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Below the Line with James Beshara

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“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes Best-Selling Author Below the Line — Observing what’s really there. Should we “aim as high as possible” or “detach from results”? Should I be content where I am or always strive for “better”? We now know a lot about the field of sports psychology — but what can the best creators, founders, leaders, and research tell us about the nascent field of creator psychology? What are the real stories behind the men and women leading the world forward? Subscribe to Below The Line to find out.


#40 — Sarah Tavel — A Peek Behind The Veiled World of Venture Capital
Jan 14 • 128 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today on the program, we’ve got Sarah Tavel. She’s a venture capitalist at the legendary and enigmatic venture capital firm, Benchmark Capital,…
#DeepDive — An Unedited Pitch Meeting: Coffee Between an Investor and a Founder — Diego Saez-Gil
Jan 13 • 68 min
Today’s episode is another deep-dive (meaning it’s a little bit different than the regularly scheduled episodes), and it is with a founder, Diego. This was recorded as we met and chatted about his startup. About three minutes into meeting / him pitching…
#39 — Kamal Ravikant — Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
Jan 7 • 71 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is with Kamal Ravikant, the author of the best selling books “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It”, “Live Your Truth”, and…
#Check-In Episode 3 with Peter Carnochan, PhD
Dec 17, 2019 • 91 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is another deep dive with Dr. Peter Carnochan, who the coach to some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley. He spent 25+ years as a…
#38 — Serena Dugan — Art Meets Business
Dec 10, 2019 • 112 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Serena Dugan is a founder, an artist, and a delight to chat with — This episode is a founder story that isn’t like many founder stories. She didn’t…
#37 — Anonymous — San Francisco Police Officer
Nov 27, 2019 • 110 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is with an anonymous guest. We’re going to call him John Doe. John and I talked about the “below the line” version of the story of…
#DeepDive — Marketplaces — Lenny Rachitsky
Nov 20, 2019 • 119 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today we have another deep dive and this one is a really hot topic in the startup ecosystem and yet so little is written, discussed, researched, and…
#36 — Matt Mullenweg — 34% of the Web & Counting
Nov 19, 2019 • 115 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is with Matt Mullenweg. The founder of Automattic, the parent company of WordPress (which powers an unbelievable 34% of the internet…
#35 — Beyond Coffee — Book Launch
Nov 12, 2019 • 17 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author When it comes to productivity, there aren’t many things we do today that we did 200 years ago. We send emails instead of post mail, drive cars…
#34 — Dr. Andrew Weil — The Medical Nostradamus
Nov 4, 2019 • 116 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Dr. Andrew Weil has been called “the medical Nostradamus” for his foresight into what’s on the healthcare horizon. He is a world-renowned pioneer in…
#33 — Justin Kan Live — Philosopher CEO (Pt 2)
Oct 30, 2019 • 80 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode was actually a live recording with a good friend, a former investor and a continual mentor to me (and dozens of entrepreneurs who I…
#32 — A R I Z O N A — 1 Billion Streams And Counting
Oct 15, 2019 • 93 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author A R I Z O N A, the band not the state, is one of the top 100 streamed bands in the world in the last two years, with over a billion streams of their…
#31 — Paul Austin — Psychenaut
Oct 8, 2019 • 109 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is with Paul Austin, a social entrepreneur in a very unique space, the psychedelic space. He has been featured in Rolling Stone, The…
#30 — Leah Busque Solivan — Founder, Leader, Creator, Backer
Sep 30, 2019 • 95 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author Welcome back to another episode of Below The Line. Today’s episode is with Leah Busque Solivan who is the founder of TaskRabbit and now a venture…
#29 — Nir Eyal — Indistractable
Sep 23, 2019 • 78 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is one of my favorite conversations I’ve had. It’s with Nir Eyal, who is a founder, an investor, and a best-selling author. His first…
#28 — Ann Miura-Ko — Path to (ad)Venture
Sep 19, 2019 • 100 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is with Ann Miura-Ko a co-founder of Floodgate, one of the original seed stage investment funds here in Silicon Valley. Floodgate has…
