Hi I'm James Altucher host of The James Altucher Show. I've been a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and the writer of 11 books including the recent WSJ Bestseller, "Choose Yourself!" (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). I've started and sold several companies for eight figure exits, sit on the board of a billion revenue company, I've written for The Financial Times, The New York Observer, and over a dozen popular websites for the past 15 years. I've run several hedge funds, venture capital funds, and I'm a successful angel investor in technology, energy, and biotech. I've also lost all my money, made it back, lost it, made it back several times and openly discusses how I did it. That's why I've decided to do another podcast. AskAltucher is my brand new Daily Podcast. Ask me anything, business, investing, self-help, entrepreneurship, publishing, fitness, money, relationships, startups, breakups and so much more.
Ep 369: Product Hunt – Entrepreneurship Lessons From a Blazing Success Story
James credits at least some of his success to his guest's new company, . Erik Torenberg a founding team-member at Product Hunt, co-founder of Rapt.fm, and associate at Queensbridge Venture Partners joins James today. Product Hunt seems like such an easy idea and an overnight success on the surface... but really it was years in the making. But since its launch, it has been on a true rocket-ship ride. It all started with a relatively small e-mail list... and the brilliant strategy of allowing product makers to talk to product users. They went through Y Combinator and then got funding from Andreessen Horowitz. That was all the street cred they needed to explode. Listen here as Erik tells James what's next for Product Hunt.
Ep 368: The Best-Kept Secret in "America"
Do you need a vacation?
How about a place that has such a lingering bad reputation that it's the perfect place to get away to?
Today, James and Claudia call our good friend and the original co-host of Ask Altucher, Aaron Brabham, to find out why he's now living there and what else he has been up to.
I can't tell you where he is – you'll have to listen to find out. But once you hear his story, you'll know why he has no plans to come back stateside.
And what's he doing there?
He's living the life of an entrepreneur.
To learn more about his new company, just .
He's involved with a new and exciting health and fitness company and explains to James and Claudia why he got involved and what his plans are to grow it.
Listen here as James and Claudia catch up with Aaron.
Ep 367: Altucher interviews Altucher
James spent an hour interviewing his wife and business partner, Claudia Azula Altucher.
They went back to 1999, when Claudia first started to learn about yoga. She knew very little about it, but wanted a discipline that would be physical and get her into a "zone."
They went all the way back to Claudia's early childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was raised by a very loving mother, who unfortunately committed suicide when Claudia was only 17. You'll hear the pain in Claudia's voice as she talks about this tragic time in her life.
Claudia eventually saved $2,000, just enough money to come to the United States. She had to leave Argentina.
Life as an immigrant can be tough, yet Claudia never gave up. But she still hadn't found peace. She needed to make new choices and take control of her life.
She found it in yoga.
If you're interested in learning more about yoga, you have to listen to Claudia's podcast. You can listen on her website: .
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Ep 366: James Needs a Therapist for His Public Speaking
James gives his friend a call today to talk about a subject that scares the heck out of him — public speaking.
James asks Mitch about his philosophy on public speaking.
Mitch breaks down public speakers and presenting into three styles of music: The first is the "classical music approach," the second he calls the "jazz improve” approach," and the third he calls the "rock and roll approach."
Mitch tells a great story about President Bill Clinton, the type of speaker he is, and also what his own personal speaking approach is.
He helps James understand that he doesn't always have to create a brand new speech every time he presents.
It's OK to re-use a lot of the same material. Don't keep the entire audience from hearing your best speech if only 20% may have heard it already.
Ep 365: Chris Brogan – What's the Real Value of Podcasting?
James gives his good friend a call today to talk about the real value of doing a podcast.
James asks Chris... Is podcasting worth the time and effort?
Chris says "no... and yes." There's no real money in it, but the other benefits are worth every second you put into it.
Podcasting helps you with all your other media by broadening your "umbrella." You can take your podcast and create a blog post or a newsletter article and you can tweet about it and post it on Facebook.
Plus, as both James and Chris say, their biggest benefit is getting to talk to people they would never get a chance to without the podcast
Listen to Chris and James talk about the real value of starting a podcast.
Ep 364: The Art of Fiction, with Screenwriter, Brian Koppelman, Part Two
Brian Koppelman is back today to continue the fascinating discussion he and James started on his last visit.
As Brian says, "Non-fiction books answer a series of questions, whereas fiction books raise a series of questions."
On the last show, James made a promise to Brian that he would read more fiction. Brian holds him to it today.
This is another amazing conversation between two extremely creative people who are constantly working hard to improve their crafts.
Listen today and make sure you grab a pen to write down all the great books they talk about.
I totally enjoy listening to James and his varied guests. James is very down to earth but also very elite at the same time. He is prolific and wise and interesting and it’s a treat to read his blog and books and to hear his podcast.
James, you are confused on tariffs. Tariffs are on imported goods. The Chinese don’t put tariffs on their goods sold to the US. They put tariffs on the goods they import from us. Same for the Trump tariffs, they are on imported Chinese goods. This raises the price for Americans and the Trump tariffs are paid by Americans. Don’t feel bad Trump doesn’t understand it either.
My go-to podcast for forward momentum
I'm at the age where a lot of my friends seem to be in a phase of "float" and don't know what to do with their lives. I suppose because I seem to have my act together, I'm constantly bombarded with requests for advice on what they can do to get "unstuck." I learned long ago to recommend books or classes to put the ball back in their court to take responsibility, but frankly, when someone is deeply stuck, they need something short and actionable... so now I simply recommend this podcast. James covers a lot of ground in only a few minutes a day... listen for a week and you'll get a great variety of advice on different topics. This is a podcast I can count on for a positive stream of information, and I highly recommend to anyone who wants to move their life forward.