfriends/    Tickets for Guster at Red Rocks Amphitheater:  https://www.axs.com/events/403100/guster-tickets   00:00 Intro 02:30 Being a musician during a pandemic   10:35 Fascination with storytelling   34:46 Ryan’s superpowers 47:36 Friendships on tour 58:38 Connections between peers 1:08:44 Lowest moment of Ryan’s Career 1:13:32 Guster’s new album 1:34:29 Releasing albums in 2021 vs 1991 1:41:38 3 stories that have shaped Ryan 1:50:36 What takes up a lot of Ryan’s mindspace?    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co NetSuite by Oracle https://netsuite.com/BTL   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:04:58
June 15, 2021
The Real MVP (Minimum Viable Product) — Below the (Hot)Line #11
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    James talks about the importance of the concept of MVP or Minimum Viable Product is when starting a company. Even Nike started out with a single shoe. Launching earlier than your instinct may tell you is pivotal for 2 reasons:    1. It allows you to get invaluable early feedback 2. Build grassroots advocacy that will be one of your most effective marketing tools   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
18:07
June 09, 2021
#105 — Doing The Work — Steven Pressfield
Steven Pressfield is a best selling famed author that has influenced many creator's mindsets. in this episode of Below The Line, James and Steven talk about how the "The War of Art" and resistance has had a huge effect on both of their journeys. Steven sold his first book at 53 years old, James and Steven dive into the process and why it took many years before he had a book that was worth publishing. Steven also gives his advice into overcoming resistance and how he has mastered it. To conclude the conversation, Steven talks about how the Bhagavad Gita influenced him to write an American novel about golf.    Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine   Find Steven Pressfield: https://www.stevenpressfield.com/ https://www.twitter.com/spressfield https://www.instagram.com/steven_pressfield   Steven's new book "A Man at Arms": https://www.amazon.com/Man-at-Arms-Novel/dp/0393540979/   00:00 Intro 02:57 Moments that change your life 08:00 3 stories that have shaped Steven   20:14 All of us live 2 lives   30:49 Connection of Entrepreneur vs Artist   40:23 Knowing your limits 56:45 Do the work 59:47 Surrendering to resistance   1:04:50 Writing an American novel about golf based off Bhagavad Gita    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind: https://magicmind.co NetSuite by Oracle: https://netsuite.com/BTL    bout your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:10:45
June 03, 2021
Fear Of Failure— Below the (Hot)Line #10
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Fear is essentially a prerequisite at the start of any creative journey. On this week's episode, James explains how allowing yourself to become at peace w/ "the worst case scenario" can allow you to manage that fear & avoid the self sabotage that often follows Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind: https://magicmind.co   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
13:03
May 31, 2021
#104 — Putting a Dent in Mental Illness: The Promising Results of Psychedelics — Rick Doblin
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Rick Doblin is the founder of MAPS - the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. He created this non-profit to help bring psychedelics to the public. MAPS was created in 1986 during "The War on Drugs." In this episode, Rick talks about his journey with creating MAPS and also his personal experiences with psychedelics. Rick also reveals the Phase 3 studies that were just released by the FDA for medical MDMA for PTSD. He also spoke about mental illness and how MDMA could improve many people's everyday life. To conclude the episode, Rick gives his thoughts on the future of our world with psychedelics becoming legal.    For more info on MAPS visit:  https://maps.org/(Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies)   Where to find Rick Doblin: https://www.instagram.com/rickdoblinmaps/ https://www.twitter.com/rickdoblin/ About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:53:16
May 25, 2021
Your New Favorite Productivity Tip: No Meetings — Below the (Hot)Line #9
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    In June of 2020, James Beshara wrote a popular essay on the subject of "Mental Wealth", or the concept of investing in your mental well being. Caller Williams adds what James would add as a 6th pillar to his 5 existing pillars of diet, exercise, stress management, and exogenous compounds. James talks about the surprising discovery he has made over the past year is the value of asynchronous work and limiting meetings with regards to his 6th pillar — blocking off thinking time.   Show Notes. “Asynchronous” Working In 2021 https://jjbeshara.com/2021/03/14/asynchronous-working-in-2021/ Orignal Mental Wealth Essay https://jjbeshara.com/2020/06/04/mental-wealth/ Past Below the Hotlines: #8 — The *Actual* Environmental Impact of Bitcoin https://youtu.be/ToQgBlAr8-Q #7 — What to Look for in a an Employee https://youtu.be/_24E05m1WKE #6 — What is BitClout https://youtu.be/AceOhj3S1Kg #5 — The Craziest (Plausible) Idea I've Ever Heard https://youtu.be/a7_J8STPmbY #4 — Setting Boundaries: The Key to Work Life Balance https://youtu.be/dqnCpDLQLRk #3 — Why I Invested in Clubhouse (And is it worth $4 Billion???) https://youtu.be/gnLbeMxoWhM #2 — The Number 1 Piece of Advice for Creators https://youtu.be/o8VYr_YxLL0​ #1 — What are NFTs? https://youtu.be/AEf6ZCP5Y1I​ Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James:   James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
13:05
May 24, 2021
#103 — Thinking Deeply — Adam Robinson (Part 2)
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Adam Robinson is a famed best-selling author, the founder of Princeton Review, a leading advisor to some of the largest financial institutions in the world, and a rated chess master, among many other titles. He also one of the clearest thinkers James has ever come across.    In Part 2 of this wide ranging conversation, Adam talks about his friendship with Bobby Fischer and the fame level Bobby reached during the World Championships of Chess. Adam also spoke about how he makes life "simple" everyday and tries to eliminate mistakes by routine. To conclude the episode, Adam and James talk about how to avoid stupidity and the 7 factors that occur when someone makes a mistake.    Where to find Adam: https://twitter.com/IAmAdamRobinson https://iamadamrobinson.com/ 00:00 Intro 1:51 Views of Advising Investors during COVID-19 21:45 Why Conjectures are dangerous   27:01 Confirmation Basis 39:36 Coordinates around investing 49:55 Don't indulge in negative emotions   56:42 Bobby Fischer   1:29:18 Avoiding stupidity   1:51:35 Adam’s final thoughts    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind: https://magicmind.co/ Dover: https://dover.com NetSuite by Oracle https://netsuite.com/BTL About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:00:04
