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Y Combinator and Stanford University: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman & more

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Sam Altman and the folks from Y Combinator offer up an amazing course in "How To Start A Startup" at Stanford. Course includes lectures from: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman, Keith Rabois, Ben Horowitz, Marissa Mayer, Hosian Rahman, Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy, and more
 
Why we Create is a podcast brought to you by the team at the Wacom Experience in Portland, Oregon. In this podcast we'll be exploring the behind-the-scenes stories from artists, inventors and the daringly creative. Join us on this conversational adventure while we share stories with artists and creators from every corner of the world.
 
James Altucher interviews the world’s leading peak performers in every area of life. But instead of giving you the typical success story, James digs deeper to find the “Choose Yourself” story—these are the moments we relate to… when someone rises up from personal struggle to reinvent themselves. The James Altucher Show brings you into the lives of peak-performers: billionaires, best-selling authors, rappers, astronauts, athletes, comedians, actors, and the world champions in every field, all ...
 
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Sara Blakely is a self-made billionaire. She’s the founder and creator of Spanx. I interviewed her in January 2017 - over 800 episodes ago! - but all of her advice (learned directly from DOING) is still impacting me today. I had to re-listen. And I hope you do too... Some people are inspirations for life. Sara is one of those people. Sara Blakely i…
 
“Terrorists have moms,” he said. Jeffrey Schilling was kidnapped in the Philippines and held hostage for 7 and a half months. The terrorists said they were torturing him. But Chris Voss didn’t fall for it. Chris is a former FBI hostage negotiator and the author of Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. “Find a way t…
 
Today, we're joined by the one and only Raymond Baker, author of the eye-opening book Invisible Trillions: How Financial Secrecy is in periling Capitalism and Democracy, and the Way to Renew our Broken System. That's a lot in the subtitle, but it's also a massive topic that's often swept under the rug because - as Raymond details - essentially ever…
 
My podcast with the brilliant Marc Andreessen is out! We discuss: * how AI will revolutionize software * whether NFTs are useless, & whether he should be funding flying cars instead * a16z's biggest vulnerabilities * the future of fusion, education, Twitter, venture, managerialism, & big tech Dwarkesh Patel has a great interview with Marc Andreesse…
 
Brett Johnson committed tax fraud and credit card fraud from a desk inside the FBI offices for almost a year before going on a cross-country crime spree, stealing $600,000 in four months, making the US Most Wanted list, going to Disney World, getting sent to prison AND THEN ESCAPING! But let's back up… In today's episode of The James Altucher Show,…
 
Ca. 2017 kam Harry Roberts zu mir und erzählte mir von Oliver Schöndorfer und, dass er ihn auf einer Veranstaltung hatte sprechen sehen. Harry sagte mir, dass Oliver einen guten Vortrag abgeliefert und eine gute Art vorzutragen hatte. Ich lud ihn also ein und es passte einfach super. Seitdem ist viel passiert und Oliver hat einige Dinge angestoßen,…
 
James sits down with legendary journalist Cal Fussman to discuss the life and career of the iconic Larry King. Cal, who knew Larry for over 30 years, shares personal anecdotes and insights into the man behind the microphone. Cal and James begin by discussing Larry's early days in radio, where he got his start as a disc jockey in Florida. From there…
 
When Elon Musk tweets a one-character reply to your article and 2.3 million people view it, you've hit viral gold. That's what happened with Trung Phan's article about the worst tech predictions ever on the Sat Post substack; a retrospective look at some of the most inaccurate predictions in the technology industry. Some of the predictions discusse…
 
Garett Jones is an economist at George Mason University and the author of The Cultural Transplant, Hive Mind, and 10% Less Democracy. This episode was fun and interesting throughout! He explains: * Why national IQ matters * How migrants bring their values to their new countries * Why we should have less democracy * How the Chinese are an unstoppabl…
 
In this episode, James sits down with Mike Baker - a former CIA agent and author of the bestselling book Company Rules. With years of experience in covert operations and leadership, Mike shares his unique insights on strategy, corporate culture, and the importance of breaking the rules. Whether you're a startup founder or a seasoned CEO, this episo…
 
