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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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Sep 28, 2020

In 2017, Amira Valliani created Backyard Cambridge, a podcast about the City Council election in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She interviewed the candidates, produced the episodes, and built a small audience.

 

When she attempted to turn the show into a viable business, she found that there was no easy solution for collecting subscription revenue from listeners willing to pay for content.

 

So, she founded Glow. Glow makes building podcast memberships easy and has raised more than $2 million in seed funding.

 

In this episode, Amira and Aaron discuss why podcasters can make more money from subscriptions, Amira’s experience selling ads, and how startup life compares to the Hillary State Department.



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Amira Valliani’s Challenge; Reconnect with someone you haven’t talked to in a while.

 

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Sep 21, 2020

Pierre Laguerre is the founder & CEO of Fleeting, a startup building a digital platform to increase flexibility, dynamism, and efficiency for trucking companies and commercial truck drivers. 

 

Pierre previously built two successful trucking companies operating trucks and staffing for other trucking companies. He’s been involved in trucking for nearly two decades and has learned the industry inside and out.

 

Since launching Fleeting in June 2019, Pierre and the team have generated over $1.5 million in revenue and raised more than $1.8 million. Additionally, Pierre became the first black man to ever max out a crowdfunding campaign by raising the $1.07 million SEC max, via Republic.

 

In this conversation, Pierre and Aaron discuss how he got into trucking to escape poverty, the forces changing the trucking industry, and the harsh conditions that drivers deal with on a regular basis.

 

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Pierre Laguerre’s Challenge; Look at the world like you only have 24 hours left.

 

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Fleeting Website

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Book Referenced

What the CEO Wants You To Know by Ram Charan

 

If you liked this interview, check out our past interviews covering trucking and logistics. Cetin Mericli talks about building self-driving semi-trucks. Kristy Knichel talks about building a 3rd party logistics company to over $80 million in revenue. Hayden Cardiff talks about saving lives with software.

 

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Sep 14, 2020

25 years ago, Gene Leyzarovich came to Pittsburgh as a refugee from Russia. Within two years, he founded Advanced Computer & Network Corporation to build data storage systems for clients.

 

Decades later, AC&NC has installed their JetStor RAID (redundant array of independent disks) systems for over 4,000 clients around the world. Those clients include NASA, the US State Department, and a majority of the United Kingdom’s police force.

 

Now, ACNC does over $10 million in annual revenue and assembles its devices in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

In this conversation, Gene and Aaron discuss how he’s gone from selling 4-gigabyte units to multiple petabyte units for clients and how the business of hardware has evolved.

 

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Gene Leyzarovich’s Challenge; Set a weekly goal and commit to achieving it.

 

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ACNC Website

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss building multiple software companies in the gift card space.

 

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Aug 31, 2020

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Aug 24, 2020

Blake Dube is the founder and CEO of Aeronics and the inventor of Pawprint Oxygen. Pawprint Oxygen is the world's first rescue oxygen supply for pets.

 

Blake studied oxygen as a chemical engineer at the University of Pittsburgh and expected to develop products for human medical applications. However, a chance encounter with his landlord revealed an exciting market opportunity to bring an oxygen tank product to market for animals.

 

Now, his tanks are manufactured in the US and sold in veterinary clinics around the country.

 

In this conversation, Blake and Aaron discuss the origins of the company, how Blake found the right manufacturing partner, and the ongoing improvements that are made to their product.

 

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Blake Dube’s Challenge; Treat customer service representatives with kindness and respect.

 

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Aeronics Website

Pawprint Oxygen website

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 340 with Craig Markovitz where we discuss spinning a company out of a university, selling a company for $300 million, and finding purpose in your work.

 

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Aug 17, 2020

Mike Cleary is the co-founder and CEO of Huemor, a Web Design Agency that helps B2B and DTC brands communicate more clearly, connect with their target audiences, and generate revenue. His company has helped some serious brands, including Revlon, Live Nation, GEICO, United Nations, Centivo, Net2Phone, Briogeo, Glow Recipe, Square One Justice.

 

Mike has been in business for nearly a decade and has learned a lot about the systems of business and how to implement them as you grow.

 

In this conversation, Mike and Aaron discuss how Mike got started with Craiglist customers, how Mike has implemented processes for everything, and why he moved the company to Pittsburgh.