May 19, 2021
The *Actual* Bitcoin Environmental Impact — Below the (Hot)Line #8
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    James addresses the two biggest critiques against Bitcoin in the world right now.   Article Referenced https://coinshares.com/insights/beware-of-lazy-research-bitcoin-mining-update Bill Maher on Bitcoin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaJpYjO136o Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Check out previous Below the HotLines: #7 — What to Look for in a an Employee https://youtu.be/_24E05m1WKE #6 — What is BitClout   #5 — The Craziest (Plausible) Idea I've Ever Heard https://youtu.be/a7_J8STPmbY #4 — Setting Boundaries: The Key to Work Life Balance https://youtu.be/dqnCpDLQLRk #3 — Why I Invested in Clubhouse (And is it worth $4 Billion???) https://youtu.be/gnLbeMxoWhM #2 — The Number 1 Piece of Advice for Creators https://youtu.be/o8VYr_YxLL0 #1 — What are NFTs? https://youtu.be/AEf6ZCP5Y1I   Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
16:32
May 15, 2021
#102 — Thinking Deeply — Adam Robinson (Part 1)
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Adam Robinson is a famed best-selling author, the founder of Princeton Review, a leading advisor to some of the largest financial institutions in the world, and a rated chess master, among other things. He also one of the clearest thinkers James has ever come across. In part 1 of their wide ranging conversation, James & Adam talk about the concept of "red-teaming" an idea, the right mindset when approaching a task, and places where logic fails. Where to find Adam: https://twitter.com/IAmAdamRobinson https://iamadamrobinson.com/  Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Dover https://dover.com NetSuite by Oracle https://netsuite.com/BTL  About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:15:14
May 13, 2021
What to Look for in a New Hire (Qualities of a 10x Employee) —Below the (Hot)Line #7
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Hiring new employees can be nerve-racking, but having hired 170+ employees, James gives 3 essential traits you should look for before adding the next member of your team.   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Check out previous Below the HotLines: #1 — What are NFTs? https://youtu.be/AEf6ZCP5Y1I #2 — The Number 1 Piece of Advice for Creators https://youtu.be/o8VYr_YxLL0 #3 — Why I Invested in Clubhouse (And is it worth $4 Billion???) https://youtu.be/gnLbeMxoWhM   #4 — Setting Boundaries: The Key to Work Life Balance https://youtu.be/dqnCpDLQLRk   #5 — The Craziest (Plausible) Idea I've Ever Heard   #6 — What is BitClout   Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
10:02
May 06, 2021
#101​ — The Mindset of a Grandmaster — Maurice Ashley
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Maurice Ashley is a Jamaican-American chess grandmaster, author, and commentator. In 1999 he earned the grandmaster title, making him the first black person to attain the title of grandmaster. This heavy hitting conversation focuses on honing the ability to maintain attention, the skill of being able to deal with uncertainty, and a devastating moment in Maurice's life 2 years before winning the title of Grandmaster that led him to doubt his path.    Where to find Maurice:   Website: https://Mauriceashley.com Twitter: @MauriceAshley Instagram: @Mauriceashleychess   Watch Maurice Ashley Play Chess Live on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/gmashley 00:00 Intro 02:37 Movies about chess masters 09:11 Performance enhancing compounds with chess 12:11 What is a Grandmaster in chess   20:03 Maurice’s college experience 26:18 What is risk?   29:45 Mental superpowers 35:42 Maurice in his 20’s 41:07 Moments of doubt 47:15 Invest in yourself before helping others 56:24 Choosing different paths in chess   1:04:01 Chess teaches you to be more interested in the other 1:09:37 Understanding your opponent’s next move 1:14:19 Comparing patience in chess to other sports 1:20:16 Maintaining complexity and tension   1:32:10 Intentionally leaving your comfort zone 1:38:02 Grandmaster vs Beginner 1:48:43 Three Stories that shaped Maurice   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline   Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co  About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:55:16
May 04, 2021
What is BitClout?— Below the Hotline #6
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine The rise of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have familiarized many with the concept of decentralized money, but can BitClout become the first main stream decentralized social networking platform? James Beshara explains the benefits of the crypto based platform, and spells out just why it might end up being so revolutionary. More from James on BitClout: https://jjbeshara.com/2021/04/19/i-have-seen-the-future-and-its-bitclout/ Follow James on BitClout: bitclout.com/u/jamesbeshara Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
11:43
April 29, 2021
#100 — Woman Evolve — Sarah Jakes Roberts
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Sarah Jakes Roberts is a Public Speaker, Author, and co-pastor of The Potter's House at One LA and The Potter's House Denver. She is redefining what it means to be a modern woman of faith. She and James talk about how Sarah ended up public speaking despite it being that last thing she ever saw herself doing, how her relationship with her father shaped her, and gives advice to young women who are trying to find their calling.    Women Evolve The book : https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Evolve-Break-Fears-Revolutionize/dp/078523554X Find Sarah:   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahjakesroberts Twitter: https://twitter.com/sjakesrobert FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahJakesRoberts https://sarahjakesroberts.com/ 00:00 Intro 01:39 How Sarah became a public speaker 05:33 What her father taught her 07:57 How to manage an audience   11:46 Book: Woman Evolve 19:13 Having a child at 14 22:52 Public speaking flow 40:34 What shaped Sarah into who she is now 54:03 How failure/change is liberating   1:07:27  How Eve shaped women 1:20:12  Advice for younger women   1:21:35  Why women are so powerful in this generation   1:31:20  -Spiritual reflection in Los Angeles   1:40:00  T.D. Jakes advice on her book   1:45:22  Sarah’s advice for women 1:52:17 Where listeners can find Sarah   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind:  https://magicmind.co Dover:  https://dover.com NetSuite by Oracle:  https://netsuite.com/BTL   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:53:22
