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55: How to Achieve a Magic Mind with James Beshara

Realfoodology

I speak with James Beshara, founder of Magic Mind, the world’s first productivity drink. We talk about how coffee actually gets in the way of your productivity, the health scare that got him to stop drinking 5-6 cups of coffee a day, what nootropics are and how they improve cognitive function and how to improve your overall health and mental well being! EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Get 40% off your first order at http://www.magicmind.co with code COURTNEYFRIENDS Sponsored By: www.organifi.com/realfoodology Code REALFOODOLOGY gets you 20% Off

1hr 9mins

8 Sep 2021

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452: James Beshara

Duncan Trussell Family Hour

James Beshara, brilliant entrepreneur, philosopher, and Bhagavad Gita-infatuate, joins the DTFH! Check out James' podcast Below the Line! You can also learn more about James on his website, or follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Original music by Aaron Michael Goldberg. This episode is brought to you by: BetterHelp - Visit betterhealth.com/duncan to find a great counselor and get 10% off of your first month of counseling! Squarespace - Use offer code: DUNCAN to save 10% on your first site. Purple - Visit Purple.com/Duncan10 and use promo code DUNCAN10 for $200 Off any mattress order of $1500 or more!

2hr 8mins

23 Jul 2021

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James Beshara on Caffeine Alternatives for Energy and Productivity

Beyond the To-Do List

James Beshara is a startup founder and investor in San Francisco, CA. After developing a heart condition in 2013 from excess caffeine consumption, James became fascinated by the science and research backing up alternatives to caffeine for energy, productivity, and focus. His new book is 'Beyond Coffee: A Sustainable Guide to Nootropics, Adaptogens, and Mushrooms'. In this conversation Erik and James talk about James past relationship with caffeine, decreasIng stress and improving productivity. This episode is brought to you by: Magic Mind - Use code 'todo20' for 20% off! Setapp Sit down, Startup Podcast by Zendesk

1hr

29 Jun 2021

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#115: James Beshara - Angel Investing, AirBnb, Clubhouse, & Being Content

The FORT with Chris Powers

James Beshara is a full-time Angel Investor & Founder of Magic Mind. He also is the host of the podcast Below the Line.  In his third appearance on The FORT, James and Chris discuss the origins of their friendship, the concept of lives being made on 12 seconds of courage, and the metrics of their first venture fund. James also details his experience building Tilt, which was acquired by Airbnb in 2017, and the downside of that journey that you won't ever hear from other start-ups in the media. He talks about running out of cash while trying to find a suitable buyer for the business, having to lay-off employees, and taking the news of the acquisition to the team as well as transitioning to Airbnb. Finally, James and Chris discuss the ego-centric world of tech, what it means to be happy, the philosophy behind building a business, and more. Enjoy!  Follow Chris on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/FortWorthChris Learn more about Chris Powers and Fort Capital: www.FortCapitalLP.com Follow Chris on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chrispowersjr/ James Beshara on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jamesbeshara James' Podcast: www.belowthelinepod.com (03:26) - How James and Chris Met (07:22) - Lives Are Made on 12 Seconds of Courage (12:15) - Going to South Africa (16:24) - The Metrics for Chris & James First Fund (Cat Empire) (24:20) - The Process of Deciding to Start a Venture Fund (30:02) - The Downside of Building and Exiting Tilt (Acquired by Airbnb) Below the Line: On Failure  (36:10) - The Last Few Months of Tilt (50:03) - Telling the Team About the Acquisition (59:06) - Initial Experiences at Airbnb (1:02:10) - What’s the process like getting stock in a pre-IPO company? (1:05:12) - Being Made to Create (1:07:20) - Working Alongside AirBnb’s CEO (1:10:55) - When someone is emerging with a start-up, are they getting executive coaches along the way? (1:17:04) - Vulnerability is a Strength  (1:22:33) - Ego in Today’s Society (1:25:27) - Envy (1:30:51) - Eastern Philosophy & Starting a Business (1:33:17) - Wheat does an internal pursuit mean? (1:36:36) - What does it mean to be content? Living life backwards by David Gibson (1:49:08) - Clubhouse and James Being One of the First Investors The FORT with Chris Powers is produced by Straight Up Podcasts

1hr 58mins

25 Feb 2021

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James Beshara, Founder of Magic Mind & Tilt.

DTC Growth

Before founding Magic Mind, James created a company called Tilt, which was acquired by Airbnb. He has been a big supporter and investor in the DTC community, with a lot of cool companies under his belt. In the episode we talk to James about his background, founding two companies, and how a scary reaction to caffeine led him to create Magic Mind. 

1hr 5mins

15 Jan 2021

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James Beshara - Magic Mind Productivity Drink

Foundation

Kevin and James explore what's new in health and wellness, what to do with the irrepressible drive to create, and what triggered James to replace stimulants, like his half a dozen cups of coffee a day, with something else of his own invention. Tune in to hear more.

1hr 16mins

24 Sep 2020

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#67 — Check-In with James Beshara

Below the Line with James Beshara

"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, unscripted version, of what’s going on my side of things. I share the details about the reason why we decided to move to Los Angeles (and why LA is shaping up to become the creative capital in the next 5-7 years in my opinion). I also talk about the experiences that led me to start a new company, Magic Mind. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.

56mins

16 Jul 2020

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James Beshara: How to build a DTC brand

Series Tea

This week, we’re having tea with James Beshara, an angel investor in companies like Gusto, ThirdLove and Halo Top. James was also the CEO/Founder of Tilt, a crowdfunding platform that was acquired by Airbnb. In this episode, James shares:0:35: How a very early bet on Gusto got James into investing6:30: A 5-step framework for evaluating D2C brands15:45: How D2C brands can think about valuations and fundraisingWant to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at seriestea@mercury.com.

21mins

26 Mar 2020

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James Beshara on Caffeine Alternatives for Energy and Productivity

Beyond the To-Do List

James Beshara is a startup founder and investor in San Francisco, CA. After developing a heart condition in 2013 from excess caffeine consumption, James became fascinated by the science and research backing up alternatives to caffeine for energy, productivity, and focus. His new book is 'Beyond Coffee: A Sustainable Guide to Nootropics, Adaptogens, and Mushrooms'. In this conversation Erik and James talk about James past relationship with caffeine, decreasIng stress and improving productivity. Mentioned in this episode: [Honeybook](tryhoneybook.com/beyond) Brain fm

58mins

11 Feb 2020

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21 - Part Two of Career Lessons From Founder and Investor James Beshara

The Daily Job Hunt: Audio Edition

This week on the podcast we are excited to share the second half of a two-part conversation with James Beshara. James is an angel investor, founder, podcaster, and author who has been invited to speak at places like Harvard Business School, Stanford, Y Combinator, TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW, the World Bank, and others.  Since his first paying job at 14 repairing computers, James has worked in and around technology. He's started multiple companies, invested in dozens, and experienced the full range from success to failure.  If you haven't yet listened to the first part of the conversation, press pause and listen as this episode continues directly from the first episode.  Discussed in this episode:  * Finding the idea and starting Tilt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt.com) * Building Tilt, working with debt and raising money * Transitioning to working as an angel investor * Why it's never been easier to start something and never harder to build something * How to start new things and discover career and business opportunities through your experience Connect with James:  * Listen to the Below The Line Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/below-the-line-with-james-beshara/id1457400066?i=1000433676439 * Buy his book "Beyond Coffee": https://beyondcoffeebook.com/ * Visit his site: https://jjbeshara.com/about/

19mins

28 Jan 2020

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