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October 14, 2019
Austin Webb is leading a startup that aims to upend the food system. How? By using robotics and AI to build and operate highly efficient, commercial-scale urban vertical farms.   In late September 2019, his company Fifth Season (originally founded as RoBotany) came out of stealth mode by announcing a $35 million round of funding. With this capital, it plans to build its first commercial-scale indoor vertical farm to be located just outside Pittsburgh, in Braddock.    The startup plans to expand into other similarly-sized cities throughout the US.   In this episode, Austin and Aaron discuss the seismic impact Austin believes vertical farming can have, how this model reduces labor costs & water usage, and the composition of the team pursuing this goal.   Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.   Austin’s Challenge; For an entire week, try to eat only fresh food for every meal.   Connect with Austin Linkedin Fifthseasonfresh.com If you liked this interview, check out our other interviews with top Pittsburgh entrepreneurs Jason Wolfe and Cooper Munroe. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | Spotify
October 7, 2019
Hayden Cardiff is the co-founder and CEO of Idelic. Idelic is a B2B Saas startup that helps trucking companies track data on their fleet & drivers to improve safety.   Idelic recently announced a Series A financing round of $8M led by Origin Ventures with participation from TDF Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, and SaaS Venture Capital.    Hayden, with cofounders Nick Bartel & Andrew Russell, spun Idelic’s software out of Pitt Ohio, a logistics service firm providing less-than-truckload, truckload, supply chain solutions, and ground services in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest United States.    In this episode, Hayden and Aaron discuss spinning a company out of a larger business, fundraising millions of dollars, and bringing software to an old, conservative industry.   Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.   Hayden Cardiff’s Challenge; Consider and respect the truck drivers you’re sharing the road with.   Connect with Hayden Cardif Linkedin Twitter Idelic Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 396 with Kristy Knichel where we discuss building an $80M 3rd Party Logistics Provider using customer service, hustle, and humility. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | Spotify
September 30, 2019
Denise DeSimone has started & run 9 different companies. Some have been successes, some have been failures, some have fallen in between.   In 1998, Denise founded and grew one of her greatest successes, Unicorp where she developed the privately-held technology-based business from the ground floor to over $74 million in revenues.   In this conversation, Aaron and Denise discuss where to get good mentorship, how she has changed her service offerings, and the importance of company culture. Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.   Denise Desimone’s Challenge; Be kind.   Connect with Denise Desimone Linkedin Website ddesimone@c-leveled.com   If you liked this interview, check out two other episodes with prolific entrepreneurs Jason Wolfe and Dave Nelsen. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | Spotify
September 23, 2019
Nathan Martin is the founder and CEO of Deeplocal, a Pittsburgh-based marketing agency. The firm is comprised of creative engineers, hired by brands to build interactive experiences.    Since spinning Deeplocal out of an art and technology lab at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, Nathan has become a leader of innovation and invention in advertising, creating custom solutions that are often the world's firsts.   In the last decade, Nathan has grown Deeplocal’s portfolio to include advertising work for some of the world’s biggest and most celebrated brands — including Google, Netflix, and Nike.   Prior to founding Deeplocal, Nathan was an originating member of a hactivist art group and the frontman of Creation is Crucifixion, a grindcore band.   In this conversation, you’ll hear Aaron & Nathan discuss how to build a talented team, what it took for Deeplocal to get off the ground, and how he explains the company to others.    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.   Nathan Martin’s Challenge; Do not look at income and money as the driver of happiness. Evaluate your work on the basis of how you spend your time.   Connect with Nathan Martin Linkedin Twitter Deeplocal Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 340 with Craig Markovitz where we discuss generating more than $300M in shareholder value. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
September 16, 2019
Kristy Knichel is a second-generation logistics executive and the president of Knichel Logistics. Prior to leading the company, she led the operations team for 10 years.    Kristy has driven a staggering amount of growth for the company. Since its inception, Knichel Logistics has grown from $2 million in revenue to $80 million under Kristy’s leadership.   Knichel Logistics is a woman-owned and operated, non asset based third-party logistics provider. In this interview you’ll find out what that means.   The company specializes in intermodal, less than truckload, full truckload, and specialty services and has a veteran staff that prioritizes customer service.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Kristy Knichel’s Challenge; Put yourself out there.   Connect with Kristy Knichel Linkedin Knichel Logistics Website   If you liked this interview, check out the rest of our interviews with the top business people in the city of Pittsburgh. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
September 9, 2019
Çetin Meriçli is the co-founder and CEO of Locomation, a Pittsburgh startup building autonomous trucks. His company is taking a novel approach to the technical challenge by pairing trucks together, instead of building a single truck to stand alone.   Locomation has raised more than $5 million from 13 venture investors, including Pittsburgh VC firm Draper Triangle Ventures.   Çetin’s team, including 5 co-founders, have been working together for a decade and are aiming to realize the opportunity in the multi-trillion-dollar logistics industry.   Çetin and Aaron discuss how to sell into the 4 key groups that will determine Locomation’s success: investors, employees, customers, and regulators.   You’ll walk away from this episode with a much better understanding of the timeline and challenges associated with autonomous vehicle technology.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Çetin Meriçli’s Challenge; Find a way to give back.   Connect with Çetin Meriçli Linkedin Twitter Locomation Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 306 with Bryan Salesky (Argo AI) where we discuss self-driving cars or episode 297 with Jorgen Pedersen where we discuss robotics and removing humans from harm’s way.   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Vlogging Podcasting Linkedin Video   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | Spotify
September 2, 2019
Ryan Kulp is both a marketer and a programmer. This unique skill set allows him to do things that most entrepreneurs only fantasize about.   Ryan constantly builds and ships new products and services on a monthly basis. This gives him the opportunity to experiment and test lots of ideas, seeing which ones stick.   He also uses this skill set to buy small technology companies & software products that most private equity firms are forced to overlook. In this uncharted terrain, Ryan uncovers value by applying his skillset to businesses that were previously run by someone lacking the skills or bandwidth to apply the best techniques.   Now, Ryan’s companies generate more than $5 million in annual revenue and he travels the globe with the freedom granted by cash flow + operating businesses with no geographic restraints.   In this conversation, Aaron and Ryan discuss how to think about entrepreneurship, rules to abide by in business, and the greater “Why” behind Ryan’s work. Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.   Ryan Kulp’s Challenge; Work via negativa. Don’t watch Netflix.   Connect with Ryan Kulp Twitter Ryanckulp.com Dishonest Marketing   Micro Acquisitions Course 3 Books Ryan Mentioned Negotiation Genius by Deepak Malhotra & Max Bazerman Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher & William Ury If you liked this interview, check out:    Episode 269 with Brent Beshore where we cover investing for the long term, boring businesses, and starting a career.   Episode 216 with Noah Kagan where we discuss Facebook, Mint, and how to be an effective entrepreneur.   Episode 383 with Zak Slayback where we discuss how to avoid copycat careers, why job descriptions usually suck, and How to Get Ahead when you’re early in your career. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
August 26, 2019
Meredith Meyer Grelli is the co-founder of Wigle Whiskey, the first Pittsburgh distillery since Prohibition. Wigle’s spirits are distributed throughout the country and the distillery has been the most awarded Craft Whiskey Distillery in the US for four straight years.    Meredith and her team have followed up the success of Wigle with Threadbare Cider & Mead.   In this conversation, Aaron and Meredith discuss what it takes to build a strong team, why they develop so many different product lines, and the importance of engaging with the community.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Meredith’s Challenge; Write a thank you note to someone every morning.   Connect with Meredith Linkedin   Connect with Wigle Whiskey Facebook Instagram   Connect with Threadbare Cider House Facebook Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 382 with Barry Young where we discuss distilling vodka and episode 232 with Christian Simmons where we discuss selling craft spirits.   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Vlogging Podcasting Linkedin Video   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
August 19, 2019
The best way to prepare to run your own startup is to learn from one of the best. Ajay Kori got to work under Marc Lore and learn from an eCommerce master before launching his own company.    Ajay founded UrbanStems in 2014 to fix a flower delivery industry that was institutionally broken. The company offers same-day, on-demand delivery in New York & DC, while offering nationwide next-day shipping.    The company has raised millions of dollars from top VC firms including SWaN & Legend, The Motley Fool, Kevin Plank & Under Armour, and NextGenVentures.    In this discussion, you’ll hear Aaron & Ajay discuss the challenges associated with scaling a team, the meta-entrepreneurial skill set that can apply anywhere, and what was broken about the flower business.   Ajay’s Challenge; Keep a journal where you write down what you’re grateful for every day.   Connect with Ajay Instagram Linkedin UrbanStems Website ajay@urbanstems.com   If you liked this interview, check out episode 340 with Craig Markovitz where we discuss building $300M in shareholder value, commercializing technology out of universities, and finding a purpose behind your business.   ALLEN GANNETT KEYNOTE https://youtu.be/8XKHw5MyHSE   Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
August 12, 2019
How do you catalyze change within a large organization? Sarah Ahmad shares her insights from in the trenches.   Sarah is the senior VP of innovation and transformation strategy for Pittsburgh’s Highmark Health, a national health and wellness organization, and America’s second-largest integrated delivery and financing system.    Sarah Ahmad leads Highmark Health’s effort to transform health care by developing innovative health solutions and value-based, high-quality health experiences for their customers and communities across the U.S.   Since joining Highmark Health in 2017, Sarah has evolved the Highmark Health VITAL Innovation Program into a revenue-generating test-and-learn platform that provides health solution companies, health plans and other stakeholders with robust evidence related to patient experience, care outcomes and cost impact. This means solutions can be covered and utilized faster—accelerating both their availability to patients and their adoption in the broader healthcare marketplace. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Connect with Sarah Linkedin Vital Innovation Website   If you liked this interview, check out more interviews with leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in Pittsburgh. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Vlogging Podcasting Linkedin Video   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
August 5, 2019