April 28, 2021
The CRAZIEST (plausible) Idea I've Ever Heard — Below the Hotline #5
As an angel investor deeply embedded in the tech world, James Beshara hears the next craziest idea he's ever heard every 5 minutes, but which of these are actually plausible, and could have an everlasting impact on the way we govern ourselves? James explains dives into the concept of "Crypto Countries" or sovereign states founded on blockchain technology on this week's "Below the Hotline".   He dove even further into the concept with the former CTO of Coinbase Balaji S on our latest episode of Below the Line: https://bit.ly/btl99_balaji Subscribe to our YouTube: https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind: https://magicmind.co About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
11:10
April 22, 2021
#99 — The Archbishop of Crypto — Balaji Srinivasan
Balaji S. Srinivasan is an angel investor and entrepreneur. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he was also the cofounder of Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center.   Balaji and James discuss the 3 most impactful moments in Balaji's crypto journey, moments that changed his perception of crypto, and what we should be paying attention to now that could pay the same dividends as paying attention to crypto in 2010 did. They close the show talking about Balaji's groundbreaking concept of "crypto countries."   Subscribe to our YouTube: https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Balaji's latest project: https://1792.com.   A newsletter,  that pays you Cryptocurrency, for completing online tasks.    Find Balaji: Twitter: https://twitter.com/balajisWebsite/ Blog:  https://balajis.com/   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Dover: https://Dover.com About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:54:09
April 21, 2021
Setting Boundaries: The Key to Work/Life Balance — Below the Hotline #4
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Achieving the proper work/life balance is a difficult task for determined creators and founders. James explains how setting firm boundaries in both your work and personal life will lead to a level of consistency that breeds the balance we are all looking for. Boundaries lead to routine. Routine leads to consistency. Consistency leads to momentum. With momentum you find balance.   Check out previous Below the HotLines: #1 — What are NFTs? https://youtu.be/AEf6ZCP5Y1I   #2 — The Number 1 Piece of Advice for Creators https://youtu.be/o8VYr_YxLL0   #3 — Why I Invested in Clubhouse (And is it worth $4 Billion???) https://youtu.be/gnLbeMxoWhM Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
09:29
April 15, 2021
#98 — The Keys to Angel Investing — Elad Gil
Elad Gil has been an angel investor for 30 (nearly 1 in 5 of his investments) different billion dollar companies. Elad gives 3 tips for anyone starting out in investing, and he and James dissect the recent trends Elad is currently noticing in technology, and the theoretical implication of those trends on society.   Find Elad Twitter: https://twitter.com/eladgil Book: https://www.amazon.com/High-Growth-Handbook-Elad-Gil/dp/1732265100/ Blog: http://blog.eladgil.com   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co    Dover: https://dover.com About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:24:43
April 13, 2021
Why I Invested in Clubhouse (And is it worth $4 Billion???) — Below the Hotline #3
James was the first investor in the consumer app Clubhouse that has climbed in private valuations to over 100x his original investment in just over a year — but what goes into a private company valuation like Clubhouse?   To submit a question to Below the Hotline call and leave a voicemail at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
25:34
April 10, 2021
#97 — How to Not Die Alone — Logan Ury
Logan Ury is the best selling author of the book "How to Not Die Alone".  James and Logan talk about finding long term happiness and long term relationships, and they relate that to aspects of the professional world like finding the right cofounder, and navigating manager/employee relationships. They also talk about Logan's decision to leave a safe corporate job to pursue a creative endeavor that she has now made a career. Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Book: How to Not Die Alone - http://bit.ly/HowtoNotDieAlone Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Tiny Capital https://www.tinycapital.com/belowtheline About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:52:47
April 06, 2021
#96 — Nutrition's Impact on Mental Health — Dr. Uma Naidoo
Dr. Uma Naidoo is a a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef graduating with her culinary schools’ most coveted award, and a trained Nutrition Specialist. James has a fascinating conversation with Dr. Naidoo about how it's now proven that 90% of serotonin receptors are in your gut, what foods we should eat and which to avoid, and just how much of an impact nutrition has on our mental health.   Dr. Uma Naidoo's Book This is Your Brain on Food http://bit.ly/DrUmaNaidooBook Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind: https://magicmind.co Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/belowtheline About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:16:34
March 31, 2021
What are NFTs? | Below the Hotline #1
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    James breaks down what exactly a non-fungible token is, why they have value, and what they can and will be used for, while highlighting some recent examples of sales of NFTs going for exorbitant price tags.   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
12:07
March 26, 2021
#95 — The Most Influential Rabbi in America — Rabbi David Wolpe
Newsweek named Rabbi David Wolpe the most influential rabbi in America. James talks with Rabbi Wolpe about whether or not he ever doubts his faith, the importance of rituals, and just what is exactly is going on in the world right now.   Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind: https://magicmind.co Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/belowtheline   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:17:01
March 25, 2021
#94 —Philosophy, Theology & Ethics — Philip Clayton
Philip Clayton is a contemporary American philosopher of religion and philosopher of science. His work focuses on the intersection of science, ethics, and society. He currently holds the Ingraham Chair at Claremont School of Theology and serves as an affiliated faculty member at Claremont Graduate University] Clayton specializes in the philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of religion, as well as in comparative theology. James and Philip have a fascinating discussion that takes a macro & micro view of all these topics and more.  Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Tiny Capital https://www.tinycapital.com/   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
