20 episodes

The drive behind the Altogether Show is simple—we’re in this all together. We believe people should root for each others’ success instead of tearing each other down. Our goal is to encourage and challenge everyone we encounter to be the best version of themselves. On our show, you’ll hear Eric’s unfiltered interviews with interesting and untraditional entrepreneurs who ignored boundaries and followed their instincts and own paths—and now empower others to do the same.

The Altogether Show with Eric Satz The Altogether Show

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The drive behind the Altogether Show is simple—we’re in this all together. We believe people should root for each others’ success instead of tearing each other down. Our goal is to encourage and challenge everyone we encounter to be the best version of themselves. On our show, you’ll hear Eric’s unfiltered interviews with interesting and untraditional entrepreneurs who ignored boundaries and followed their instincts and own paths—and now empower others to do the same.

    Jake Chapman on Optimism and the Future of Venture Capital

    Jake Chapman on Optimism and the Future of Venture Capital

    From lawyer to venture capitalist, this week’s guest is always looking to the future. An optimist with an interest in science fiction, he sees investing as an avenue to create a future in which his daughter will live. This week, you’ll hear Jake Chapman’s journey to co-founding Alpha Bridge Ventures.

    Despite being pseudo-rejected once for undergrad and another time for law school, Jake persisted and ended up with two degrees from UC Berkeley. His introduction to investing, however, came after law school. At the time, he was working at a firm that represented venture capital companies. It was there that he knew he wanted to “be the principal, not the agent,”and thus he left the firm to start his own business. After several attempts and with growing experience in the industry, Jake decided he wanted to build something big and institutional. Alpha Bridge Ventures was born in 2018 and has been his primary focus ever since.

    In this episode, Jake provides exclusive advice to founders and shares the stories and passions that made him who he is today. Whether or not you are an entrepreneur, this is a compelling and encouraging listen.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Scott Kitun on Media Entrepreneurship and the Art of Negotiation

    Scott Kitun on Media Entrepreneurship and the Art of Negotiation

    A master negotiator with years of experience in the business world, this week’s guest is as driven as they come. Growing up in a home where autonomy was encouraged and big decisions were made with a consultative approach, he gained his confidence at a young age. This week, you’ll hear how Scott Kitun paved his own way to becoming a media entrepreneur and co-founder of Technori.

    Scott describes himself as always being “20 years ahead,” which he attributes to sitting in on sales meetings with his father. From the time he was 5 years old, he’s been listening to the nuances of why a person says yes or no to a product or service. His innate ability to see things through the lens of a businessman has helped him value earning relationships and respect.

    In this episode, Scott walks through his unconventional journey to becoming an entrepreneur-from negotiating his way through college, to realizing commercial real estate wasn’t for him, to building his own curriculum for grad school, and eventually helping make Chicago one of the largest tech ecosystems in the world. His journey to success wasn’t without its setbacks, though, and he’s the first to admit having too many regrets to count. The silver lining to it all? Find out by listening to this week’s episode!

    • 55 min
    Matt Mireles on his Identity as a Dreamer and Software Entrepreneur

    Matt Mireles on his Identity as a Dreamer and Software Entrepreneur

    A serial entrepreneur, Matt Mireles is the co-founder and CEO of The Oasis, a synthetic communication company. Hailing from a family steeped in social activism, outdoor adventuring, and professional climbing, Matt’s pursuit of big dreams on an exciting and high-risk path could be expected. Still, you’ll want to buckle in. Get ready for stories of being an EMT in the ghettos of Los Angeles, fighting forest fires while dropping in and out of UC Berkeley, and working as a 911 paramedic in the South Bronx and Harlem to pay for Columbia University and pursue professional journalism.
    When Matt saw the internet coming to devour traditional media, he left The New York Times and headed to Silicon Valley to launch an internet startup—without any technology or business experience. Not surprisingly, earlier life experiences that required Matt to learn on the fly, wrestle with debt, and stomach success and failure proved valuable.
    Matt successfully built his first company and sold it in 2012. A second startup failed, followed by several dark years. Finally, the third startup fulfilled the entrepreneurial dream of professional and financial success.
    In this episode, Matt shares his journey from swashbuckling outsider to Silicon Valley insider teetering on the edge: Jobless, haunted by failure, and drowning in debt. His passion and frank vulnerability make this listen uniquely engaging, and his climb back from the dark days to jubilant success and freedom will have you cheering to hear more.

