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Below the Line with James Beshara

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“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes Best-Selling Author Below the Line — Observing what’s really there.Should we “aim as high as possible” or “detach from results”? Should I be content where I am or always strive for “better”? We now know a lot abou… read more

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#Plog — The Secret to Getting Mentors

September 16th, 2020

12:06

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#51 — Scott Kelley — Covid Under The Big Sky

September 8th, 2020

1:47:18

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#50 — Kevin Rose — Founder Turned Angel Turned VC

September 1st, 2020

1:34:20

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#Plog — Startups: Experiments with Truths

August 25th, 2020

27:54

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#Plog — Creator Psychology (and The Desire To Exist)

August 18th, 2020

36:24

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#DeepDive — The World of PR — Ed Zitron

August 4th, 2020

1:41:51

"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 …

#Plog — Mental Wealth

July 22nd, 2020

37:35

"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 …

#Check-In with James Beshara

July 16th, 2020

56:18

"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, …

#49 — Rahul Vohra — Superhuman Design

July 15th, 2020

1:50:11

"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 …

#DeepDive — Space Technology — Mikhail Kokorich

July 7th, 2020

1:21:16

"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 …

#48 — Immad Akhund — The Unlikely Banker

June 23rd, 2020

1:32:53

"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 …

#47 — Alfred Lin — Investing In Greatness

June 2nd, 2020

1:52:57

"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 …

#DeepDive — How To Become A Startup “Angel” Investor — Brianne Kimmel

May 19th, 2020

1:52:31

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's deep dive is with Brianne Kimmel …

#46 — John Robb — What (The Hell) Is Going On Right Now?

May 5th, 2020

1:45:19

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

John’s monthly “Global Guerillas Report”: https://www.patreon.com/johnrobb

Today's episode is with John Robb, a …

#45 — Andrew Wilkinson — Life Designer

April 30th, 2020

2:04:44

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is with Andrew Wilkinson. I've been really anticipating meeting Andrew for a few years now. I'm …

#Plog — The Wisdom of Insecurity — Audio Essay

April 23rd, 2020

19:10

"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 Wisdom of Insecurity”...“The desire for security is the same …

#DeepDive — WFH Productivity Hacks — Hiten Shah

April 22nd, 2020

57:44

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

I am really excited about today's episode with none other than Hiten Shah. This is a topic that many people are …

#44 — Taryn Toomey — The Healer

April 14th, 2020

1:28:24

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is with Taryn Toomey, one of my favorite founders in the world, and though I am an investor in …

#DeepDive — Growth in 2020 — Mike Duboe

April 6th, 2020

1:26:20

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode was originally recorded near the end of February, and we usually take a week before releasing a …

#43 — Geoff Lewis — Think Different

March 30th, 2020

1:35:57

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode was originally recorded on February 26th. We usually take a week before releasing a recorded …

#DeepDive — Responsibilities In Exponential Times — Eric Ries

March 19th, 2020

1:36:04

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

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#DeepDive — “How to Monetize Creativity and Solo-preneurship” — Sahil Lavingia

March 9th, 2020

1:47:39

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Mentioned in the podcast:

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Today we've got another deep-dive …

#DeepDive — The Brand New World of Climate Tech — Gustaf Alströmer & Diego Saez-Gil

March 2nd, 2020

1:39:17

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

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#Plog — Routines & Avoiding Stupidity

February 25th, 2020

10:23

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

This plog (podcast+blog post mashup) is called “Routines & How to Avoid Stupidity”.

A little over a year …

#Plog — Podcasting: The Truly Free Press

February 19th, 2020

9:18

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today, I’m going to be trying out something that I’ve been starting on an app called TalkShow where I record …

#42 — Ben Witte — Recess Is Now In Session

February 4th, 2020

1:16:05

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is with Ben Witte. He's the founder and CEO of Recess. You might not have heard of Ben or Recess …

#41 — Vlad Magdalin — The No-Code Movement Is Finally Here

January 29th, 2020

2:26:18

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today’s episode is with Vlad Magdalin, co-founder and CEO of Webflow. We sat down and chatted about his insane …

#40 — Sarah Tavel — A Peek Behind The Veiled World of Venture Capital

January 14th, 2020

2:08:25

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today on the program, we've got Sarah Tavel. She’s a venture capitalist at the legendary and enigmatic venture …

#DeepDive — An Unedited Pitch Meeting: Coffee Between an Investor and a Founder — Diego Saez-Gil

January 13th, 2020

1:08:31

Today's episode is another deep-dive (meaning it's a little bit different than the regularly scheduled episodes), and it is with a founder, Diego.