02:25:45
March 17, 2021
#93 — The Argument Against Reality — Dr. Donald Hoffman
This episode features a mind-blowing conversation with Dr. Donald Hoffman, a professor of cognitive sciences at UC Irvine who has proven the chances that we are seeing and experiencing reality is essentially zero percent. He and James talk about the emergence of consciousness, the differences between Dr. Hoffman’s viewpoints and nondualism, and the evolving implications of his provable, mathematical models.   Follow Dr. Donald Hoffman: https://twitter.com/donalddhoffman  Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com, or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co   Tiny Capital https://www.tinycapital.com/   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:59:31
March 12, 2021
#92 — Spencer Rascoff — Founders, SPACs & Digital Junk Food
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine Spencer Rascoff started Hotwire and Zillow and eventually turned them into $750 million and $30 billion companies respectively. He joins James to talk about the history of those two companies, relocating to LA,  and what makes a good founder. They wrap the show with a very digestible explanation of SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies) and how Spencer handles his love/hate relationship with social media. Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com, or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind: https://magicmind.co Tiny Capital: https://www.tinycapital.com/belowtheline About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:55:10
March 03, 2021
#91 — Jeff Goodby — Pushing Through Rejection
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine    Jeff Goodby is advertising executive who co-founded and serves as co-chair of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. Goodby is also a director and illustrator whose work has appeared in Time and Mother Jones, and he created the "Got Milk?" campaign. This year his agency had 5 commercials in the Superbowl. James and Jeff talk about how Jeff ended up in the Bay Area from Rhode Island and his career path before advertising. Jeff tells James what he learned from a presentation from Steve Jobs, and Jeff recalls some of his own most memorable pitches and how being authentic is oftentimes the most important part of the pitch. They talk about how for a creative, the ad world can be rejection after rejection and how to deal with that. Jeff then elaborates on how difficult it can be for a junior ad executive starting out, and how to navigate the industry when first starting.    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Tiny Capital https://www.tinycapital.com/belowtheline About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:53:27
February 16, 2021
#90 — #DeepDive — Lee Jacobs — Starting a Venture Capital Fund
Lee Jacobs is an entrepreneur and investor based in San Francisco who was one of the early supporters of Angel List, and is currently a general partner at long journey capital. James talks with Lee about what starting a VC firm looks like, the similarities and differences between starting a VC fund and a startup, and what Lee looks for when investing in a new company or industry.  Today's Guest: Lee Jacobs https://twitter.com/LeeJacobs   https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine      Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline    Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Tiny Capital https://www.tinycapital.com/belowtheline   About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.   “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:44:27
February 05, 2021
#89 — How to 10x Your Chance at Startup Success
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine  Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show: 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline James opens the show giving the #1 piece of advice he would give to founders to multiply their chances of startup success 10 fold. He then takes answers voicemail questions about how founders should decide how to to delegate their time and the strategy founders could take in the early stages of their companies. He closes the show by expounding on why he moved away from Silicon Valley to Los Angeles, despite the large network effect that exists for founders in the Bay area. Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Tech Meme https://www.techmeme.com/ Tiny Capital https://www.tinycapital.com/belowtheline   About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:02:21
January 21, 2021
#88 — Diana Chapman — Trust vs Fear
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine  Diana Chapman is one of the most sought after corporate advisors in the world. James & Diana open the show revisiting Diana’s groundbreaking book “The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership”, and summarize a few of the commitments and their meanings.  Diana then explains what it means to take “radical responsibility” , and delineates the fine line between being an open minded and a convicted leader. Diana then dissects how emotional intelligence is often times underrated when talked about in thecontext of important leadership qualities.  James and Diana discuss the importance of feedback, even though often times many of us are innately averse to giving or receiving feedback. Diana talks about how being a visionary is often times an overrated leadership quality, and how many times visionaries lack the structure required to make their lofty goals a reality. They close the show with a discussion about the role sexual energy should play in the workplace, and how Diana is making it a point to embrace that energy rather than pretend it doesn't exist. Show Notes #12 - Diana Chapman - Coaching Towards Consciousness https://youtu.be/xuKfnYanDOE The Conscious Leadership Group https://Conscious.io Book: The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership https://www.amazon.com/15-Commitments-Conscious-Leadership-Sustainable-ebook/dp/B00R3MHWUE Funny or Die Video - Guy from the future shouldn’t eat those eggs https://www.facebook.com/funnyordie/videos/10155527489418851/ List 15 Commitments https://conscious.is/15-commitments Play Trumps Sex Appeal at 30,000 Feet https://conscious.is/blogs/play-trumps-sex-appeal-at-30000-feet Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show: 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline  Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind https://magicmind.co Tech Meme https://www.techmeme.com/ Tiny Capital https://www.tinycapital.com/belowtheline About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.
