The Tim Ferriss Podcast is Live! Here Are Episodes 1 and 2

Fuckin’ A–it’s finally here! After fantasizing about starting a podcast for nearly two years, after being asked hundreds of times, The Tim Ferriss Show is now live. Sometimes you have to stop over-thinking things, bite the bullet, and figure it out as you go. To launch, I’ve posted two episodes that are vastly different. I have …

How to Travel to Exotic, Expensive Cities on $50 a Day

(Photo: Marc P. Demoz) OK, I’ve had a few short posts recently. Now it’s time for my favorite: a post you will want to print out, refer to often, and take with you on adventures. In this case, we’ll explore budget travel that is luxury travel. But what does that mean? It means that traveling …

Case Studies: How to Build Online Businesses That Gross $250,000+ Per Month

Debbie Sterling’s GoldieBlox is now grossing $300,000+ per month. My specialty is modeling success. I analyze what works and ask: what recipe can I find that others can use? In this post, we’ll dissect five successful online businesses. Some of them (e.g. GoldieBlox) are now grossing $300,000+ per month…and it’s the founder’s first company! One …

How to Travel Through 20+ Countries with Free Room and Board

Casey Fenton founded Couchsurfing.org, which connects millions of travelers with free accommodation around the world. (Photo by Alexandra Liss) I met Alexandra Liss on a rainy day last September, outside of one of my favorite Thai restaurants in San Francisco. Alex had just returned from six months abroad, traveling through 21 countries for free while …

Always Be Closing: Y Combinator and The Art of the Pitch

NSFW: Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. This film has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The above video was first sent to me by a star EMC sales rep in 2000. EMC was then the 800-pound gorilla of data storage, and I was fresh out of college at my first job. Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with …

"The Start-up's Secret Weapon: Contests" or "How to Turn $100K into $12,000,000"

Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify. How did they turn a $100,000 prize into $12,000,000 in transactions? In the world of magazine articles, one of my all-time favorite headlines is “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Meta” from the MIT Technology Review, a feature about billionaire programmer, Charles Simonyi. Charles designed Microsoft Office and is …

Built to Sell — Making Your Company Sellable

Waterfall in Aix-en-Provence, France. (Photo: Mat3270) “Didn’t you write that you believed BrainQUICKEN couldn’t be sold?” The question — a common one — was from writer John Warrillow and for an article in Inc. Magazine. The embarrassing answer was “yes.” In 2005, I had assumed it was impossible to sell my then start-up and, as …

The Land Rush: 48 Hours to Claim $4,000,000 in Prizes

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROMOTION IS OVER. THANKS! Have you ever gone on safari in Africa? Been trained by world champions? Crossed the Atlantic on a 119-foot schooner? Taken a private tour of an Indian archipelago, complete with tigers, crocodiles, and… Miss India? Now you can. Or… if you simply want thousands of dollars of cutting-edge …