James Altucher

James Altucher
James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. He is Managing Director of Formula Capital and has written 6 books on investing. His latest book is I Was Blind But Now I See. You can follow him@jaltucher. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Waiting For VC

    Waiting For VC

    I spoke to the VC on Wednesday. He said he would have his decisions “fast.” He said the great thing about his VC firm (as opposed to all of those “others”) is that it has absolutely no problem making a quick decision. “Our lawyers are all ready. The deal is boilerplate. We can send the money to you right away.” Now it’s Friday. “Did anyone… Read More

  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Dealing With Excuses

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Dealing With Excuses

    I didn’t have any money so couldn’t start a business. And even if I started one, I didn’t have an office, or clients, and I was too shy to cold-call clients. I didn’t have connections or rich parents or anything for that matter. I didn’t have talent. I just got lucky. Nobody will hire me. I don’t have the right equipment. I couldn’t write a book because… Read More

  • Louis CK And The Hare Krishnas Can Make You A Better Entrepreneur With This One Trick

    Louis CK And The Hare Krishnas Can Make You A Better Entrepreneur With This One Trick

    Louis CK is the high priest of understanding our culture. I watch him every day. I watch the same routine over and over. I can spend hours breaking down every line of his routines. I watch him before I give talks because I get to borrow his confidence. I used to watch him before dates. I even watch him before I hang out with my kids. Read More

  • How To Get An MBA From Eminem

    How To Get An MBA From Eminem

    In 2002 I was driving to a hedge fund manager’s house to hopefully raise money from him. I was two hours late. This was pre-GPS and I had no cell phone. I was totally lost. I kept playing over and over again “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. I was afraid this was my one shot and I was blowing it. I was even crying in my car. I was going broke and I felt this was my one chance. What… Read More

  • Why 2014 Is The Year You Change

    Why 2014 Is The Year You Change

    I stopped going to classes. I had a scholarship that paid all my living expenses ($1,200/month) so I didn’t want to quit (ugh, and get a job?). So I stayed a student but I failed every class I took for three semesters in a row. Read More

  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Selling Anything

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Selling Anything

    I’ve never read a book on sales. They seemed corny. Like many people, I always looked down on the concept of “selling.” It seemed like something lower than me. To some extent, selling appears manipulative. You have a product where you give the perception it has more value than it has in reality. So you need to manipulate people to buy it. This seems sad, as in “Death of… Read More

  • How To Sell Your Business And Make And Lose Millions

    How To Sell Your Business And Make And Lose Millions

    First I totally gave up. I thought there was no way to sell my web services business. It started when I was in the offices of Loud Records, run by Steve Rifkind. My company, Reset, was doing websites for the Wu-Tang Clan and other Loud artists. It was 1997. Ol’ Dirty Bastard would call me on the phone sometimes. Mobb Deep would stop by. Trent Reznor would hang out (we did… Read More

  • 11 Or 12 Things I Learned About Life From Day Trading Millions Of Dollars

    11 Or 12 Things I Learned About Life From Day Trading Millions Of Dollars

    I was a day trader for many years, and it almost killed me. I made money by making profits on my own money and also taking a percentage of the profits for the people I traded for. I traded up to $40 million or $50 million a day at my peak. I did this from 2001 to 2004. I learned about day trading but I also learned a lot about myself and what I was good at, what I was horrible at, and what I… Read More

  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself

    Here are the rules: I’ve been at zero a few times, come back a few times, and done it over and over. I’ve started entire new careers. People who knew me then, don’t me now. And so on. I’ve had to change careers several times. Sometimes because my interests changed. Sometimes because all bridges have been burned beyond recognition, sometimes because I desperately… Read More

  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Starting And Running Your Business

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Starting And Running Your Business

    This is going be a bullet FAQ on starting a business. No joke. If you’re a lawyer, feel free to disagree with me, so you can charge someone your BS fees to give the same advice. If you can think of anything to add, please do so. I might be missing things. If you want to argue with me, feel free. I might be wrong about any of it. Read More

  • Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Never Do

    Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Never Do

    I’m breaking all the rules. I’m at a silent retreat for the week. No talking! My wife is two doors down. She said to me before we went silent for the week, “put your computer on airplane mode.” It’s in a beautiful area. There are paths and trees and birds and flowers and benches to sit on with sprawling landscapes and blah blah blah. I like to stay in my room… Read More

  • How To Self-Publish A Bestseller: Publishing 3.0

    How To Self-Publish A Bestseller: Publishing 3.0

    Every entrepreneur should self-publish a book, because self-publishing is the new business card. If you want to stand out in a world of content, you need to underline your expertise. Publishing a book is not just putting your thoughts on a blog post. It’s an event. It shows your best curated thoughts and it shows customers, clients, investors, friends and lovers what the most… Read More

  • Diary Of A 5,000-Hours-Per-Year Internet Troll

    Diary Of A 5,000-Hours-Per-Year Internet Troll

    Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. I know you do it. We all act like we don’t do it, like we’re all pristine human beings who WOULD NEVER do perverse things like that. But I know you do it. And you do it a lot. You respond to trolls. Read More

  • How To Go From $0 To $1,000,000 In Two Years

    How To Go From $0 To $1,000,000 In Two Years

    Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how this was the year you had to quit your job. I gave the reasons why. It wasn’t a gung-ho “you have to be an entrepreneur” article. It was more: bad shit is happening in the corporate world and bit by bit you’re going to feel… Read More

  • How A YouTube Sensation Beat Justin Timberlake And The Music Industry

    How A YouTube Sensation Beat Justin Timberlake And The Music Industry

    Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. I wish I had been smarter when I was 23 years old. I did everything wrong: I felt like I needed a college degree. I felt like I needed a graduate degree (I was thrown out of graduate school ultimately). I felt like I needed a publishing company to “choose me” to be a writer. I felt like I… Read More

  • How To Make A Million Dollars With A Hot Dog Cart

    How To Make A Million Dollars With A Hot Dog Cart

    Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author and entrepreneur. He has started and sold several companies, run a VC fund, and is an active investor in many private companies. My wife, Claudia was upset with me. She said, “I didn’t shower! I haven’t left the house. I’m having coffee in the afternoon. I feel like I’m turning into… Read More

  • How To Treat Your Employees

    How To Treat Your Employees

    Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. He has started and sold several companies, run a VC fund, and is an active investor in many private companies. His latest books are I Was Blind But Now I See and 40 Alternatives to College. You can follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. Wade had sex with Karen and now I had to fire him. She was our… Read More

  • 10 Great Ideas Someone Should Invent

    10 Great Ideas Someone Should Invent

    This article might change your life or make you rich. It’s time to save the world. There’s a lot of bad news out there. Rising unemployment, soldiers being replaced in their jobs by drones that kill babies, a new housing crisis that will end all housing crises, who is the real father of Kim Kardashian’s child, and on and on. Meanwhile, many futurists are at work on… Read More

  • 10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job

    10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job

    Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. You can’t make money without selling something real. You can’t make something real without first imagination manifesting itself in your head. You can’t have imagination without surrendering yourself to an idea that you want to create something of value to other human beings. And… Read More

  • I Am A Neanderthal, And You Probably Are, Too

    I Am A Neanderthal, And You Probably Are, Too

    Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. Ugh, I can’t write anything today. It’s the end of the year. Tomorrow is Christmas. You’d think I would have something to say. Merry Christmas. Oh wait, you can’t even say that anymore. I’m Jewish! I have to say something like Happy Holidays. I don’t… Read More

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