David Passavant is the CEO of Numo, a subsidiary company of PNC Bank. Numo is tasked with funding innovative technologies that can meaningfully move PNC’s business forward.   In this conversation, Aaron interviews David about what life is life running a corporate-backed financial technology incubator in Pittsburgh and how David found his way into the role.   David has been the CEO of Numo for 2.5 years and has recently launched its first two products. Great episode for anyone interested in corporate innovation strategies and careers.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   David’s Challenge; Be an original thinker.   Connect with David Linkedin Numo.com   If you liked this interview, check out episode 356 with Toni Murphy where we discuss negotiating a large enterprise as you build your career. You might also like this interview with Joe Lubin, the co-founder of Ethereum, on the future of cryptocurrency and financial technologies. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
July 29, 2019
Lily D is an ASMR YouTuber. What does that mean? Listen to the podcast to find out.    ASMR helps with anxiety and insomnia. Lily started making ASMR videos in 2013 and has racked up over 65 million views of her videos.   In this conversation, Aaron and Lily discuss how she got started, the positive & negative messages she receives, and what the future holds for a brand built around an individual.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Lily’s Challenge; Try deleting Instagram (or your most used social network) for a week.   Connect with Lily Linkedin Twitter Instagram YouTube   If you liked this interview, check out episode 386 with Jon Shanahan where we discuss men’s fashion, learning from working in a corporate environment, and how he’s built a YouTube following.   Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
July 22, 2019
Dave Nelsen has been a successful CEO in multiple businesses. Two of his startups, CoManage and TalkShoe, raised more than $70 million in angel and venture funding.   He has since moved into a full-time speaking career, traveling to country to share his perspective on Social Media for Business and Technology for Executives.   In this conversation, Dave and Aaron discuss how Dave went from a large corporation to a startup, where Dave found the ideas for his companies, and how he launched his speaking career.   Valuable listen for any aspiring entrepreneur.    Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Dave’s Challenge; Do more listening.   Connect with Dave Linkedin Website 412-779-2788   If you liked this interview, check out episode 362 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss multiple successful startups, investing, and leadership. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
July 15, 2019
Matt Stroud is the co-founder & CEO of Postindustrial Media. His new media startup is aiming to change the tenor of journalism in the Midwest.   He’s come a long way since founding a bimonthly magazine, called Deek, out of his basement apartment while enrolled full-time at the University of Pittsburgh.   Matt has written short- and long-form journalism for Esquire, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, Politico, The New York Times, and Reuters, and held staff writer positions with the Associated Press and Bloomberg Businessweek.    In this conversation, Matt & Aaron discuss new media, recruiting team members, and Matt’s reporting on policing technologies. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Matt’s Challenge; Ignore political campaign polls and pay attention to where government dollars are spent.   Connect with Matt Linkedin Twitter Website   Matt’s Book Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing by Matt Stroud   If you liked this interview, check out our interview with Todd Bishop about running a bootstrapped media business, our interview with Chance Humphrey about Instagram and photography, and our interview with Jon Shanahan about building a men’s fashion YouTube channel.   Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
July 8, 2019
In the past, magazines like Vogue & GQ were exclusively at the epicenter of fashion and style. They alone could play kingmaker to the tastes, trends, and brands clothing of an entire culture.   Today, the influence has been disseminated to a broad swath of creators and media outlets with their own perspective. Jon Shanahan saw this opportunity coming and has staked a claim with his brand, The Kavalier.   He started a YouTube channel more than 4 years ago and now creates content full-time reviewing menswear.   In this conversation, you’ll learn how Jon got started, the intentional approach he takes to his style, and the patience & discipline required to break through. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Jon’s Challenge; Throw out the clothes in your wardrobe that you’re not excited about. Tailor the clothes that don’t fit just right.   Connect with Jon Instagram Website The Kavalier on Youtube Jon’s 2nd channel   If you liked this interview, check out episode 318 with Brad Driscoll where we discuss building a following on Twitch, starting an SEO business, and the value of persistence. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
July 1, 2019
For half a century, women wore bras that had been designed by men. Sophia Berman knew there had to be a better way.   She’s spent that last 3 years launching and growing Trusst Lingerie, a company that has re-engineered the bra for larger-busted women.   In this conversation, Aaron and Sophia discuss what she’s learned about running a company, how 3-D printing failed to live up to the hype, and how to develop a product and take customer feedback.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Sophia’s Challenge; Allocate some time every single day to learning something new.   Connect with Sophia Linkedin Instagram Facebook Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 36 with Sophia where we discussed her Kickstarter campaign and her vision for the company. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
June 24, 2019
We had a guest no-call/no-show. No fun.   HP & I made the best of it by recording a podcast reflecting on Piper Creative being 18 months old, our hardest days of the process, and how great our team is.   Hope you have a lovely day.
June 17, 2019
Zak Slayback returns to the podcast after a 317 episode hiatus. He’s here because he’s ready to help even more people with his new book, How to Get Ahead.   It builds off of Zak’s talk at the 2018 Going Deep Summit where he laid out his framework for building a great career from scratch.   Zak is a career building expert and a Principal at Peter Thiel-backed 1517 Fund.   He was one of LinkedIn’s most influential voices on education in 2015 and has been published in Newsweek, the New York Examiner, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Christian Science Monitor, the Foundation for Economic Education, among others.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Connect with Zak Facebook Twitter Linkedin Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 241 with Michael Gibson where we talk about the vision behind 1517 Fund and episode 226 with Ed Latimore where we discuss his writing, boxing, and pathway into running an online business. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
June 10, 2019
Barry Young used to be a pharmacist. Now he makes vodka and rum.   In this interview, you’ll hear how Barry transitioned out of corporate life, what makes some vodka better than others, and why he’s so passionate.   Barry’s company, Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries, is based in Glenshaw and has been around for about 10 years. Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge - the beverage industry's most coveted award.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Barry’s Challenge; Buy a stranger a drink the next time you’re out.   Connect with Barry Boyd & Blair Vodka Instagram BLY Silver Rum Instagram Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 232 with Christian Simmons where we discuss disrupting state liquor stores, Christian’s humble beginning in sales, and how to run a great retail location. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
June 3, 2019
Kurt Schnieders has served as CIO of DICK’S Sporting Goods, L Brands and ING Latin America and worked internationally in corporate America for 35 years. As a steward of digital revolution in large organizations, he has overseen the creation and launch of websites taking in over 1 billion dollars in annual sales.      Throughout his career, he has provided executive leadership, business strategy and technology solution delivery across multi-cultural landscapes, working in Dubai, India, Australia, Brazil, Argentina and Amsterdam.     In this conversation, Aaron and Kurt discuss a career in IT, how drastically things have changed, and what the future might hold.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Kurt’s Challenge; Read something different.   Connect with Kurt Linkedin kurt@dickersoncreative.com   If you liked this interview, check out episode 340 with Craig Markovitz where we discuss building a business valued over $250M, university technology transfer, and hard truths about entrepreneurship. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
May 27, 2019
Ever wonder how bills get passed and how policy gets changed? While elected officials and public servants hold a lot of power, lobbying firms like Wellington Strategies influence the government, too.   Joe Kuklis, the founder and president of Wellington Strategies, came on the podcast to talk about how his business works and the challenges of building a lobbying firm.   Joe focuses on helping small-to-medium-sized businesses to navigate the government marketplace in Washington and state capitols.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Joe’s Challenge; Look at how federal, state, and local government affects your business and adjust your plan accordingly.   Connect with Joe Linkedin Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 314 with John Dick where we discuss the next generation of polling, recruiting a team, and how to be empathetic to people with different political viewpoints. Underwritten by Piper Creative Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies.    Our clients become better storytellers.    How? Click here and Learn more.   We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.   Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.   Follow Piper as we grow YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay 
May 20, 2019
Yummyholic is a custom cookie & cupcake bakery with distinct, made-to-order designs.   Jasmine Cho, the founder, came on Going Deep to discuss her business and how baking can be more creative and therapeutic. She’s learned a lot through launching Yummyholic and you can learn from someone who’s been in the trenches.   Jasmine is currently working to pioneer research-based bake therapy by exploring baking as a form of art therapy.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Jasmine’s Challenge; Find the thing you are both good at and enjoy doing.   Connect with Jasmine Instagram Twitter Linkedin Facebook Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 67 with Kit Mueller where we discuss Unstuck, supporting entrepreneurial communities, and his career. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Vlogging Podcasting Linkedin Video   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
May 13, 2019
For the last few decades, “Human Resources” was responsible for getting the most out of workers. This meant optimizing for health plans, salaries, and interpersonal conflict.   Claude Silver believes there’s another way.   She leads with her heart and emotional optimism. She owns the onboarding, recruitment, retention, and graduation of all the people that come through VaynerMedia. She calls upon 20 years of guiding client relationships, global brand strategies, operations, and management at numerous Fortune 50 companies to lead and inspire.   In this conversation, Aaron and Claude discuss the day-to-day of her job, the design of her office, and how Vayner onboards new hires.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Claude’s Challenge; Affirm someone verbally. Give them the gift of your attention.   Connect with Claude Linkedin Instagram Twitter Claude's Podcast If you liked this interview, check out episode 235 with Kim Scott where we discuss Radical Candor, effective leadership, and stories from Apple & Google. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Vlogging Podcasting Linkedin Video   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
May 6, 2019
