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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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Scott Wayman's shares his epically inspiring founder story. His passion for Kangarootime is next level and the company is currently focused on winning the childcare management software space for daycares and preschools. With plans to expand to the larger “care economy” which includes not only early education & childcare but also elder & senior care…
 
Savitha Reddy Pathi is the Deputy Director of Climate Solutions, a nonprofit in Seattle that's focused on accelerating clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. In this episode, Savitha and Tim talk about: How Climate Solutions is helping fight the climate crisis How relationships with donors have changed due to COVID-19 What motivates people t…
 
Hanson Hosein is a documentary filmmaker and storyteller. Currently, Hosein is Co-Founder of the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership graduate program, President of HRH Media Group, and a co-principal of MIRA!. In this episode Hanson and Tim speak about: How to set up a successful interview Hanson’s book, “Storyteller Uprising” Hanso…
 
The designer of the Progress Pride flag comes on Input Doc to talk about their creative process when creating the flag, what it was like to have their intellectual property go viral, and how they balance being creative with being a business owner. Daniel Quasar, a graphic designer and musician living in Portland, Oregon, designed the Progress Pride…
 
Some of the questions that get answered in this episode: What are Customer Data Platforms and how can one help drive relevant content? What is first-party data vs second-party data vs third-party data? How does BECU use its member's first-party data to create relevant content? Are there levels of privacy that a consumer should have regarding how ma…
 
Larry Asher is the Co-Director of the School of Visual Concepts here in Seattle, and the Creative Director of Worker Bees, a marketing communications firm niched in the healthcare industry. Finding success in the world of remote learning [1:10] What marketers want from agencies [9:18] The importance of niching (and why being a generalist will hurt …
 
SEO expert Kyle Freeman talks about how anyone can go from SEO novice to expert, how the future of SEO will be different, and what you need to do to stay on top of the changing landscape of search. The “move fast and break things” culture at Assurance [00:56] An SEO’s role within a company [3:11] Figuring out what questions people are asking when t…
 
Catherine Bye and Mariah Lincoln are the co-founders of Knack collective and Knack co-working here in Seattle, Catherine Bye is Chief Executive Officer and Mariah Lincoln is Chief Operating Officer. Creating flexible and inclusive cultures, while still delivering exceptional work for clients [0:28] Structures Knack has in place that help them to co…
 
Ryan Polich is a design director at Lucia Marquand, a design agency in Seattle that develops designs and produces books for museums and other cultural institutions. What Ryan does at Lucia Marquand [0:31] The process of designing a book [3:33] What a physical book can be [7:26] Solving your client’s problems [9:35] Favorite books Ryan has worked on…
 
Callister shares key aspects of her design process, as well as what it means to truly help a client. She also talks about her experience being a designer in the energy field and about her passion project, a clothing repair program called Repair Cycle. What Ledger8760 does and how large energy consumers trade that energy [0:26] How energy purchasing…
 
Kyle Freeman is Head of SEO at Assurance. In this episode, Kyle and Tim review the three essential SEO tools for digital marketers in 2021. Keyword Research Tools - are designed to help SEO Managers find the keywords to target and create content around. Rank Tracking Tools - allow you to track your website’s ranking for your target keywords by show…
 
Katie Betts is the founder and CEO of Shared Culture Concepts, a full-service marketing company in Portland, Oregon that specializes in the marketing of circus and performing arts. How Katie niched in marketing for the circus community [00:26] Explainer videos and where the need for them exists (or doesn't) [1:11] An overview of the circus world [3…
 
David Conrad spoke with Tim Yeadon about his journey as organizer of CreativeMornings Seattle, the new age of online storytelling, and how showing up within a community is the best way to gain an understanding of others perspectives. David Conrad is currently a Principal Design Manager at Microsoft. Formerly, he was chapter organizer of CreativeMor…
 
Melissa Antonelli is a Principal UX Content Strategist at Zillow, where she supports their Closing Services team and ITX team, and helps Zillow build new products. What it means to be a Principal UX Content Strategist at Zillow [1:05] Finding where improvements need to be made, and what metrics to watch in a customer journey [5:13] Zillow’s busines…
 
Ryan Smith lives in Melbourne, Australia where he's an award-winning designer and owner of Freewheel Weekends, a digital experience agency specializing in accessibility. Ryan says countries around the world are losing billions of dollars in tourist revenue each year from people just like himself, those with reduced mobility. And it's simply a lack …
 