#39 — Kamal Ravikant — Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

January 7th, 2020

1:11:42

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is with Kamal Ravikant, the author of the best selling books “Love Yourself Like Your Life …

#Check-In Episode 3 with Peter Carnochan, PhD

December 17th, 2019

1:31:50

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is another deep dive with Dr. Peter Carnochan, who the coach to some of the biggest names in …

#38 — Serena Dugan — Art Meets Business

December 10th, 2019

1:52:36

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Serena Dugan is a founder, an artist, and a delight to chat with — This episode is a founder story that isn't …

#37 — Anonymous — San Francisco Police Officer

November 27th, 2019

1:50:26

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is with an anonymous guest. We're going to call him John Doe. John and I talked about the “below …

#DeepDive — Marketplaces — Lenny Rachitsky

November 20th, 2019

1:59:39

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today we have another deep dive and this one is a really hot topic in the startup ecosystem and yet so little is …

#36 — Matt Mullenweg — 34% of the Web & Counting

November 19th, 2019

1:55:28

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is with Matt Mullenweg. …

#35 — Beyond Coffee — Book Launch

November 12th, 2019

17:38

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

When it comes to productivity, there aren’t many things we do today that we did 200 years ago. We send emails …

#34 — Dr. Andrew Weil — The Medical Nostradamus

November 4th, 2019

1:56:20

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Dr. Andrew Weil has been called “the medical Nostradamus” for his foresight into what’s on the healthcare …

#33 — Justin Kan Live — Philosopher CEO (Pt 2)

October 30th, 2019

1:20:35

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode was actually a live recording with a good friend, a former investor and a continual mentor to me …

#32 — A R I Z O N A — 1 Billion Streams And Counting

October 15th, 2019

1:33:26

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author 

A R I Z O N A, the band not the state, is one of the top 100 streamed bands in the world in the last two years, …

#31 — Paul Austin — Psychenaut

October 8th, 2019

1:49:48

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is with Paul Austin, a …

#30 — Leah Busque Solivan — Founder, Leader, Creator, Backer

September 30th, 2019

1:35:26

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author

Welcome back to another episode of Below …

#29 — Nir Eyal — Indistractable

September 23rd, 2019

1:18:22

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is one of my favorite conversations I’ve had. It’s with Nir Eyal, who is a founder, an investor, …

#28 — Ann Miura-Ko — Path to (ad)Venture

September 19th, 2019

1:40:37

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is with Ann Miura-Ko a co-founder of Floodgate, one of the original seed stage investment funds …

#27 — Christopher Lochhead — The Marketing Legend

September 16th, 2019

2:14:39

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is with Christopher Lochhead, a marketing legend and best selling author of “Play Bigger” and …

#26 — Dave Lomas — Prophet in the Valley

September 10th, 2019

2:12:58

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author 

Today's episode is with the founder and lead pastor of Reality SF, a church where my wife and I attend in San …

#25 — Sam Parr — Natural Born Hustler

August 29th, 2019

1:37:04

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author

Today we chat with Sam Parr, founder of “The Hustle” one of the fastest growing media companies here in America. …

#24 — Cal Fussman — Rules of Storytelling

August 27th, 2019

2:09:14

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author

Calvin “Cal” Fussman is a world famous interviewer, a New York Times bestselling author, public speaker, and the …

#23 — Joseph Emmett — Yoga For Your Intellect

August 22nd, 2019

2:15:58

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author
“Attach, you lose, detach, you gain”. That simple phrase and along with the phrase “Yoga for the intellect” on a …

#DeepDive into Startup Fundraising — with Marc McCabe

August 20th, 2019

2:25:24

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author

Today's episode is another deep dive experiment into a topic that every founder dreads thinking about — …

#DeepDive into Remote Work — With Hiten Shah

August 13th, 2019

1:59:44

"The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author
Today's episode is a deep dive — Something we're trying out where we go deep into certain topics that people have …

#Check-In (2) — Peter Carnochan with James Beshara

August 12th, 2019

1:31:22

Today's episode is a really special one. It is with Dr. Peter Carnochan, a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, author, and executive coach. He …

#22 — Kelly Starrett — Foundational Thinking

August 6th, 2019

56:37

Kelly Starrett is one of the most widely followed individuals in the health and fitness space. He is a NY Times bestselling author, a physical …

#40,000 — Voicemails Episode

August 2nd, 2019

43:48

BTL Hotline: 510-214-3717

In celebration of 40,000 downloads, we’re going to take a few calls and answer the questions from listeners directly. This episode covers some great questions from listeners as well as a note …

#21 — fnnch — Art. Everywhere.

July 31st, 2019

2:47:11

fnnch is perhaps the most recognizable name in street art in San Francisco with his mega-size honey bears, pop-art lips, poppy flowers and poodles gracing our city in the unlikeliest of places. He wasn't always pursuing …

#20 — Chris Powers — Real Estate Mogul In The Making

July 25th, 2019

1:50:05

Chris Powers is the only real estate mogul I know who has been selling real estate half his life. He began buying and fixing up homes when he was …

#19 — Dr. Emily Anhalt — The Doctor Will Help *You See You* Now

July 23rd, 2019

1:39:56

Dr. Emily Anhalt is a clinical psychologist that focuses specifically on entrepreneurs and what she calls emotional fitness. It is a bridge between …

#18 — Burt Blackarach — Music Man

July 18th, 2019

2:07:00

Burt Blackarach is a Grammy-award winning composer, producer, DJ, and sound engineer. You may know his work in producing for iconic groups like Public Enemy.