IAM Robotics named a new CEO in August 2018 and closed a $20M Series A that November. How have they managed so much upheaval? I decided to find out directly from Joel Reed   Joel is the CEO of IAM Robotics and calls upon 20 years of experience in strategic planning and business development to lead the company’s commercialization of its innovative products.   We discuss the fundraising process, how Joel came to join IAM Robotics, and how he recruits technical talent.   Joel previously worked to introduce the first commercially available autonomous mobile robots as a new class of manufacturing and warehouse AGVs to 3PL providers, integrators and clients such as GENCO, Supply Chain Management (Walmart Canada), Freightliner Trucks | Daimler and BMW Manufacturing. Joel started his career as a process and technology consultant at Ernst & Young (now Cap Gemini) and also led the commercialization of a 3D software tools company, which was acquired by Autodesk.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Joel’s Challenge; At work, have a running or walking meeting.   Connect with Joel Linkedin Twitter   Connect with IAM Robotics Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 367 with Aaron Morris where we discuss computer vision, geospatial data, and how a technologist can learn enterprise sales. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Vlogging Podcasting Linkedin Video   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
April 29, 2019
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April 22, 2019
Joe Vennare was the 2nd keynote at the 2019 Going Deep Summit. He shared his story of transitioning from history teacher to serial entrepreneur.    It's advice anyone can use. I'm so glad he shared his message at the Summit.   We could not have put it on without two of our sponsors.   Covalent https://www.wearecovalent.com/   TreeCup https://www.buyateaplantatree.com/
April 8, 2019
Allen Gannett, the author of The Creative Curve, spoke at the 2019 Going Deep Summit about how to make moments of "creative genius" less random and more intentional. Most people want to know how to be more creative. Allen explains that thoughtful consumption is a key unlock for aspiring creatives.   Allen is the founder of TrackMaven and a bestselling author.   Here are videos from the Going Deep Summit on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8REcAy3zwEArtRTmEufaQHo4UQ1bjdrZ
April 1, 2019
Cooper Munroe, CEO of The Motherhood, was interviewed by Aaron Watson about the origins of influencer marketing, what the early days of blogging looked like, and how to communicate authentically with your stakeholders.   Cooper is an award-winning influencer marketing expert and her firm works with the largest consumer brands, nonprofits, and agencies in the world.   She is a specialist in maximizing the effectiveness of campaigns, the reach of content, and measuring the results. She got her start when she began blogging in the early 2000s and saw the power of new media to create change and nurture movements. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Cooper’s Challenge; Go and visit a new neighborhood in your city.   Mentioned Bowling Alone   Connect with Cooper Instagram Twitter cooper@motherhood.com   Connect with The Motherhood Instagram Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 349 with Bri Conley where we discuss selling clothing on Instagram, building a boutique, and staying on trend.   You can also check out episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss teaching himself to code, founding multiple successful startups, and treating your employees well. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Vlogging Podcasting Linkedin Video   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
March 25, 2019
Being a refugee in a new country can be scary, confusing, and lonely. While there are agencies in the US that help refugees with resettlement during the first 3 months, resource constraints leave them unable to assist past that point.   Sloane Davidson created Hello Neighbor to help connect refugees with friends and mentors in their community who can be a sustainable support system.   The families Hello Neighbor supports all have kids under 18 in the home. Mentors range from young professionals to families and seniors, making Hello Neighbor a family-focused volunteer opportunity.   In this interview, Aaron and Sloane discuss common things refugees need help with, how her organization has grown so quickly, and why she was inspired to start this organization. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Sloane’s Challenge; Find one way to feel uncomfortable.   Connect with Sloane Twitter Instagram Linkedin   Connect with Hello Neighbor Facebook Instagram Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 317 with Tammy Thompson where we discuss poverty, homelessness, and the importance of social cohesion. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
March 18, 2019
Dr. Christopher Howard is the eighth president of Robert Morris University. A university with more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs , more than 5,000 students, and a 100 year history.   In this conversation, Chris and Aaron discuss the future of college, timeless leadership lessons, and Dr. Howard’s background.   Dr. Howard is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Rhodes Scholar, and a graduate of both the University of Oxford & the Harvard Business School.   He also offers an excellent challenge at the end of the conversation.   Resources Mentioned What Happens Now? by John Hillen RMU 100   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Chris’s Challenge; Don’t become Glib.   Connect with Chris Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss leadership, entrepreneurship, and how to build a great team. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Vlogging Podcasting Linkedin Video   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
March 11, 2019
What does it take to become the top referred real estate agent on Zillow? A lot of reviews and hustle.   Brian Teyssier shared his perspective on the industry during a riveting 30-minute conversation at his home in Mount Washington. Brian has worked with some of the top real estate coaches in the business and has some seriously impressive stats.   He's surpassed $19 million in volume in both 2017 & 2018. He's accrued 333 reviews on Zillow.   As Brian battles to the top of the luxury home market, he runs a lean and digital practice. You’ll be blown away at his story of selling a house for more than $500,000 without ever meeting the owner in person.   In this conversation, Aaron and Brian also discuss how he got started flipping houses, how he goes above and beyond with his open houses, and where the industry is headed.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Brian’s Challenge; Push yourself out of your comfort zone.   Connect with Brian Facebook Instagram Linkedin Youtube Twitter   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Vlogging Podcasting Linkedin Video   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
March 10, 2019
Piper Creative Director of Operations Tori Meglio joins me on the podcast to discuss how Linkedin has transformed our business in the last year.   Here's our new podcast. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-piper-podcast/id1454137800?mt=2
March 4, 2019
Restaurants are a brutal business. It’s worth studying those that succeed.   Nick Bogacz is the Founder of Caliente Pizza & Draft House. He opened his first location in fall of 2012 and has grown quickly to open four more locations.   Prior to that, he spent over a decade in the industry, starting as a delivery driver in 1996. He went on to lead sales at multiple corporate pizza chains and learn the pizza business inside and out.   His company now employs more than 185 people and has been recognized at the World Championships at the Las Vegas Pizza Expo.   In this conversation, Aaron and Nick discuss how Nick earned his education in the pizza business, why Caliente also serves numerous craft beers, and the critical importance of experience.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Nick’s Challenge; Make a pizza in your home.   Connect with Nick Facebook Twitter Instagram thepizzaequation.com pizzadrafthouse@gmail.com   If you liked this interview, check out episode 365 with Jordan Robarge where we discuss buying a diner, employing marginalized communities, and starting a food truck. Books Mentioned Guerilla Marketing by Jay Levinson Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill The Pizza Bible by Tony Gemignani   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Vlogging Podcasting Linkedin Video   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
February 20, 2019
Teresa Huber is the CEO of Intervala, a full-service manufacturer that produces customized electronic and electromechanical solutions for the industrial, medical, and transportation sectors.   She has led Intervala since it’s inception in January 2016 and is responsible for leading the company’s strategic direction and long-term growth. Teresa was named 2018 CEO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council.   Teresa previously served as chief executive officer for TMG Electronics and chief operating officer of Pinnacle Electronics.   In this conversation, Aaron and Teresa discuss how to establish a healthy company culture, where Teresa went to raise funding for Intervala, and why thinking long-term is a strategic advantage.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Teresa’s Challenge; Don’t accept the status quo.   Connect with Teresa Linkedin Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 131 with Larry Gioia where we discuss how to end transactional networking and start connecting. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
February 18, 2019
Nick Merich has been an entrepreneur for a while. As a kid, he’s ring doorbells and ask to mow lawns for money.   Today, he DMs the world’s biggest music artist to educate them about his service, Songlink.   Songlink empowers musicians to share their music more efficiently with platform-agnostic links.   In this discussion, Aaron and Nick talk about the disintermediation of the music industry, how Nick DMs dozens of artists every day, and why they’ve stayed bootstrapped. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Nick’s Challenge; Meditate Everyday.   Connect with Nick Instagram Linkedin   Song Link Website Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
February 13, 2019
Courtney Ehrlichman is an expert in mobility and specializes in advising economic development organizations, startup founders, venture capitalists, and government agencies. Her job requires fluency in new modalities of mobility, connected/autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and smart city applications.   Her background is extensive.   She designed and implemented Carnegie Mellon University’s Smart Mobility Challenge in Southwestern PA, matching identified mobility needs of local municipalities with researchers and technologists.   We talk about the wide range of considerations leaders and innovators need to take to steward a better future for all.    Courtney’s Challenge; Think about how much real estate is occupied by concrete & asphalt and how to re-use it.   Connect with Courtney Linkedin Twitter Website   Book Autonomy by Lawrence D Burns The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro     We’ve interviewed a number of the most influential transportations entrepreneurs and innovators   Bryan Salesky - Argo Ai Mark DeSantis - RoadBotics Griffin Schultz - Rapid Flow Technologies Ryan Green - Gridwise   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
February 11, 2019
Aaron Morris is a roboticist and computer vision expert working on his third startup.   After earning a PHD from Carnegie Mellon University, Aaron has spent his career in the world of autonomous robots, mapping, perception, computer vision, planning systems and machine learning. His career has placed him in companies at varying sizes and stages where he has launched products, raised venture investment, and built products.   His second startup, AllPoint Systems was acquired by Autodesk, which led to Aaron leading the Autodesk Reality Solutions product division.   Now, his company, Allvision, is arming companies and institutions with insights and intelligence through detailed 3D digital representations of the physical world. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Aaron’s Challenge; Take a different mode of transit on a familiar route. Recognize how difference these experiences can be.   Connect with Aaron Linkedin Website   If you liked this interview, check out three previous interviews we’ve done in the mobility & transportation space with Roadbotics founder Mark Desantis, Rapid Flow Technologies CEO Griffin Schultz, and LaneSpotter founder Lynsie Campbell. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
February 4, 2019
