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Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 8:40am
Welcome to Season 3 of Ambition Today! My guest today is Taylor Jacobson. He is the founder of Focusmate, the app that helps you focus and in return be more productive. In this episode, we discuss with Taylor what in his personal life lead him to the idea of needing a solution like Focusmate, as well as his personal take on a lot of procrastination issues.
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:33am

Earlier this year, in response to the question “What are the most common mistakes founders make when they start a company?”, Justin Kan, the Founder of Twitch & Atrium, responded with the following:

“Mistake 1: Underestimating the importance of narrative when fundraising:

I firmly believe that investors invest in (and employees join, and journalists write about) compelling stories, and your pitch deck is really just a vehicle for telling the story you want to tell. So, start first with the narrative and build the deck after you have it nailed.”

Finding Your Killer Company Narrative:

You need a killer company narrative for your startup pitch. Wether you are telling your family about your company or speaking with investors while fundraising, how you communicate your company’s narrative matters.

From a pure story perspective, how do you do that? Let’s quickly introduce two frameworks we will be using.

Framework 1: Story of Stories

With this question in mind, I was recently reading a series of new posts called The Story of Us from one of my favorite authors, Tim Urban. In it, he breaks down the specific characteristics required for a normal story to become a story virus.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:33am

As we close out one decade and enter another it is worth reflecting on what has changed in the last ten plus years of the Venture Capital industry. Pear.Vc recently published a wonderfully insightful deck, the Seed Financing Landscape, on just that and I thought it was worth sharing. The Venture Capital & Angel Investment landscape keeps moving upstream.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 7:33am
On October 2nd, five new companies and six founders graduated from Founder Institute New York as the 20th cohort in New York City! The companies in this cohort represented several industries including augmented reality, healthcare, real estate, financial technology, and more. A noteworthy mention for this cohort is that graduates are 83%, female founders!
Monday, August 26, 2019 - 9:39am
I will keep it short on why you might want to file a 83(b) Election with the IRS and focus more on how to file it, since that is likely why you are reading this. This article from Cooley Law does a pretty good job explaining in much greater detail why making an 83(b) Election with the IRS can be beneficial, as well as this explanation from Wealthfront. Now on to the how to file your 83(b) election instructions.
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 8:38am
Over the weekend I saw one of the best Deepfakes of my life. If you don’t know, the deepfake definition is when you combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos using a machine learning technique known as generative adversarial network. The phrase "deepfake" was coined in 2017. This is what I saw on Twitter on Friday and it blew my mind.
Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 9:36am
Being creative is hard. It’s a lot like frequently going to the gym. When your consistently going, it’s easier to keep going. But when you fall out of it, it’s like climbing a mountain uphill to get back in your creative flow. 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 7:31am
I started to wonder if it was possible to take a pulse of where the biggest difficulties still exist for startups in 2019 and came up with this little experiment I would love for you to participate in. I want to know your answer to one question. If you could wave a magic wand and automate one thing in your business, what would it be?
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:31am
I am very excited to say that we have graduated the Inaugural Founder Institute Buffalo cohort on July 18th. Nine new companies and founders graduated from Founder Institute Buffalo from our Spring cohort. The companies represented several industries ranging from fashion, to electric vehicles, to daycare and more.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 8:20am
On May 28th, five new companies and seven founders graduated from Founder Institute New York as the 19th cohort. The companies represented several industries including real estate, financial planning, music therapy and more.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 1:21am
Bryan Janeczko has a colorful portfolio of businesses including: NuKitchen, a food preparation service that helped people eat healthier, which was later sold to Nutrisystem.  Gro Academy, an on-demand startup academy, Loeb, a new-approach to launching startups.  Now, his latest venture that is currently in the seeding stage is Nunbelievable Foods, a baked goods company that turns their profits into feeding the homeless. Bryan was also recently named Top 23 LGBTQ people in Tech.
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:42am
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 8:04am
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.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 7:10am
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.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:01am
Joining us today is Founder and CEO of Loeb.NYC and Loeb.ATL, Michael Loeb. Loeb Enterprises is an early stage venture investing company and an incubator for startups.
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 9:03am
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.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 9:34am
It is always impressive to watch when founders and creators show constant persistence over time. One of the most persistent creators I have had the pleasure of watching grow, I am proud to say I am married to. For the last few years I have watched as Colleen has built Colors Of Colleen, a fashion fix with a mindful mix.
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 10:21am
Ramphis is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of ScienceVest, a venture capital fund for hard-tech and life science companies. He is an experienced technologist and product strategist that has led and supported venture-backed teams from idea to exit. He is a Kauffman Fellow and co-Chairs the NYC chapter of the Society. As a Fellow, his research focused on the funding gaps for radical science companies in the U.S., collecting interviews of over 200 stakeholders across the research & commercialization ecosystem in the U.S.
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 8:34am
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 business. He helps companies with techniques to motivate and manipulate users.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 11:47am
On January 8th, eight new companies graduated from Founder Institute New York as the 18th cohort. The Founder Institute New York reviews are in and this was a great cohort to work with.
Managing Director of Founder Institute NY and Host of the Ambition Today podcast.