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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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Nov 25, 2019

Jessica Gibson is CEO and Co-Founder of Ariel Precision Medicine, an integrated genomics and digital health company. 

 

Ariel helps patients with complex chronic diseases by using genetics and health information to model the mechanisms and drivers of disease. This enables clinicians to establish an early diagnosis, long-term prognosis, and targeted management plan.

 

Ariel's PancreasDx® is the most comprehensive genetic test for pancreatic disease and is built off of Dr. David C. Whitcomb’s leading research.

 

Aaron and Jessica discuss the mission behind the company, how commercialization efforts have evolved, and the promise of precision medicine.



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

 

Jessica Gibson’s Challenge; Understand that you can be the change you want to see in the world.

 

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 405 with Matt Kesinger where we discuss the development and inspiration behind a medical device that helps people suffering strokes.



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Nov 18, 2019

Matt Kesinger’s company, Forest Devices, is developing the medical device ALPHASTROKE to help first responders identify stroke and triage patients to the right hospital.

 

Strokes are the #1 cause of disability worldwide. Lives are changed by how quickly a stroke is diagnosed and treated.

 

Matt was EMT in Boston for two years and learned how hard it can be to diagnose a stroke with just a clinical exam. 

 

While attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Matt conducted and published research on the difficulties of pre-hospital providers diagnosing stroke. He was part of the team that conducted the largest US study on the identification of large vessel occlusive strokes in the pre-hospital environment. 

 

In this conversation, Matt & Aaron discuss how to diagnose a stroke, the testing process for medical devices, and the mission that inspires the team.



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

 

Matt Kesinger’s Challenge; Learn the signs of a stroke.

 

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Forest Devices Website

matt.kesinger@forestdevices.com 

 

If you liked this interview, check out these past episodes

 

Former UPMC CIO Rasu Shrestha

Highmark VP of Innovation Sarah Ahmad

Chef Kevin Sousa



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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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Nov 11, 2019

Lillian Rafson did not plan to start her business Pack Up + Go. But, on a trip to Latvia, she came across an idea that was too good to pass up. Booking surprise travel for vacationers.

 

She came back to the US, started the business, and hoped to get 50 clients that year. She got 500.

 

She followed the sharp trajectory upwards and remained bootstrapped the whole way. Now she runs a team, does millions in revenue, and is charting expansion plans.

 

In this conversation, Lillian and Aaron discuss the inspiration for the business, how she got initial traction, and the way she has built her team.



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

 

Lillian’s Challenge; Go visit a new neighborhood in your city or town.

 

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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.

 

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Nov 4, 2019

We believe this is one of the best and most valuable podcasts we’ve had the privilege to share.

 

Michele McGough is the founder and CEO of solutions4networks, a professional services and integration company that provides network engineering and network security consulting as well as associated equipment/software to a select client portfolio.

 

She’s been in IT for more than 30 years and has learned a lot of lesssons along the way.

 

In this episode, you’ll hear her discuss retaining the talented people on her team, how & when to fire a client, and how she got started. 

 

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

 

Michele’s Challenge; Perception is not reailty. Don’t make assumptions about others.

 

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 361 with Jason Wolfe another top-notch entrepreneur, operator, and team builder.



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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