Nahum Daniels is a serial entrepreneur who has made a career of innovative, forward-looking thought leadership on the leading edge of change since 1970.
Boot-strapping his first business set up in Japan in 1970 at the age of 25, with neither business experience nor capital, Nahum built Autumn Press, his first publishing enterprise, into a major counter-cultural source of information and inspiration for the growing “alternative lifestyle” market then taking root in the United States and abroad. As a publisher he learned first-hand the power of the pen and contrarian thinking able to challenge and change social norms when his company released The Book of Tofu by William Shurtfleff. Bill had been turned down by numerous mainstream publishers he had approached about his “soybean curd” cookbook when tofu was something most Americans knew nothing about and could find only in very uninviting food shops located deep in Chinatown, a part of town they rarely if ever frequented. Over a million copies later, tofu has since become a dietary staple in American homes available practically everywhere food is sold. All of Nahum’s publications under the Autumn Press imprint focused on leading edge lifestyle issues—including environmentalism (Nuclear Madness by Australian physician Helen Caldicott) and East/West philosophy (The Looking Glass God: Shinto, Yin Yang and a Cosmology for Today by M.N. Stiskin) together with dozens of other titles.
In 1981, after selling his first imprint, Nahum caught the personal computer bug and early on sensed the social and lifestyle impact the emerging technology could exert. He joined Bill Gates’ Microsoft—several years before it went public and became the giant corporation it is today—to launch Microsoft Press. His purpose via the start-up was to educate the reading public by tapping the authoritative and pace-setting work being done at Microsoft and Apple. Microsoft Press set a new standard for “computer books” that transformed the genre into the easy-to-read and pretty-to-look-at computer publishing product available today.
In 1986, Nahum entered the financial services industry when its leading edge consisted of transforming salespeople into client-centered consultants who viewed themselves as true fiduciaries.
The launch of the personal financial planning industry had just gotten underway and intrigued him: money and its uses had always been a fascination that focused his attention. The idea of advising the affluent on investing, insuring and tax planning captured his imagination and he went back to school to earn the professional certifications needed to practice, including the Certified Financial Planner designation, the Retirement Income Certified Professional designation, NYU’s Tax Certificate and numerous other securities and insurance licenses that required learning and on-going accreditation. His timing put him on the leading edge of an emerging profession.
Bringing a non-judgmental “Zen mind” to it, he has sought to break through conventional thinking to identify state-of-the-art solutions to today’s financial challenges, retirement being perhaps the greatest we face as individuals and as a society. Specializing in the retirement arena, Nahum has surveyed the evolving marketplace and developed an expertise in both the psychological and financial dynamics that must be understood and integrated by Baby Boomers, GenXers and Millennials if they aspire to a “successful” modern retirement that could last decades.
In “Retire Reset: What you need to know and your financial advisor may not be telling you” Nahum offers a contrarian view that challenges conventional thinking and an innovative approach that aims to reset both mindsets and investment portfolios by balancing the leading-edge financial solutions available today that tend to be insufficiently understood or appreciated by consumers and financial advisors alike. His is a growing voice much needed in the face of our unprecedented demographics, in the judgement of the late economist Peter Peterson, the “transcendent problem of the twenty-first century.”