How do you go from selling medical equipment to running a high-end clothing company? Ask David Alan.   David Alan Clothing company produces custom clothing, but it has been a long and arduous process to figure out this industry. In this interview, David graciously shares his experiences finding manufacturers in China, keeping celebrity clients happy, and outworking the competition.   David taught himself to sew from YouTube and sunk his life savings into making his company a reality. This degree of self-belief and diligence is exceptionally rare. Our conversation spilled over into our time after the mics went off. There will surely be a round two. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   David’s Challenge; Recognize that there will always be disruption. Focus on your ability to deliver in spite of that disruption.   Connect with David Linkedin Instagram Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 349 with Bri Conley where we discuss running a boutique, how to stay on top of fashion trends, and the importance of Instagram for a clothing company. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram
January 28, 2019
There are plenty of people that think they have a good chili recipe. Very few bet their careers on it. That’s what first caught our eye about Jordan Robarge.   After working in the startup world as a Venture for America fellow, Jordan started a food truck business called Revival Chili. He found success quickly and was profitable within three months.   Revival Chili’s business is simple: Sell delicious chili products to the people of Pittsburgh in a tiny house style food truck. What makes it different, is Revival’s focus on creating jobs for unemployed ex-offenders, a disadvantaged group often overlooked in U.S. Cities.   After proving his business chops, Jordan doubled down and bought a diner. The goal is to put even more people to work.   In this conversation, Aaron and Jordan discuss how he cold-called his way to early success, how you can buy a business for less than $100,000, and what the Revival brand represents.   Jordan’s food truck, Revival Chili, will be a lunch option at the 2019 Going Deep Summit.   Jordan’s Challenge; Go out and connect with 5 people from different background. Have a tangible take away from each conversation.   Connect with Jordan Linkedin   Revival Chili Facebook   Nancy’s Revival Facebook   If you liked this interview, check out episode 157 with Andrew Yang where we discuss the start of Venture for America, why more people need to work at startups, and how other cities will benefit from this focus. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
January 21, 2019
It takes guts, vision, and intelligence to see where things are going before everyone else and act upon it. Tracy Certo is the founder and publisher of NEXTpittsburgh, an online magazine about the people advancing Pittsburgh and the cool and innovative things happening in the region.   Tracy previously started the first online publication in Pittsburgh as editor and then publisher 11 years ago and left to launch NEXT in 2014.   In this conversation, Aaron and Tracy discuss how Tracy has grown as a business person, how she prepared the launch NEXT, and how her team finds their stories.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Tracy’s Challenge; Diversify where you get your information.   Connect with Tracy Facebook Twitter Instagram Linkedin Website   If you liked this interview, check out our enormous catalog of interviews with Pittsburgh’s biggest influencers, top entrepreneurs, and largest power brokers.   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
January 14, 2019
Rachel Reid founded her cosmetics company, Subtl Beauty, to better serve women on the go. Her line of makeup products comes in compact, customizable stacks that can be easily thrown into a purse or bag.   Rachel first realized this need when she was consulting during the summer of 2016. Since she wasn’t even spending 2 nights a week in her own home, she needed a beauty solution that traveled well and could fit in a small clutch.   Now, she is challenging the status quo of lazy, bulky cosmetic design. In this conversation, Rachel shares how she does extensive A/B testing to get the most out of her ads, why she studies companies like Stitch Fix, and the goals she is pursuing.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Rachel’s Challenge; Start your day with consuming good information.   Resources Daily Carnage Shopify Blog Adweek Newsletter Marketing School   Connect with Rachel Linkedin Facebook Instagram Website Rachel’s Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 352 with Kate Zarvis where we discuss running a nail salon, how to retain talent, and how to create a space where clients can relax. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
January 8, 2019
You gotta check out part One before listening to this one.   In Part Two, Jason discusses his current companies, how he invested in Glen Meakam's company (Forever.com), and how he thinks about giving back to others.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Jason’s Challenge; Give more. Be Kind. Pull someone else up.   Connect with Jason Linkedin Website jason@wolfe.com   If you liked this interview, check out episode 263 with Audrey Russo where we discuss what the Pittsburgh Tech Council does, how Audrey progressed through her career, and some recommended reading.   Also, check out Going Deep Summit 2.0 speaker Gisele Fetterman.
January 7, 2019
Jason Wolfe is an entrepreneur through and through. After growing up in the Milton Hershey School, an orphanage founded by Milton Hershey, Jason found himself living out of his car.   He taught himself how to code by using books at the local library and CompUSA's 'Building the Perfect Web'. This led to building the first coupon website and launching his first internet business. From 1995 to 2000, Jason built the business, raising $500k in VC from Jupiter Media and garnering >$1 million in annual sales and 20 million page views per month.   MyCoupons.com sold for roughly $23 million in 2000, shortly before the DotCom bubble burst.   Jason rolled over his proceeds into successive wins with his companies Direct Response Technologies (acquired by Digital River for $22 million), Jambo Media (for $15 million) and Giftcards.com (by Blackhawk Network for $120 million).   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.     Connect with Jason Linkedin Website jason@wolfe.com
December 26, 2018
Anthony Hughes is the CEO and founder of Tech Elevator, a coding bootcamp programs with physical locations across the Midwest. His work is oriented around supporting people in rapidly acquiring technology skills so they can have more meaningful careers.   Anthony previously worked for JumpStart, an economic development organization focused on startups in Northeast Ohio. At JumpStart, he founded the Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, which matched successful entrepreneurs and executives with budding technology entrepreneurs in mentoring relationships.   In this conversation, Anthony and Aaron discuss how the program works, how Anthony came to the Midwest from England, and why the work is so fulfilling.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Anthony’s Challenge; Broaden your perspective on hiring tech talent. You don’t need a degree to be a valuable contributor.   Connect with Anthony Facebook Twitter Instagram Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 314 with John Dick, 265 with Kelauni Cook, and other interviews with Pittsburgh power brokers.   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
December 19, 2018
Pittsburgh is a sports town. But, is the city ready to rally for gaming?   Rob Lee thinks so.   He co-founded the Pittsburgh Knights to compete in esports competitions like PUBG, Fortnite, and Super Smash Bros. He also recently inked a partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers.   Their core mission is to take the best practices from traditional sports and apply them to esports. Pittsburgh is the City of Champions; it has a long history of strong sports franchises and passionate fans. Can they continue the legacy?   In this conversation, Aaron & Rob discuss how that might happen.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Rob’s Challenge; Try watching an esports event.   Connect with Rob Instagram Twitter LinkedIn Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 344 with Griffin Schultz where we discuss smart sensors, fixing traffic with tech, and selling to city governments. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
December 17, 2018
I sat down with Jamilka Borges for 45 minutes on a cold December morning to find out. She’s run kitchens at a number of Pittsburgh’s finest restaurants and surely has some stories to tell from each experience.   Jamilka is currently the Executive Chef at Independent Brewing Company & Hidden Harbor, which is part of the S+P Restaurant Group. Prior to joining IBC & Hidden Harbor, she served as Executive Chef at Pittsburgh’s Spoon, the Livermore and Bar Marco.   She has an expertise in French, Italian and Latin cuisine and her commitment to a unique “farm to table” dining experience led Bar Marco to be nominated for Best New Restaurant 2013 by Bon Appetit.   In addition to pursuing her own professional heights, she also makes a concerted effort to give back to her community. She works with 412 Food Rescue, a non-profit organization that is looking to eliminate hunger while reducing food waste.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Jamilka’s Challenge; Help fight hunger with a local charity.   Connect with Jamilka Facebook Instagram Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out our episodes with star chef Kevin Sousa and Big Burrito Group executive chef Bill Fuller.   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
December 10, 2018
Jim Gibbs is the CEO & Co-founder of Meter Feeder, a low cost payment and enforcement solution for small to mid-sized governments.   Jim’s startup is modernizing the way that people pay for parking and has already been through Y Combinator in the winter of 2016. The company is headquartered in Braddock and can boast a considerably lower burn rate than companies that stuck around in the Bay Area.   In this conversation, Aaron & Jim discuss the how he sells into municipalities, why his technology is revolutionary, and how the Pittsburgh scene has evolved.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Jim’s Challenge; Get outside your circle and interact with new groups.   Connect with Jim Twitter LinkedIn Website   If you liked this interview, check out all the previous interviews we’ve done with Pittsburgh’s movers and shakers. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
December 3, 2018
Toni Murphy is a VP at Comcast Business and can teach you a lot about leadership.   At Comcast, Toni leads a team of more than 150 across four states. She is a force in shaping cultural transformation at the company by leading the creation of the Keystone Region’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. She also acts as executive champion for its Black Employee Network.   Prior to Comcast, Toni worked in Investment Banking at UBS and the Gores Group.   Aaron and Toni discuss how she mentors hundreds of people, the impact her mom has had on her work ethic, and how to win inside a corporation.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Toni’s Challenge; Go find one person and say, “I know I don’t know as much as I should know about you, tell me more.”   Connect with Toni Linkedin Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 263 with Audrey Russo where we discuss the nation’s oldest tech trade association, how careers evolve, and the Pittsburgh tech scene. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
November 26, 2018
Kevin Sousa is the chef and owner of Superior Motors, an American restaurant that opened in July 2017 in Pittsburgh. It was named one of the World’s 100 Greatest Places by Time Magazine, a Top 10 best restaurant in the country by Food and Wine Magazine, and the best new restaurant of 2018 by Pittsburgh Magazine   The restaurant was partially funded through Kickstarter, setting a record for a restaurant by raising $310,225 to break ground   Kevin was previously the chef/owner of Salt of the Earth, Union Pig & Chicken and Station Street Food.   In this conversation, Aaron and Kevin discuss how his current successes have been informed by his failures, how Kevin’s work is tied to his interest in social progress, and the best ways to foster a team environment that supports everyone.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Kevin’s Challenge; Don’t judge people.   Connect with Kevin Twitter Instagram Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 146 with Bill Fuller where we discuss the Big Burrito Group, the Pittsburgh food scene, and how restaurants work. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
November 20, 2018
I solicited my friends for advice and wisdom they wish they had when they were 27.
