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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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Jan 27, 2020

Dr. Gordon Vanscoy is the founding Chairman and CEO of PANTHERx Rare, the nation’s leading rare disease and orphan drug-focused pharmacy.

 

PANTHERx Rare assists patients in navigating the complex process of getting orphan & precision medicines. They also help innovative biotechnology entrepreneurs get their medicines approved by insurers and healthcare providers.

 

Prior to PANTHERx, Dr. Vanscoy developed 7 health care companies while concurrently serving  in various leadership roles at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Today, he serves as Pitt’s Associate Dean for Business Innovation and Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

 

In this conversation, you’ll hear Dr. Vanscoy and Aaron discuss the growth of precision medicine, why he came out of semi-retirement, and the staggering rate of growth.

 

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

 

Gordon Vanscoy’s Challenge; Do more research on the treatment of Rare Diseases.

 

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 340 with Craig Markovitz where we discuss university technology transfer, creating $300m in shareholder value, and building a loyal team.



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Jan 20, 2020

Jake Loosararian is the CEO and co-founder of Gecko Robotics, a Pittsburgh robotics startup. Gecko recently announced a $40 million Series B round of fundraising led by Drive Capital.

 

Gecko Robotics builds robots that do unassisted inspections of power plant boilers. The robots’ sensors measure key data including temperature, wall thickness, and other system failure indicators.

 

Jake invested his life savings into the company and was named the top startup in Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 cohort.

 

In this podcast, Jake Loosararian and Aaron Watson discuss the business model of Gecko, how he raised $40 million, and the high bar they have when hiring.



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

 

Jake Loosararian’s Challenge; Read a book.

 

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel 

High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil 

 

Connect with Jake Loosararian

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jake.loosararian@geckorobotics.com

 

If you liked this interview, check out episode 400 with Austin Webb where we discuss large fundraising rounds, high growth startups, and robotics disrupting agriculture.



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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Jan 13, 2020

Kent McElhattan’s entire business career has been dedicated to the safety of workers.

 

In 1985, Kent co-founded Industrial Scientific and built a worldwide leader in IOT and predictive analytics for the safety industry. The company climbed to hundreds of millions in revenue and sold to Fortive.

 

After that success, Kent started another company, Discovery Robotics, aimed to bring robotics technology to the field of janitorial services. Their first product is an autonomous floor-cleaning robot.

 

The company’s mission remains to increase human productivity and safety.

 

In this conversation, Kent and Aaron discuss how he ended up focusing on industrial cleaning, the lessons Kent has taken from Industrial Scientific, and the future of work.

 

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

 

Kent McElhattan’s Challenge; Find something that doesn’t feel like work.

 

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 297 with Jorgen Pedersen where we discuss saving lives with robots or episode 400 with Austin Webb where we discuss changing agriculture with tech.



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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.

 

Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.

 

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Jan 6, 2020

Anthony Gadient is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Voci Technologies. Voci uses GPU-accelerated, deep machine learning speech technologies to help companies understand what their team members are saying on the phone.

 

Their technology helps clients mine actionable insights from their voice data. It can be applied to customer service, sales, and compliance analysis.

 

The company is built with technology spun out of Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, Anthony co-founded Neolinear, a semiconductor design automation firm that was acquired.

 

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

 

Anthony Gadient’s Challenge; Take some time to think about the implications of computers being able to hear you.

 

Connect with Anthony Gadient

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 303 with Luke Skurman the founder of Niche.com  and episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss multiple successful technology startups.



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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