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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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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.

 

 

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#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.

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