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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: November, 2017
Nov 29, 2017

In 2010 Sean Ellis coined the term Growth Hacking and now he joins us on Ambition Today. Sean is the Co-author of Hacking Growth with Morgan Brown and currently the CEO of Growth Hackers.

Sean has had quite an impressive career both as a marketer and as an entrepreneur. He was the first marketer at Dropbox, Lookout and Xobni and he has taken companies LogMeIn and Uproar from launch to IPO. Sean is also known for popularizing the term product/market fit. We cover some of Sean's best practices for growing your company, as well as how he thinks of Growth Hacking as it continues to grow into the future. The story of Sean's entrepreneurial journey unlocks numerous insights along the way, including: 

  • What is "Growth Hacking"
  • The role of family entrepreneurship on Sean
  • The value of spending time abroad
  • Being the first marketer at Dropbox, Lookout, & Eventbrite
  • How pushing through the fear of failure has lead to success  
  • Making the leap from employee to entrepreneur
  • Optimizing for reputation and learning over money
  • How business teams need to be thinking about Growth
  • The value of having a chip on your shoulder

Ambition Today Question of the Day™:
"What excites you? What motivates you to keep going?"            

The Single Greatest Piece of Advice Sean Has Ever Learned:
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Quote Of The Episode:
"For me, the two big motivating factors were reputation and learning. I wanted to build a reputation because that would open the door to the best learning opportunities." 

 

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+ Founder Institute New York: goo.gl/RGezjW  
+ WeWork: goo.gl/hyzzuP 
+ Toptal: goo.gl/OObfM9
+ Audible: goo.gl/Urjq6k

 

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Kevin Siskar brings you ambitious entrepreneurs inspired by Tim Ferriss Show, How I Built This with Guy Raz, Residual Income, Entrepreneur on Fire, NPR, HBR, TED Radio Hour, the StartUp podcast with Alex Blumberg by Gimlet Media, Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, The Uncertain Hour, Bigger Pockets, Art of Charm, Dave Ramsey, Planet Money, Jocko Podcast, EntreLeadership, Zigler, APM Marketplace, This Week In Startups with Jason Calacanis, Mixergy, Seth Godin, Joe Rogan Experience, GaryVee, James Altucher, Monocle 24, How to Start a Startup, Crooked Media, and The $100 MBA Show with Omar Zenhom, and Casey Neistat. 


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Nov 15, 2017

Over the summer we sat down with Adeo Ressi, the CEO of the Founder Institute, a startup accelerator program that operates in nearly 200 cities worldwide. Throughout his time as a founder, Adeo has pioneered innovations in the protection of founder rights, the raising of early-stage capital and the scaling of new businesses.

 

Previous to the Founder Institute, Adeo has helped to create nearly $2 billion in shareholder value by founding or running nine businesses, including TheFunded, Game Trust, Xceed and Total New York. Adeo previously served on the Board of the X Prize Foundation to pursue his interests in space exploration and techniques to motivate human achievement. Throughout this episode it is clear that Adeo is passionate about mentoring Founders, space exploration, inspiring people to achieve their greatness, and more which includes: 

 

  • The best personality traits of the best founders  
  • How The Funded improved transparency in the VC industry
  • The role fluid intelligence plays in entrepreneurs
  • Managing your investors and protecting your equity 
  • How Adeo helped 2700 plus founders grow
  • How to build startup ecosystems
  • Why maintaining focus and avoiding distractions is mission critical 
  • How do you give meaning to your life's work

 

Ambition Today Question of the Day™:
"What is the end game? Where do you see Founder Institute and all your life’s work going?"            

 

Quote Of The Episode:
"There are a lot of shiny things in the sand, that look very appealing to you and may be a cause for you to think about pivoting or adjusting the business model. I can tell you that most of the shiny things in the sand are not diamonds, they are knives waiting to kill you. You have to be very, very, very diligent to remain focused on your core mission" 
  

Links from this episode:

 

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This episode of Ambition Today is supported by:

+ Founder Institute New York: goo.gl/RGezjW  
+ WeWork: goo.gl/hyzzuP 
+ Toptal: goo.gl/OObfM9
+ Audible: goo.gl/Urjq6k

 

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Visit Ambition Today on the Web: www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday 
Follow Kevin Siskar on Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar  
Follow Kevin Siskar on Instagram: instagram.com/thesiskar
Follow Kevin Siskar on Facebook: facebook.com/kevin.siskar
Add Kevin Siskar on Snapchat: snapchat.com/add/krsiskar

 
Kevin Siskar brings you ambitious entrepreneurs inspired by Tim Ferriss Show, How I Built This with Guy Raz, Residual Income, Entrepreneur on Fire, NPR, HBR, TED Radio Hour, the StartUp podcast with Alex Blumberg by Gimlet Media, Pat Flynn, Tony Robbins, The Uncertain Hour, Bigger Pockets, Art of Charm, Dave Ramsey, Planet Money, Jocko Podcast, EntreLeadership, Zigler, APM Marketplace, This Week In Startups with Jason Calacanis, Mixergy, Seth Godin, Joe Rogan Experience, GaryVee, James Altucher, Monocle 24, How to Start a Startup, Crooked Media, 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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