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Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson's show is a forum for having meaningful conversations about the passions, fears and problems of people from all walks of life. Guests talk about entrepreneurship, ultimate frisbee, finance and lifestyle design. Guests include Nathan Chan, Kevin Kelly, Bill Peduto, Morgan Housel, Noah Kagan, Tucker Max, and Barry Ritholtz.
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Feb 14, 2018

Adam Haritan is one of the greatest foragers in North America. At the 2018 Going Deep Summit, Adam spoke about the timeless lessons that we can all learn from mother nature.

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Feb 12, 2018

Ed Latimore is an author, heavyweight boxer, and inspirational speaker.

Ed spoke at the 2018 Going Deep Summit about resilience, embarrassment, and accomplishing your goals.

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Feb 8, 2018

Audrey Russo is the President of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the oldest and largest technology trade association in North America.

 

She interviewed my on what I learned from my first large event.

 

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Feb 6, 2018

Richie Hecker is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He has bought and sold assets that have had enterprise values over a billion dollars across the private, public and crypto markets.

 

Richie co-founded the Crypto Working Group, the leading Self Regulating Organization in the industry.

 

He calls on experience from closing deals around the world, including in India and China.

 

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Richie’s Challenge; Read the bitcoin whitepaper. Find a mathematician to explain the cryptography to you.

 

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Feb 5, 2018

Leah Lizarondo spoke at the 2018 Going Deep Summit about 412 Food Rescue, food insecurity & waste, and the power we all possess to make change.

The 412 Food Rescue community is responsible for 2.6 million lbs. surplus food rescued, 2.2 million meals delivered to food insecure communities, and the reduction of over 1.4 million lbs. in CO2 emissions.

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Feb 1, 2018

Larry Gioia spoke at the 2018 Going Deep Summit about connection, heart speak, and headspace.

Larry is the PwC Chief of Staff for Global Digital Strategy, the founder of Dynamic Paddlers, and the co-founder of the Pittsburgh Adaptive Sports Network.

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Jan 31, 2018

Zak Slayback is a career strategist and coach who focuses on teaching the career skills that school never taught. This talk is about his new book "How to Get Ahead When You Have Nothing to Offer"

He's the author of the 2016 Amazon best-seller, The End of School. His writing reaches millions on the issues of professional development and personal growth through career success.

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Jan 24, 2018

John Fetterman is the current Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Fetterman earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Albright College in 1991 and a master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. He moved to Braddock in 2001 to serve with AmeriCorps and start a non-profit organization, Braddock Redux.

 

He won the Braddock mayoral election in 2005 by one vote, and was re-elected in 2009 and 2013. As mayor, Fetterman has drawn international attention for trying to revitalize the economy in Braddock, with an article in The New York Times, an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and a Levi’s jeans ad. He has made equality, environmental protection, gay rights, immigration and marijuana legalization major campaign issues.

 

Fetterman is a self-described democratic socialist. He ran for the United States Senate in 2016, but was defeated in the Democratic primary. He is currently running for lieutenant governor.



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John’s Challenge; Be an educated voter.

 

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 134 with Gisele Fetterman or any of my other interviews with Pittsburgh movers & shakers.



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Jan 22, 2018

Mixing things up from the last two mixes we shared. Samuel Andres is the resident DJ for LUXE Creative.

 

Track List

All Night Long (Deep mix) - A2HP Vince, Dave Leatherman

Booty Call (Vocal Mix) - Jay Vegas

Fantasy (Jay Vegas Disco Remix) - Housemechanix, Marley Munroe

Surrender (Original Mix) - Shan, Gerd Janson, Gerd Janson & Shan

Gimmie What I Want (Original Mix) - Ron Carroll, Aires Adora

Ever Been Feat. Smashing Beat (Original Mix) - Samuele Sartini

Corrida (Original Mix) - Charles J

Confess (Original Mix) - ATFC, Seamus Haji

Stardust (Original Club Mix) - Raul Mendes, Jude & Frank

 

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Samuel’s Challenge; Only buy the songs that make you feel something in your chest.

 

If you liked this interview, check out episodes 259 with Totally Normal and 170 with Dj JRod.