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Mike Cleary’s Challenge; Try something new that makes your uncomfortable.

 

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 438 with Ben Wilson where we discuss commercial real estate, digital agencies, and grit.

 

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Aug 10, 2020

Over a decade ago, David Kane realized that there was a painful gap in cybersecurity. He built Ethical Intruder to fill that gap. 

 

Today, Ethical Intruder helps clients across financial services, DoD, healthcare, and nonprofits reproduce vulnerable paths a hacker may take, so they can shore up their defenses. David’s ethical hacker teams conduct simulated malicious breaches of a wide variety of business applications and web-accessible entry points.

 

David has built his firm to be technology-agnostic, which comes with two benefits. First, they aren’t selling a specific solution regardless of its relevance. Second, they are accustomed to evaluating a dynamic collection of tools to identify the primary point of weakness.

 

In this conversation, Aaron and David discuss how to seel cybersecurity to any firm, why nonprofits need to keep their data secure, and the 

 

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David Kane’s Challenge; Find a way to build someone else up.

 

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Aug 3, 2020

Brent Johnson is a wealth manager at Santiago Capital and a General Partner of the IceCap Strong Dollar Fund. Brent has had a multi-decade career in finance and has been responsible for managing billions of dollars.

 

Brent is well-known for his Dollar Milkshake Theory, where he expects a rapidly appreciating US Dollar over the next few years, relative to other world currencies.

 

Because the world is completely run by fiat currencies, cash whose value is not backed by some physical good such as gold or silver, Brent expects a massive devaluation of currencies across the board. Because of the U.S. is a relatively safer, stronger economy, he expects capital to flood into its domestic markets.

 

There are a lot of implications to the theory.

 

In this interview, Brent explains to Aaron what the Dollar Milkshake Theory is, how Brent’s career has unfolded, and the implications of a rising dollar for business owners and entrepreneurs.

 

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Brent Johnson’s Challenge; Find someone you vehemently disagree with and have a conversation with them.

 

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Santiago Capital Website

brent@santiagocapital.com

 

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Jul 27, 2020

Dan Green is the founder and CEO of HomeBuyer, a mortgage lender designed for first-time homebuyers. It’s his 3rd company he’s built in the mortgage industry.

 

Dan previously founded the consumer-friendly mortgage education company "The Mortgage Reports", which was later acquired in 2014 by Full Beaker.

 

Dan Green is a 17-year mortgage lending veteran and was a multi-year, number-one loan officer before starting HomeBuyer. His current company utilizes intelligent personalization to deliver timely and precise advice through specific moments of a home buyer's journey and fulfills the buyer's mortgage. 

 

He was part of the Techstars accelerator in 2020.

 

In this conversation, Aaron Watson and Dan Green discuss how he generated an enormous number of leads with a blog, why mortgage lenders don’t think long-term, and why private mortgage insurance is not the boogeyman.

 

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Dan Green’s Challenge; If you think you will buy a house, reach out to a mortgage loan officer and get a preapproval.

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HomeBuyer AI Website

dan@homebuyer.ai

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss starting multiple companies in the gift card space and building off of past successes.

 

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Jul 20, 2020

Ben Wilson founded Rivers Agile in 2008, in the eye of the Great Financial Crisis. The software consulting firm started focusing on advanced quality assurance and expanded to offer custom software development. 

 

Now, Ben is leading his team through the pandemic, an office change, and a shifting marketplace for software solutions. He believes he’s poised to take advantage of a trend of onshoring and digital reinvention that the circumstances will demand.

 

In this podcast, Ben and Aaron discuss building a team, what makes for good QA, and the markets that Rivers Agile sells into.

 

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Ben Wilson’s Challenge; Challenge your vendors to find better deals.

 

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Rivers Agile website

ben@riversagile.com

 

If you liked this interview, check out our collection of interviews with Pittsburgh’s top entrepreneurs and leaders.

 

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Jul 13, 2020

Tyrone Ross is a financial consultant, community builder, and entrepreneur.

 

He has been named to Investment News 40 under 40 (2019) and a top ten advisor set to change the industry by WealthManagement.com.

 

Tyrone has focused on pushing a conservative, stodgy industry forward by focusing on young professionals, embracing financial technology startups, and acknowledging the role crypto assets play in a portfolio.

