Josh Kaufman

Bestselling Author, Business & Self-Education


About Josh Kaufman - Bestselling Author

Official Biography

Josh Kaufman is the author of two international bestsellers, The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business and The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast!. Josh is one of the top 100 business authors in the world, and has been featured as the #1 bestselling author in Business & Money, as ranked by Amazon.com.

Josh conducts ongoing independent research in business, entrepreneurship, skill acquisition, productivity, behavioral psychology, systems design, and optimization, and focuses on helping people learn how to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in daily life.

Josh's unique, multidisciplinary approach to business mastery and rapid skill acquisition has helped millions of readers around the world learn essential concepts and skills on their own terms. The widely-acclaimed Personal MBA manifesto and business reading list has been downloaded over 3 million times, and his TEDx talk on The First 20 Hours has been viewed over 4.5 million times worldwide, putting it in the top 10 most-viewed TEDx videos and top 100 most-viewed TED talks published to date.

Josh's research has been featured by The New York Times, The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Fortune, Forbes, Time, BusinessWeek, Wired, Fast Company, Financial Times, HarvardBusiness.org, Inside Higher Ed, Lifehacker, MarketWatch, The Independent, Bloomberg TV, PBS Next Avenue, CCTV, and CNN's Sanjay Gupta MD.

Josh has been a featured speaker at The Aspen Ideas Festival, Stanford University, World Domination Summit, Pioneer Nation, Microconf, BaconBiz, Google, and IBM.

JoshKaufman.net was named one of the "Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs" by Forbes in 2013.

About Josh Kaufman's Books

The Personal MBA

The Personal MBA has sold over 300,000 copies worldwide to date, and has been in the top 0.1% of all business books sold on Amazon.com since its publication in January, 2011.

On publication, the international edition of The Personal MBA was the the #1 bestselling nonfiction book in the United Kingdom, and remained #1 for two consecutive months. The Personal MBA has also been used as a textbook for business courses at Stanford University, New York University, Howard University, and Portland State University.

The audiobook edition of The Personal MBA was honored as a finalist in the 2013 Audio Publishers Association's "Audie" awards, the "Grammys" of the audio publishing industry.

PersonalMBA.com has been visited over 3.7 million times by readers all over the world since its founding in 2005. Josh's research has directly saved prospective business students millions of dollars in unnecessary tuition, fees, and interest by providing an effective, affordable, and debt-free method of learning fundamental business principles.

The First 20 Hours

The First 20 Hours, details a universal, field-tested method of rapid skill acquisition designed to help readers pick up rewarding new skills in record time. Used by readers to learn everything from piloting airplanes to sumo wrestling, The First 20 Hours helps readers pick up useful and rewarding new skills as fast as humanly possible.

The First 20 Hours was an instant international bestseller, his TEDx talk on The First 20 Hours has been viewed over 4.5 million times, and the book has been translated into six languages.

Career Highlights

Prior to full-time research and writing, Josh worked in brand management for Procter & Gamble's Home Care division, where he lead multi-million dollar projects that encompassed P&G’s entire value chain, from new product development to delivering in-store marketing campaigns for key customers like Walmart, Target, and Costco. Before leaving P&G, Josh spearheaded the development of P&G’s global online marketing measurement strategy.

Since leaving P&G, Josh has advised business owners in a wide variety of industries, including technology, publishing, manufacturing, fitness, government services, academia, and healthcare.

Personal Interests

Josh's current active interests include computer programming, playing the ukulele, photography, audio recording, personal watercraft (rowing / windsurfing / paddleboarding), bouldering, yoga, and baguazhang.

Current Work

Josh's current projects involve online training programs, live training programs, and ongoing research in business and skill acquisition.

For interviews, speaking, consulting, and new project inquiries, check Josh's current status.


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The Personal MBA

Master the Art of Business

The #1 International Bestseller, Revised & Expanded. A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then go out into the world and make your own. More →



The First 20 Hours

How to Learn Anything… Fast!

A practitioner's guide to rapid skill acquisition. Accelerate your learning by deconstructing complex skills, practicing the most important elements first, and removing barriers to deliberate practice. What do you want to learn? More →