01:30:15
January 18, 2021
#87 — #DeepDive — Dylan Beynon — The Innovative Future of Psychedelics
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine  James talks with the CEO and founder of mindbloom CEO Dylan Beynon about how his intimate familiarity with mental illness was in many ways the catalyst of his drive for success, and how experimenting with MDMA 11 years ago ultimately led him to the forefront of the research and legalization of psychedelics. James and Dylan discuss the evolving perception of psychedelics, both in general and as a legitimate means of psychotherapy, and some of the specific medications and their corresponding encouraging results in treating various psychological ailments. Mindbloom https://mindbloom.co Harvard Mental Illness Study https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/the-prevalence-and-treatment-of-mental-illness-today The Information Pathology by James Beshara https://jjbeshara.com/2018/11/20/the-information-pathology-2/ Mental Weatlh by James Beshara https://jjbeshara.com/2020/06/04/mental-wealth/ Drug Harm Scale https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_harmfulness#/media/File:HarmCausedByDrugsTable.svg About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:38:06
January 06, 2021
#86 — Dr. Carl Jung — Heroes, Alchemy, and Connection
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine The historical giant and creator of analytical psychology, Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, joins James to discuss his life, his work, and what might’ve been different if he had a little bit more of both. The staggering genius of Jung has given us the modern concepts of extroversion/introversion, synchronicity, the collective unconscious, individuation, archetypal phenomena, how myths inform and shape us, and so much more. Today, we cover many of these central topics, along with his views on the modern narrative of heroism, his fascination with alchemy, and the concepts he was still discovering before his death in 1961. We’re grateful he gave us some of his time nearly 60 years after leaving this lil earth. Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show: 424-272-6640   "The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author     About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline
01:19:16
December 30, 2020
#85 — Tara Viswanathan — The Honest Truth
https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine James talks with Tara Viswanathan, the CEO, and Founder of Rupa Health, whose goal is to make functional medicine more accessible, affordable, & available to patients everywhere. They talk about the outward appearance of everything you want in a start-up, how struggles have still persisted throughout the life of the company, as well as finding a proper work/life balance.  Tara Viswanathan https://RupaHealth.com Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show: 424-272-6640   "The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author   About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:34:01
December 22, 2020
#84 — On Failure: Eat A Bit Of Poison Every Day
https://bit.ly/Dive_further_BelowtheLine  Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show: 424-272-6640   "The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author   Instagram account mentioned in this episode: https://instagram.com/tiltquarters   James shares a story of his pursuit of another one of his passions in music, and how a recent track he created perfectly exemplifies the type of failure you want to invite into your life. He then dissects the differences between controlled and terminal failure, and discusses how his aversion to failure while in the role of CEO actually proved to be a detriment to the cause.   About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
51:23
December 08, 2020
#83 — Airbnb IPO with Lenny Rachitsky and Marc McCabe
https://bit.ly/Dive_further_BelowtheLine "The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author James is joined by fellow former Airbnb Execs Larry Rachitski and Marc Mccabe for this #deepdive on the impending and highly anticipated Airbnb IPO.  The conversation begins with Lenny, Marc and James sharing their respective journeys that led them to joining the Airbnb team, and the factors that played into that decision. They continue to dissect what each believes are challenges Airbnb faces heading into the IPO, as well as what they believe to be it's strongest leverage points, and ultimately how both play into their forecasts for the company. They close the show deciding how much of a hypothetical $100,000 cash surplus they would invest into the travel juggernaut. Lenny https://twitter.com/lennysan  Marc https://twitter.com/mccabe About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:47:04
December 01, 2020
#82 — DeepDive — The Age of The Newsletter — With Lenny Rachitsky
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Books: On Writing Well - https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Well-Classic-Guide-Nonfiction/dp/0060891548 Writing Down the Bones - https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Down-Bones-Freeing-Writer/dp/1590302613 Draft #4 - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18194765-draft-no-4 Top Posts: How the biggest consumer apps got their first 1,000 users - https://www.lennyrachitsky.com/p/how-the-biggest-consumer-apps-got How to Kickstart and Scale a Marketplace Business - https://www.lennyrachitsky.com/p/how-to-kickstart-and-scale-a-marketplace My favorite product management templates - https://www.lennyrachitsky.com/p/my-favorite-templates-issue-37 What is good retention - https://www.lennyrachitsky.com/p/what-is-good-retention-issue-29 Today's episode is with Lenny Rachitsky. It is a #DeepDive episode on creating a successful newsletter — in a world where newsletters are becoming more mainstream, more lucrative, and more appealing to the expert at the top of their field themselves vs the journalist on the side-lines. On a high level, Lenny is making more with his newsletter, a year and a half in (and only about six months into introducing a paid version of the letter) than he was making from his salary at Airbnb. Yes, six months into introducing a paid version he is making more than he did as a product leader at Airbnb. He is a brilliant product and growth thinker, and he writes one of the most insightful newsletters in the startup ecosystem. It is a great episode on the "Below The Line" version of what it took to get the newsletter to this point, but also what it's like putting out insightful content every single week. We cover everything from the strategy of starting free and then turning it into a paid newsletter over time, to the deliberation before he started the newsletter, to the skill sets that he thought would be really critical for a newsletter (and which skill sets *actually* ended up being critical for a successful newsletter). We cover all of that and more with Lenny. About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:30:56
November 17, 2020
#81 — Henry Shukman — One Blade Of Grass, One Single Experience
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today's episode is with British poet, author, and Zen master Henry Shukman. Henry is able to touch on so many different topics with a brilliant articulation that one would expect from a poet. We cover many different topics in our conversation today — everything from the “single experience” concept that he talks about in his memoir, “One Blade of Grass”, which is a phenomenal read, the phases of creativity, and an in-depth conversation on his decades-long battle with low-grade depression — sometimes high grade and sometimes just in the background — covering all of his different methods of self-medication before finally finding something that worked to help him overcome it. We touched on each of these things and more in today's episode. I'm excited for you to hear it. About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:59:59
