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James Altucher
James Altucher
Born (1968-01-22) January 22, 1968 (age 50)
United States
ResidenceNew York, New York
Alma materCornell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Known forEntrepreneurship, blogging

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, venture capitalist and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies. He has published 20 books, and he is a contributor to publications including The Financial Times and The Huffington Post.


Altucher graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in computer science in 1989.[1][2] Altucher's first job after graduating was in the IT department of HBO. At one point, Altucher hosted an HBO program, III:am.[1]

In 1998, Altucher left HBO, sold Reset Inc. for approximately $10 million, and used the proceeds to fund new internet investments.[3] Altucher has said he began this period with $15 million and lost it all in two years, which led him to re-evaluate his approach to both business and life.[3] During this time, Jim Cramer of hired him to write about stocks, and Altucher began trading for hedge funds.[1]

From 2002–2005, he traded for several hedge funds, and from 2004–2006, he ran a fund of hedge funds.[1]

In 2006, Altucher founded the financial social network StockPickr.[4] The website was named one of Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites of 2007.[5] Stockpickr was later sold to for $10 million according to an SEC filing from TSCM in April, 2007.[citation needed]

In 2017, he moved into advising on cryptocurrency investing,[6] despite having condemned Bitcoin in 2013 as "a fad, or a scam, or a ponzi scheme, or worse."[7] However, in May, 2013, he built a store to sell his book, "Choose Yourself" for Bitcoin a month before he released it on Amazon. He was interviewed by Business Insider about this and why he reversed his stance on Bitcoin. [8]

Altucher was a seed investor in Buddy Media, which later sold to for $745 million.[1]

On August 31, 2015, Altucher launched a new podcast with Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics, called Question of the Day, based on questions from Quora.[9]

Dan Dzombak of The Motley Fool named Altucher's book Choose Yourself among the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.[10]

In 2016, the NY Times wrote a story titled, "Why Self-Help Guru, James Altucher, only owns 15 items." .[11]

Altucher hosts the business podcast called "The James Altucher Show.", which also covers investment strategy, entreupreneur opportunity examples, why technology doesn't displace jobs, hedge-fund businesses, and ETFs.[12][13].


  • The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth. (2015) ISBN 150100994X
  • The Rich Employee. (2015) ISBN 1517088720
  • The Power of No. (2014) ISBN 1401945872
  • The Choose Yourself Stories. (2014) ISBN 1500193410
  • Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream. (2013) ISBN 1490382887
  • 40 Alternatives to College. (2012) ISBN 1479269387
  • The Altucher Confidential: Ideas for a World Out of Balance, a Round Table Comic. (2011) ISBN 1939418070
  • The Forever Portfolio: How to Pick Stocks that You Can Hold for the Long Run. (2008) ISBN 1591842115
  • SuperCash: The New Hedge Fund Capitalism. (2006) ISBN 0471745995
  • Trade Like Warren Buffett. (2005) ISBN 0471655848
  • Trade Like a Hedge Fund: 20 Successful Uncorrelated Strategies and Techniques to Winning Profits. (2004) ISBN 0471484857


  1. ^ a b c d e Farzad, Roben. "James Altucher, Wall Street's Keeper of the Pain". Bloomberg. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  2. ^ Kaufman, Sarah (10 September 2010). "Some say bypassing a higher education is smarter than paying for a degree". Washington Post.
  3. ^ a b Campbell, Colin. "In conversation: James Altucher". Macleans.
  4. ^ Dealbook (20 November 2007). "Before, a Hedge Fund Deal Not Done". New York Times.
  5. ^ Murray Buechner, Maryanne (8 July 2007). "50 Best Websites 2007: Stockpickr". Time.
  6. ^ Wolff-Mann, Ethan (18 January 2016). "Meet the man behind those 'bitcoin genius' ads all over the internet". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  7. ^ Mac, Ryan; Lytvynenko, Jane (18 January 2018). "Here's How Scammers Are Using Fake News To Screw With Bitcoin Investors". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  8. ^ "This Guy Is Selling His Book Exclusively Via Bitcoin". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  9. ^ Max Willens (2015-08-31). "Freakonomics Radio's Stephen J. Dubner Talks About His New Podcast 'Question Of The Day'". Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  10. ^ Dzombak, Dan (6 November 2014). "12 Best Business Books of All Time". The Motley Fool.
  11. ^ "Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things". Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  12. ^ Mercedes, Crystal (2017-05-26). "PRO Talks: James Altucher on the next big financial innovation". Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  13. ^ Davies, Daniel (2019-01-16). "12 Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Man". Men's Health. Retrieved 2019-01-18.

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