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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.

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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.

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No effort, don’t waste your time listening to this

By melvyn kim - Jun 14 2019
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Random stream of consciousness that is neither interesting or coherent. There was clearly very little effort from James on this.

I miss you!

By petsitter2006 - Dec 22 2015
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I loved this podcast. James and Claudia are so good together. Please make more episodes!

iTunes Ratings

411 Ratings
Average Ratings
365
27
9
2
8

No effort, don’t waste your time listening to this

By melvyn kim - Jun 14 2019
Read more
Random stream of consciousness that is neither interesting or coherent. There was clearly very little effort from James on this.

I miss you!

By petsitter2006 - Dec 22 2015
Read more
I loved this podcast. James and Claudia are so good together. Please make more episodes!
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Ask Altucher

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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.

Rank #1: Ep 202: Casey Neistat – How to Get to 13 Million YouTube Views

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Casey Neistat is an American film director, producer, and creator of popular YouTube videos.
While he has worked in almost every aspect of video making, he tells James that YouTube is his absolute passion.
He chose to leave mainstream media for YouTube, which is the opposite of most YouTubers' aspirations.
They talk about creative "ideas." Casey tells James that ideas matter very little – it's execution that matters.
They talk about risk, too, and Casey has a great take on it. He tells James, "The most dangerous lifestyle anyone can live is the lifestyle where you play it safe."
 
Casey probably disagrees with James more than anyone else James has ever interviewed.
Jan 30 2015
39 mins
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Rank #2: Ep 369: Product Hunt – Entrepreneurship Lessons From a Blazing Success Story

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James credits at least some of his success to his guest's new company, Product Hunt.   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.
Oct 08 2015
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Rank #3: Ep 222 – Is it better to lease or buy a car?

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Alan wants to know why I leas my car instead of buying it.
I'm  a bit conflicted about which is better – buying or leasing.
Today a car is really a computer with a bunch of metal wrapped around it. With technology moving so quickly, I don't want to be tied down to old technology.
I'd rather trade up every three years.
Plus, Claudia has a great idea for new car technology. Here's a hint... think about a wet dog.
Mar 05 2015
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Rank #4: Ep 186 Credit Card Debt

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“I lost my job and I’ve piled up a huge amount of credit card debt. I just got a new job but I’m only making $11/hr.  What should I do?”
James says – Stop making any payments on your credit cards. You can’t afford to pay.
I know this goes against what everyone else is telling you but James explains today why this individual shouldn’t pay.
He can’t…
Get prepared for the calls and the harassment but don’t worry.
Listen here today as James explains why.
If you have a question that you would like to ask James, you can either: 
Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.
E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com. 
 
Or, text James at 203-512-2161.
Jan 08 2015
13 mins
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Rank #5: Ep 368: The Best-Kept Secret in "America"

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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?
Interested?
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 click here.
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.
Oct 07 2015
27 mins
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Rank #6: Ep. 91 Tips on Writing

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Every day, questions come in to James about how to get better at writing.So today, James talks about several habits that he has adopted that have increased his creativity.Knowing James though, you know that his tips are always going to be out of the box.According to James, 90% of writing isn't even writing at all.
Aug 27 2014
11 mins
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Rank #7: Ep 213 The Art of Negotiation

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Are you a great negotiator? Most people think they are. But the reality is most people are terrible negotiators.
James says first, the better negotiator will have a big list. The list needs to be big enough so you can give away some of the items from this list that are really not that important.
Schedule your meeting for 4:00 pm. This is the Carl Icahn method, and James explains how you can make it work in your favor.
 
Listen here as James has a few more great negotiating tricks ideas to share with you.
Feb 20 2015
14 mins
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Rank #8: Ep 96: Kevin Kelly – A Thousand True Fans

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Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its executive editor from its inception until 1999.
He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990, Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news.
He co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control.
Kevin dropped out of college to pursue his real interests, and they are varied.
James and Kevin talk about Kevin's idea that "if you have 1000 True Fans then you have a business."
This is a wide-ranging conversation about the past, the present, and the future.
Kevin's extremely bullish on the future of artificial intelligence, yet he says there is no extinct technology... none.
And they talk about a few of his books, Cool Tools and The Silver Cord.
 
