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Keynote by Tim Ferriss, author of the Four Hour Work-Week.

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Timothy Ferriss

The 4-hour Workweek

Timothy Ferriss (, nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007” and Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know in 2011,” is an angel investor (StumbleUpon, Facebook, Digg, Twitter, etc.) and author of the new #1 New York Times bestseller, The 4-Hour Body. He is also author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been sold into 35 languages.

Newsweek has called Tim “the world’s best guinea pig,” which he takes a compliment.

He is also an active education reformer and has architected experimental social media campaigns such as LitLiberation to out-fundraise traditional media figures like Stephen Colbert 3-to-1 at zero cost, building schools overseas and financing more than 25,000 US students in the process. He is on the advisory board of, an educational non-profit and winner at Fast Company’s 2008 Social Capitalist Awards.

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Dav Yaginuma
05/08/2009 1:35am PDT

I’m very glad this was on the program, just bummed I missed the first few minutes.

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Daniel Aragao
05/06/2009 4:15pm PDT

Tim Ferriss is quite articulate and clearly a smart guy but the keynote was disappointing, full of rhetoric and with no elements of novelty whatsoever. As he said himself: ” should not try to please everyone…”. I’m no doubt on the “not pleased” side.

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Peter Cooper
05/06/2009 4:31am PDT

Couldn’t get as far as reviewing the content because the presentation was incredibly poor and somnolent, let alone the poor acoustics. The last thing one needs at the end of the day is a monotonous, low energy “keynote” (it was really a plenary interview, not a keynote.)

I read his book some time ago; he seems like an interesting guy. Shame none of that came across as I was anticipating an exciting talk, perhaps on his recent writings about Stoicism, etc. Instead he was asked a bunch of banal questions and responded to them with as much enthusiasm as a sloth could muster. Dull, dull, dull.

Aaron Hawkins
05/06/2009 3:16am PDT

I thought the content was great. The format was good and I found the discussion interesting and thought provoking.

I think the point was to find a topic tangential to actual programming but that still had interesting implications. I think the idea of reevaluating how we spend our time is relevant and useful. I enjoyed this talk.

Heinrich Klobuczek
05/06/2009 3:14am PDT

Great talk, terrible acoustics.

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Rob Biedenharn
05/06/2009 12:12am PDT

I thought the format was fine and I don’t know why anyone would care that that Tim hadn’t specifically prepared anything. My only issue was that Tim was often hard to understand because he was just using a conversational tone. If David was the the only one meant to hear, that would be fine, but I think the more relaxed atmosphere led to speaking with a voice not so well suited for being mic’ed.

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Wesley Gamble
05/05/2009 12:07pm PDT

Interesting idea with the fireside chat, but David could direct the conversation better and try to make it more relevant. It’s a little too pie in the sky.

Andy Mayer
05/05/2009 11:38am PDT

Diaspointed with this keynote. Doesn’t feel like Tim prepared anything special before hand.

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