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Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson is the CEO of Piper Creative. On this show, you'll hear thoughtful, focused conversations with entrepreneurs, executives, and innovators. Guests include Nathan Chan, Kevin Kelly, Bill Peduto, Morgan Housel, Noah Kagan, Tucker Max, and Barry Ritholtz. This is the biggest business podcast in Pittsburgh.
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Oct 28, 2019

Michelle Walters founded Liberty Closet Systems in 1993. The family-owned and operated business serves up custom closet, cabinetry, and storage solutions in Westmoreland County & surrounding areas.

 

Over time, operations have been scaled to meet the demands of over one hundred builders in PA, WV, and Maryland. In 23 years LCS, Inc. has grown from a single designer/installer to a full staff of designers, fabricators, and installers specializing in custom closet design & storage systems.

 

In this conversation, Aaron and Michelle discuss starting the business, how to sell a great closet, and working with her family.

 

Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.

 

Michelle Walters’s Challenge; Be kind. Not just people that agree with you.

 

Connect with Michelle Walters

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 396 with Kristy Knichel where we discuss 3rd party logistics, woman-owned business, and great customer service.



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Oct 21, 2019

James Haluszczak founded SteelBridge Consulting in 2008. The boutique consultancy exclusively focuses on serving as a strategic advisor to Private Equity and Venture Capital fund managers, investors, and administrators. 

 

He is also a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SteelBridge Laboratories, which he and his partners founded in 2016 as an investment firm focused on early-stage Fintech companies.

 

James has 20 years of experience in Financial Service operations, finance, and technology roles, and is a seasoned Fintech founder and investor. James has held management roles inside of four currently operating Fintech startup companies, and he and his team have invested in more than 10 Fintech companies since 2016. 

 

In this conversation, James and Aaron discuss scaling a consulting firm, finding deal flow for investing, and helping a young company grow.


Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.

 

James Haluszczak’s Challenge; Use a fintech tool to donate to a cause, like cancer research.

 

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If you liked this interview, check out all of our interviews with the world’s biggest financial leaders and writers.


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Oct 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.

 

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Fifthseasonfresh.com



If you liked this interview, check out our other interviews with top Pittsburgh entrepreneurs Jason Wolfe and Cooper Munroe.



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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.

 

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Oct 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.

 

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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

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