November 19, 2018
Priya Amin is the cofounder of Flexable, a company that specializes in providing pop up childcare at professional & personal events, offices, and retail stores.   Priya discovered this need when she became a mother and realized she was missing out on networking opportunities and events because of her need for childcare. Together with previous guest Jessica Strong, she founded Flexable to solve the problem and create a more inclusive business community.   She holds an MBA from the University of Arizona, and previously worked as a product and brand manager at IBM and Nestle.   In this conversation, Aaron & Priya discuss how to hone your presentation skills, the founding story of the company, and how to create a more inclusive community.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Priya’s Challenge; Find cool & innovative ways to be inclusive   Connect with Priya LinkedIn Facebook Instagram Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out;   Episode 75 with Jessica Strong where we discuss Whetstone Workgroup & new models for coworking.   Episode 274 with Erica Peterson where we discuss teaching Moms how to Code.   Episode 50 with Ilana Diamond her role in launching & leading AlphaLab Gear.   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
November 12, 2018
Kate Zarvis has been in the beauty industry since she was 15 and got a job washing hair. Now, she owns her own nail salon that is growing rapidly.   Hannah and I cam by her salon to learn about how she’s doing it.   Perhaps the most interesting idea we touched on was the difficulty technology will have in disrupting her industry.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Kate’s Challenge; Stop comparing yourself to other people on social media.   Connect with Kate Facebook Instagram Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 349 with Bri Conley where we discuss how she’s built a specialty boutique off of Instagram and Snapchat. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
October 22, 2018
Piper Creative CEO Aaron Watson was invited to speak to the Professional Sales Class at Duquesne University. Aaron made a point of driving home that every college student should establish a presence on LinkedIn and use it to find their next job.   2018 is the year of LinkedIn. It will likely never be as good again.
October 17, 2018
Dave Mastovich is the founder and CEO of Massolutions.   In this conversation talks about how he transitioned out of the corporate world into owning his own business and how he developed entrepreneurial tendencies while working in other businesses.   Dave has been on the cutting edge of utilizing the gig economy to build his business and has inspired his team to be creative, loyal, and scrappy through trust and freedom.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Dave’s Challenge; Get comfortable in uncomfortable positions. The next time you catch yourself make excuses, take stock and redirect yourself.   Connect with Dave LinkedIn Website dave@masssolutions.biz   If you liked this interview, check out episode 269 with Brent Beshore where we discuss different styles of investing, the proper motivations for your work, and . Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
October 15, 2018
Bri Conley is the founder of No. 14 Boutique in Lawrenceville, one of the few shops bucking the trend of “The Death of Retail”.   How?   By establishing great relationships with clients, staying on top of fashion trends to offer a distinct selection, and masterfully utilizing Snapchat and Instagram to create demand.   In this conversation, Brianne explains how she used Snapchat & Instagram stories to drive demand, what she felt like the market was missing when she opened her store, and how she’s blending ecommerce with in-store experience.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Bri’s Challenge; Show up in person to get what you want.   Connect with Bri Bri’s Instagram No. 14’s Instagram Facebook Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 295 with Nisha Blackwell where we discuss her handmade bowties business and episode 305 with Wendy Downs where we explore the blending of ecommerce and physical retail. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
October 10, 2018
Amir Banifatemi is the General Manager for Innovation and Growth at XPrize and is an Executive Advisor for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE & the ANA Avatar XPRIZE.   Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Banifatemi began his career at the European Space Agency and then held executive positions at Airbus, AP-HP and the European Commission division for information society and media.   He’s previously managed two venture capital funds and contributed to the formation of more than 10 startups with emphasis on Information Technologies, Telecommunications, IoT, and Healthcare.   We talk about how the XPrize stimulates innovation, what the Avatar XPrize is pursuing, and how the teams in the competition are formed. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Amir’s Challenge; Think about how our human evolution will look over the next two decades. Discuss this with others so we can call have a better future.   Connect with Amir Instagram Twitter Linkedin Avatar.xprize.org avatar@xprize.org   If you liked this interview, check out episode 240 with Kenny Chen where we discuss the impact of the AI XPrize, establishing a network in a new city, and Thrival 2017. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
October 8, 2018
Michael Hruska is a technologist with experiences spanning across standards, emerging technologies, learning, and science. He is a former researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and now provides technology, business model and innovation solutions to Fortune 500, government and startups.   His team has built award winning products and delivered solutions that support millions of users.     Michael is an advisor/mentor to ed tech startups for GSV Capital.  Michael hosts a monthly entrepreneur meetup and other events to support local and regional entrepreneurship. He serves as a mentor and guide for a number of startups.  He also serves as an advisor the Robert Waters Trust Fund at the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies to support entrepreneurship and early stage companies.   This conversation runs the gamut from small town business to organizing a band to eating with Frank Zappa.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Mike’s Challenge; Go do something new, with new people, in a new place. Get uncomfortable.   Connect with Mike LinkedIn Food Facebook Channel Problem Solutions Website   Books Mentioned Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman   If you liked this interview, check out episode 131 with Larry Gioia where we discuss #ABCD, Connection University, and how to make introductions for others. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
October 3, 2018
Sandra Mau is the founder & CEO of TrademarkVision, a startup doing visual brand protection. She and her team of machine learning engineers are developing a top visual search engine for trademarks and logos.   In this conversation, we talk about why she has another office in Australia, how the algorithm simplifies work for IP lawyers, and shares stories of scrappy startups at events.   Prior to starting TrademarkVision, Sandra was a Senior Computer Vision Research Engineer at NICTA doing R&D in computer vision, machine learning, and mobile projects.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Sandra’s Challenge; Think about where you want to be in 5 years and then break it down into actionable steps you can take to accomplish it.   Connect with Sandra LinkedIn Twitter Instagram Trademark.Vision Designs.Vision   If you liked this interview, check out episode 334 with Alison Alvarez where we discuss geospatial data, finding a cofounder, and being a modern polymath. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
October 1, 2018
Dr. Gina Marchando is the executive director at DreamLife Recovery, a new addiction treatment program in Donegal, PA.   Gina has been treating patients for trauma, PTSD and the full spectrum of dissociative disorders for more than a decade and came back to Pittsburgh to after losing her nephew to an overdose.   In this conversation, we talk about addiction, psychotherapy, and the small steps we can all take to care for others.   Gina is particularly excited about the wide array of evidence-based treatment options that will be available at the new facility and the impact it can make on the region.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Gina’s Challenge; Go out of your way to be kind to someone today.   Connect with Gina LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Website 1-833-330-LIFE If you liked this interview, check out episode 151 with Dr. Matt Keener where we discuss psychiatric health, the impact telemedicine will have on accessing health care, and the Pittsburgh ecosystem.   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
September 26, 2018
Traffic sucks. Luckily, smart people are looking into making cities smarter and reducing congestion.   Rapid Flow Technologies was spun out of Carnegie Mellon University with the goal of introducing new Intelligent Transportation Systems technologies into the marketplace. Rapid Flow was created to commercialize the Surtrac adaptive traffic signal control technology developed in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon.   I spoke with CEO Griffin Schultz, who was brought in to lead business development efforts for the young startup.   Griffin has an MBA from The Wharton School at UPenn and has previously worked with successful tech startups, as the Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Philadelphia, and other offices in state and federal government.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Griffin’s Challenge; Read about artificial intelligence.   Books Mentioned Origin by Dan Brown Life 3.0 Being Human in the Age of AI by Max Tegmark The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro   Connect with Griffin Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Website info@rapidflowtech.com   If you liked this interview, check out our episode Kevin Miller where we discuss artificial intelligence disrupting the world of contracts or our episode with Mark DeSantis where we discuss maintaining road infrastructure with cheap sensors and AI.   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
September 24, 2018
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September 19, 2018
Norma Nieto was the President of PIVOT, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Impellia through mid-2017, and is currently working in multiple capacities for Impellia as a consultant. She currently has her own strategy and analytics consulting company, N-Squared Strategic Consulting, which helps clients harness the power of data and analytics to develop innovative strategies.   Impellia is a sports software and sensor-based technology company co-founded by former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Charlie Batch.   We discuss transitioning from a large corporation to a scrappy startup.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Norma’s Challenge; Don’t be afraid of a startup. Change can bring someone great out of you.   Book Recommendation   Lead and Disrupt: How to Solve the Innovator's Dilemma by Charles A. O'Reilly III & Michael Tushman   Connect with Norma LinkedIn Twitter Website norma.b.nieto@gmail.com   If you liked this interview, check out episode 338 with Courtney Williamson where we discuss developing a prototype for a new invention, scaling a medical device company, and getting approved by regulators. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
September 17, 2018
Idea Foundry has invested in over 200 companies and generated $1B in direct economic impact for the region. The Pittsburgh-based, non-profit economic development organization focsues on creating living-wage, high-opportunity jobs by investing in and working alongside entrepreneurs to grow.   Previously, Mr. Matesic was Chief Executive Officer for two start-up companies and Chief Financial Officer for MetalSite, Inc., participating in the rapid growth of the company and public registration process.   We discuss investing in businesses, where Idea Foundry gets its funding, and how Mike & his team help companies grow.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Mike’s Challenge; Ask yourself “What is it enough?” If you don’t know, you’ll never stop or change. Connect with Mike LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out previous episodes with Idea Foundry portfolio companies like Ian Rosenberger, Anthony Vennare, Ryan Gayman, Josie Cellone, and John Thornton. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
September 11, 2018
