Hi, I'm James J Beshara.

I’m an angel investor, founder, writer, podcaster, and general startup-helper in San Francisco.

Read more about me: jjbeshara.com/about
See even more on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jjbeshara
Check out my podcast, Below The Line: itunes.com/belowtheline
Read some of my writing: jjbeshara.com/posts
Follow or reach out to me on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbeshara

Podcast

You can check out my (newish) podcast here

Book

You can sign up to learn about my e-book here

Bonus

You can listen to some music I make on the weekends here

Angel Investor: Halo Top, Gusto, ThirdLove, Eden, Caliva, Triplebyte, Gravitational, RigUp, Bolt, Mercury, Eligible, St. Frank, Thunkable, Tari, Backdrop, Rupa Health, Momentus, CBThera, Matchabar, IRL, The Class, ZeroDown, Brightcoin, Asystem, WattBuy, and more

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Podcast Launch: Below The Line

On April 2nd, I launched a project I had been working on for the last several months. What started as an inner voice to research and write a book on a specific set of topics around the psychology of creators, founders, and leaders (and finding the optimal psychological approaches...
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The Information Pathology

November 2018 When I write, my aim is to learn more about a subject, to start conversations, and to serve as a point of departure for further exploration (rather than a point of reference or conclusion). So please feel free to contribute to the exploration of this topic either...
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“Mobs” vs “Crowds”

“If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.” –Benjamin Franklin What’s the difference between a “mob” and a “crowd”? It’s a subtle but important distinction — because each is known for almost completely antithetical outcomes. One is known for wisdom, in the sense of “the wisdom of...
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Creating (Music Edition)

Years ago, I used to write songs on the piano and transfer them into Apple’s Logic Pro DAW via a midi-controller (piano-like instrument that plugs into my macbook). This past three day weekend, I knocked the rust off and got back into the hobby with a few songs. Check...
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Free Wheeling…

I’ve got 25 minutes, and I’d like to try an experiment… Despite the backlog of ideas for posts, I’d like to just sit here, looking at a blank page and come up with something on the spot, primarily using the time I have for content (not editing), and then...
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A “Post-Verbal” World

“The real world is unspeakable.” -Alfred Korzybski I was walking with a friend recently, and we were discussing the limitations of language (among many things, like the best pancakes in San Francisco). But we kept going in circles on just how difficult it is to explain something using the...
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The United States of the World

The frequently polarizing (and often brilliant) venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, has an interesting interview question that goes like this: “What is something you believe that no one around you believes?” It’s an interesting thought exercise to see if you only keep beliefs kept by those around you (or if...
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First

Why start one of these things? I’ve borrowed a few lines from the about section of this blog to answer this question… Like you, I’m a “work-in-progress,” trying to figure out what I think about topics that interest me; typically at the intersection of technology, philosophy, and humanity. I...