I’m James, an angel investor, founder, advisor, podcaster, and general startup-helper living in San Francisco, California with my wife, our daughter, and our wiener dog, Mr. Wendell.
Since my first paying job at 14 repairing computers, I’ve worked in and around technology, followed by working in the development and non-profit world, and then back in tech with my own startups (with lots of wins and lots of losses).
I’ve started a few companies, sold one (Tilt; acquired by Airbnb), invested in others (Gusto, Halo Top, ThirdLove, others), and advised even more — lots of wins and lots of losses — I also host a podcast called “Below the Line with James Beshara” that can be heard here. This page and personal site is a partial story of “the above the line” version of me; listen to the intro episode of the podcast for the other part of the story.
Inc, Forbes, and Time Magazine have included me in their “30 Under 30” lists, and over the years, I’ve been invited to speak at places like Harvard Business School, Stanford, Y Combinator, TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW, the World Bank, and others — all with audiences much smarter than myself.
Read my first post if you’d like to learn more about why I began writing essays at the intersection of technology, philosophy, and humanity on this site.
One last thing… With friends, I’m known to accidentally adopt words as my own, when they ironically start out as poking fun at those that use the words seriously, especially here in California (examples would be “dope” “chill” or “stoked” or calling people by their non-God-given names like “his holy dankness”). I have found this fun and playful quirk happens to be an effective strategy for how to form points of view as well… start by adopting a seemingly foreign or absurd view (as opposed to digging your heals into your current ones), entertain that seemingly foreign or absurd view for a while — and then see if it fits better than the original view over time.