Is it possible to time the crypto market? I talked to Tascha from @TashaLabs, one of the smartest people I know in the crypto space. You definitely have to check out her website, Tasha Labs, and sign up for her newsletter. We talk in great detail, not only about how you value a cryptocurrency, not only how you can time the crypto market, but about …
 
Uri Levine was frustrated by traffic jams on his commute and found validation that the problem was widespread. His solution was to co-found Waze, the crowd-sourced GPS navigation platform which became a major competitor to Google Maps before being acquired by Google for $1.4 billion. But Uri's new book, Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Soluti…
 
Ich weiß ehrlich gesagt gar nicht mehr genau, wann ich Ulrike Rausch zum ersten mal traf und wie lange das her ist. Es fühlt sich in jedem Fall so an, als ob das schon eine Ewigkeit her sein muss. Um so seltsamer also, dass sie gerade erst 2021, also vorletztes Jahr, zu Gast auf meiner beyond tellerrand Bühne war. Und was soll ich sagen: sie hat vo…
 
Steven Pressfield's newest book, Govt Cheese a memoir, must jump to the top of your reading list. Both gut-wrenching and laugh-out-loud funny, his brutally honest story is a compelling page-turner. Steven's writing career spans many genres and formats, but it almost never materialized. From US Marine to advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tracto…
 
Think of this as a step-by-step guide to building literally your own real estate empire! Roy “Rolly” Weaver did his first real estate transaction fresh out of college with ZERO dollars to his name and, leveraging his earnings, built a portfolio including an apartment building, a hotel, and resort-town cabins which continue to earn him hundreds of t…
 
Alex Banayan's story would have made a perfect chapter in Skip the Line: A college student hacks his way onto a game show, uses his wit to win the showcase, sells the prizes, and uses the proceeds to fund his business ambitions! Alex's bestselling book The Third Door takes readers on an unprecedented adventure—from hacking Warren Buffett’s sharehol…
 
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, joins The James Altucher Show to discuss technology and how different systems handle disorder. As humans evolve, technology is constantly being upgraded and replaced with new concepts and ideas. Today, we use technology in almost every aspect of our lives, but do we reall…
 
One of my best episodes ever. Lars Doucet is the author of Land is a Big Deal, a book about Georgism which has been praised by Vitalik Buterin, Scott Alexander, and Noah Smith. Sam Altman is the lead investor in his new startup, ValueBase. Talking with Lars completely changed how I think about who creates value in the world and who leeches off it. …
 
Gabriella Rosen Kellerman, M.D., has served as chief product officer and chief innovation officer at BetterUp, founding CEO of LifeLink, and an advisor to healthcare, coaching, and behavior change technology companies. Martin Seligman, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, director of the Positive Psychology Center, and former pre…
 
Jon Morrow might be the most successful copywriter on the web, and he's definitely the best indexed on the web. Jon (the owner of Smart Blogger) and James take today's 80 minutes to unravel the current market conditions for getting paid to write content, how to learn to do it, and how rapidly the market is going to shift over the next 5 years. In J…
 
Holden Karnofsky is the co-CEO of Open Philanthropy and co-founder of GiveWell. He is also the author of one of the most interesting blogs on the internet, Cold Takes. We discuss: * Are we living in the most important century? * Does he regret OpenPhil’s 30 million dollar grant to OpenAI in 2016? * How does he think about AI, progress, digital peop…
 
"If you listen to only one podcast this year, this has to be the one." That's what James wrote after interviewing Peter Thiel in 2014 and, to begin 2023, we've remastered this classic episode for a new audience to experience. To one degree, this time-capsule episode immediately dates itself: Discussion about whether Uber can grow outside of San Fra…
 
Bastian Allgeier und ich kennen uns schon etliche Jahre. In Internetjahren, wie Basti sagte, schon ein ganzes Leben. Kennen gelernt haben wir uns bei einem Roadtrip mit anderen zusammen, den wir 2011 nach Nottingham unternahmen, um die New Adventures Konferenz zu besuchen. Schnell haben wir gemerkt, dass wir in vielen Dingen ähnliche Ansichten habe…
 
I had fun chatting with Aarthi and Sriram. We discuss what it takes to be successful in technology, what Sriram would say if Elon tapped him to be the next CEO of Twitter, why more married couples don’t start businesses together, and how Aarthi hires and finds 10x engineers. Aarthi Ramamurthy and Sriram Krishnan are the hosts of The Good Times Show…
 
