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Ambition Today is a podcast about 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 as you create your own incredible story. Follow the show @AmbitionToday.

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Ambition Today is a podcast about 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 as you create your own incredible story. Follow the show @AmbitionToday.

    Creating Data-Driven Sales Leaders With Peter Kazanjy

    Creating Data-Driven Sales Leaders With Peter Kazanjy

    Pete Kazanjy is Ambition Today’s new guest from Southern California. He is sitting in San Francisco, CA right now as we speak, enjoying Alamo Square.
    He is a serial founder and seasoned early stage Saas executive, advisor, and investor. Pete has cofounded many companies including TalentBin, Modern Sales, and Atrium. He is also an author of “Founding Sales”.
    He went to Stanford where he learned English and Philosophy.
    Pete is still going strong and has a lot to offer his clients, be sure to read his book “Founding Sales”, a Startup Sales Handbook.
    Topics Discussed:
    Branding and Design
    Go-to-Market and Marketing Strategies
    Product Development
    Hiring and On-Boarding
    Sales, Revenue, and Accounting
    Work-life balance
    End Game
    Quote of the Episode:
    “Three main rules: focus, focus, focus”.
    The Greatest Piece of Advice:
    Checkout the podcast’s back channel, The A-List where you can listen to exclusive audio clips containing the single greatest piece of advice our guests have ever learned!

    Links & show notes from this episode:
    Atrium
    Peter’s Bio
    Founding Sales
    Connect with Peter on LinkedIn
    Connect with Peter on Twitter
    Finta




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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.
    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).

    • 47 min
    Jack Greco Builds A Unicorn Company In Buffalo

    Jack Greco Builds A Unicorn Company In Buffalo

     



    From growing up on a dairy farm, to a successful entrepreneur with hundreds of employees, meet our next guest, Jack Greco. Greco co-founded ACV Auctions, an online auction dealer platform, which was last valued at $1.5B. He never thought that he would be the person to co-found Buffalo’s first unicorn startup in 2014. The great part is the story behind his success. He later reveals to Kevin that he has been fired from every job before he became a founder, and what kicked him in gear, was learning that he had a baby on the way. Every success story is different, and I think this is great for our audience to hear, and prove to you, never give up, or think that you are not worth something because you got fired! Pick your feet up and move on!
    As of 2018, Greco left ACV Auctions and is now an angel investor. To date, he has invested in over 50 companies and is trying his hardest to maintain a quality work-life balance for his son.
    Topics Discussed:
    A little background on Jack Greco
    Unicorn Start-Up
    Angel investing in 50 companies
    Working with others
    Covid effects on the world
    Work-life balance
    Mental Health
    Having a coach is so important
    Buffalo Bridge
    Quote of the Episode:
    “This [ACV Auctions] is a great learning experience, and it will shape who I am going to be as an investor, a mentor, executive, father, for the rest of my life.” - Jack Greco
    The Greatest Piece of Advice:
    Checkout the podcast’s back channel, The A-List where you can listen to exclusive audio clips containing the single greatest piece of advice our guests have ever learned!

    Links & show notes from this episode:
    ACV Auctions
    Connect with Jack on LinkedIn
    Connect with Jack on Twitter
    Buffalo Bridge
    Finta
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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).

    • 34 min
    News Roundtable: Future of American Cities and Working From Home

    News Roundtable: Future of American Cities and Working From Home

     



    Kevin Siskar and Tim Shisler are at it again, discussing the current news in our world today. Each person brings one topic to the table and they talk about them both.
    Kevin’s Topic: The Future of American Cities. Kevin starts by discussing how he lived in NYC for a full decade and how he has seen the cost of living has increased significantly, but at the same time, the storefronts are leaving! This is due to the commercial investors also increasing their rent too much where small shops are no longer able to handle the cost. Kevin found a statistic: 50% of all restaurants in NYC are going to close due to COVID 19, currently being 12,000 being closed already. So many people think the city and other big cities are dying, but looking at the next few years, will the economy be able to come back?
    Tim’s Topic: Working from home, the rise of remote work! Tim talks about how it was hard to transition for him to remote work once COVID-19 forced a lot of our workforce to remote. It is a lot about having a plan and being diligent about time and how you carve it out. Routine is key. There is a fine line between work life and home life, the separation needs to be balanced. Should you be working at 8pm when you have a significant other? When working in an office, the commute is there to help you shift out of work mode, what do you do when you are working from home. This is also the time where it really shines on the people that really care about their work, vs. the people that were just working to have a job. This is a big topic right now, because working from home is definitely not for everyone.
    Tune in to hear what Tim and Kevin have to say about this week’s topics!
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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).

