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.

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  • 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 out… 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 readers here are… 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 do you have to wait… 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. He… Read More

  • 10 Reasons To Quit Your Job Right Now!

    10 Reasons To Quit Your Job Right Now!

    The game is over. That game where they get to hire you for 40 years, pay you far less than you create, and then give you a gold watch, and then you get bored, you get depressed, and you die alone. It wasn't that fun of a game anyway. When I had a corporate job I would wake up depressed. I couldn't move out of bed. The sun would be coming in. A cat on the fire escape staring at me through the… Read More

  • Warren Buffett Is A Punk

    Warren Buffett Is A Punk

    Warren Buffett is like my ten year old. When she gives me some BS story about something she needs or something she is suggesting there's always a good reason for it. But whenever there's a good reason, there's always a real reason. And the two are starkly different. My job is to figure out the real reason while horse vomit is still spitting out of her ten year old mouth. With Buffett it's the… Read More

  • Facebook Shareholders: What Do You Do After You Make a Zillion Dollars

    Facebook Shareholders: What Do You Do After You Make a Zillion Dollars

    In the dot-com boom I lost $15 million cash. Yes, I am an idiot. You know what happens when you lose that kind of cash? When you go to zero? You lose your libido. You don't want to have sex ever again. And even Viagra won't help. I lost my house. I lost my family. I lost all my fake friends. I was sick all the time. When I passed people on the street who were laughing I was definitely sure they… Read More

  • Five Great Things About Procrastination

    Five Great Things About Procrastination

    My wife was upset at me. “You spent all weekend responding to comments on TechCrunch,” she said, “and it was the one weekend without the kids and you were either on your head phones or playing chess or responding to TechCrunch comments.” And then she walked away. Upset. There would be no way to make it up to her. The weekend was over. And I had big plans that weekend. My article was… Read More

  • Why Google Might Be Going to $0

    Why Google Might Be Going to $0

    Ken Lang could perform miracles. In 1990 we would head off to a bar near where we were going to graduate school for computer science, and we would bring a Go board. Then we would drink and play Go for five hours. At the end of the five hours, after a grueling battle over the board, I remember this one time when magically Ken would show up with two girls who were actually willing to sit down and… Read More

  • Why Entrepreneurs Should NOT Buy Homes

    Why Entrepreneurs Should NOT Buy Homes

    Editor’s note: 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 books are I Was Blind But Now I See and FAQ ME. You can follow him @jaltucher. Many people have said to me in the past few months, “I’m going to buy a home.” Or, “What do you think of the idea of me buying a… Read More

  • The Spanx Woman Is Worth A Billion?! My Key Takeaways

    The Spanx Woman Is Worth A Billion?! My Key Takeaways

    I'm a complete sexist. I want women to look as good as possible. And I'm not the only one. Women want to look as sexy as possible. That's why they buy hundreds of millions worth of form-fitting Spanx every year. And now Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx is worth a billion according to Forbes. She took Justin Timberlake's advice. A million is not cool. A billion is cool. So what happened next? Read More

  • How I Screwed Yasser Arafat Out of $2 Million, the Comic Book

    How I Screwed Yasser Arafat Out of $2 Million, the Comic Book

    Editor’s note: 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. Read More

  • Ten Lessons I Learned from Shark Tank

    Ten Lessons I Learned from Shark Tank

    I just gave up all parenting responsibilities this weekend to Mark Cuban. Meaning, my kids and I watched eight straight episodes of "Shark Tank". For the past two years, people have been begging me to watch “Shark Tank”. One friend of mine, who has co-invested with me on two deals, has given me two pieces of advice in life. One is: “you never know what someone is worth until they declare… Read More

  • Don’t Call Me a Douchebag

    Don’t Call Me a Douchebag

    I was once backstage at a news show. Six  people were on a box in the screen screaming at each other about the economy. The producer was laughing. He leaned over to me and said, “the whole idea of this is to fill the time between one commercial segment and the next.” Every day they want to scare me. Greece is going to suddenly disappear. Or have some sort of debt “contagion” that will… Read More

  • Why Every Entrepreneur Should Self-Publish a Book

    Why Every Entrepreneur Should Self-Publish a Book

    I've published eight books in the past seven years, five with traditional publishers (Wiley, Penguin, HarperCollins), one comic book,  and the last two I've self-published. In this post I give the specific details of all of my sales numbers and advances with the traditional publishers. Although the jury is still out on my self-published books, "How to be the Luckiest Man Alive" and "I WasRead More

  • 9 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Learn From Woody Allen

    9 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Learn From Woody Allen

    I hate Woody Allen. Here’s why. Because if you’re Jewish and a little neurotic then it has become a cliché that nerdy neurotic Jewish people describe themselves as “Woody Allen-esque” thinking it will attract women. They do this on dating services. The idea is that they will then attract some waif-like Mia Farrow-ish  (or the 17-year-old Mariel Hemingway in Manhattan) blonde who will… Read More

  • 10 Things All Entrepreneurs Fail At

    10 Things All Entrepreneurs Fail At

    I was on the phone with Tony Conrad at True Ventures pitching a business idea I had in early 2009. The site was built and we even had people registered for it and I had about a half million dollars already committed but I wanted a VC firm on my side as well. I don’t know why. Maybe I thought it would give me some credibility and I desperately craved it after the divorce I had been going… Read More

  • My Failed Attempt At Making An Appeal For The Wikimedia Foundation

    My Failed Attempt At Making An Appeal For The Wikimedia Foundation

    I wanted to write an appeal for the Wikimedia foundation. I’m going to be completely honest: the only reason I wanted to write it was for completely self-promotional and ego purposes. On almost every Google search, Wikipedia is the #1 or #2 result. It’s almost like Google is just a middleman to Wikipedia. So I wanted you to search on “head transplants” and then click on the Wikipedia… Read More

  • My Last Death Threat In 2011

    My Last Death Threat In 2011

    I got this email the other day: “Just saw you on CNBC. Shocked! I thought for sure I read you had hung yourself. Well, now I have a new wish for Christmas!” It was signed kosoverh@bellsouth.net and he was referring to a recent TV appearance I made where I was bullish on the economy in 2012. A lot of people get upset that I’m very bullish for 2012. A lot of people want America… Read More

  • How to Survive Your First Year As An Entrepreneur

    How to Survive Your First Year As An Entrepreneur

    I loved talking to the skankiest prostitutes at three in the morning with a camera crew around me, fires burning in the street, sad, abused people clinging to scraps of life for their pleasures, bailed out prisoners and the drug dealers waiting for them to be released, homeless addicts with nowhere to go and they only weren't freaks if you saw them at three in the morning . In short,  I loved… Read More