#27 — Christopher Lochhead — The Marketing Legend
Sep 16, 2019 • 134 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is with Christopher Lochhead, a marketing legend and best selling author of “Play Bigger” and “Niche Down”. He is also the podcast…
#26 — Dave Lomas — Prophet in the Valley
Sep 10, 2019 • 132 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is with the founder and lead pastor of Reality SF, a church where my wife and I attend in San Francisco. Unlike the many founders…
#25 — Sam Parr — Natural Born Hustler
Aug 29, 2019 • 97 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author Today we chat with Sam Parr, founder of “The Hustle” one of the fastest growing media companies here in America. They have talented writers who…
#24 — Cal Fussman — Rules of Storytelling
Aug 27, 2019 • 129 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author Calvin “Cal” Fussman is a world famous interviewer, a New York Times bestselling author, public speaker, and the creator of the podcast called Big…
#23 — Joseph Emmett — Yoga For Your Intellect
Aug 22, 2019 • 135 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author “Attach, you lose, detach, you gain”. That simple phrase and along with the phrase “Yoga for the intellect” on a little pamphlet in a hotel in…
#DeepDive into Startup Fundraising — with Marc McCabe
Aug 20, 2019 • 145 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is another deep dive experiment into a topic that every founder dreads thinking about — fundraising. Similar to what we recently did…
#DeepDive into Remote Work — With Hiten Shah
Aug 13, 2019 • 119 min
“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes bestselling author Today’s episode is a deep dive — Something we’re trying out where we go deep into certain topics that people have been asking about, and today is…
#Check-In (2) — Peter Carnochan with James Beshara
Aug 12, 2019 • 91 min
Today’s episode is a really special one. It is with Dr. Peter Carnochan, a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, author, and executive coach. He quickly became one of the best executive coaches in Silicon Valley in the last few years with his deep…
#22 — Kelly Starrett — Foundational Thinking
Aug 6, 2019 • 56 min
Kelly Starrett is one of the most widely followed individuals in the health and fitness space. He is a NY Times bestselling author, a physical trainer, physical therapist, and mobility expert. That last thing I mentioned, mobility expertise, is one of the…
#40,000 — Voicemails Episode
Aug 2, 2019 • 43 min
BTL Hotline: 510-214-3717 In celebration of 40,000 downloads, we’re going to take a few calls and answer the questions from listeners directly. This episode covers some great questions from listeners as well as a note James wrote to himself while going…
#21 — fnnch — Art. Everywhere.
Jul 31, 2019 • 167 min
fnnch is perhaps the most recognizable name in street art in San Francisco with his mega-size honey bears, pop-art lips, poppy flowers and poodles gracing our city in the unlikeliest of places. He wasn’t always pursuing a passion in art, much less…
#20 — Chris Powers — Real Estate Mogul In The Making
Jul 25, 2019 • 110 min
Chris Powers is the only real estate mogul I know who has been selling real estate half his life. He began buying and fixing up homes when he was only 17 years old as a freshman in college, was a self-made millionaire by 23, then became a venture…
#19 — Dr. Emily Anhalt — The Doctor Will Help *You See You* Now
Jul 23, 2019 • 99 min
Dr. Emily Anhalt is a clinical psychologist that focuses specifically on entrepreneurs and what she calls emotional fitness. It is a bridge between psychology and business that helps with your personal productivity and your personal psychological approach…
#18 — Burt Blackarach — Music Man
Jul 18, 2019 • 127 min
Burt Blackarach is a Grammy-award winning composer, producer, DJ, and sound engineer. You may know his work in producing for iconic groups like Public Enemy. Born into a creative family, Burt got to see his father (legendary soul and rock keyboard player…
#17 — Kevin Rose — The Man Who’s Seen It All
Jul 16, 2019 • 103 min
Kevin Rose is one of the most recognizable individuals in the startup world. As a founder, he and his team created the news aggregation site Digg, which became a household name, putting him on magazine covers around the world and creating an iconic brand…
#16 — Hiten Shah — Knowledge Bombs
Jul 9, 2019 • 141 min
My favorite thing about being a founder is the ability to make your own decisions and have to live with them, and thus have to learn from them. I am constantly introspective about my thoughts: What am I thinking? Where did it come from? The desire to be…
#15 — Eric Ries (Pt 2) — Changing The Way Startups Are Built
Jul 3, 2019 • 82 min
