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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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Now displaying: March, 2016
Mar 30, 2016

Venture Capitalist Adam Besvinick explains the value of pure hustle in pursuing his dreams of breaking into the Startup and Venture Capital industry. Recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30, Adam has invested in several startup companies as Principal at Deep Fork Capital. In episode 14 we explore where Adam came from and how that connects to where he is now. Adam started blogging on VentureMinded.Me years ago and created his own track record through taking ownership of his brand. He has always strived to be continually helpful and add value to others. Through that hustle he previously worked his way into a role at Lowercase Capital with Chris Sacca. Afterword Adam was one of the early employees at Gum Road while going to Harvard Business School. Now Adam is Principal at Deep Fork Capital and has invested in several companies across the country, with a focus on New York City and Silicon Valley. We go over what he looks for in great startups, how he used self-marketing to break into venture capital, and also cover: + The influences of growing up around entrepreneurship. + The value of experiencing life abroad. + How to demonstrate your expertise in a given field. + Why self-marketing is important. + How Twitter can create real world connections. + Constantly being helpful to others leads to opportunity. + His experience at Duke and Harvard. + The differences between Silicon Valley and New York City. + How being an Investor in New York City is beneficial. + What Adam looks for in startups today. + Exploring some of the Deep Fork Capital portfolio companies. Ambition Today Question of the Day: How important is networking? ========== 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).

Mar 8, 2016

Episode 13 comes to you from New York Offices of Forbes as we are joined by Alex Konrad. Alex is a staff writer at Forbes covering venture capital, startups and enterprise tech. Aside from our discussion around Kanye West's recent discovery of Twitter we explore Alex's journey to now. Alex grew up in New York City, then went on to write at the Harvard Crimson before working at Fortune. Alex now is a staff writer at Forbes and also works on the Forbes Midas List, ranking the top Venture Capitalists of the past year, and the Forbes 30 Under 30, highlighting up and coming creative and business people. Today we talk about Harvard, the future of media, startups and venture capital. We cover a lot in this episode. including: + Getting into Harvard. + Working for the Harvard Crimson news and editorial board. + Why empathy matters so much in today's world. + How Alex got his start at Fortune working on the Fortune 500. + The relationship between print and digital articles in 2016. + When to go outside your "swim lane". + How to become a real New Yorker? + The advantages of the New York Tech Scene. + Writing the Forbes Midas List and Forbes 30 Under 30. + How large tech companies grow global startup ecosystems. + What global cities are up and coming for startups. + Why are the Venture Capital markets slowing down. + The best way to get media attention for your brand. Ambition Today Question of the Day: How important is self marketing? ========== 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).

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