Today's episode with Dr. Brian Keating - concluding our conversation from last week - also acts as a fitting bookend to our previous episode with Jordan Harbinger. Brian and James delve into the perils of fame-seeking ambition and how their world views have changed after recently cresting age 50. Brian also gives some business ideas he's been rumin…
 
Fan favorite guest Jordan Harbinger joins today for an agenda-free discussion that winds up centering around ambition, the importance of lived experience, family life, and how artificial intelligence is changing the job descriptions of content creators and media personalities. Enjoy our episodes with Jordan? Check out The Jordan Harbinger Show! Her…
 
This was one of my favorite episodes ever. Bethany McLean was the first reporter to question Enron’s earnings, and she has written some of the best finance books out there. We discuss: * The astounding similarities between Enron & FTX, * How visionaries are just frauds who succeed (and which category describes Elon Musk), * What caused 2008, and wh…
 
Our conversations with astrophysicist Brian Keating Ph.D. are always wide-ranging, topical, and a little spicy (served with a side of bad puns). Today's conversation begins amidst the 5-week University of California Graduate Student Union strike, where Brian was unable to communicate with his graduate research assistants without a picket line being…
 
Düsseldorf ist nicht soooo riesig. Wenn man in der Veranstaltungs- und Kultur-Branche unterwegs ist, trifft man häufig nicht nur einmal aufeinander. Umso seltsamer ist es, dass man einige wenige Menschen noch nie getroffen hat und dennoch immer wieder von ihnen hört. So ein Beispiel ist Tobias „Toxik“ Kargoll, bei dessen Name, darauf angesprochen, …
 
Our end-of-the-year recommendation series continues this week with friend of the pod Jason Feifer! In honor of the eight nights of Chanukah (not really), Jason has come loaded with 8 recommendations to take you into 2023. Listen on to hear why Jason made these picks and find out what the heck "machatunim" means! Jason's 1st Recommendation: If you h…
 
Nadia Asparouhova is currently researching what the new tech elite will look like at nadia.xyz. She is also the author of Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software. We talk about how: * American philanthropy has changed from Rockefeller to Effective Altruism * SBF represented the Davos elite rather than the Silicon Valle…
 
Dan Martell’s work ethic propelled his business forward…and destroyed his life. His constant attachment to the job ruined his friendships and ended his engagement with his fiancé. Did any of this stop him? Yes, yes it did. Dan now preaches his “Buy Back Your Time” method, coaching CEOs and entrepreneurs on how to lead and grow their companies while…
 
Sex tips, porn revolutions, psychedelics, and enlightenment Aella writes at knowingless.com. Her posts and tweets provide a unique perspective about the data on sexual kinks and on being an escort & camgirl. In this episode, Aella talks about: * her escorting sex tips, * how tech will change pornography, * & whether trauma & enlightenment are real …
 
Whenever A.J. Jacobs comes on the podcast, you better buckle up. Our longtime friend (and occasional co-host) is always deep in the middle of a long-term experiment on himself and you never know what he's going to bring to the table. On today's episode, (jealous of our recent recommendation podcast with Amy Morin?) A.J. arrives in an 18th-century m…
 
When Dan Martell was 14 years old, his parents gave him up to the foster care system. At age 15, he ended up in a car chase with the police while driving a stolen car with a handgun inside and tried to end his life. While in rehab after a stint incarcerated, he focused his attention on a 486 computer and Java programming handbook and never looked b…
 
Our favorite boat-dwelling, social working, Maine-to-Florida transplant - bestselling author/podcaster/psychotherapist Amy Morin, LCSW - makes her eagerly awaited return to the podcast to wrap up 2022 and help ring in the new year with James. The duo present their favorite book, show, and activity recommendations from the next year and we get the d…
 
Diesmal habe ich mit Lisa Maria Kunst gesprochen. Lisa betreibt zusammen mit ihrem Mann Rainer das Studio Kunst in Düsseldorf. Dort haben sie mit Flora & Fauna einen Ort geschaffen, in dem Kreativität schon beim Betreten zu spüren ist. Wegen markenrechtlichen Problemen wurde Flora & Fauna in Studio Kunst umfirmiert und damit folgte dann auch gleich…
 