 

Aaron and Tyrone talk about fighting financial jargon, why advisors fear crypto, and how Tyrone has never taken a vacation.

 

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Tyrone Ross’s Challenge; Find our leaders. Mold the next generation of young minds. 

 

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If you liked this interview, check out our back catalog of finance-focused podcast interviews.

 

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Jul 6, 2020

Stephen Gurgovits is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Tecum Capital, a $750+ million private investment firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. Tecum’s committed capital is deployed as mezzanine debt, subordinated notes, and private equity into lower middle market businesses across the US.

 

During his career, Stephen has been directly involved in over $1 billion of aggregate financial transactions, both public and private.

 

Prior to spinning Tecum Capital out of First National Bank, he was President and CEO of F.N.B. Capital Corporation, a wholly-owned merchant banking subsidiary of FNB.

 

Stephen currently serves on the board of directors for Western Allegheny Capital, Gibraltar Cable Barriers, Uncle Charley’s Sausage Company, Auburn Gear, Inc., Oberg Industries, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth.

 

In this podcast, Aaron and Stephen discuss launching the firm, how they allocate debt and equity investments, and Stephen’s interpretation of current market dynamics.

 

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Stephen Gurgovits’s Challenge; Make your bed and read the Wall Street Journal every day.

 

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Tecum Capital Website

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 269 with Brent Beshore where we discuss private equity investing in the lower middle market.

 

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Jun 29, 2020

Brian Burley is the founder of YNGBLKPGH, a book and community of talented black professionals in and around the city of Pittsburgh.

 

Brian came on Going Deep to discuss the absolute necessity of cities and corporations adopting more empathetic and diverse approaches to attracting and retaining talent.

 

He has a distinct perspective that he has earned through writing his book profiling over 100 black professionals, working in economic development for the Pittsburgh region, and leading conversations about diversity at ADP.

 

Aaron and Brian also cover the rise of Juneteenth into the national conversation and effective ways to market & message these important ideas.

 

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Brian Burley’s Challenge; Go learn something new about someone else’s culture or experience. Try to put yourself in their shoes.

 

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YNGBLKPGH Instagram

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 418 with Marco Marandiz where we discuss hip hop, branding a B2B company, and the future of online commerce.

 

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Jun 22, 2020

Henry Schuck founded his company, originally named DiscoverOrg, in 2007 at the age of 23. The company IPO’d on June 4th, 2020.

 

After acquiring ZoomInfo in 2019, they took the new name and consolidated their position as one of the leading sources of business information and now drive the go-to-market initiative of over 15,000 companies worldwide. 

 

Henry sees ZoomInfo changing the way every company goes to market, the way sales reps engage with buyers, the way marketing targets, and the way HR recruits.

 

In this episode, Henry and Aaron discuss bootstrapping the company to $25 million, the IPO roadshow during a pandemic, and Henry’s skills as a sales trainer.

 

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

 

Henry Schuck’s Challenge; The professional you are today, isn’t who you need to be to accomplish your goals. Take an inventory of where you need to improve and go execute on it.

 

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Website

henry.schuck@zoominfo.com

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss building multiple businesses that earned 8-figure and 9-figure exits.



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Jun 15, 2020

Joe Hipsky’s long career in financial services have allowed him to identify and develop a solution to the pipes of the financial system.

 

His company, iraLogix, is aimed at reducing the administrative burden placed on financial service providers. 

 

In this conversation, Joe and Aaron discuss fundraising, why the financial services industry has been slow to adapt, and the regulatory climate for fintech.

 

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Joe Hipsky’s Challenge; If you’re looking for investors, study the investment process and how venture capitalists make decisions. 

 

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iraLogix.com

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 231 with Andy Rachleff where we discuss how he identified the opportunity to build Wealthfront.

 

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Jun 8, 2020

Charlie Dolan is the founder of Sequoia Waste Solutions, a technology company aimed at modernizing waste management.

 

When Charlie first looked at the waste management industry, he saw business still being run on paper with enormous inefficiencies needing to be addressed. So, he started building.

 

Today, the firm employs more than a dozen people and offers a suite of software and hardware solutions that drastically reduce costs associated with billing for and hauling away garbage.