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Jan 17, 2018

How do you go from studying journalism in the midwestern United States to revolutionizing the education system of another continent? I don’t know. So I asked Audrey Cheng about her company.

 

The Moringa School is enabling a whole generation of high-potential, proactive people passionate about technology to become top mobile and web developers by equipping them with skills to do so. Through top quality teachers and a curated curriculum, the school aims to world-class developers in Africa.

 

Founder Audrey Cheng has partnered with Hack Reactor, a top Silicon Valley coding school, to develop a world-class intro-to-programming course and an immersive, intensive 19-week program to train top mobile, web and front-end developers.

 

The World Bank has chosen Moringa School to be their Middle East and Africa location in their study on the effectiveness of coding bootcamps in emerging markets.

 

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Audrey’s Challenge; Be aware of your emotions. Pause. And tell yourself, “It’s going to be ok.”

 

 

If you liked this interview, check out previous episodes with sous vide entrepreneur Lisa Fetterman and angel investor Li Jiang.

 

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Jan 15, 2018

Beth Caldwell is an author, speaker, business success strategist and a host for Pittsburgh BizTV Shows. Since 2014, she has been a global instructor with the Steve Harvey Success Institute. She is also a columnist for the Pittsburgh Business Times newspaper and Smart Business magazine, but is best known as the founder of Pittsburgh Professional Women and Leadership Academy for Women.

 

Recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine as an influential and innovative leader, Beth was named  a “40 Under 40″ winner the day before her 40th birthday. In October she was recognized with the Pennsylvania Woman of Courage Award. Beth teaches workshops on leadership, business, and inspiration to audiences worldwide.

 

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Beth’s Challenges; Stop trying to do everything at once and Stop making decisions based on what other people might think.

 

Beth’s Eight Easy Ways to Enjoy an Effective 2018

 

If you liked this interview, check out these interviews with social broadcaster Sunny Lenarduzzi and Super Connector Larry Gioia.

Jan 10, 2018

Employers are slowly embracing remote work and flexible systems as the deployment of the digital age accelerates. Why are moms being left out of the fun?

 

Erica Peterson is the Founder of Moms Can: Code, an online community for current and future moms who code. She sits at the nexus of tech talent and employers looking to gain an edge. She’s also inspired quite a few new entrepreneurs.

 

Erica is passionate about exposing women and children to STEM and was recently selected as a member of The Incline’s Who’s Next: Education class for her work as Founder & Board President of Science Tots.

 

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Erica’s Challenge; Call 5 moms you know and tell them about Moms Can Code.

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 118 with Kevin Kelly where we discuss the future of technology and the forces shaping society.



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Jan 8, 2018

Ryan is one of the engines stirring the pot of the Pittsburgh nonprofit scene. In addition to incubating young organization through Social Venture Partners, he also actively consults using his experience in sales, partnership development, strategy execution, and sustainable investment analysis.

 

Prior to CitizenCity, Ryan led U.S. outreach for Humanity in Action–an international human rights organization that cultivates ethical leaders. We discuss his background and his views on what makes a project successful.

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Ryan’s Challenges; If you’re an entrepreneur, think about how your core tenets could help solve a community challenge. If you’re in Pittsburgh and want to be more involved in your philanthropy, come join SVP.

 

 

Mentioned

Effective Altruism

#15 Ian Neumaier

Social Venture Partners

 

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Jan 3, 2018

In their new book, Elephant in the Brain, Kevin & Robin explore the selfish motives that are driving everything we do. From conversation and consumption, to medicine and religion, evolutionary psychology can explains all of the quirky behaviors we perpetuate through the perspective of self-interest.

 

Kevin Simler is a writer and software engineer currently living in San Francisco, CA. He writes a popular blog called Melting Asphalt. Kevin joined the Peter Thiel-founded Palantir Technologies in 2006 where he worked for 7 years as an engineer, engineering manager, and product designer.

 

Robin Hanson is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He has a PhD in social science from Caltech, master's in physics and philosophy from U. Chicago, and worked for nine years in artificial intelligence as a research programmer at Lockheed and NASA. He helped pioneer the field of prediction markets and blogs at OvercomingBias.com.

