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Below the Line with James Beshara

155 EpisodesProduced by James BesharaWebsite

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


#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.   

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Bill Maris: https://www.  

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   

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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.

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