Timothy Ferriss

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Template:Infobox Writer Timothy Ferriss is an American author and public speaker.[1] In 2007, he published The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, which was a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.[2][3][4]

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Career

Ferriss grew up in East Hampton, NY and graduated from St. Paul's School. He received a degree in Neuroscience and East Asian Studies from Princeton University.[5][6]

Ferriss founded BrainQUICKEN, a San Jose-based online company that sells sports nutrition supplements.[7][8]. He sold the company in January 2009 to an unnamed private equity firm.[9] He is now a full-time angel investor and has invested in the following companies: Twitter, Posterous, DailyBurn (formerly Gyminee), Reputation Defender, Foodzie, Badongo, Rescue Time, and SimpleGeo.[10][11]

He also acts as an advisor to StumbleUpon and Shopify[12], which he has alluded to in interviews with Kevin Rose are in exchange for equity.

He holds the Guinness Book of World Records' record for the most consecutive tango-spins in one minute.[13] Ferriss and his dance partner Alicia Monti set the record live on the show Live with Regis and Kelly.[14] Prior to his writing career, Ferriss served as an advisor to professional athletes and Olympians and was a National Chinese Kickboxing Champion, a title he won through a process of shoving opponents out of the ring for which he was nicknamed "sumo."[5][15][16] In 2008, he won Wired Magazine's "Greatest Self-Promoter of All Time" prize [17] and was named one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Business People of 2007."[18] Ferriss has also spoken at the EG Conference.[19]

His show "Trial By Fire" aired on the History Channel in December 2008. In the show, Ferriss had one week to attempt to learn a skill normally learned over the course of many years and in the pilot episode he practiced the Japanese art of horseback archery, Yabusame.[20][21] He has said in a public uStream video chat that he did not agree with some things his production company did, and has not renewed his option with them. He also stated he will continue to pursue the idea, and is optimistic since he now has formed a relationship directly with the History Channel.[22]

The Aspen Institute named Ferriss a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow in March, 2009.[23] The fellowship "is designed to engage the next generation of leaders in the challenge of community-spirited leadership". Ferris was one of 21 individuals from the U.S. named.

Productivity and teachings

Ferriss is known for his application of both the Pareto Principle and Parkinson's Law to business and personal life.[24] He has also taken the position that technology such as email, instant messaging and internet-enabled PDAs complicate life rather than simplify it.[25][26] His teachings fit under the umbrella of what he calls "Lifestyle Design," which he positions as an alternative to the "deferred-life" career path where one would work a 9 to 5 job until retirement in their 60s.[27][28] This involves breaking what he calls "outdated assumptions" and finding ways to be more effective so that 'work' takes up less of people's time.[27]

The 4-Hour Workweek

In April 2007, Random House released his book The 4-Hour Workweek through its Crown imprint. The book warns against information overload, recommends what Ferriss calls 'selective ignorance' and coins the phrase 'lifestyle design.'[28] He also advocated hiring virtual assistants from developing countries such as India.[28]

Before the release of the 4HWW, Ferriss was an unknown.[29] He marketed the book heavily through bloggers with whom he created personal relationships.[29][30] He has since been praised for this technique.[29][31] The book eventually hit number 1 on both the New York Times bestseller list and the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.[32]

The release of his book moved Ferriss' blog to the Top 1000 on Technorati.[33] According to Fast Company, it is read by many of the "top tech CEOs in the world."[34]

On December, 15 2009, The Four-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated was released by Random House in time for the holiday season, including several more case studies of people who have utilized Ferriss' methods.