Michael Ryan Wilson is the Brand Creative Director at Finish Line in Boulder, Colorado, a national retailer of athletic shoes and apparel. Their mutual appreciation for the NBA When and why a brand should use influencers, or not Creating remote content during a pandemic Being in a high-risk group during COVID Working and being creative while battli…
 
Keron Williams is a UI/UX designer in Houston, Texas, and the agency owner of Gravitt8 Development, which offers design and development of mobile apps and websites. Keron’s background as a professional football player [00:37] His path from playing football to becoming a designer [1:49] Pluses and hindrances players take from their career as pro foo…
 
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 “Foundin…
 
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 beh…
 
Gage Mitchell is Principal & Creative Director at Modern Species, a strategic branding and responsible design agency in Seattle. Gage and Tim talked about: What is responsible design and why it is important What power designers have to improve the world How to get your clients to choose sustainable options How to get the kind of work you are excite…
 
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 …
 
Melanie Richards is Chief Thought Partner and owner at Thought Catalyst, a market research firm in Johnson City, TN, where she's also an Assistant Professor of Media and Communication at East Tennessee State University. Other topics included: The pandemic’s effects on working parents, especially working mothers, along with how having kids stay home…
 
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 Techn…
 
Jerry Johnson is the owner and principal consultant at Cascade Strategies, a market consulting and strategic planning firm based in Bellevue. Tim and Jerry talk about how Cascade Strategies applied advanced models, AI models, and linear models to the data they received leading up to the 2016 election. Jerry also spoke about how by using latent effe…
 
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 …
 
Tim Yeadon chats with Kenna Smith (Business Director) and Kerry Franz (Creative Director) the co-founders of Wildforth Creative. Wildforth is a packaging and branding design agency here in Seattle. Kenna and Kerry are strategic thinkers, creative doers, dreamers, problem solvers, and relationship builders. In this episode Kerry, Kenna, and Tim talk…
 
Tim Yeadon chats with Finn McKenty, a marketing strategist and writer based in Kenmore. Finn is also a YouTuber known as The Punk Rock MBA. In only two years, he has amassed a following of nearly a quarter-million subscribers. In this episode, you will hear about what Finn does as a business coach along with what standard advice he would give to an…
 
Tim Yeadon and Erik Molano discuss the need for design and culture-centric spaces and how Photon Factory focuses on creating beautiful and flexible brand spaces. They also cover why Erik chose to run an agency, the value of working for and with a small company, a Marketing Agency’s biggest blind spot (hint: it has to do with marketing yourself). Er…
 
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 unt…
 
Imagine being on a cruise with friends and a good business idea comes to mind, then months later, your idea is now being distributed in Walmart’s around the world! Today’s guest, Alexis Beechen was enjoying her time partyin’ and thought, putting wine in a can would be much easier to casually drink. She got home and decided to research this idea and…
 
Packing for a nice relaxing vacation, you look around, and realize, you have these beautiful plants that you have worked so hard in growing, and you wonder, are they going to be thriving when you get home? Our amazing guest today, Dan Nelson thought just that as he prepared for his honeymoon a few years back. There has to be a better way than havin…
 
After a summer break, we are back with a brand new season of Ambition Today! Season 3 brings with it some fresh new changes to the podcast, coming to you from our brand new podcast studio in the heart of New York City! We have some exciting guests coming up and I can’t wait to share all of the great conversations & new questions with you! I hope yo…
 
Bryan Janeczko was recently named one of the Top 23 LGBTQ people in Tech, along side other notable figures such as Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, and more. He has built a strong track record for building great businesses including: NuKitchen, a food preparation service that helped people eat healthier. NuKitchen was later sold to Nutrisystem and pioneered …
 
From being forced to layoff his whole staff, to selling his company for $140 million, our next guest, Michael Diamant, has great insight on how he became successful. Michael Diamant created a well-known brand with his wife, called Skip Hop, which was sold to Carter’s for $140 million. It all started with a diaper bag in 2003. Michael and his wife w…
 
Today, my guest is a fellow Founder Institute Director, Benjamin Chong. Benjamin has been the director of Founder Institute in Australia since 2011 and is also well known as a partner at Right Click Capital. Right Click Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage startups. He is an active technology startup community member that h…
 