 

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Kevin’s Challenge; Look inwards and try to be more intellectually honest.

 

Robin’s Challenge; Give humanity a break.

 

The Book

Elephant in the Brain by Kevin Simler & Robin Hanson

 

 

If you liked this interview, check out past episodes like 255 with Dan Munro where we discuss the rising costs of healthcare and 55 with Morgan Housel where we discuss cognitive biases. You can also find Robin’s previous appearance on the podcast.

Jan 1, 2018

This interview threw me out of my element. What a great way to start the new year. I get pretty uncomfortable with the notion of transhumanism and implanting technology into the body through an elective procedure. Luckily, I got to talk it over with Ryan.

 

Ryan O’Shea is a spokesperson and advisor for biotechnology startup company Grindhouse Wetware, which is dedicated to creating technology to augment human capabilities. Ryan is also a founder of the Carnegie Mellon University-based artificial intelligence startup Behaivior, which uses wearables and machine learning to predict and intervene in human behaviors to promote positive health outcomes. Behaivior is currently a competitor in the $5 Million IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition.

Ryan has previously worked as a host and producer for the Pittsburgh ABC Television affiliate. He currently hosts the technology and futurism-themed Future Grind podcast and has produced talks around the world on the topic of citizen science, making, and biohacking

 

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Ryan’s Challenge; Question your assumptions. Why are you scared of these ideas? Reach out and continue the conversation.

 


If you liked this interview, check out previous tech-focused episodes with Robert Scoble, Joseph Lubin, and Dennis Mortensen.

Dec 20, 2017

This is one of the best interviews I've had the pleasure of sharing on my podcast. All credit goes to Brent.

 

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LinkedIn

Twitter

Website

 

Here are the other best finance-related and blockchain podcasts I’ve done.

 

I would have never gotten Brent to come on my show if I had not first heard his excellent interviews on Patrick O'Shaughnessy's Invest Like the Best. Check out all three episodes;

Ep.10

Ep. 22

Ep. 30

Dec 20, 2017

Brent Beshore invests in family-owned companies. Unlike the venture capitalists, private equity firms, and crypto traders that fill up headlines and seek an audience, Brent humbly goes to work uncovering value in the boring spaces missed by others.

 

Beyond his impressive financial results, he’s assembled a talented team that complements his skill set. While he’ll humbly point to luck or colleagues for credit, his diligent assessment of thousands of deals per year has left him with a unique perspective on investing, entrepreneurship, and business.

 

His companies have recruited doctors for the U.S. military, provided online public relations to some of the world's largest organizations, manufactured cutting-edge home solutions, created software products for small businesses, curated the latest in women's fashion on the internet, and even helped make a couple of blockbuster movies.

 

I’m sure you’ll learn something from listening to this conversation.

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 55 with Morgan Housel where we discuss cognitive biases and writing effectively.

Dec 11, 2017

Michael Sabat has worked in the messaging space for nearly a decade. He started working with SMS campaigns in 2008 as an account manager at Mobile Commons. That company grew quickly, became the dominant software platform for SMS communications and was acquired in 2014.

 

In early 2017, Michael started @Mssg (At Message), which is a messaging platform that helps organizations do their best marketing with their biggest fans. @Mssg is a software platform that helps digital marketers use Facebook Messenger for marketing and communications outcomes. Michael is working to establish Messaging as a Marketing channel and teaching marketers how to launch messaging campaigns.

 

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Michael’s Challenge; Don’t underestimate your worth. Raise your prices if you’re spread too thin.

 

Resources

Earn.com

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Balaji S

 

 

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 118 with Kevin Kelly where we discuss the technological forces shaping the future and the rest of my top episodes.

Dec 4, 2017

Raji Sankar is opening a restaurant in Pittsburgh and came on the show to share her insights from more than a decade in the restaurant industry.

 

Raji co-founded Wholesome International in 2004, a multi-concept restaurant development company, which owns and operates Choolaah Indian BBQ restaurants and franchised Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants. She is co-CEO and is responsible for people, operations, and infrastructure.

 

Previously, she co-founded and sold a technology company, co-founded a media company, and held leadership positions in technology and media companies in Pittsburgh.

