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Tim Ferriss
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BornTimothy Ferriss
(1977-07-20) July 20, 1977 (age 44)
East Hampton, New York, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, podcaster, investor
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
GenreSelf-help, Physical fitness
Notable works

Timothy Ferriss (b. July 20, 1977) is an American entrepreneur, investor, author, podcaster, and lifestyle guru.[1][2] He became well-known through his "4-Hour" self-help book series including the 4-Hour Work Week, the 4-Hour Body, and the 4-Hour Chef,[3] that focused on lifestyle optimizations, but he has since reconsidered this approach.[4]

Early life[edit]

Ferriss grew up in East Hampton, New York. Throughout childhood, Ferriss experienced poor health, sparking an interest in self-improvement. After graduating from St. Paul's School, Ferriss matriculated at Princeton University, earning a B.A. in East Asian studies in 2000.[5] His senior thesis was titled "Acquisition of Japanese Kanji: Conventional Practice and Mnemonic Supplementation", under the supervision of Seiichi Makino.[6] After graduating from Princeton, Ferriss worked in sales at a data storage company.[7]


In 2001, Ferriss founded BrainQUICKEN, an internet-based nutritional supplements business, while still employed at his prior job.[8] He sold the company, then known as BodyQUICK, to a London-based private equity firm in 2010.[9][10] He has stated that The 4-Hour Workweek was based on this period.[10]

Ferriss has been an angel investor and advisor to startups.[11]

He invested or advised in such startups as StumbleUpon, Posterous, Evernote, DailyBurn, Shopify, Reputation.com, Trippy, and TaskRabbit.[12] He is a pre-seed money advisor to Uber, co-founded by Garrett Camp, the founder of StumbleUpon, which Ferriss also advised.[13][14]

In 2013, Ferriss raised $250,000 to invest in Shyp by forming a syndicate on AngelList.[15] Ferriss ended up raising over $500,000 through his backers, and Shyp raised a total of $2.1 million. In 2018, Shyp shut down[16][17][18] and laid off all its employees.[19]

In November 2013, Ferriss began an audiobook publishing venture, Tim Ferriss Publishing.[20] The first book published was Vagabonding by Rolf Potts.[20] Other books include Ego is the Enemy and The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey, and What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars by Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan.[21]

In 2015, The New York Times listed Ferriss among their "Notable angel Investors" while CNN said he was "one of the planet's leading angel investors in technology."[22][23]

Also in 2015, Ferriss declared a long vacation from new investing. He cited the stress of the work and a feeling his impact was "minimal in the long run", and said he planned to spend time on his writing and media projects.[24] In 2017 he stated one of the reasons he moved from Silicon Valley was that, "After effectively 'retiring' from angel investing 2 years ago," he had no professional need to be in the Bay Area.[25]

A picture showing cover of one of the most notable works of Ferriss.

Ferriss has written five books, The 4-Hour Workweek (2007, expanded edition 2009), The 4-Hour Body (2010), The 4-Hour Chef (2012), Tools of Titans (2016), and Tribe of Mentors (2017).

In December 2013, The Tim Ferriss Experiment debuted on HLN. The series focused on Ferriss' life hacking and speed learning methods. Although 13 episodes were produced, only a portion were shown on television.[26] Ferriss also hosted the 2017 TV show Fear{Less} with Tim Ferriss, in which he interviews people from different industries about success and innovation.[27]

Ferriss has raised funds for the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and for the Center for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London. Since 2016, Ferriss donated at least $2,000,000 for clinical research into psychedelic drugs.[28][29]

In 2017, Tim Ferriss gave the TED talk "Why you should define your fears instead of your goals."[30]

In 2019, Forbes called Tim's "4-Hour" advice "everything that's wrong with the modern world" because it contributes to the idea that people's success is about "[figuring] out how to most attractively package their shortcuts and fake-outs" more than actual accomplishment.[31]

He reevaluated his earlier ideas in a 2020 interview with GQ, concluding that "not everything that is meaningful can be measured."[4]

Ferriss continues to release episodes of The Tim Ferriss Show, an interview-centered podcast running since April 22 2014.[32]

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ McNicholas, Kym. "Names You Need To Know In 2011: Tim Ferriss". Forbes.
  2. ^ "Angel List".
  3. ^ Nast, Condé (2021-10-25). "Revisiting "The 4-Hour Workweek"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  4. ^ a b Skipper, Clay. "Tim Ferriss Has Changed His Mind on What Success Looks Like". GQ. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  5. ^ Richards, Daniel. "'The 4-Hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss reveals what he's learned after a difficult year of introspection, and how he built a passionate fanbase of millions". Business Insider.
  6. ^ Multiple sources:
  7. ^ Rosenbloom, Stephanie (March 25, 2011). "The World According to Tim Ferriss". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Grech, Dan (November 22, 2006). "From Workaholic to Tango King". 100 Years of Princeton Alumni Weekly.
  9. ^ Multiple sources:
  10. ^ a b Tim Ferriss Wants You to Get a Life, ABC News, October 11, 2007.
  11. ^ Multiple sources:
  12. ^ Multiple sources:
  13. ^ Byrnes, Brendan. "An Interview With Tim Ferriss, Author of "The 4-Hour Workweek"". Motley Fool.
  14. ^ Mangalindan, JP. "Tim Ferriss: Tech has too much 'dumb capital'". Fortune.
  15. ^ Constine, Josh. "Betaworks And Tim Ferriss Among First Using General Solicitation To Ask Crowds For Investment". TechCrunch.
  16. ^ Kumparak, Greg. "Shyp Raises $2.1M To Pick Up And Ship Your Stuff". TechCrunch.
  17. ^ "AngelList Unveils Maiden Lane, A $25 Million Fund For AngelList Deals". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  18. ^ "Ranking the Top Angel and Venture Capital Fund Managers (Part 1)". Financial Poise. 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  19. ^ Gibbon, Kevin (March 27, 2018). "I Can't Wait for You to See What We Do Next". LinkedIn.com.
  20. ^ a b Ha, Anthony. "'4 Hour Workweek' Author Tim Ferriss Is Becoming An Audiobook Publisher". TechCrunch.
  21. ^ "Tim Ferriss Book Club". The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss.
  22. ^ "Notable Angel Investors". New York Times.
  23. ^ "Tim Ferriss: How travel helped me learn to kick ass". CNN.
  24. ^ "How to Say "No" When It Matters Most".
  25. ^ "Reddit AMA". Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  26. ^ "The Tim Ferriss Experiment" – via IMDb.
  27. ^ "Fear{less} with Tim Ferriss". Show Experience.
  28. ^ LEBOWITZ, SHANA. "'4-hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss plans to donate $100,000 toward studying how to treat depression with psychedelics like magic mushrooms". Business Insider.
  29. ^ Carey, Benedict (2019-09-06). "Tim Ferriss, the Man Who Put His Money Behind Psychedelic Medicine". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  30. ^ Ferriss, Tim (1497279842), Why you should define your fears instead of your goals, retrieved 2021-11-11 Check date values in: |date= (help)
  31. ^ Schein, Michael. "'Tim Ferriss Is Everything That's Wrong With The Modern World (And Why You Should Follow His Lead)'". Forbes.
  32. ^ "Tim Ferriss Wants to Show You His Toolkit". Podcast Review. 2019-05-08. Archived from the original on 2021-10-30. Retrieved 2021-10-30.

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