Joining us today is Founder and CEO of Loeb Enterprises, Michael Loeb. Loeb Enterprises is an early stage venture investing company and an incubator for startups. Prior to Loeb Enterprises, Michael co-founded Synapse in 1992 with Jay Walker. Synapse then became the largest seller of consumer magazine subscriptions worldwide and now is a subsidiary …
 
Approaching two decades later, our guest, Brian McCullough’s company is still going strong. Brian is CEO of ResumeWriters.com which is the longest lasting company for this service, shout out to Brian. Not only is he a successful entrepreneur, he is also the Author of “How The Internet Happened.” In 2016, he became a Ted Talk Resident, and is also k…
 
Reminiscing on my first podcast is my guest, Ramphis Castro. We sat down for my very first podcast in August of 2015 and he has watched it grow over the years. It was great to have him here with me again. Ramphis is a serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist that has impacted several companies across 40 countries. His quote sums him up very…
 
Join the A-list backchannel to get "Single greatest piece of advice ever received": https://siskar.me/best-advice-ever Author, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Teacher, Investor, and Consultant, also known as our next guest, Nir Eyal. Well known for his blog, Nir & Far, Nir writes about “behavioral design” the intersection of psychology, technology and busin…
 
Join the A-list backchannel to get "Single greatest piece of advice ever received": https://siskar.me/best-advice-ever Fascinated about how things worked and technology from a young age, today’s guest, Byron Reese, makes you question, are you a machine? Today, he puts his fascination into good use as the CEO and publisher of Gigaom, an industry-lea…
 
Join the A-list backchannel to get "Single greatest piece of advice ever received": https://siskar.me/best-advice-ever Starting out young, today's guest, Matt Mandell, created his first company at the age of 12. Matt grew up with a supportive family full of entrepreneurs, so Matt was very comfortable with entrepreneurship from the start. He attende…
 
Join the A-list backchannel to get "Single greatest piece of advice ever received": https://siskar.me/best-advice-ever Entrepreneur, investor, public speaker and author are a few titles that Dr. Dileep Rao is known for. He came from India to America in 1973 for his education, and has been a success ever since. While obtaining his PhD, he started wo…
 
Join the A-list backchannel to get "Single greatest piece of advice ever received": https://siskar.me/best-advice-ever Today’s guest grew up with Entrepreneurial spirit surrounding him. All of the men in Greg Alterman’s family for generations owned and operated one of the largest grocery stores chains in the South since the early 1900’s. With all t…
 
Join the A-list backchannel to get "Single greatest piece of advice ever received": https://siskar.me/best-advice-ever NASA made history on August 12, 2018, launching the Parker Solar Probe; their first ever mission to touch the sun. Luckily, I was invited by NASA to come down to Cape Canaveral to have a front row seat to the rocket launch! This wa…
 
Did you know that only 17% of all startups have a female founder? Well, we are lucky enough to have a female founder on our show today, Alex Batdorf. Alex is a business coach, co-founder of Zip Fit, a company that delivers a perfect fit denim for every body and now the creator of a YouTube series called Get Sh!t Done. This series focuses on helping…
 
We are exploring the marketing world on today’s episode, with our special guest, Mitch Wainer. He is the creative marketing leader with many accomplishments such as Co-Founding Digital Ocean and being the Chief Marketing Officer at Clubhouse, a project management platform for software teams that provide the perfect balance of simplicity and structu…
 
Growing up in an immigrant family, Brian Pasalich lived in Chicago, Croatia and even a small town in Montana all by the age of 13, which allowed him to have a deeper understanding of the different walks of life that people face. This combined with a passion for helping people led him to his career in financial planning. He is now the founder of Fou…
 
As a serial entrepreneur, Matt Britton has successfully acquired and sold many companies at the perfect time. He is most known for his important role in creating MRY (Mr. Youth) and Suzy. MRY is a digital and social media marketing agency that helps companies market to the youth, which is tomorrow’s future leaders. His latest venture, Suzy, is a co…
 
Do you have to be an expert on a product in order to become a successful entrepreneur? Let’s ask today's guest, Adam Tishman. Tishman is a New Yorker through and through, growing up in Manhattan helped his independence from a young age. He received his Bachelors Degree at Princeton in History before he decided to pursue an MBA where he met his co-f…
 
We are proud to have Allen Saakyan on our show today. Not only do I get the pleasure of interviewing him, but I also had the privilege of being interviewed for his podcast, Simulation, as well! This episode will be a little different as we go back and forth asking questions for both of our podcasts, you won’t want to miss it! Growing up, Allen knew…
 
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