 

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Raji’s Challenge; Hire a coach that can help you accomplish the specific goals you are chasing.

 

If you liked this interview, check out my interview with Bill Fuller from the Big Burrito Group and my other conversations with movers & shakers in Pittsburgh.

Nov 29, 2017

Kelauni Cook transformed her life by learning to code. She came to Pittsburgh to attend a 12-week coding bootcamp called The Academy.

 

Now, she heads Black Tech Nation and is developing on the Ethereum network. We discussed race and access in tech. We also profiled her story and eclectic collection of job titles. Kelauni grew up in Chicago and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., before moving to North Dakota, where she studied to get into a program for sociocultural anthropology.

 

We end up talking about blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.

 

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Kelauni’s Challenge; Invest in Bitcoin!

 

Mentioned

Blockchain TED Talks

 

 


If you liked this interview, check out my previous episode 195 with Felix Hartmann or any of my blockchain related interviews.

Nov 27, 2017

Taylor Monahan is building MyEtherWallet, an open-source, client-side interface for generating Ethereum wallets & more. Her technology is making it easier to interact with the Ethereum blockchain securely.

 

We had a great discussion about ICOs, early stages of learning about blockchain, and how to stay secure in the Wild West of crypto.

 

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Taylor’s Challenge; Don’t be dismissive of someone asking for help. Self-awareness will make this easier.

 

If you liked this interview, check out all of my interviews with people building the future of blockchain technology projects.

Nov 22, 2017

Since 2007, Audrey Russo has served the technology business sector for southwestern PA as President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the oldest and largest technology trade association in North America.

 

With a background in information technology, operations and finance, Audrey facilitates interaction across all sectors of the regional economy, which she believes will only succeed and grow through technology innovation and commercialized disruptions across every platform and experience.

 

She previously worked for large multinational Fortune 500 companies (Alcoa, Reynolds Metals), as well as at MAYA Design.

 

Russo earned her Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University. She also has a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Affairs. Russo also co-hosts TechVibe Radio on KDKA 1020 AM Friday nights at 7 to explore technology companies and entrepreneurial issues.



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Audrey’s Challenge; Open the door for someone else to get a customer. Use your contacts, influence, and buying power to make a meaningful difference for someone’s business.

 

Books Mentioned

Nudge by Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Ayn Rand

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

1984 by George Orwell

Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe by Donald K. Carter

Nov 20, 2017

CEO Steven Clausnitzer, prior to Forever Labs, spent 15 years mentoring and developing top-talent at fortune 500 companies including American Express and Wolters Kluwer. He has extensive experience in strategic growth, commercialization, and team leadership.

 

Dr. Mark Katakowski received his Ph.D. in Medical Physics from Oakland University. He has over 15 years experience investigating bone mesenchymal stem cell therapies for neurological disease, and an extensive scientific publication record.

 

Dr. Katakowski was first to demonstrate that microRNA functions as an intercellular communication molecule between brain tumor cells. This work led to his finding that bone marrow MSCs communicate with the nervous system via blood-born exosomes. Dr. Katakowski's hypothesis that bone marrow cell degradation contributes to aging and age-related disease is the founding principle of Forever Labs.



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Steven’s Challenge; Find someone over the age of 70 and ask them if they’d be interested in accessing their 35 year old biology.


Mark’s Challenge; Be mindful of your physical existence and your body’s natural processes.

Nov 15, 2017

Tren has studied the most successful people on Earth and distilled their wisdom into a new book. I love reading his blog posts and his commitment to concise communication.

 

Tren Griffin is an executive at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, Tren was a partner at the private equity firm Eagle River which makes investments telecommunications businesses and startups. He previously worked as a consultant in Australia and Korea. He writes a weekly blog and has published 7 books.

 

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Tren’s Challenge; Study Charlie Munger and be a learning machine. Any year that you don’t reject a view you held, is a wasted year.

 

Tren’s Book

A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs by Tren Griffin

 

Connect with Tren

Twitter

Website

 

If you liked this interview, check out previous episodes with Wealthfront founder Andy Rachleff  and Li Jiang, and angel investor and venture capitalist.



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