The James Altucher Show

Ep. 55 Jimmy Wales: The Man Who Created Wikipedia


Type almost anything into Google and you'll notice that often the first or second search result is a Wikipedia page.   Wikipedia has become the world's encyclopedia. It's written collaboratively by the people who use it, and because of that, it has gone viral.   Jimmy Wales no longer runs the day-to-day operations of Wikipedia, instead he spends his days traveling the world giving talks on free speech and Internet freedom. Although, he still spends an inordinate amount of time interacting with and thinking about the community.   Today, Jimmy shares his secret origin with James.   History is usually written by the winners. Wikipedia has changed that, and now everyone has an equal say.   James asks Jimmy what the real "hot button" topics are, and which cause the most arguments. I think you'll be surprised by his answers.     As usual, James' mind is always thinking of new business ideas. During the interview both he and Jimmy toss out a few that are just waiting for someone to grab up and run with.