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Ambition Today

Ambition Today is a podcast with the entrepreneurs, creators, investors, and builders who ambitiously changed the world. Each episode explores the hardships and heroism of everyday life to reveal the key moments which leave behind a lasting legacy. Creating value in the world is hard, but you are not alone. No matter where you are in the world Ambition Today, hosted by Kevin Siskar, is here to keep you company you as you create your own incredible story. Follow the show @AmbitionToday.
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Dec 30, 2015

What an event episode ten of Ambition Today is as Jon Federico, co-founder of Event Hero and @GadgetBoy himself comes on the show all the way from the warm and sunny Austin, Texas. Ever wonder why most podcasts are sponsored by Audible.com? Today we a speaking with John Federico who years ago worked at Audible and invented the podcast sponsorship program. Through the years he also worked at Advance Internet, Blog Talk Radio, and more. He is now the co-founder of Event Hero which is the first integration Platform-as-a-Service for event technologies. He also hosts the EventTech Podcast is all about event technologies where John interviews EventTech company CEO’s and product managers, industry thought leaders and event organizers. If you are a new startup founder or just want to better understand the world of podcasting, audio, and marketing this episode is for you. + How experiencing an economic crash can influence you. + Why the medium of Audio matters. + Recognizing when life deals you an opportunity and capitalizing on it. + Understand the world of podcasts. + How John created the Audible Podcast Affiliate program at Audible.com + Making the leap from employee to entrepreneur. + How to re-brand your company. + Who would win in a fight: Batman or Superman? + The future of podcasting. + Using content marketing such as blogging or writing a book to grow your brand. + Winning the battle for people's time and attention. Ambition Today Question of the Day: What is the optimal work life balance that let's you enjoy success and make all the time and energy worthwhile? ========== Follow Kevin Siskar on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar Visit Ambition Today on the Web: www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS (apple.co/1NRRPzL) and on Stitcher for Android (bit.ly/1Rn01dy).

Dec 15, 2015

Episode nine of Ambition Today finds us with the King of the DJ's, Rob Principe, the Founder & CEO of Scratch Music Group. Growing up on Long Island as a child Rob loved music, especially Run D.M.C. One day the popular music group happened to sit down next to him on a plane as he was traveling to a tennis tournament. Afterword he took a picture with the group. Fast forward years later Rob had founded Scratch Music Group and after some hustle, Rob would show this very picture to Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. in a greenroom at the Letterman Show in New York City while pitching him his vision. Jam Master Jay was in and together they co-founded the Scratch DJ Academy. I found Rob's story to be pretty incredible. During this episode we go over the history of Scratch as well as: + What is it like meeting your childhood hero's. + How Rob and Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. co-founded the Scratch DJ Academy. + The importance of building credibility when building your initial startup's team. + Recognizing that defining inspirational moment in your life that changes the path your on. + How Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. came to collaborate on "Walk This Way". + The moment when your startup becomes and feels real to you as the founder. + Converting your initial traction into a paid business model. + The importance of moving the chains over and over during the early years of your startup. + The future of DJ'ing and Music + How Music Festivals became so popular. Ambition Today Question of the Day: Do you think childhood plays a role in defining who people become? ========== Follow Kevin Siskar on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar Visit Ambition Today on the Web: www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS (apple.co/1NRRPzL) and on Stitcher for Android (bit.ly/1Rn01dy).

Nov 26, 2015

On episode eight Jeff Wald, Co-founder and President of Work Market joins Ambition Today. "The only thing I know with 100% certainty is that it ain't going down like this." - Jeff Wald Jeff's background is nothing short if impressive. He started at Cornell University and then went to J.P. Morgan. He then went back to school at Harvard for an MBA. After Harvard Jeff spent time at Glen Rock Group before going on to Co-found Spin Back. The wild ride of Spinback, his first startup, took Jeff to almost moving back home after coming close to running out of money. The answer was to rebuild the business which later ended up getting acquired. After acquisition Jeff went to Barington Capital Group, and finally to his current company where he is the Co-founder and President of Work Market. Did I mention he was also an auxiliary member of the NYPD as well? This is an episode packed full of insights: + Is getting a Master's of Business Administration worth the return on investment? + Should you start a company or get an MBA? + The value of spending time with Entrepreneurs. + How to break into Venture Capital. + Leaving a job in Venture Capital to start a new company. + How to attract high quality investors in your startups such as Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, and Softbank. + The one question you should start every meeting with. + The four different types of conversations. + Differences between Advisors and Mentors. + The importance of giving back to others The Ambition Today Question of the Day: Who would win in a fight, Batman vs Superman? Follow Kevin Siskar on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar Visit Ambition Today on the Web: www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS (apple.co/1NRRPzL) and on Stitcher for Android (bit.ly/1Rn01dy). Kevin Siskar brings you ambitious entrepreneurs inspired by Tim Ferriss, Entrepreneur on Fire, NPR, HBR, TED Radio Hour, the StartUp podcast, Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, The Uncertain Hour, Bigger Pockets, Art of Charm, Dave Ramsey, Planet Money, Jocko Podcast, EntreLeadership, Zigler, APM Marketplace, Mixergy, Seth Godin, #AskGaryVee.