    • 59 min
    Steve Walsh on Angel Investing and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

    Steve Walsh on Angel Investing and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

    It takes a lot of courage to leave a secure career to become an entrepreneur, and this week’s guest did just that. His passion for investing changed the trajectory of his dreams, and led him to launch his own company in 2019. In this episode, you’ll hear Steve Walsh talk about being an active angel investor and how he stays motivated in what he calls the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

    Born into a very traditional blue-collar, middle-class family, Steve was raised on the saying, “You never wanted for anything, but you had to work for everything.” His hard work began in high school when he was doing more than three hours of homework a night on top of an hour-long commute each way. He then went on to graduate from UMass Amherst and complete two educational programs through Harvard.

    After years of investing, Steve looked at his portfolio and realized something was missing. The only space he wasn’t investing in was alternative assets—early-stage startups to be specific—and thus his love for angel investing was born. As his interest in angel investing grew, so did his vision of becoming an entrepreneur. Now he spends every day in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and he doesn’t want to spend his life any other way. In fact, his biggest regret is that he didn’t become an angel investor and entrepreneur earlier in life.

    What’s the number one lesson he’s learned so far? Listen to this week’s episode to find out!

    • 42 min
    Amy Seigenthaler on Overcoming Adversity and Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Amy Seigenthaler on Overcoming Adversity and Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Life is full of difficult moments, but it’s how you choose to approach them that defines you. This week’s guest is known for her optimism and positivity. From struggling with the pressures of adolescence to running a business during the 2008 economic crisis, she has never wavered in her faith that things will get better. In this week’s episode, you’ll hear about Amy Seigenthaler’s perspective on living small, educating big, and traveling often.

    A Nashville native, Amy found her way to the Northeast, where she majored in English at Boston College before beginning her career as a crime journalist. After 10 years in a career that the normally positive Amy described as "tough on the soul," it was time for a change. So when she received a late-night call from Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, asking her to move to Ireland to be her speechwriter, she knew she had to jump at the opportunity.

    Following the unexpected and tragic death of her father, Amy and her sisters came together to run his PR firm in their hometown. It was here, during the economic crisis, that she realized that if you are driven first by doing the best by your employees and not the bottom line, you will succeed. A working mom of three, Amy discusses what it’s like to be a woman in business and her passion for PR.

    In this episode, we talk about how Amy not only found her way despite the hardships but also how she never stopped smiling. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, or just looking for an interesting story (she’s got plenty!), take a listen to this week’s episode.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ryan Caldbeck on Entrepreneurship and the Importance of Lifelong learning

    Ryan Caldbeck on Entrepreneurship and the Importance of Lifelong learning

    What does it take to go from small-town kid to successful CEO? To this week’s guest, the answer is simple: never stop learning. A self-proclaimed underdog with a burning desire to make an impact, Ryan Caldbeck describes himself as gritty and a dreamer. In this episode, Ryan discusses growing up in a small town in Vermont, becoming an NCAA basketball champion, finding success in private equity, and eventually co-founding (and stepping down from) CircleUp—and the role each played in his passion for tech entrepreneurship. 

    Ryan’s small-town upbringing shaped his entrepreneurial spirit. From the time he was young, he would dream about accomplishing something amazing. As his dreams became a reality, though, he found himself struggling both personally and professionally. Reflecting on his journey in admirable detail, Ryan advocates for tapping into your network for support and stresses the importance of mental health.

    As someone who is extremely curious and loves to learn and grow, Ryan felt stuck in his career in private equity. That all changed in early 2011, while sitting on a panel where no one could answer the question “How do you raise money for a $5MM business?” At that moment, he knew he wanted to start a company that was going to make an impact—and thus, CircleUp was born. Suddenly, he found himself surrounded by people who loved to learn just as much as him, and it was as if his whole life finally made sense.

    In this episode, we talk about Ryan’s intense passion for human connectivity through learning, his journey to CEO, and his ultimate decision to step down. So, what’s next for this life-long learner? Listen to the full episode to find out.

    • 52 min

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