Listen here if you want to see into the future.
Feb 26 2015
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #9: Ep 185 Find Your Unfair Advantage

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You don't have to go to college to find your passion.
College doesn't make you smarter. You make yourself smarter by studying what you're passionate about.
Find a mentor and model yourself after them.
 
You have to find your passion and college is definitely not the place to find it.
Jan 07 2015
12 mins
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Rank #10: Ep 191 How to Make Seven Figures a Year on Social Media

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Branden Hampton's a master of making money on social media and today James and Claudia ask him to help them understand it.
First off, James asks him what his top four social media sites are today.
Hands down, Instagram is number one today, followed by Snapchat, Twitter, and then in fourth place, everyone's "necessary evil" – Facebook.
They dig into what it takes to make a living off of social media.
For all Branden's best ideas, listen here. He's extremely open and willing to share his best secrets.
Follow Branden on Twitter - @CEO
If you want to ask James a question, just go to...
Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.
E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.
 
Or, text James at 203-512-2161.
Jan 15 2015
33 mins
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Rank #11: Ep 193: Should I Buy a Home?

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Should you buy a home?
No... Almost never.
Time is always more valuable than money and you're going to spend a huge amount of your time repairing your home.
Things constantly break and they're expensive in both your time and your money to get fixed.
Listen today as James debunks the usual myths like: you'll miss out on the appreciation... you get a tax deduction... or you'll never establish "roots."
If you want to ask James a question, you can contact him...
Ask a question at Askaltucher.com.
E-mail it to James@stansberryradio.com.
 
Or, text James at 203-512-2161.
Jan 19 2015
14 mins
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Rank #12: Ep. 92 Constructive Criticism

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Often, when people think that they are giving constructive criticism, they are actually being destructive and unhelpful.Whether you are trying to give suggestions or someone else is criticizing your work, there is a right and wrong way to approach the situation... Today, James and Aaron discuss several personal examples where they have been on both sides of criticism.Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, here you will gain the skills to approach any similar situation with confidence. Plus, learn some quick tips on how to actually give constructive criticism.
Aug 28 2014
14 mins
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Rank #13: Ep. 81 James' Reading List

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James is always reading and usually it's more than one book at a time. His reading lists always prove to be something that interests our listeners so it's no surprise that today's question is, "What is James currently reading?"We hope that you have a pen and paper in hand because it's a long list today from both James and Aaron.And do you know which one of James' books is his absolute favorite?Today he reveals which one he re-reads over and over again.
Aug 13 2014
20 mins
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Rank #14: Ep 217 How one man makes six figures with Uber

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Uber is popping up everywhere and it's a lot more than just a new way to hire a ride.
 
Jon Youshaei todays guest on Ask Altucher, shares his great story first published in Forbes about the "Uberpreneur" Gavin Escolar.
Feb 26 2015
13 mins
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Rank #15: Ep 194 – How to Throw Out Everything