    • 35 min
    Bringing Back Jeff Wald To Discuss The End Of Jobs

    Bringing Back Jeff Wald To Discuss The End Of Jobs

    Our next guest is so amazing, we had to interview him a second time! He was on nearly 5 years ago on Episode 8! Jeff Wald is an entrepreneur who has started three technology companies, with his latest company, WorkMarket, being sold to ADP. Monday was officially his last day. He is a Board Member on the following boards: Steel Connect, Costar Technologies, TransfrVR, Peerless Systems, and Register.com. But the true reason we brought him on the podcast today was to talk about his book, “The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations”. Tune in to hear all about his book as well as statistics regarding the workforce in 2020:
    Topics Discussed:
    What is it like to sell a company?
    Remote working
    Social Squads
    The goal of the meeting
    Mechanization
    Electrification
    Computerization
    Abusing Powers
    Quote of the Episode:
    “Every time {we revolutionize} we ended up with more jobs, at a higher standard of living, with working fewer hours, that is definitively clear through history.”
    The Greatest Piece of Advice:
    Join the podcast’s backchannel, The A-List where members can listen to exclusive A-list bonus clips and get the single greatest piece of advice our guests have ever learned!
    Links & show notes from this episode:
    The End of Jobs Book on Amazon
    Jeff on LinkedIn
    Jeff on Twitter
    WorkMarket
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    Finta - A secure, deal room platform for early-stage companies. Quickly set up your company and you’ve got a blazing fast tool for organizing your fundraise and securing your sensitive company information. House your pitch deck, secure your legal documents, organize your cap table, notify target investors, and close deals faster! Finta allows you to raise more, save time, and increase your efficiency.
    The A-List - Join the podcast’s backchannel for exclusive access to learn the single greatest piece of advice each guest has ever learned! 
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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).

    • 40 min
    News Roundtable: R.I.P. to RBG and Facebook

    News Roundtable: R.I.P. to RBG and Facebook

    In this new episode, Kevin Siskar and Tim Shisler discuss the current news in our world today. Each week, each person brings one topic to the table.
    This week Tim chose to talk about the sad passing of former Associate Judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18, 2020. She passed away after complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.
    And brought Facebook to the table. There are real issues with Facebook. Everything from the false advertising that Facebook is not taking responsibility for, mental health issues stemming from addiction to Facebook, and now election interference! On September, 3rd Facebook came out with their plan on tackling the Election campaigns on their platform.
    Tune in to hear what Tim and Kevin have to say about this week’s topics!




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    Ambition Today Is Proudly Independent & Supported By:
    Finta - A secure, deal room platform for early-stage companies. Quickly set up your company and you’ve got a blazing fast tool for organizing your fundraise and securing your sensitive company information. House your pitch deck, secure your legal documents, organize your cap table, notify target investors, and close deals faster! Finta allows you to raise more, save time, and increase your efficiency.
    The A-List - Join the podcast’s backchannel for exclusive access to learn the single greatest piece of advice each guest has ever learned! Plus additional Ambition Today content, deeper guest insights, a community of fellow fans, and much more.
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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).

    • 31 min
    Join The Bandwagon With Harold Hughes

    Join The Bandwagon With Harold Hughes

    Our next guest on the show, is the amazing Harold Hughes. He is the founder of Bandwagon, which helps companies discover the identity of their fans in order to increase attendance, offer personalized services, and increase revenue.
    Growing up, Harold made his first dollar selling AirHeads for cheaper than the school sold them at their cafeteria until he got caught! He went to Clemson University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics, before going back for his Masters's degree later. It was then, while he was taking his strategic management course that he realized it was a lot like being a fan at a sports event.
    Harold loved playing sports when he grew up, and he loved that it didn’t matter your families financial status was or where you lived, you just loved to play the game. That is where Bandwagon all started. Now Harold has expanded Bandwagon from just preventing ticket fraud for fans, too also being a fan identity and data analytics company. Tune in to hear more about Harold’s story and experiences going through the ups and downs of being a CEO.
     
    Quote of the Episode:
    “Service to others is the rent for your time on earth”

    Gauntlet:
    Listen in for Harold’s amazing tips from his experience growing his business:
    Branding/Design
    Go-to-Market
    Product Development
    Hiring
    Revenue and Accounting
    Fundraising

    The Greatest Piece of Advice:
    Join the podcast’s backchannel, The A-List where members can listen to exclusive A-list bonus clips and get the single greatest piece of advice our guests have ever learned!

    Links & show notes from this episode:
    Bandwagon
    Harold’s LinkedIn
    Harold’s Twitter
    Never Lost Again
    Equity Token
    Audible
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    The A-List - Join the podcast’s backchannel for exclusive access to additional Ambition Today content, deeper guest insights, a community of fellow fans, and much more. Plus, Learn the single greatest piece of advice each guest has ever learned! 
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    www.siskar.co/ambitiontoday 
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    Twitter: twitter.com/TheSiskar Instagram: instagram.com/thesiskar Facebook: facebook.com/kevin.siskar Snapchat: snapchat.com/add/krsiskar 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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    About:  Ambition Today is a podcast about 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.
    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, 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

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

yolanca.cao ,

Kevin is amazing

I enjoyed a lot listening to the episode with Michael Loeb. It resonated with me so much when Kevin mentioned how he met Michael - the director of Founder Institute NYC when he was in the program. It’s all about people- the amazing encounter that lasts lifelong. Kevin is my director in the program and an amazing mentor who cares entrepreneurs and helps building dreams.

Thank you so much Kevin. I look forward to listening to all your new episodes!

The Schaeffers ,

Straight Talk From a Guy That Knows His Stuff

I heard Kevin on The Land Geek Podcast and asked him to be on The Sales Podcast because he's a straight shooter with a proven history of helping entrepreneurs grow. As an entrepreneur myself I appreciate what he is doing in this space and love that he is sharing his knowledge with this podcast.

Speaking@krc ,

High caliber guests and info!

What i am really enjoying about this show is Kevin's interview style and the quality of guests. Kevin is obviously passionate about these topics and asks the same questions the listeners wants to know! He has a great hosting personality and the info here is second to none for those in the start-up scene. Guests are always awesome and i appreciate the mix of people he interviews. I highly recommend - 10/10!

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