Eric Ries, NY Times best-selling author, and startup sage comes back to the podcast for part 2 of our conversation we started in episode 3. We cover everything from sustainable productivity of teams, unleashing creativity, and about his (insanely)…
#14 — Alex Snodgrass — Food For Thought
Jun 27, 2019 • 54 min
Alex Snodgrass, aka The Defined Dish, has built a social media following that would make any brand jealous, with over hundreds of thousands of followers engaging around her simple and incredibly tasty whole30 and paleo dish recipes every day. She has all…
#13 — Matt MacInnis — A Beautiful Mind(set)
Jun 20, 2019 • 98 min
Matt MacInnis is a founder and investor in Silicon Valley, and he’s widely seen as one of the best personal angel investors out there — combining his experience as a founder (and knowing what made his investors actually helpful and others unhelpful) with…
#12 — Diana Chapman — Coaching Towards Consciousness
Jun 18, 2019 • 102 min
Diana Chapman is a best-selling author — her book “the 15 commitments of conscious leadership” is one of my all-time favorites — She is also an advisor and executive coach who has worked with over 1,000 organizational leaders, as well as a founding…
#11 — Sahil Lavingia — Solo Journey
Jun 11, 2019 • 185 min
Sahil Lavingia is the CEO and Founder of Gumroad, a platform to help creators create more through simple e-commerce and audience tools. He is also known for insightful and refreshing points of view on Twitter and Medium. To round it out, he’s also a…
#10 — Ryan Hoover — Products of our Environment
Jun 4, 2019 • 85 min
Ryan Hoover is the founder and CEO of ProductHunt — the most popular way to discover new products and services on the web. In 2016, ProductHunt was acquired by AngelList, the worlds’ most popular way to invest in startups. It was a match made in heaven,…
#Check-In — Peter Carnochan and James
May 28, 2019 • 109 min
Peter Carnochan is my guest today. Peter is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and executive coach here in San Francisco — he is also my executive coach. He was first introduced to me in 2014 by Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder or Reddit, who said I needed to…
#8 — Ryan Caldbeck — Talking Allowed
May 22, 2019 • 89 min
Ryan Caldbeck and his co-founder Rory Eakin founded what has become one of the most innovative investment platforms I’ve ever seen with their award-winning company, CircleUp. In short, they use machine learning analysis to find and fund amazing companies…
#7 — Hannah Willson — Leading Within The Org
May 16, 2019 • 75 min
Hannah Willson is an executive, a mom, and has made the jump from large public company to the world of fast-moving startups — and she’s one of my neighbors. This podcast is an exercise of going below the line with founders, leaders, creators of all kinds,…
#6 — Corby Davidson — The Entertainer
May 7, 2019 • 77 min
Corby Davidson is a radio personality from James’ hometown of Dallas, Texas. At age 23, Davidson knew he wanted to “do what Howard Stern does,” and eventually became the award-winning co-host of one of the country’s most-listened to radio station. Corby…
#5 — Max Roser — Going Below The (Global) Line
May 2, 2019 • 72 min
Bill Gates refers to him as his “favorite economist” for the work he does with his organizaiton “Our World in Data” (www.ourworldindata.org). Today’s guest is Max Roser — and he and his team have influenced several best-selling books, countless news…
#4 — Kathryn McCarron — Cage-Free Entrepreneurship
Apr 30, 2019 • 82 min
Kathryn McCarron is a San Francisco-based fashion designer and founder of her namesake ethical cashmere line, featured in stores from Bergdorf Goodman to Neiman Marcus to Lord & Taylor, from New York to South Korea… From being featured in New York Fashion…
#3 — Eric Ries — Psychological Journey
Apr 16, 2019 • 91 min
Eric Ries, New York Times best-selling author and CEO/Co-Founder of one of the most ambitious ideas on the planet right now (Long Term Stock Exchange) talks about the movement he started with his best-seller The Lean Startup and why the narratives need to…
#1 — Justin Kan — The Philosopher CEO
Apr 3, 2019 • 67 min
Justin Kan is the exceptionally talented Silicon Valley founder and investor that’s co-founded companies like Twitch, SocialCam, Exec, and Atrium (with over $1bn in exits). He is also a former partner of the famed accelerator Y Combinator and a personal…
#2 — Mike Maples — The Original
Apr 3, 2019 • 118 min
Mike Maples is one of the original seed investing gangstas. Seriously. He was the first investor in Twitter, along with investments in other world-changing companies like Cruise, Lyft, Okta, Twitch, and more back when “seed investor” was barely a term. He…
#0 — Intro: Why “Below The Line”
Mar 28, 2019 • 23 min
What is the optimal psychological approach to your career each day. Is it “aim as high as possible” or is it “detach from results?” Is it to be content where you are or to always strive for “better”? We now know a lot about the field of sports psychology…