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Claudia and I threw out everything we owned this weekend. We threw out 98% of everything.
There are about 30 garbage bags and another 20 boxes filled with stuff. "Stuff."
We had just spent six weeks traveling around and except for the stuff we were traveling with we realized we didn't need anything else.
No papers, books, extra sheets, clothes, extra plates, tables, lights, etc. I didn't even miss these things once.
25 years' worth of memories in some cases.
Part of this is an experiment. I'm interviewing Marie Kondo in a few weeks. Author of the 2-million-copies bestseller The Art of Tidying Up.
I wanted to try her suggestions. She said before you "organize," you "discard." But once we started discarding, we couldn't stop. We discarded everything. All of our rooms are now pretty empty.
And it's not like we are going to replace anything. If anything, having less leaves room in your life for more, for other things.
That is the trick.
Marie Kondo suggests you lay everything out side by side.
Then you touch each object.
If it gives you joy, you keep it. If it doesn't give you joy, or if you haven't used it in a long time, throw it out. No holding back.
If it's paper, you throw it. I threw out my photos, books, art, furniture, all my clothes except 3 outfits. I thanked everything for its dutiful service to me.
It feels almost like a new toy. "Nothing" was the toy I wanted to play with, instead of the latest "this" or "that."
If you want to try it, try this: take all the books from one bookshelf. Lay them on the floor side by side.
Touch each one. If it doesn't make you happy or if you haven't looked at the book in over six months, give it away. Don't say, "well I might need this as a reference later." You won't. There's Google for that.
Don't say, "it was a great book, though". Ok, it was great. Give it to someone else. Say "thank you" to it. Then throw it out.
"But we might have a guests over some day." Buy new sheets then. Four years from now, when you actually have a guest. "But Sheila gave me this shirt." Have you worn it in the past six months?
Claudia thought we would only get rid of enough things to get rid of one bookshelf. She thought our closets would still be full.
But we got rid of everything. We have nothing left. There's nothing in my office.
Nothing in my desk. Our closets... empty.
I want nothing in between us. In between you and me.
If you have a question that you would like to ask you can either:
 
Ask a question at Askaltucher.com
Jan 20 2015
12 mins
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Rank #16: Ep 254: More Myths, Part II

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Yesterday, James and Claudia covered a bunch of myths that have been drilled into us. Here's a link to listen to yesterday's episode if you missed it.
Today, they talk about the myths we believe in regarding money, family, government, wars, and religion.
Regards,
David
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Apr 22 2015
17 mins
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Rank #17: Ep 214 What Businesses Can Be Created to Take Advantage of the Lack of Privacy

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What businesses can be created to take advantage of the lack of privacy in the times we live in?
James tells us you have to assume privacy is gone.
He tells us of an idea he has to build a business and Claudia has an idea for a privacy product.
 
James asks his listeners to write in with their views on climate change – is it man-made?
Feb 23 2015
14 mins
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Rank #18: Ep 210 – Ari Whitten, The Low Carb Myth

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James and Claudia talk with Ari Whitten, author of the book The Low Carb Myth,to talk aboutwhy people get fat and get unhealthy.
Do carbohydrates make you fat?
His conclusions are surprising.
He disagrees strongly that we get fat because we are lazy and eat too much. Rather than being due simply to gluttony, sloth, and conscious decisions around how much we eat or move.
 
If you've been on a low- or no-carb diet or are just looking for an alternative to eating healthy, listen here.
Feb 13 2015
27 mins
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Rank #19: Ep 309: The End of Jobs

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Taylor Pearson talks with James today about The End of Jobs, he wrote the book on it.
James says about Taylors book “ The most important thing about The End of Jobs is that entrepreneurship is not a choice you can make at your leisure”.
“This is something that is actually happening.  The train is leaving the station. You have to either jump on the train or lose your chance forever. Now is the time…”
James asks Taylor what he would do if he wanted to start a new seven figure a year job right now but you had no experience.
Taylor says he’d become an apprentice; there are plenty of great entrepreneurs looking for talented young people to help them grow their businesses.
That’s exactly what he did and he tells James his story.
They talk about how entrepreneurs are leveraging the democracy of the Long Tail to get rich, how others are using Amazon as their store front to drop shipping or as a testing ground before they launch their own website.
As more and more jobs are being outsourced the question remains…
Where is this all going?
The trend is clear. The middle class is dying. 
You can choose to exit up or you can choose you exit down.
Make your choice.
Regards,
David Newman
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Jul 09 2015
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Rank #20: Ep. 87 John Lee Dumas' Success

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John Lee Dumas joins Ask Altucher for Part II of our interview from yesterday's show.In Part I of this interview, James and John talked about their success and how they got to where they are today.For Part II, listeners get to hear the real secret to John's business. Just last month alone he was able to make $282,000... How is he able to give away so much value for free and still able to convert listeners into buyers?You'll get all the details... one idea just leads to another, and it becomes a snowball effect for extreme success.If you are looking for a money-making strategy, look no further...
Aug 21 2014
23 mins
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