November 10, 2020
#80 — Alan Watts — You’re It
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today's episode is with one of the more profound thinkers, writers, and speakers in human history. It's with Alan Watts. I've said in previous episodes that I think he'll be known as one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century in a few decades, and when we look back, he is in many ways a translator. He came here from England, originally coming here as an Episcopalian priest, but he eventually left the ministry to start teaching a nonpartisan version of philosophy, mythology, and spirituality — introducing the West to Eastern philosophy, from a Western lens. Hence the adjective, “translator”. And it all centers around a topic that we covered today, which is “Who are we?”. In my entrepreneurial and creative career, few people have impacted me as much as his thinking and writing. I'm really excited for today's episode. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
42:19
November 03, 2020
#79 — Turning The Tables — James Gets Grilled (w/ChaseFeiger)
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Links referenced in this episode: + Get your free Endel subscription: https://code.endel.io/?code=BELOWTHELINE + Forbes Magic Mind Article: www.forbes.com/sites/chasefeiger/2020/08/24/how-this-entrepreneur-moved-from-software-to-create-silicon-valleys-new-morning-elixir-magic-mind + The Multi-path Career (essay by James Beshara): https://jjbeshara.com/2020/05/25/the-multi-path-career/ + The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win by Steve Blank: https://www.amazon.com/Four-Steps-Epiphany-Steve-Blank/dp/0989200507 + The Holocaust of Attachment: https://www.amazon.com/Holocaust-Attachment-Swami-Parthasarathy/dp/9381094195 I have a different type of episode for you today. Today's episode is with Chase Feiger, who's a contributing writer at Forbes. He is a founder himself; he's built multiple companies, and he is also an investor of a handful of really brilliant startups as well. After he wrote a Forbes piece on me and Magic Mind last month, he asked if he could flip the tables and interview me for the podcast as a follow up to the article. At first, I was not a fan because the whole point of the podcast is for me to glean insights from other people, and then share them with you all. But there was a practical reason that it made sense to me — and that is to share more about what it has been like beneath the surface on starting another company when I told my wife three years ago, “never let me ever start anything again”... and to share what has changed in those three years. Chase is very kind, super smart, and he's a great interviewer — It's what makes him a great writer at Forbes. It was interesting to have the microscope turned on to me for the episode. I hope it's not too boring, and I hope this slight departure from typical programming is somewhat interesting for you. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
02:00:24
October 20, 2020
#78 — Joseph Emmett — Surfer Monk
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Get your free Endel subscription: https://code.endel.io/?code=BELOWTHELINE Joseph’s Podcast Series: https://anchor.fm/joseph-emmett Today's episode is with a friend of mine, Joseph Emmett, who is just an interesting cat. He is someone that I chat with once a week. Every Thursday, we jump on a video call or phone call, and it's one of the most enjoyable calls of the week — One that has nothing to do with tactics of business but more about a holistic perspective and philosophy from which I try to make decisions. I don't think I've ever met anyone quite like him. I had him on the podcast about a year ago and people loved that episode so much that I invited him back to the podcast. Today, we talk about the worldview he adopted at around age 19, called Vedanta or Advaita Vedanta. It's a very interesting one when it comes to Eastern philosophies, as it sits as the bedrock of just about every other Eastern philosophy (from Hinduism to later Buddhism to later still, Zen Buddhism). We also talk about his love of surfing, and how it metaphorically relates to his life and work. We talk about so many different things that cover all kinds of touchstones that I think a lot about but rarely ever get a chance to talk about in a business setting. If the first episode resonated with listeners, I think this one might even more so. You can hear more about this 5000-year-old worldview from Joseph on a limited podcast series that he just released this week at my suggestion in conjunction with this podcast, called “Yoga for Your Intellect” (https://anchor.fm/joseph-emmett). Just go into your podcast app and search for it for more. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:53:12
October 13, 2020
#77 — Andrew Dudum — Hims & Hers, Highs & Lows
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Get your free Endel subscription: https://code.endel.io/?code=BELOWTHELINE Today's episode is with Andrew Dudum. He’s a co-founder of Hims & Hers; one of the fastest growing companies in history. They are two and a half years in and are valued north of a billion dollars. I saw their first million in sales within five weeks of launch. One of the fastest growing companies that I've ever come across, and though it seems like an overnight success... as the cliche goes, it's overnight, 10 years in the making. Andrew has started north of 10 different businesses (!) and has a whole lot of wisdom to share in this episode. We chat about the launch of Hims & Hers (and how crazy that time was) but also talk about the lowest moments that he's experienced as a founder. We also talk about the concept of “exposure therapy” and how that applies to being a founder. We also chat about the healthcare system that we currently live within and what it could look like if it was designed around the consumer. We talk about all these things and much more. Enjoy this episode with this brilliant, thoughtful maker. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:27:22
October 06, 2020
#76 — Ravi Patel — In Pursuit Of Happiness
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Get your free Endel subscription: https://code.endel.io/?code=BELOWTHELINE Today's episode is with Ravi Patel, a consummate multi-hyphenate creator, people... He’s a writer, director, actor, and entrepreneur among other things. From starting businesses to his brand new project on HBO max called “Ravi Patel's Pursuit of Happiness”, we cover what he’s learned through it all. We talk about his struggles and even the challenges that he’s dealing with today; literally, today as we chatted. We cover all kinds of things from simplifying life, to being useful to others, to the transactional nature of friendships, to the pursuit of mental fitness, and of course, his project that he just launched. I just finished watching two of the episodes and it is a phenomenal show. Each episode takes place in a different city around the world with someone that he knows and loves. It's a really heartwarming, insightful, and hilarious show. One of the better shows I've seen in the last year or two. It's really that good. So check it out. It's on HBO Max, the new streaming app from dem homies at HBO. So without further ado, let's get into it with Ravi Patel. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC..