Born into a creative family, Burt got to see his father …

#17 — Kevin Rose — The Man Who’s Seen It All

July 16th, 2019

1:43:48

Kevin Rose is one of the most recognizable individuals in the startup world. As a founder, he and his team created the news aggregation site Digg, …

#16 — Hiten Shah — Knowledge Bombs

July 9th, 2019

2:21:01

My favorite thing about being a founder is the ability to make your own decisions and have to live with them, and thus have to learn from them.

I am constantly introspective about my thoughts: What am I thinking? Where …

#15 — Eric Ries (Pt 2) — Changing The Way Startups Are Built

July 3rd, 2019

1:22:20

Eric Ries, NY Times best-selling author, and startup sage comes back to the podcast for part 2 of our conversation we started in episode 3. We cover everything from sustainable productivity of teams, unleashing …

#14 — Alex Snodgrass — Food For Thought

June 27th, 2019

54:10

Alex Snodgrass, aka The Defined Dish, has built a social media following that would make any brand jealous, with over hundreds of thousands of …

#13 — Matt MacInnis — A Beautiful Mind(set)

June 20th, 2019

1:38:27

Matt MacInnis is a founder and investor in Silicon Valley, and he’s widely seen as one of the best personal angel investors out there — combining his experience as a founder (and knowing what made his investors actually …

#12 — Diana Chapman — Coaching Towards Consciousness

June 18th, 2019

1:42:00

Diana Chapman is a best-selling author — her book “the 15 commitments of conscious leadership” is one of my all-time favorites — She is also an advisor and executive coach who has worked with over 1,000 organizational …

#11 — Sahil Lavingia — Solo Journey

June 11th, 2019

3:05:16

Sahil Lavingia is the CEO and Founder of Gumroad, a platform to help creators create more through simple e-commerce and audience tools. He is also …

#10 — Ryan Hoover — Products of our Environment

June 4th, 2019

1:25:00

 Ryan Hoover is the founder and CEO of ProductHunt — the most popular way to discover new products and services on the web. In 2016, ProductHunt was …

#Check-In — Peter Carnochan and James

May 28th, 2019

1:49:36

Peter Carnochan is my guest today. Peter is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and executive coach here in San Francisco — he is also my executive coach. …

#8 — Ryan Caldbeck — Talking Allowed

May 22nd, 2019

1:29:02

Ryan Caldbeck and his co-founder Rory Eakin founded what has become one of the most innovative investment platforms I’ve ever seen with their award-winning company, CircleUp. In short, they use machine learning analysis …

#7 — Hannah Willson — Leading Within The Org

May 16th, 2019

1:15:11

Hannah Willson is an executive, a mom, and has made the jump from large public company to the world of fast-moving startups — and she’s one of my neighbors. This podcast is an exercise of going below the line with …

#6 — Corby Davidson — The Entertainer

May 7th, 2019

1:17:00

Corby Davidson is a radio personality from James’ hometown of Dallas, Texas. At age 23, Davidson knew he wanted to “do what Howard Stern does,” and eventually became the award-winning co-host of one of the country’s …

#5 — Max Roser — Going Below The (Global) Line

May 2nd, 2019

1:12:00

Bill Gates refers to him as his “favorite economist” for the work he does with his organizaiton “Our World in Data” (www.ourworldindata.org). Today’s guest is Max Roser — and he and his team have influenced several …

#4 — Kathryn McCarron — Cage-Free Entrepreneurship

April 30th, 2019

1:22:40

Kathryn McCarron is a San Francisco-based fashion designer and founder of her namesake ethical cashmere line, featured in stores from Bergdorf Goodman to Neiman Marcus to Lord & Taylor, from New York to South …

#3 — Eric Ries — Psychological Journey

April 16th, 2019

1:31:10

Eric Ries, New York Times best-selling author and CEO/Co-Founder of one of the most ambitious ideas on the planet right now (Long Term Stock Exchange) talks about the movement he started with his best-seller The Lean …

#2 — Mike Maples — The Original

April 4th, 2019

1:58:45

Mike Maples is one of the original seed investing gangstas. Seriously. He was the first investor in Twitter, along with investments in other world-changing companies like Cruise, Lyft, Okta, Twitch, and more back when …

#1 — Justin Kan — The Philosopher CEO

April 4th, 2019

1:07:41

Justin Kan is the exceptionally talented Silicon Valley founder and investor that’s co-founded companies like Twitch, SocialCam, Exec, and Atrium (with over $1bn in exits). He is also a former partner of the famed …

#0 — Intro: Why “Below The Line”

March 28th, 2019

23:02

What is the optimal psychological approach to your career each day. Is it “aim as high as possible” or is it “detach from results?” Is it to be …

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