4-minute video of me talking about personal-finance startups

Ramit Sethi · June 19th, 2008

A while back, I attended FinovateStartup 2008, a conference on personal-finance startups. While I was walking around. I met the Wisebread guys and they pulled me into a side room to interview me with some off-the-cuff questions. So here’s the video!

Ramit Sethi at Finovate Startup ’08Click here for funny video clips

:08 — “What do you think of all these new personal finance services?”
:45 — “Does this Web 2.0 social media approach work with finance?”
1:04 — “If you launched your own personal finance startup, what would it look like?”
2:15 — “Best advice for a new investor?”
3:04 — “Is that an invitation to email you?”
3:14 — “Your worst financial habit?”
3:31 — Besides Mint, what other personal-finance services do you like?
3:49 — “Last bit of advice for Wisebread readers?”

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  1. Jeff in PDX

    no sound on the video

  2. Ramit Sethi

    Jeff, I just re-checked and the audio works fine. Can you check the audio on your side?

  3. Works fine.

    Question, Ramit.. You mentioned Mint and another site, I couldn’t quite pick up the name, something like Wasabay?

  4. @Ben,
    It’s Wesabe — great social aspect to financial aggregation. (

  5. Great video!! It’s great to see and hear sound and honest advice. This is my first time stopping by and I totally enjoyed yhis experience!! Thanks!

  6. acidspit

    Great to see you speak!! Video was short and concise, with a lot of good bits of information. It was also nice to see how you comport yourself and not to just rely on static photographs. All around cool. Thanks!

  7. Abdulah

    Hahahaha YOU will teach me how to be rich? Man look at you! First get a haircut. Second get some clean clothes. Then ‘teach’…LOL

  8. Christina

    Abdulah….you should read “The Millionaire Next Door” 🙂

    Great video! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Great interview, and great advice! I particularly enjoyed the last bit of advice – get your information from a number of different sources. So true! I’ve found some of the best plans are actually a combination of several different financial plans. Picking the best aspects from three or four different plans and creating your own is probably the best approach.

  10. ekrabs

    Very nice!

    I have the same “bad financial habit”. I’m learning to cook for myself though…. It’s, ah, a work in progress.

  11. YodleeFan

    Why wasn’t Yodlee mentioned? uses Yodlee under the hood. Yodlee has been around for years. It has more features, and no fluff.

  12. Mandy Ng

    good advice. thanks.
    but I still can’t change my spending habits.
    also how do I say no to the kids?