 

In this conversation, Aaron and Charlie discuss the evolution of the company, the benefits of bootstrapping, and when to ‘build’ vs ‘buy’.

 

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Charlie Dolan’s Challenge; Realize most of the world around you was designed by another human. Use that to build confidence in your own ability to make an impact.

 

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SequoiaWaste.com

Discoveryapp.io

 

If you liked this interview, check out more interviews with entrepreneurs and leaders that have vision, patience, and work ethic.

 

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Jun 1, 2020

John Feghali’s technology startup blends augmented reality, digital media, and animation to enable a new style of storytelling.

 

Most animated videos take thousands of hours of work and come with hefty price tags. For example, Frozen 2 cost $150 million and Toy Story 4 cost $200 million.

 

John’s company, Toaster Pets Cartoons, allows children and adults to make their own animated cartoons by recording cardboard cutouts and using artificial intelligence to translate the live action into a digital cartoon.

 

Explainer Video

 

In this episode, Aaron and John discuss how he found this market opportunity, the technology powering the service, and the enormous potential of the Intellectual Property.

 

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John Feghali’s Challenge; Create opportunity for others.

 

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ToasterPets.com

Getpaperstudio.com

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss his string of enormously successful technology startups.

 

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May 25, 2020

Luke Glass is building a digital marketplace for land rights in the US. That means that any property owner can list their property’s rights to timber, solar, wind, or oil & gas for sale.

 

Luke’s company, RealX is aiming to unleash the trends of digitization, globalization, and virtualization on a marketplace that still operates on postcards and paper contracts.

 

As vice president and general manager of ListHub, which was purchased by Move in 2010, Luke Glass grew the platform into the nation’s largest online real estate listing syndicator.

 

In this podcast, Luke and Aaron discuss how this platform allows landowners to identify more buyers, why Luke believes solar will be more dominant over the next 20 years, and why he’s not the Garbage King of West Virginia.

 

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Luke Glass’s Challenge; Find a local Food Bank and donate.  

 

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RealX.io

 

If you liked this interview, check out our interview with Matt Wieszczyk where we discuss natural gas land rights.

 

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May 18, 2020

Luke Skurman is the CEO and Founder of Niche.com. Niche is an informative website that provides insight and analysis from experts and neighbors to help people choose colleges, K-12 schools, and places to live. 

 

Niche, formerly College Prowler, was founded in 2002 and recently raised $35 Million to expand its client base and grow its team. This Series C funding was led by the New York-based Radian Capital and San Fransisco-based Salesforce Ventures. 

 

Luke has been at the helm of this college resource dynamo since its founding and has led it through tremendous years of growth. In 2019, Niche grew its client-base by 60% and increased annual recurring revenue over 100%.

 

In this episode, Aaron and Luke discuss the Series C funding, how to grow a tech business in Pittsburgh, and the future of remote work in lieu of COVID-19.



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Luke Skurman’s Challenge; Increase your level of empathy for others.

 

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Niche.com

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 303 with Luke Skurman where we discuss the origins on Niche.com and the first large raise.

 

Also, listen to Glen Meakem talk about his billion-dollar valuation after a 1999 IPO.

 

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May 11, 2020

Keith Hamon has over 30 years of operational restaurant experience, with 10 years in active financial management and 7 years of direct experience owning, operating, growing, and stewarding a small group of restaurants. 

 

His firm, Alchemy Financial, serves as a bookkeeper, financial planner, and CFO for clients in the hospitality space.

 

Keith is committed to helping small restaurants and bars survive and thrive using better financial planning and thinking strategically about pricing.

 

In this episode, Keith and Aaron discuss pricing strategy, how restaurants deal with food delivery, and Cloud Kitchens.

 

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

 

Keith Harmon’s Challenge; Be mindful of everything.

 

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We Live to Serve Twitter

Alchemy Financial Website

alchemyboston@gmail.com 

 

If you liked this interview, check out two interviews with award-winning chefs and entrepreneurs. Kevin Sousa’s Superior Motors was named one of the greatest places on Earth and Jamlika Borges is a James Beard semi-finalist.

 

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May 4, 2020

Ben Hunt is the creator of Epsilon Theory and co-founder of Second Foundation Partners. 

 

Epsilon Theory is a newsletter and website that studies markets using game theory and history. It is read by over 100,000 professional investors and allocators across 180 countries.

