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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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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.

 

Connect with Flori Marquez

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Twitter

Website

support@blockfi.com

 

If you liked this interview, check out our past blockchain and crypto interviews with Anthony Pompliano, Brendan Eich, and Joe Lubin.





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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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Jeremy Kauffman’s Challenge; Bet on your beliefs.

 

Connect with Jeremy Kauffman

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Twitter

LBRY.tv

 

If you liked this interview, check out other blockchain interviews with Brendan Eich and Anthony Pompliano.

 

LBRY sync with YouTube



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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.

 

Connect with Ian Rosenberger

Day Owl Website

Day Owl Instagram

 

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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Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies. 

 

Our clients become better storytellers. 

 

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