Hi, I'm James J Beshara.

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

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Book

You can sign up to learn about my recent book here

Bonus

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

Angel Investor: Halo Top, Gusto, Clubhouse, 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, Practice and more

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I Have Seen The Future, And It’s BitClout

Ok, that title is a bit hyperbolic, but it’s rare that I get this excited about a new product (BitClout launched about three weeks ago). Just look at how many blog posts are dedicated to new products… and my job is to invest in them. Instead of explaining what...
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Eradicating Unhappiness

Is there a manual for living well? “Take a simple idea, and take it seriously.” —Charlie Munger Each morning, I sit in my chair in my bedroom listening to a lecture by a 83 year old philosopher, A. Parthasarathy, recorded in an ashram just outside of Mumbai, India. He...
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“Asynchronous” Working In 2021

“…the mere consciousness of an engagement will sometimes worry a whole day.” — Charles Dickens Inspired by a friend, Sahil Lavingia, and his stance over the last year to work “asynchronously” (aka, instead of having to line up “synchronous” meetings with multiple people, choose somewhat arbitrary time blocks of...
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Below The Line Transcript: Episode #86 — Carl Jung — Heroes, Alchemy, and Connection

Below is the transcript of my interview with the historical giant and founder of analytical psychology, Dr. Carl Gustav Jung. The episode is available below or can be found any podcast player or at belowthelinepod.com. Click “subscribe” if you want to check out more episodes of Below The Line...
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Mental Wealth

TL;DR • When it comes to mental health, our society approaches it like we did with physical health 50 years ago. We only think about it when something goes wrong. • To the wider public, mental health is synonymous with mental illness. Our notion of physical health is, however,...
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The Multi-Path Career

TL;DR * From executives to individual contributors, we all make one career bet at a time. * This is poor “portfolio theory” (to use a phrase from investing), meaning that this is not a balanced “portfolio” of diverse bets. It’s a career “portfolio” of extremely concentrated bets. * You...
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Music: working_man (EP) — Volume 1 is out

Two months ago, I released the shoooooortest version of an album that a musician can release (7 actual songs, and then an intro and outro to make a 9-track album) that you’d call an “EP” (short for extended play). And in celebration of passing 50,000 streams on Spotify, it...
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Book Launch: “Beyond Coffee: A Sustainable Guide to Nootropics, Adaptogens, and Mushrooms”

What started as a (very long) blog post, then a five-part blog post, then hit a point where I said “OK, I am just going to do this right and invite two medical expert friends to help”… became this book that is now live on Amazon. It’s been a...
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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...