 

Ben is the founder of two technology companies, a past professor of political science, and a successful investor. He’s worked in venture capital and subsequently on two long/short equity hedge funds. He evolved to blend his background as a portfolio manager, risk manager, and entrepreneur with academic experience in game theory and econometrics to improve client outcomes.

 

In this conversation, Ben and Aaron discuss how Ben outlined the false numbers coming out of China in a blog post titles Body Count, how to channel anger into Hope, and how he thinks about fatherhood.

 

Essential Reading

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

Things Fall Apart #1

Things Fall Apart #2



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Ben Hunt’s Challenge; Take Action. Do not allow yourself to be convinced that it’s insignificant.

 

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Epsilon Theory Website

 

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Apr 27, 2020

Flori Marquez is the cofounder of BlockFi, a fintech firm that provides wealth management products to investors in cryptocurrency.

 

BlockFi currently offers interest-bearing crypto accounts, crypto trading, and crypto-backed loans.

 

In the last year, BlockFi has raised an $18.3 million Series A and a $30 million Series B from investors like Morgan Creek Digital, Fidelity, the Winklevoss twins, and Valar Ventures.

 

Flori has spent her career managing alternative lending products, including a $125MM portfolio for Bond Street (acquired by Goldman Sachs). 

 

In this conversation, Flori and Aaron discuss the founding of the company, the new customers BlockFi is targeting, and why banking people across the world is challenging.

 

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Flori Marquez’s Challenge; Take $100 and invest in something new or different.

 

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Apr 20, 2020

The Coronavirus (rightfully) gets most of the headlines. However, we are also living through an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia that has worldwide ramifications.

 

Matt Wieszczyk is the Managing Member of Par City Holdings, a land services company that specializes in the acquisition of oil and gas mineral and royalty rights. At PCH, he has placed $15mm for various investors in SW Appalachia.

 

Prior to Par City, Matt was Acquisitions Manager & General Counsel for San Jacinto Minerals. At SJM, he placed $39mm in 15 months, leading the mineral market in Washington and Greene Counties, in PA.

 

In this interview, Matt and Aaron discuss the shale industry in Appalachia and how the price war could positively affect the region. They also discuss Matt’s business model and how he got into the industry.



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Matt Wieszczyk’s Challenge; Write someone a handwritten note.

 

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parcityholdings@gmail.com

 

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Apr 13, 2020

LBRY is a place where they can find great videos, music, ebooks, and more. How? LBRY started as a new protocol that allows anyone to build apps that interact with digital content on the LBRY network. 

 

Apps built using the protocol allow creators to upload their work to the LBRY network of hosts (like BitTorrent), to set a price per stream or download (like iTunes) or give it away for free (like YouTube without ads). The work you publish could be videos, audio files, documents, or any other type of file.

 

Traditional video (or other content) sites such as YouTube, Instagram, and Spotify store your uploads on their servers and allow viewers to download them. They also allow creators to make some money through advertising or other mechanisms. However, there are some well-known drawbacks, especially for people whose material is perceived as not being advertiser-friendly.

 

Jeremy Kauffman created LBRY because he fell in love with the idea of shared, global content registry that is owned and controlled by no one. 

 

In this podcast, Aaron and Jeremy discuss how it works and the challenges of building a new model for media.

 

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

 

Jeremy Kauffman’s Challenge; Bet on your beliefs.

 

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LBRY.tv

 

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Apr 6, 2020

Two years ago, Ian Rosenberger and his company took a leap forward by launching a backpack. It was made from Thread International’s first product, fabric made from plastic waste that had been recycled.

 

The backpack raised $571,000 on Kickstarter and represented an important new chapter for the business.

 

At the beginning of 2020, they launched two specific brands; Day Owl (for consumers) and First Mile (for brands like Reebok, Puma, and Converse to buy the fabric).

 

In this conversation, Ian and Aaron discuss the strategy behind the rebrand, managing a retail company through the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, and how Day Owl re-tooled their facility to make Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare workers.

 

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

 

Ian Rosenberger’s Challenge; Identify the Day Owls in your world and figure out how you can support them.

 

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 336 for our first conversation with Ian Rosenberger where we discuss recycling waste, mission-driven startups, and the grit required to survive.



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