Career Crashers Episode 20: James Beshara on Building a Legendary Career

Morgan Von Gunten
January 2020

This week on the podcast, we’re thrilled to share the first part of a two-part conversation with James Beshara.

James is an angel investor, founder, podcaster, and author. He’s been invited to speak at places like Harvard Business School, Stanford, Y Combinator, TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW, the World Bank, and others. And we’re honored to have him on our podcast to share his story of crashing his career.

Since his first paying job at age fourteen—where he repaired computers—James has worked in and around technology. He’s started multiple companies, invested in dozens, and experienced the full range from success to failure.

James has built a truly great career. In our first episode with him, we find out how he got started—from his earliest experiences with entrepreneurship, to founding and folding a company, to setting out and starting again.

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Show notes

  • The meaning behind the name Career Crashers
  • How growing up in an entrepreneurial family impacted how James thought about starting his career
  • How the financial crisis wiped out a lucrative job opportunity and led him to a different path
  • Working for a micro-finance organization and coming up with the idea for his first startup
  • Starting a micro-finance business, then having to shut it down because of an SEC change in policy
  • Bouncing back and going back to work after a business failure
  • Realizing that he wanted to work for himself and approaching starting a business without one fixed idea
  • Finding the idea and starting Tilt

Connect with James

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