James Altucher

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  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Selling Anything Crunch Network

    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 Crunch Network

    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 Crunch Network

    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 Crunch Network

    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 Crunch Network

    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 Crunch Network

    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 Crunch Network

    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 Crunch Network

    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

  • My First Customer Is Now Dead

    My First Customer Is Now Dead

    Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. I was lonely and I wanted money. I was living in a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria, Queens, NYC in 1995. I knew nobody in the area. I would write my phone number on two dollar bills and tip waitresses with them. Nobody called me. Read More

  • Ugly Men Don’t Get Clicked On

    Ugly Men Don’t Get Clicked On

    Editor’s note:  James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. He is Managing Director of Formula Capital and has written ten books. Every week for three years, I interviewed four prostitutes, drug dealers, criminals, potential dates (for me), and homeless kids. I have written about this before but my job was to go out on Tuesday nights at 3 in the morning, find… Read More

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre Entrepreneurs

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre Entrepreneurs

    [Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. He is Managing Director of Formula Capital and has written ten books. His latest books are I Was Blind But Now I See and 40 Alternatives to College. You can follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.] I’m pretty mediocre. Particularly as an entrepreneur. I’m ashamed to admit it. Many of the… Read More

  • How To Get 100,000 Facebook Likes For Your Blog Fan Page

    How To Get 100,000 Facebook Likes For Your Blog Fan Page

    I wanted to have 100,000 Facebook fans for my blog. I don’t have a product to sell. I’m not trying to get advertisers on my blog. I’m not even trying to get more speaking gigs because of my blog. But I believe in the message of my blog and I enjoy having an audience for it. So I wanted to expand that audience. We have entered the “Choose Yourself” era. No longer… Read More

  • 7 Things Buddy Media Did Right To Become an $800mm+ Company

    7 Things Buddy Media Did Right To Become an $800mm+ Company

    The first thing, of course, is that Mike Lazerow, the founder of Buddy Media, met me. This sounds egotistical, but everything I did in the encounter was bad for me. He cold-emailed me in 2007. I had just launched a company called Stockpickr.com. He liked the idea and his time with GOLF.com (which he had built and sold to Time Warner for $24mm) was running out and he wanted something to do. Read More