Craig Markovitz co-founded Blue Belt Technologies, a spinoff from the Robotics Institute at CMU, in 2003 and thirteen years later was a key member of the deal team that led to a $275,000,000 acquisition. During his years in business, Craig has launched companies, raised capital, and managed operations in businesses spanning from pre revenue and 18 employees to multi-million in revenue and 150 employees.   Today, he is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and an Assistant Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.     We discuss his experience building a team, his thoughts on fundraising, and touch on the peculiar position of deciding what to do after your company is acquired.   If you liked this interview, check out episode 303 with Luke Skurman where we discuss building a tech company in Pittsburgh, raising a Series A, and the challenges of building a team. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Craig’s Challenge; Do something out of your comfort zone.   Connect with Craig LinkedIn Website Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
September 6, 2018
Startups are always a distinct journey, but the DeCicco brothers have been on a particularly wild ride.   I trekked into Manhattan to interview Kitu Life Super Coffee CEO Jim DeCicco about founding a beverage company with his brothers, getting investment from founder of WeWork, and building a distribution system.   He left a job on Wall Street in August of 2015 and has been on a hell of a ride ever since. Jim appeared on Shark Tank with his brothers in a February 2018 episode seeking a $400,000 investment in return for a 4.5 percent stake in their business.   While they left the tank without a deal, they went home with a wealth of positive feedback, advice, exposure, and lessons learned from their once-in-a-lifetime experience.   Give their coffee a taste and get inspired by their hustle.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Jim’s Challenge; Work hard, be nice to people. Practice radical transparency. Say what’s on your mind.   Connect with Jim Facebook Twitter Instagram Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 226 with Ed Latimore who writes, studies physics, and boxes heavyweights. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
September 4, 2018
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August 27, 2018
The Shop Local Movement is gaining steam, while our banks have gotten even more impersonal. How do things change?   George Cook believes he may have an answer.   His company, Honeycomb Credit, is building a platform for small businesses to borrow directly from their own community and loyal customer base. This creates affordable credit lines entrepreneurs and competitive returns to community members.   In this conversation, we discuss how George’s background in community banking informs his startup and the transformational impact that community lending can have on regional economies.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   George’s Challenge; Buy local. Find ways to support your community’s economy   Connect with George LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out episode 301 with Rich Lunak where we discuss Innovation Works, southwestern PA investing, and how Rich got into the role. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
August 22, 2018
Eight years ago, 100,000s of people died in the Haitian earthquake. Many people donated money, but Ian Rosenberger was compelled to do more.   Ian co-founded Thread International, which has shipped nearly 200,000 lbs of recycled plastic out of Haiti to be processed into fabric. This has also created jobs for Haitian families and represents a forward thinking solution to issues of poverty..   Currently, the Thread Team is busy running a kickstarter campaign for a line of backpacks and other workweek essentials made with this important social mission.   We discuss traveling to Haiti, the doubts and stress that comes along with running a company, and the value of professional persistence.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Ian’s Challenge; Say Yes.   Connect with Ian LinkedIn Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out previous interviews with Thread investor Zach Malone, fellow sustainable fashion entrepreneur Nisha Blackwell, and handbag entrepreneur Wendy Downs.   Mentioned God Grew Tired of Us   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
August 20, 2018
It’s estimated that 50% of the population will be working independently by 2020. If this comes to fruition, the demand for shared space will continue to rise at a fast pace in the next year. According to some estimates, there could be up to 37,000 Coworking spaces worldwide by the end of 2018.   I sat down to discuss with Zach Ciccone, Principal & Head of Growth for the Beauty Shoppe.   Beauty Shoppe is an urban coworking company centered on a culture of service excellence and the belief that creating a richer workday for the individual directly benefits the surrounding social and professional community.   They are growing into new markets beyond Pittsburgh and transforming historic buildings into vibrant and beautiful workplaces. Let me know on Twitter where you work (@AaronWatson59).   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Zach’s Challenge; Take a risk. Get into a new environment.   Connect with Zach Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Website   If you liked this interview, check out our episode with Wes Shonk where we talk about whiskey, bartending, and building a specialized skill set. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
August 15, 2018
Alison Alvarez knows a lot about a lot.   In just 30 minutes, she taught me about Charleston, West Virginia, the power of geo-tracking, and how she does market research. We didn’t even get into Japanese literature.   Alison is the CEO and co-founder of BlastPoint. She has spent years building big data tools for large companies and became convinced that more affordable and accessible solutions should exist.   She has emerged as an expert consultant regarding large geospatial data systems, lecturing around the country to teach people how to use data tools for themselves, and developing a library of free interactive coding lessons.   She currently sits on the advisory board of Y-Combinator’s Valor Water If you liked this interview, check out previous tech CEO interviews like TrackMaven CEO Allen Gannett, AlphaLab Gear alum Avi Geller, and CivicMapper founder Emily Mercurio. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Alison’s Challenge; Try building new skills outside of your core focus. Stretch yourself.   Book Mentioned Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond   Connect with Alison LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Website Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
August 13, 2018
Ingrid Cook is SHzoom’s CEO. The company is an insurance-tech startup with a patented technology focused on automotive repairs. SHzoom was designed to revolutionize the way the industry handles minor fender benders.  Rather than driving from shop to shop or waiting hours for a single estimate from a claims adjuster, SHzoom allows the end user to point and click for multiple repair cost estimates from nearby shops! Aaron & Ingrid discuss the arduous patent process, the importance of a strong network, and the way a single moment of inspiration can change your life.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Ingrid’s Challenge; Do something that you fear doing every single day.   Connect with Ingrid LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out previous interviews with folks from Ascender like Mark DeSantis, Kenny Chen, and Lynsie Campbell. Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
August 8, 2018
Media and marketing people are all making big deals about video and audio. Not enough people are paying attention to the impact of maps.   Emily Mercurio’s is perfectly poised to help companies utilize the modern form of this old technology.   She is an expert in geology, geospatial technology, 2D/3D mapping, and remote sensing and helps her clients through her company CivicMapper.   We discuss the entrepreneurial skillset she's developed, her time in the oil & gas industry, and how powerful maps are at conveying information.   Emily’s Challenge; To develop as a leader, you must first know how to serve. Ask someone who is struggling how you can help them, and do it.   If you liked this interview, check out the previous episode we recorded with drone company entrepreneur Brendan Carroll who is helping farmers improve their crop yields, increase efficiency, and monitor their fields.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Connect with Emily CivicMapper’s Twitter Emily's Twitter LinkedIn Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
August 6, 2018
Adhithi Aji is applying her strong technical skills to deliver consumer insights & data to the CPG world. Her company Adrich is a Pittsburgh-based company that connects brands and retailers through product usage data and analytics.   In this conversation, we discuss iterating on digital products, the fundraising environment in Pittsburgh, and how Adhithi’s product scales.   Every aspiring tech entrepreneur should listen to this conversation and take note of how precise Adhithi is in her thinking and strategy.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Adhithi’s Challenge; Find a way to help an entrepreneur.   Connect with Adhithi LinkedIn Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out previous conversations with Pittsburgh tech CEOs like LegalSifter’s Kevin Miller, CivicScience’s John Dick, and Roadbotics’ Mark DeSantis. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
August 1, 2018
Lou Camerlengo founded fivestar*, a custom technology design, development, and consulting firm, in 1997.  Lou leads fivestar*’s business development and client retention efforts, driving company performance while maintaining a deep involvement in higher education, workforce, and nonprofit projects.   In this podcast, we discuss starting the business, building a cohesive team, and how Lou has been forced to evolve over the life of the company.   fivestar* has been twice ranked as an INC 5000 company, been named a Top 100 Best Workplaces in Pennsylvania, was twice named as a Best Places to Work in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and has appeared on the Pittsburgh Business Times Top 100 list four times.   Through their fivestar* Cares program, fivestar* provides volunteer time, project, and financial support to charitable organizations selected by an employee committee. Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Lou’s Challenge; Go do some form of volunteer work.   Mentioned Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins   Connect with Lou Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 273 with Ryan Gayman where we discuss Pittsburgh being the “Silicon Valley of nonprofits”. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
July 31, 2018
I went to the offices of Deeplocal, an innovation studio that boasts clients like Nike, Netflix, Spotify, Lyft, and Google, to interview Director of Business Development Josh Corcoran.   Josh Corcoran is the creator of Spare Change, a video series that connects communities and causes with music by inviting bands to busk for their favorite charities. The project began in February of 2017 when Josh & a friend were performing their music on the streets.   They soon found themselves with a guitar case full of with money, and a gentleman approached them asking for spare change. They proceeded to give him everything they had earned that night. Since that day, Josh, along with Taylor Mantick, Jared Stillman, and Allan Durand, have been documenting the journey of performing music to help those in need.   Last year, Spare Change received nearly 400,000 views and raised thousands of dollars for causes like JDRF, Acres Project, and Best of the Batch Foundation. Today, they drop their newest episode.   Watch the Video - Episode 13   Josh’s Challenge; Recognize the power you have to make a small change for a cause that’s important to you.   Connect with Josh Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out previous episodes like 96 with Jake Voelker, a military veteran who now runs a craft brewery, and 97 with Adam Haritan where we discuss mother nature, nutrition, and the power of digital media.   Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
July 27, 2018