Enjoy the second half of our episode with Dr. Andrew Huberman (one of the world's leading neuroscientists), who tells us how to create happy chemicals in our brains (naturally) and feel good more often. Here's a list of what we talked about: How to optimize your brain to be as happy as possible, as energetic as possible, and as smart as possible Ho…
 
Part of enjoying life is taking care of your brain. So I wanted to invite Dr. Andrew Huberman (one of the world's leading neuroscientists) back on to tell us how to create happy chemicals in our brains (naturally) and feel good more often. Here's a list of what we talked about: How to optimize your brain to be as happy as possible, as energetic as …
 
Perhaps the most interesting episode so far. Byrne Hobart writes at thediff.co, analyzing inflections in finance and tech. He explains: * What happened at FTX * How drugs have induced past financial bubbles * How to be long AI while hedging Taiwan invasion * Whether Musk’s Twitter takeover will succeed * Where to find the next Napoleon and LBJ * & …
 
How do we get better crypto exchanges and custodians, both in terms of being more responsible and more regulated? Coming out of the FTX debacle, the media spotlight is highlighting the cracks and flaws in the current system. While the crypto industry is doubling down on ways to make key management and self-custody a lot easier with ideas like socia…
 
Edward Glaeser is the chair of the Harvard department of economics, and the author of the best books and papers about cities (including Survival of the City and Triumph of the City). He explains why: * Cities are resilient to terrorism, remote work, & pandemics, * Silicon Valley may collapse but the Sunbelt will prosper, * Opioids show UBI is not a…
 
Omid Malekan, the former Crypto advisor for Citi Ventures, has a lot of ideas about the direction of decentralized finance and cryptocurrencies. Today, Omid and James piggyback on last week's interview with Google finance lead Antonio Reza to discuss the industry fallout from FTX's fraud and bankruptcy filing. The pair discuss how we can develop be…
 
Als Selim und ich die Stopp-Taste nach unserem Gespräch gedrückt hatten, sprachen wir noch weitere eineinhalb Stunden und er bemerkte „Wir hätte einfach weiter laufen lassen sollen“. Warum aber fand ich es so spannend mit ihm zu sprechen? In den letzten Monaten habe ich Selim Varol öfter getroffen. Bei Wonderwalls, der Ausstellung seiner Sammlung, …
 
"Voters are ready to move on and they want to know how you're going to solve the future problems and the current problems, not dispute past arguments." - Phillip Stutts Political operative and campaign manager Phil Stutts joins James live on YouTube for a 2022 election recap. Listeners may recall Phil's two most recent appearances on the podcast wh…
 
When Matt Ridley joined us most recently, he and co-author Alina Chan - a molecular biologist specializing in gene therapy and cell engineering - had just released Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, which defends why people ought to take the SARS-CoV-2 lab-leak hypothesis seriously. One year later - now that the politicization regarding …
 
The ABCs of How to Commit Corporate Fraud: Step 1: Have high-up government connections. Step 2: Deal with a service so complicated that you don't need to explain it. Step 3: Transfer balances between your own entities to pump up valuations. Step 4: Payoff the accountants (or don't have a CFO at all!). Enron, WorldCom, Madoff Securities, FTX. All of…
 
"There's a consequence to everything you do on a chess board, there's a consequence to everything you do in a firefight." David Bellavia is an author, radio host, public speaker, and US Army veteran, known famously as the first and only living Medal of Honor recipient from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today's double-length episode is a real treat. Duri…
 
"The extreme fringe of technology combined with mystery." Jesse Michels (ex-Google, Thiel Capital) wears many hats, his current favorite being his American Alchemy Youtube channel. Each week, Jesse converses with serious scientific professionals about UFOs, Psychic Powers, and probes the topics of human uncertainty. Additional Topics Include: Parap…
 
Brain researcher Marc Milstein, Ph.D. joins today's conversation to discuss The Age-Proof Brain: New Strategies to Improve Memory, Protect Immunity, and Fight Off Dementia. Dr. Milstein and James discuss good brain habits, the link between gut health and brain health, and strategies to lower your risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Additional topics…
 
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