02:04:17
September 30, 2020
#75 — Plog — Ready, Fire, Aim
Get your free Endel subscription: https://code.endel.io/?code=BELOWTHELINE "The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author This plog (podcast+blog post mashup) is called “Ready, Fire, Aim”. Early on my career, I would create really detailed business plans for a company or product launch, months and sometimes years before launching something. And then I went through Y Combinator and learned from Paul Graham that business plans actually show a lack of knowledge of how things work, how startups work, and how relationships with customers work. There's just so much you can’t know until you launch the first version of your idea. Listen to this episode to learn more. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC
16:02
September 22, 2020
#74 — Plog — The Secret to Getting Mentors
Get your free Endel subscription: https://code.endel.io/?code=BELOWTHELINE "The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author This plog (podcast+blog post mashup) is called “The Secret to Getting Mentors”. Alright, we are back with another plogging episode and this one is “The Secret to Getting Mentors”. First-time founders and employees would often ask, “How can I get a mentor?” Or they will humbly ask if I can help them with their project or company. I feel very grateful for the mentors that I've had in my life for the last 11 years. Some of the folks have been on the podcast and some of them are too hard to get onto the podcast, but I would not be here without their guidance and their mentorship, especially during low points. So what is the secret in getting mentors? Listen to this episode to learn more. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC
12:06
September 16, 2020
#73 — Scott Kelley — Covid Under The Big Sky
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Get your free Endel subscription: https://code.endel.io/?code=BELOWTHELINE Hello listeners and Below The Line fanatics! Today's episode is with Scott Kelley, a restaurateur in a town of 1000 people in the buzzing city of Ennis, Montana. I have always wanted to chat with Scott because he has a hilarious personality, made a huge life move to a small town in Montana after growing up in Dallas, Texas, and because he has owned and operated a handful of different types of restaurant concepts over the last 20 years. We haven’t covered this side of the business on the podcast before, but I knew he would be a great, honest guest to go deep into this kind of “creation”... especially in the era of Covid-19, where restaurants and tourist towns have been greatly impacted (and he sits at the intersection of both). One of the places he and his wife own is called The Gravel Bar, and it sells the best burger in all of Montana — Seriously (and that’s because the burgers are creations of his scientist wife). You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:47:18
September 08, 2020
#72 — Kevin Rose — Founder Turned Angel Turned VC
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Get your free Endel subscription: https://code.endel.io/?code=BELOWTHELINE Links from this episode: +How to Read Medical Research Papers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhyCDAi6NKM +Dr. Weil's List of Integrative Health Professionals: https://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/alumni.html +Kevin Rose' Podcast Interview with Henry Shukman: https://podcast.kevinrose.com/the-mysteriousunsolvable-zen-koans-henry-shukman-associate-zen-master/ +Henry's Book: https://www.amazon.com/One-Blade-Grass-Finding-Memoir-ebook/dp/B07N8ZGFQB Today's episode is with none other than Kevin Rose. Kevin is a phenomenally successful angel investor turned venture capitalist — as well as creator and founder of cult-favorite companies like “Digg” and “Zero”... We talk about everything from health care to mental health, and his journey towards mental peace in the midst of creation. We also touched on the stories that helped shape who he's become, as well as talking about a topic that he rarely ever gets a chance to talk about that has left me thinking about it since the moment he mentioned it to me. It's something that I'm going to be thinking about for a long time, and an articulation of a topic that I had never heard. It's a great episode, and I think you're going to love it. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:34:20
September 01, 2020
#71 — Plog — Startups: Experiments with Truth
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Favorite product of 2020: Endel — code.endel.io (use the code “belowtheline” for the free trial they have given listeners) This is another plog (podcast / blog post) about encouraging future entrepreneurs to continue creating, and why the impact of creating goes way beyond what you create. I also share why creation is like a science where you continue to experiment with the truth — instead of jobs and roles where you don’t actually have accountability or any confrontation with what the truth actually says about what you’re doing. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC
27:55
August 25, 2020
#70 — Plog — Creator Psychology (and The Desire To Exist)
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Endel Link: code.endel.io (use the code “belowtheline” for the audio) This is another plog (podcast / blog post) about giving yourself permission to feel what you are feeling... the good and the bad — And to reach a state where you gain the clarity of thought to know which part of the equation gives you the most leverage to improve your life... changing yourself or changing the world. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC
36:24
August 18, 2020
#69 — DeepDive — The World of PR — Ed Zitron
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today's episode is another deep dive. It's in the world of startup PR. My guest today is Ed Zitron. Ed went from being a journalist to a PR professional within a large firm to start his own firm, EZPR about a decade ago. We got to know each other about nine years ago when he helped me navigate the strange foray into startup PR with my company at the time, Tilt. He was insanely helpful then, and he's even more helpful now with another decade of experience under his belt. This is an episode on a topic that is on so many creators’ minds — but it's something that was a black box for me for many years. What is PR? How do you navigate the world of PR well? How do you get those great articles you read about other companies? How do you get others to help amplify a message that you're trying to bring to the world with your product or your company? We touch on everything that PR is good for, everything that is not good for, and what you can expect to get out of “great PR” (and what you can’t really expect from it). We talk about price ranges that you might pay for a great PR firm, the tactics that can help you get press *without* a PR firm if you are aiming to get press yourself, and also about the topic of “crisis management” which is something that I had never heard a PR professional breakdown as simply as Ed did for me in this episode. It was great to hear insight into something as gnarly and really disorienting as having to manage through a PR crisis —  and do it with a level head as a founder as a creator. As I said, startup PR is a topic that is on many people's minds. It is something that I knew took me a few years to really understand, and I wish I had an episode like this with someone that broke it down for me. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:41:51
August 04, 2020
#68 — Plog — Mental Wealth