Chris Edwards and his siblings grew up in a chocolate factory and he is the CEO for Edward Marc Brands, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   Upon taking the reins, Chris and his siblings transformed the 104-year-old company from regional prominence into a respected national corporation. Edward Marc Brands consists of Edward Marc Chocolatier, The Milk Shake Factory, and Snappers Crafted Snacks.   Prior to working at Edward Marc Brands, Chris worked for the United States government in the Office of the Chief of Protocol at the U.S. Department of State and at the White House in the Executive Office of the President. He served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Press Advance. In this role, he managed public events for the President both domestically and internationally.   Don’t miss this conversation about leadership, developing new chocolate products, and the company’s transformational meeting with Costco.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Chris’s Challenge; Surround yourself with people who won’t say “No.”   Connect with Chris Instagram Twitter Milkshake Factory Edward Marc   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out all our episodes with the biggest change makers, influencers and business people of Pittsburgh. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
July 23, 2018
Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft aren’t ideal for long distances. They cost too much.   However, trains and airlines aren’t always practical.   Bharath Krishnamoorthy believes his company, Axle Travel, is the solution. Axle is a ride-hailing service for long-distances that's focused on providing fast and affordable transportation to the airport.   In this conversation, Aaron and B discuss the inspiration behind the company, the strategy behind launching in a new city, and why the team came to Pittsburgh.   Before he started this company, Bharath was practicing Mergers and Acquisitions at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a global top-10 law firm.   Claim your $5 credit at axletravel.com/goingdeep   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Bharath’s Challenge; Bet on yourself.   Mentioned Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman   Connect with Bharath Instagram Linkedin Twitter   Connect with Axle Facebook Instagram Twitter   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 291 with Ryan Green where we discuss his transportation startup, how to make more money as a rideshare driver, and his path to starting a business. Or, check out episode 306 with Brian Salesky, founder of Argo Ai and steward of $1 billion from Ford to create self-driving technology.   Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
July 16, 2018
The Restaurant Industry was due for a new idea, and that’s exactly what Tyler Benson and Benjamin Mantica delivered when they co-founded Smallman Galley.   Their food hall restaurant accelerator is the first of its kind in the United States. The space incubates four restaurant concepts at a time and drastically lowers the startup costs of a new culinary venture.   Tyler and Ben are Navy Veterans who were inspired by world travels to bring innovative food and beverage concepts to the United States. They started in Pittsburgh and are laying plans to expand across the country.   In this conversation, Tyler & Aaron discuss the origin of the company, who gets free meals at a restaurant, and how time spent at one of the Galleys sets a restaurant up for success.   Resources Mentioned Provision Pgh Iron Born Pizza Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Tyler’s Challenge; Go somewhere you haven't been before and experience a fresh perspective or culture.   Connect with Tyler Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 68 with Whiskey expert Wes Shonk, where we discuss the best way to get into whiskey, elite bartending, and secret, invite-only whiskey schools or episode 146 with Bill Fuller, the executive chef of the Big Burrito Group and one of the fathers of the modern Pittsburgh food scene..   Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
July 11, 2018
LegalSifter is on a mission to bring affordable legal services to the world by empowering people with artificial intelligence. Kevin Miller joined the startup to help prove the business model and scale the company.   Previously, Kevin has served as Chief Operating Officer Industrial Scientific Corporation, helped launch an online version of Argosy University, and spent half a decade at FreeMarkets, in the global sourcing and procurement software space.   In this podcast, we discuss artificial intelligence replacing vs augmenting humans, how Kevin prepared to be a CEO throughout his career, and the climate for raising capital in and outside of Pittsburgh.   Kevin is also a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Kevin’s Challenge; Take 15 minutes to research artificial intelligence being applied to your industry.   Connect with Kevin LinkedIn Twitter Website   Mentioned The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly FreeMarkets - Glen Meakem   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out  the previous episodes that led to this conversation. Episode 85 with Sean Ammirati Episode 306 with Bryan Salesky Episode 290 with Ned Renzi Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
July 9, 2018
Skycision is on a mission to help the global agriculture industry grow more efficiently. Food production has to increase by 70% by 2050 to feed the anticipated 2 billion person increase in the global population.   Skycision offers a solution to help the global agriculture industry grow more efficiently by identifying crop stress earlier in the growing season, and optimizing field inputs to enhance crop production.   We spoke with Brendan about building a remote team, the commercial applications of drone technology, and recruiting talent.   Today, 795 million people going hungry. I’m hoping Skycision can help change that.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Brendan’s Challenge; Only check your email twice a day and see how that impacts your productivity.   Tools Mentioned Jira Boomerang Zoom Slack   Connect with Brendan Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out previous drone conversations with Barry Rabkin and Dick Zhang of Identified Technologies. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
July 2, 2018
Tucker Max is an American author and public speaker. He chronicled his drinking and sexual encounters in the form of short stories on his website TuckerMax.com,which has received millions of visitors since Max launched it as the result of a bet in 2000.   I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell was a New York Times #1 Bestseller and made the Bestseller List each year from 2006 to 2012. It has sold over one million copies worldwide, including 400,000 copies in 2009 alone. In 2010, he released a book titled Assholes Finish First, and in 2012 marked the literary releases of both Hilarity Ensues and Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers. He was a 2009 Time 100 finalist based on internet votes, although he did not make the magazine list   His new company is Book in a Box, a service for helping busy experts transfer their wisdom into a book format. The company interviews clients in a systematic way that properly structures their ideas. They then turn those words into a book. All clients need to do, as the author, is answer questions about what they already know. Everything else is handled by BIAB’s team of experienced publishing professionals.   Tucker’s Challenge; Ask yourself “Why” multiple times until you reach an irreducible answer.   Get a Free PDF of Tucker’s How-To-Guide   If you liked this interview, check out episode 118 with Kevin Kelly where we discuss the inevitable technological trends shaping our future.
June 27, 2018
After the fireside chat with Anthony Freeze, we took questions from the audience about Instagram, podcasting, and running kickass events. Some video from this event is at the end of Episode 015 of This Is Piper.
June 25, 2018
Over the course of a 90-minute conversation, at Industrious Coworking space, we discussed  Instagram, podcasting, and running kickass events.   We also discussed the genesis of Piper Creative and our plans for the future.   Super grateful to Anthony Freeze for conducting a great interview. LinkedIn
June 20, 2018
Mark DeSantis is currently CEO of RoadBotics, an AI-based product that monitors and manages roadway infrastructure. Previously, he has co-founded an energy hedge fund, a GE Ventures-backed energy predictive analytics company, and a venture-backed online tutoring company.   Why build a company focused on road maintenance? There is a desperate need to efficiently and effectively monitor and maintain the world's civil infrastructure. His company, RoadBotics, uses smartphone sensors to inexpensively monitor streets, roads, highways, sidewalks and bridges and to lower maintenance costs.   We discuss training machine learning algorithms, the career arc of an entrepreneur, and what Mark has learned from his past startups.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Mark’s Challenge; Find the alternative viewpoint and empathetically consume it before arguing.   Mentioned Lincoln-Douglas Debates   Connect with Mark Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out two more interviews with Pittsburgh entrepreneurs. Episode 260 features a discussion with Anthony Vennare about the future of health and wellness, making a modern media company, and building a business in Pittsburgh. Episode 242 features a discussion with Darrin Grove about running a company for 20 years and constantly reinventing himself.   Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
June 18, 2018
A decade ago, very few people thought a blog could be a business. Today, it’s common knowledge.   Nicki Zevola Benvenuti hopped on the trend very early, starting her website, FutureDerm.com, in 2008. It now helps more than 500,000 people a month discover hard-to-find scientific information on skincare, to make sense of marketing claims, and to find what is best for their skin a plethora of products in a crowded marketplace.   Now, she is leveraging her fluency in digital media to help other brands grow. At FutureDerm Media, her team has successfully guided brands to 500% traffic growth and accelerated sales over the course of six months.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Nicki’s Challenge; Do something. Every Day.   Connect with Nicki Twitter LinkedIn Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 36 with Sophia Berman where we discuss starting a lingerie company that uses 3-D printing and serves a distinct clientele. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
June 13, 2018
This episode was an opportunity to pester one of my good friends, Brad Driscoll, with questions 😏   In addition to co-founding Think Big Marketing, Brad has generated 10 million views on YouTube and amassed one of the 1,000 largest audiences on Twitch.   He’ll be talking about building a YouTube account at an event we are holding August 1st.   RSVP to the Facebook event for updates or buy a ticket right now.   In this episode, we primarily talk about building his Twitch audience and building his business.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Brad’s Challenge; For the next 2-3 weeks, let someone know you like their content after you consume it.   Resources Mentioned OBS Studio ClickFunnels   Connect with Brad Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Twitch Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 131 with Larry Gioia where we discuss why connecting is better than networking. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
June 11, 2018
Halima Tammy Thompson's moved to Pittsburgh as a child and was faced with homelessness, loss and countless obstacles.  Years later, she has fused 20+ years of experience in the Real Estate Industry and 8 years of working in the nonprofit sector as a Credit Counselor.       Tammy is a Poverty Expert, Nationally Sought After Speaker, Executive Producer of We Wear The Mask, a documentary released in 2017 highlighting the stigma associated with women in poverty. She provides counseling services with integrity, inspiration, compassion and confidentiality.   In the episode, we discuss cycles of poverty, the impact of trauma over a lifetime, and the victims of the 2008 Financial Recession.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Tammy’s Challenge; Step outside your comfort zone.   Connect with Tammy LinkedIn Website Circlespgh.org   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 187 with Grant Oliphant where we discuss the Heinz Endowment, how to strengthen communities, and Grant’s personal career path. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
June 6, 2018
This interview will dispel the notion that you can’t develop creativity.   Allen Gannett is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics platform whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes.   His upcoming book, The Creative Curve, is on how anyone can achieve moments of creative genius. I really enjoyed reading it.   He was also once a very pitiful runner-up on Wheel of Fortune.   Watch Allen Speak at the 2019 Going Deep Summit   Allen’s Challenge; Stop believing that creativity is naturally easy for anyone.   Allen’s Book The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time by Allen Gannett   Connect with Allen Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 183 with Oliver Luckett where we discuss how he helped break The Chainsmokers, hacking the media machine, and the evolution of social movements. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
