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Below the Line with James Beshara

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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 … read more


#78 — Joseph Emmett — Surfer Monk

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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” ( Just go into your podcast app and search for it for more.

You can email James questions directly at or follow us on Twitter @ — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.

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