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author This is another plog (podcast + blog post) about a shift in perspective on how we think and talk about mental health. One that takes us from synonymizing mental health with mental illness, a distinction we already have with physical health and physical illness. Enjoy this shorter episode on a specific topic (one near and dear to me)! You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC
37:35
July 22, 2020
#67 — Check-In with James Beshara
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today's episode is another check-in episode. For this episode, I’m going to talk about the below the line, unscripted version, of what’s going on my side of things. I share the details about the reason why we decided to move to Los Angeles (and why LA is shaping up to become the creative capital in the next 5-7 years in my opinion). I also talk about the experiences that led me to start a new company, Magic Mind. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
56:18
July 16, 2020
#66 — Rahul Vohra — Superhuman Design
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Rahul Vohra is a founder a couple of times over — with his last company Rapportive getting bought by LinkedIn in 2012. His next company, the one in which I became a customer of (and a major fan of), is called Superhuman. You may have heard of this fast-growing email application that easily cuts my inbox time in half each day. You may also be a customer and a fellow fan. For something that we all spend countless hours in each day like email, very few companies have succeeded in captivating our attention in recent years. Superhuman is seizing this moment, and you'd be surprised by the foundational thinking that goes into the design of this application. From this episode, you're going to get to hear all about the underlying design principles, the moments of joy, the key insights, and truly understand and appreciate the frustrations that have made Superhuman such a fan favorite and made Raul such a well-known founder in Silicon Valley and abroad. Similar to the product and the high flying company, you'll hear about the underlying experiences that shaped Rahul and his entrepreneurial path. He shares his key insights when it comes to building and creating, and his own moments of joy and defeat. You'll also get to hear about the things he thinks a lot about but rarely gets a chance to talk about on most business podcasts. I'm really excited for you to hear this episode from such a thoughtful and insightful founder. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:50:11
July 15, 2020
#65 — DeepDive — Space Technology — Mikhail Kokorich
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today's episode is a deep dive into the space technology sector. It's with the Y-Combinator backed Momentus founder and CEO, Mikhail Kokorich. Momentus is one of the most exciting space tech startups in the world right now — and is a rocket technology company focusing on “last-mile delivery” based here in the Bay Area. He has founded five businesses before but we really focus the episode on his experience in the space tech sector, especially with SpaceX's recent launch of humans into space by a commercial, private company. The first of its kind. We cover everything from the current environment of launching satellites, astronauts, and so on, tourists, into space by a commercial private entity with something like SpaceX and others on the way. We also talk about the various other commercial aspects of Space Technology... from satellites to mining to tourism to energy... it’s about to become a space gold rush, and I wanted to chat with an expert to give us all an overview of where this whole Space “space” is going. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:21:16
July 07, 2020
#64 — Immad Akhund — The Unlikely Banker
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today's episode is with Immad Akhund who is a serial entrepreneur and serial investor. He has been through Y Combinator a couple times, and his current business, Mercury, is a bank built for startups. But really, it's a bank built for all businesses and full disclosure, I am fortunate enough to be an investor (but there’s a side to this that I still kick myself for — more details in the episode). Immad shares with us the “below the line” version of being acquired, the toll the founder life can take on a person and their family, as well as the reasons behind starting Mercury. He also shares why he persisted through many negative conversations, and why he still decided to build his current (and now very hip startup) even though there are many people who weren’t fans of the idea in the beginning — myself included. We talk about all of these things and more — and I really loved the candor and the simplicity in which he's able to articulate just what he was going through, what matters (and what doesn’t), and what decisions he would have made differently. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
01:32:53
June 23, 2020
#63 — Alfred Lin — Investing In Greatness
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is with one of the world’s best venture investors coming from perhaps the world’s best venture firm… My guest is Alfred Lin, who is a partner at the famed venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Alfred is an investor in companies like Airbnb and DoorDash and Instacart among others. With one of the best track records, I’ve ever come across… with publications like Forbes saying he has the Midas Touch. His track record as an investor is impressive, but as an operator, building companies like LinkExchange (sold to Microsoft), his own venture firm years ago that invested in winners like OpenTable, and then Zappos (selling to Amazon)… his track record as a builder is just about as impressive as an investor. So, as you can imagine, Alfred has a lot of insights from uniquely being at such high levels on both sides of the table. We talk about how he spots great founders, what the process at Sequoia is really like/peeking behind the veil of one of the most prestigious investment firms in the world. We talk about the books that have impacted his thinking as an investor, it’s not what you would expect. We talk about the silver lining of this new world we all find ourselves in, and we talk about the stories that shaped who he has become… All that and more with one of the smartest (but also kindest) people in Silicon Valley. This is Below The Line. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC
01:52:57
June 02, 2020
#62 — DeepDive — How To Become A Startup “Angel” Investor — Brianne Kimmel
"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today's deep dive is with Brianne Kimmel where we discuss her (persistent) path to angel investing in technology startups. From purposefully connecting with the investor of the company she began working at (within months of starting) to hosting dinners for founders to teaching her craft openly and building a massive community to starting her own fund... and everything in between. Brianne is an early-stage startup investor here in the Bay Area, and her fund is called Worklife. It has a very interesting vision of investing in companies that make work more flexible, creative, human, and balanced. We talk about her journey to becoming an investor, which covers her first investment, and what she was doing before she became an investor... We also discussed her designs in her career path and the choices she made early on that helped her in her current path. We even covered what types of founders and companies will thrive in this post-COVID world... all that and more. It's a great conversation, and I'm really excited for listeners to get a deep dive into what it's like to become an angel investor. Enjoy. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC
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