Everything you see visually about an iceberg — above the waterline — is there because of the mass below. In an interview with a founder or leader, in a business blog post or magazine article, we read and listen to 10% of the story (the successes, the big moment, the vision). But what is going on below the waterline — the 90% that may only get a by-line in an article or a footnote in the biography?
What if we flipped that ratio and observed what was really there, what was foundational to their success and their story?
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The Philosopher CEO
Justin Kan is a founder and investor based in San Francisco. He has been building startups for close to 15 years now, and he's seen pretty much everything there is to see when it comes to the founder’s journey.
Eric Ries, NY 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
Path to (ad)Venture
Ann Miura-Ko a co-founder of Floodgate, one of the original seed stage investment funds in Silicon Valley. Ann talks about the things that have shaped her in her life, her path to becoming a VC and many more topics.
Founder, Leader, Creator, Backer
Leah Busque Solivan is the founder of TaskRabbit and now a VC in Fuel Capital. This episode covers her eight year journey as a founder, sparing no details of the reality of that role, and how she transitioned to becoming a VC.
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Meet the host
James Beshara is an angel investor, advisor, founder, and general startup-helper in San Francisco, California. He has started three companies, sold one (Tilt; acq by Airbnb), and angel invested in multiple billion-dollar startups in his career. And now he's talking openly and honestly with others about what's going on "below the line" in their worlds... the things that have made them who they are and the things they really think about each day — the 90% of the story you don't read about or hear about anywhere else.
Listen to James introducing Below the Line podcast in this very first episode on what began as an idea for a compilation and potential book of interviews from the best founders, leaders, and life in general.
Sahil Lavingia - Solo Journey
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.
Changing The Way Startups Are Built
Eric Ries, NY Times best-selling author, and startup sage comes back to the podcast for part 2. This episode covers everything from sustainable productivity of teams, unleashing creativity, and many more.
Justin Kan Live - Philosopher CEO (Pt 2)
This episode was actually a live recording with Justin who is the co-founder and CEO of Atrium and a former partner at Y-Combinator and has invested in dozens of companies, giving him a unique perspective on both sides of the table.
Hiten Shah - Knowledge Bombs
Hiten has been building companies for 15 years, the exceptional entrepreneur/investor shares his honest viewpoints on success and failure, insights in his own career arc, and inspiring self-awareness in the podcast.
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