May 30, 2018
In this episode of #PiperAnswers, we touch on a few topics that frankly, most entrepreneurs would think are too tedious or boring to share. We also talk about our editing process and how much time we actually spend working on Piper.   How did you incorporate your business? What did you use to set up your website? What is Hannah's editing process? How many hours per week do you spend on your own content? How much do you allocate to extra projects? How many side projects are you operating? Do you work with contractors?   Follow Katelyn, who was kind enough to help develop these questions. https://www.instagram.com/katelynlesk/   This Podcast is Powered by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram
May 28, 2018
When you think of a polling company, you probably think of Nielsen or Gallup. John Dick is going to change that.   As the Founder and CEO of CivicScience, John is building a modern consumer and media analytics company based in Pittsburgh. He and his team are reinventing consumer polling for a digital and mobile-first environment.   We discuss how polling has gotten more difficult as media and telecommunications have become more fragmented, the challenges of hiring technical and marketing talent, and how looking at the data has made John more empathetic.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   John’s Challenge; Get out of your tribe. Your surroundings are too curated.   Connect with John LinkedIn Twitter Website   Mentioned Episode 303 with Luke Skurman of Niche.com Episode 248 with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, check out interviews with Mark Leslie about building Veritas to $1 billion in value and Darrin Grove about servant leadership and reinvention. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
May 23, 2018
Lynsie Campbell is the founder of LaneSpotter, a navigation tool that helps cyclists find safe routes. It’s the result of her avid cycling habit and DNA as a “serial entrepreneur.”   She started LaneSpotter after a ride with her then one-year-old son, who was strapped into a seat on her bike.   Campbell previously co-founded of the online ticketing platform ShowClix. She also started a dog walking business while living in San Francisco for a few years.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Lynsie’s Challenge; Get on a bike. Explore somewhere new.   Connect with Lynsie Facebook Twitter Instagram Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out previous interviews with entrepreneurs like Nisha Blackwell, Darrin Grove, and Christian Simmons. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
May 21, 2018
In this episode, we discuss where Pittsburgh has been and where it’s going.   Bill Flanagan is the Chief Corporate Relations Officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Bill guides the development of regional and organizational messaging strategy and supervises Investor Relations activities, including membership development and fundraising.   An experienced broadcast journalist, Bill has told the story of the transformation of the economy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for more than 30-years. He serves as host and producer of “Our Region’s Business,” a weekly business public affairs program on WPXI-TV. As President of The Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership in 2009, Bill helped to organize the public/private partnership of organizations from across southwestern Pennsylvania that came together to welcome the world for the Summit.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Bill’s Challenge; Take ownership and agency of making your community better. Meet someone new from a different background, hometown, or industry. Make a personal connection.   Mentioned in the Episode Posturetalk, Powertalk, Babytalk and Gametalk When we First Pitched Bill     Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram
May 16, 2018
Jay is COO of The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM). ARM is an independent non-profit that won an $80 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to become the leading catalyst of robotics innovation and expertise to accelerate growth in US-based manufacturing and the high value careers.   It is also supported by an additional $173 million in commitments from more than 100 members and partners in industry, academia, technology, government and economic development groups.   We discuss how ARM is deploying its capital, the challenges associated with bringing more manufacturing jobs back to America, and the limitations of modern robotics technologies.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Jay’s Challenge; Consider jobs in advanced manufacturing.   Connect with Jay LinkedIn Twitter Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 297 with Jorgen Pedersen where we discuss robots taking human jobs and episode 304 with Neil Ashbaugh about training the next generation of manufacturing workers. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
May 14, 2018
Stephen Warley teaches people the life skills that matter for business.   My mission is to relieve people of their work anxieties by empowering them to design their own work.   The evolutionary fear of losing the acceptance of others is often more powerful than the desire to strike out on our own. He sees his job as empowering his readers to stop living up to the ideals of others and to start living up to their own ideals.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Stephen’s Challenge; Find 30 minutes to set aside every week for yourself. YOU are your most important client.   Books Mentioned The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.   Connect with Stephen Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 216 with Noah Kagan where we discuss being #30 at Facebook, the importance of doing work with purpose, and learning ultimate frisbee. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
May 11, 2018
Instead, he’d prefer to offer his perspective. He’s built a $40,000,000 real estate portfolio through hard work, persistence, and patience. Being raised by a single parent in a two bedroom, low income apartment in Mt. Oliver doesn’t usually breed success, but Joe Calloway’s story is anything but usual. Joe went from those unfortunate circumstances to being the largest single family home buyer in Pittsburgh.   With little direction in life and few marketable skills, Joe enlisted in the US Navy in 1997. Using his military reenlistment bonus, Joe bought his first property in 2004. For his early projects he served as investor, contractor, designer, and property manager, giving him first-hand experience which proved to be invaluable.   Joe formed RE360 in 2009 and has grown the company’s rental portfolio to 270 units with a monthly gross rental income of $229,000. 2014 alone saw the rags-to-riches Calloway invest $5 million and purchase 72 homes, making him the largest housing buyer in Pittsburgh for the second year in a row. Not bad for the poor kid from Mt. Oliver.   Attend my one-day conference in Pittsburgh. Learn more here.   Joe’s Challenge; Don’t rely on traditional sources if you are unhappy with your current position. If you want something great, you have to make it yourself and get creative.   Connect with Joe Facebook Twitter Website   If you liked this interview, check out my other interviews with people making moves in the city of Pittsburgh, like Bill Peduto and Grant Oliphant. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
May 7, 2018
Dinesh is a self-professed technophile, in addition to a speaker, mentor, and entrepreneur. He has taken part in three separate companies getting acquired, the third for over $200 million dollars. These days he stays busy investing, mentoring, and sharing wisdom.   He initially went to university for sciences, which lead him to a career in software. It wasn’t long before he realized that his pay would hit a ceiling. He saw the sales guys driving Porsches and Jaguars—and wanted in. Little did he know that his passions were in unlocking a business' potential, which goes far beyond the sale.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Dinesh’s Challenge; Count your “I can’t”s over the course of one week, then work to change one to “I can”.   http://www.goingdeepwithaaron.com/podcast   Connect with Dinesh LinkedIn Twitter Website If you liked this interview, check out episode 118 with Kevin Kelly where we discuss the technological trends that will shape our future.
May 2, 2018
Bill Laboon is currently teaching Software Quality Assurance, Software Engineering, and the Computer Science Capstone course at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he advises numerous students for projects, independent research, and their academic and professional careers.   He prepares students to develop high-quality software in a "real-world" environment. That real world is fast including more and more cryptocurrencies.   In this discussion, we cover the basics of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash, Monero, Ripple, Dash, and Bitcoin Cash.   Great primer for those just learning about cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Connect with Bill Twitter LinkedIn   Bill’s Book Strength in Numbers: A Novel of Cryptocurrency by Bill Laboon   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out all of our previous episodes with creators, builders, and influencers in the blockchain space. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
April 30, 2018
Self-driving cars are coming. Ford is betting $1 billion dollars over five years that Argo Ai can make it happen.   CEO Bryan Salesky calls upon his experience leading the software engineering for Tartan Racing, Carnegie Mellon’s winning entry in the DARPA Urban Challenge as he tries to build the future.   He also was on the Google self-driving car team. While at Google, Bryan was director of hardware development, and was responsible for development and manufacture of Google’s portfolio of hardware, which included self-driving sensors, computers and several vehicle development programs.   Do not miss this interview.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Bryan’s Challenge; Choose a day of the week where you commute and do not use your phone.   Connect with Bryan LinkedIn Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out other interviews with tech CEOs like Niche.com’s Luke Skurman, RE2 Robotics Jorgen Pedersen, and Jetpack Workflow’s David Cristello. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
April 26, 2018
Wendy Downs is an artist who learned to be an entrepreneur. Her company, Moop, was founded in 2007 in western Massachusetts. She has since moved to Pittsburgh, where her small team design and manufactures every waxed canvas bag.   In a 35-minute conversation, we cover her expertise in e-commerce, design, small batch manufacturing, and textile manufacturing.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Wendy’s Challenge; Find the thing you love and exercise it.   Connect with Wendy Instagram Facebook Twitter Website   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 295 with Nisha Blackwell where we discuss making bow ties by hand, reusing fabric, and learning to market on Instagram. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
April 23, 2018
Pittsburgh has been in the news recently for robots and restaurants. But it’s still a blue collar town.   In a sweeping discussion, Aaron & Neil Ashbaugh discuss the opportunities for good pay and consistent work offered by roles in manufacturing. The industry is facing a cliff over the next ten years as Baby Boomers continue to retire, leaving companies hungry for talent.   New Century Careers is training the next generation and excited about the opportunity.   Never miss one of our best episodes by subscribing to the newsletter.   Neil’s Challenge; Read. Never stop learning.   Books Blink by Malcolm Gladwell Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca It Doesn't Take a Hero: The Autobiography of General Norman Schwarzkopf Walt Disney biography Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi   Connect with Neil Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Website ashbaugh@ncsquared.com   Underwritten by Piper Creative A digital agency that provides strategy, delivery, and analysis specializing in a few key service offerings. Documentary-as-a-Service (Vlogging 2.0) Instagram Content Production & Account Building Podcast Production, Strategy Consulting, and Guest Acquisition   If you aren’t creating or curating content regularly, your clients and customers might forget you’re open for business. YouTube Instagram   If you liked this interview, check out episode 147 with Steve Shelton where we discuss getting ex-offenders reintegrated into society and employed with the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh. Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | PodBay
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