Nov 14, 2015

On episode 7 Beatriz Helena Ramos, Founder and CEO of DADA & Dancing Diablo is with us. Her most recent startup, DADA is a visual conversation platform for artists and art enthusiasts. Her other company, Dancing Diablo is is live action and animation production company based in DUMBO, Brooklyn. After moving from Venezuela to find success in America, Beatriz thought that would be the hardest thing she ever had to do. Then she started her first business and learned that was not going to be true anymore. During this episode we go through: + Starting a brick and mortar Comic book store in Venezuela + Moving to America to find success + Working for MTV and Disney + Who would win in a fight, Batman vs Superman? + Running a remote office in another country + How to restore power to the artists + How to find impactful Mentor's and Advisors The Ambition Today Question of the Day: What is Ambition to you? Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS and on Stitcher for Android.

Oct 14, 2015

Eric Duffy, Co-Founder and CEO of Pathgather, a beautiful and engaging learning platform for the modern workforce joins us on episode 6 of Ambition Today. We get into the insights fast on this episode: "What do I think will allow me to have the most impact on my short time on earth" - Eric Duffy For Eric, after some time abroad in Africa, the answer to his question was to start Pathgather. We discuss how traveling the world can lead to inspiration for new great ideas. From there Eric moved back to Silicon Alley and joined the Founder Institute in New York to launch Pathgather. His journey through founding a startup takes us through: + How a great MVP tests user behavior and can attract your first customer. + Graduating the Founder Institute New York. + How to position yourself to enable meeting your Co-founder. + Joining Techstars New York City. + Disrupting a stagnate industry such as the Learning Management System (LMS) space. + Fundraising your seed round and how a convertible note works. + Attracting investors such as Bloomberg Beta, Contour Venture Partners, Techstars, The Vedas Group, Tigerlabs Ventures, Palm Drive Ventures, Jerry Wang, Thomas Wisniewski, and Michael Derikrava. + And also: The Ambition Today Question of the Day: What should a new startup founders first step be? Todays News: What are your thoughts on Twitter naming Jack Dorsey, one of its founders, as CEO? Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS and on Stitcher for Android.

Oct 5, 2015

Kevin Siskar was joined by Cory Crosland on this episode of Ambition Today. Cory is the founder of Croscon, an engineering company which partners with big thinkers to plan, engineer and support their digital business. Today we talk about how to bootstrap a startup company from one person just doing freelance work to a growing team of almost 20 people. How you can stay motivated years into your company. What it is like being nominated for a Grammy and winning a Webby Award. Also, what is the future of mobile now that Android has 1.4 billion users and much more. Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS and on Stitcher for Android.

Sep 28, 2015

On this episode of Ambition Today, I was joined by serial entrepreneur Shahab Kaviani. Shahab is most notably the co-founder of CoFoundersLab, a global organization helping entrepreneurs find their co-founder and launch lasting new businesses together. Previously he cofounded Hyperoffice and recently he is the co-founder of a new company Breezio, which is a collaboration platform for research scientist to accelerate discoveries through team science. Today we discuss Shahab's journey through serial entrepreneurship. We explore some questions such as: When is the right time to replace yourself as CEO? What to do when Google decides to enter your market? How to test your companies MVP offline without even building a website? Who could be the right company to merge with? And the new Ambition Today Question of the Day ( Q.O.T.D.™ )

Sep 10, 2015

Joined today by Clark Dever, the founder of Head Up Display, a visual notification system for workers in hazardous environments. Today we discuss how to travel the United States of America for only $600, the future of e-sports entertainment, and how to compete with Google Glass and Oculus Rift. Also, how do you grow a startup ecosystem out of a an industrial renaissance? Buffalo N.Y. may have the answer. Elon Musk's Solar City, ecosystem driving programs like Z80 Labs and 43 North, and affordable cost of living are some of the things driving Buffalo forward as a startup city. Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS.

Aug 23, 2015

Today's guest is serial entrepreneur Hans Bakan. Hans is the founder of Open Dreams, a non profit working to provide education and mentorship to young students in global emerging markets. We discuss what it takes to avoid failure in your first company and carry those lessons learned with you to make your current company more successful. Also, how you you can use a company to improve the world. We discuss how Open Dreams is working to do just that in emerging global markets.

Aug 12, 2015

Joined today by Ramphis Castro of the Founder Institute, we explore some of the recent news in the technology, business and startup industries. Today's news includes: Google Changes It's Name To Alphabet, Zirtual Goes Dark Overnight, & NBC Invests In A Large Chunk of Buzzfeed.

Aug 1, 2015

Ambition Today started as something out of nothing. It has since grown and evolved over time to explore how people build their legacy throughout their lives. With this special “prequel” I wanted to provide some background on why Ambition Today exists as well as some direction on where to start with the show for those who were new to Ambition Today. I really hope you enjoy all our episodes and find them helpful in your own life. Thank you for being here. I really appreciate it and hope to be with you during all the future episodes of Ambition Today! ========== Follow Kevin Siskar on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar Add Kevin Siskar on Snapchat: snapchat.com/add/krsiskar Visit Ambition Today on the Web: www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday Kevin Siskar brings you ambitious entrepreneurs inspired by Tim Ferriss, Entrepreneur on Fire, NPR, HBR, TED Radio Hour, the StartUp podcast, Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, The Uncertain Hour, Bigger Pockets, Art of Charm, Dave Ramsey, Planet Money, Jocko Podcast, EntreLeadership, Zigler, APM Marketplace, Mixergy, Seth Godin, #AskGaryVee, Monocle 24 and The $100 MBA Show with Omar Zenhom, and Casey Neistat. Be sure to listen and subscribe to Ambition Today in the iTunes Store for iOS (apple.co/1NRRPzL), on Google Play Music (goo.gl/LmmciJ), or on Stitcher for Android (bit.ly/1Rn01dy).

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