|Education||California State University, BS, Wharton, MBA|
|Known for||Bulletproof Coffee and the Bulletproof diet|
Asprey is also known for being early to exploit the Internet for commerce, selling caffeine-molecule t-shirts via the alt.drugs.caffeine newsgroup in 1994. Previously, Asprey held executive and director positions for technology companies including Trend Micro, Blue Coat Systems and Citrix Systems.
After graduating college, Asprey worked in the IT industry for companies including Bradshaw and 3Com. He also ran the Internet and Web Engineering program at University of California, Santa Cruz, in which Asprey created one of the first working instances of cloud computing. Later, he joined Exodus Communications as director of strategic planning where he co-founded the company’s professional services group.
Asprey was the director of product management for a Silicon Valley startup called NetScaler which was later acquired by Citrix Systems. After working at Citrix, Asprey served as the vice president of marketing for Zeus Technology and later, vice president of technology and corporate development at Blue Coat Systems. He then became an entrepreneur in residence at Trinity Ventures before co-founding a company called Basis. Asprey was the vice president of cloud security for Trend Micro before he left to run his own business full-time.
Asprey initially started the Bulletproof brand after developing Bulletproof Coffee. He posted the recipe for the beverage and details on the health benefits he experienced on his website while still working for Trend Micro. Asprey also developed low-mold coffee beans, oils and supplements and started selling them on his website in 2011. The following year, Asprey was a panelist at the “Hack Your Brain” event at South by Southwest. By 2013, Asprey had left his position at Trend Micro to run the Bulletproof companies.
Asprey also runs a podcast, "Bulletproof Radio," which was downloaded 10.5 million times in 2014. The stated goal of Bulletproof Nutrition is to enhance human performance. It supports the Quantified Self movement as a way to empower individuals to understand and hack their own health.
On July, 2015, Asprey raised $9 million from Trinity Ventures to expand the company.
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The Bulletproof diet is a fad diet developed and marketed by Asprey that recommends eating foods high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates, the foundation of which is "Bulletproof Coffee", a coffee drink with butter and medium-chain triglyceride derived from coconut oil. Asprey developed his Bulletproof Coffee recipe after traveling to Tibet and tasting yak-butter tea drinks. He returned to the United States and experimented with buttered drink recipes and published the preparation for his buttered coffee drink on his blog in 2009.
The Bulletproof diet also recommends incorporating intermittent fasting and "Bulletproof Coffee", a coffee beverage made from low-mold coffee beans, grass-fed, unsalted butter and either coconut oil or medium-chain triglycerides.
Vox contributor Julia Belluz criticized the Bulletproof diet referring to it as "like a caricature of a bad fad-diet book". Belluz wrote particularly against claims that changing diet can reduce inflammation and lead to weight loss, saying Asprey ignored contradictory studies about the health benefits of certain foods, and inappropriately extrapolated studies on animals, very small groups of people, and people with specific diseases to the general human population. Dietitian Lynn Weaver criticized the diet as being hard to follow and supported by only small studies that are "not generally part of the scientific literature used by medical and nutritional professionals".
Asprey has claimed that when used in combination with other "health hacks", the coffee helped to boost his IQ score by more than 20 points. His company claims that Bulletproof Coffee can aid cognition and trigger weight loss through ketosis.
Dietitians point out there is no scientific basis for these claims, and that any sense of alertness from Bulletproof Coffee is "just a caffeine buzz". Some physicians like Dr. Frank Lipman and Dr. Andrew Weil believe that, when combined with a balanced diet, drinking buttered coffee could be healthy and "might give you a bit more energy than your everyday cup."
Asprey claims that most coffee beans contain high levels of mycotoxins and that this "steals your mental edge and actually makes you weak." He sells a brand of "upgraded" beans which are advertised as having undergone a secret, proprietary process to reduce mycotoxin levels. However, Physician David Bach has observed that coffee producers are already good at removing mycotoxins from their product, and that there is no evidence to support Asprey's claim that mycotoxins make people "sluggish".
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