See also

References

  1. Grant, Elaine (March 25, 2008). "4 Questions for Productivity Guru Tim Ferriss". US News and World Report. http://www.usnews.com/articles/business/small-business-entrepreneurs/2008/03/25/4-questions-for-productivity-guru-tim-ferriss.html. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  2. New Times Bestseller List Feb. 2008
  3. " Tim Ferriss: "...4HWW is simultaneously #1 on the NY Times and #1 on the Wall Street Journal business bestseller lists"
  4. # 5: 4 Hour Work Week as of March 30th, 2008
  5. 5.0 5.1 About | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss "Advisor to more than 30 world record holders in professional and Olympic sports"
  6. PAW: Alumni Spotlight
  7. Ferriss, Tim (September 5, 2007). "How I Work". CNN Money. http://money.cnn.com/2007/05/04/magazines/fsb/4_hour_week.fsb/index.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  "I run BrainQuicken (brainquicken.com), a six-year-old developer and distributor of sports-nutrition products in San Jose with wholesale customers around the world."
  8. Tim Ferriss Wants You to Get a Life ABC News. October 11, 2007.
  9. Loic Le Meur interviews Tim Ferris
  10. http://www.crunchbase.com/person/tim-ferriss#src5
  11. Kingcaid, Jason Feel the DailyBurn TechCrunch. May 26, 2009.
  12. http://www.crunchbase.com/person/tim-ferriss
  13. PAW: Alumni Spotlight"...Ferris and Monti executed a jaw-dropping 37 tango spins in a minute. They shattered their own record of 27, set in June 2005 during the tango world championship in Buenos Aires."
  14. Tim Ferriss. (2006). Tango World Record. [http://youtube.com/watch?v=H9pWKB2D23k]. Live with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa. 
  15. CNBC Profile of Timothy Ferriss
  16. The 7 Commandments of Blogosphere (and Life) Self-Defense | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss
  17. Tweney, Dylan (March 31, 2008). "Tim Ferriss Takes Wired.com's Self-Promotion Prize". Wired. http://blog.wired.com/business/2008/03/tim-ferriss-tak.html. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  18. Hannessian, Kevin (February 15, 2008). "Fast Company's Most Innovative Business People of 2007". Fast Company. http://www.fastcompany.com/multimedia/slideshows/content/innovators-2007.html?page=12. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  19. Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything TED. December 2008.
  20. Marketing Ideas #17 Tim Ferriss Trial by Fire on the History Channel Unconventional Marketing. December 3, 2008.
  21. Big News and Sneak Peak - Tim Ferriss TV Show Debut The Blog of Tim Ferriss. December 4, 2008.
  22. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/3350340
  23. http://www.aspeninstitute.org/news/2009/03/30/aspen-institute-names-emerging-leaders-2009-henry-crown-fellows Aspen Press Release, 3-30-09
  24. R. della Cava, Marco. "Services cater to our speeded-up lives". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2008-01-27-speeded-up_N.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  25. Ferriss, Tim (March 4, 2008). "I receive 500 to 1,000 emails per day". The Economist. http://www.economist.com/debate/index.cfm?action=article&debate_id=5&story_id=10795313. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  26. Williams, Alex (November 11, 2007). "Meet the Press". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/fashion/11guru.html?ex=1352610000&en=c84216adfad48b9c&ei=5124&partner=digg&exprod=digg. Retrieved 2008-04-04.  "Most fundamentally, Mr. Ferriss turned ruthless against e-mail. "
  27. 27.0 27.1 Dannen, Chris (September 2007). "Seven Questions with the 4-Hour Workweek Evangelist". Fast Company. http://www.fastcompany.com/articles/2007/09/4-hour-work-week.html. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Ferriss, Timothy The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich' Crown (2007)
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Scoble, Robert (March, 2008). "Meet the Press". Fast Company. http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/124/meet-the-press.html. Retrieved 2008-03-21.  "A year ago, Timothy Ferriss was a relative unknown. If the serial entrepreneur was known at all, it was likely for being the only Princeton University guest lecturer..."
  30. Williams, Alex (November 11, 2007). "Meet the Press". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/fashion/11guru.html?ex=1352610000&en=c84216adfad48b9c&ei=5124&partner=digg&exprod=digg. Retrieved 2008-04-04.  "...Ferriss has seen his book quickly become a best seller, largely on the strength of blog chatter in the tech community."
  31. Rubel, Steve. "The 4-Hour Workweek - Behind the Meme". MicroPersuasion.com. http://www.micropersuasion.com/2007/05/the_4hour_workw.html. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  32. " The Blog of Tim Ferriss: How Does a Bestseller Happen
  33. Technorati profile: 4hww
  34. Dannen, Chris (September 2007). "Seven Questions with the 4-Hour Workweek Evangelist". Fast Company. http://www.fastcompany.com/articles/2007/09/4-hour-work-week.html. Retrieved 2008-04-24. "My blog is on the blogroll of some of the top tech CEOs in the world. "

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