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267 Michael Sabat, Unleashing Messaging in Your Marketing Strategy

@Mssg is a technology to help marketers use messaging and conversations to connect with leads, users and customers. Messaging is extremely new for organizations, so we also help with campaign design, launch, testing and promotion. Our aim is to be the world’s expert on The Messaging Channel and how businesses use messaging to connect with individuals. Attend my one-day conference January 27th in Pittsburgh. Learn more here. Michael’s Challenge; Don’t underestimate your worth. Raise...

Duration: 00:39:05

266 Raji Sankar, Flipping Fast Casual Food on its Head at Choolaah Indian BBQ

Raji Sankar is opening a restaurant in Pittsburgh and came on the show to share her insights from more than a decade in the restaurant industry. Raji co-founded Wholesome International in 2004, a multi-concept restaurant development company, which owns and operates Choolaah Indian BBQ restaurants and franchised Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants. She is co-CEO and is responsible for people, operations, and infrastructure. Previously, she co-founded and sold a technology company,...

Duration: 00:34:52

265 Kelauni Cook, a Coding Bootcamp Transformation & Building More Diversity in Tech

Kelauni Cook transformed her life by learning to code. The came to Pittsburgh to attend a 12-week coding bootcamp called The Academy. Now, she heads Black Tech Nation and is developing on the Ethereum network. We discussed race and access in tech. We also profiled her story and eclectic collection of job titles. Kelauni grew up in Chicago and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., before moving to North Dakota, where she studied to get into a program for sociocultural...

Duration: 00:56:45

264 Taylor Monahan, Building a Wallet on Ethereum + Common Security Mistakes

Taylor Monahan is building MyEtherWallet, an open-source, client-side interface for generating Ethereum wallets & more. Her technology is making it easier to interact with the Ethereum blockchain securely. We had a great discussion about ICOs, early stages of learning about blockchain, and how to stay secure in the Wild West of crypto. Attend my one-day conference January 27th in Pittsburgh. Taylor’s Challenge; Don’t be dismissive of someone asking for help. Self-awareness will...

Duration: 01:17:40

263 Audrey Russo, Lessons from Leading the Oldest Technology Trade Association on Earth

Since 2007, Audrey Russo has served the technology business sector for southwestern PA as President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the oldest and largest technology trade association in North America. With a background in information technology, operations and finance, Audrey facilitates interaction across all sectors of the regional economy, which she believes will only succeed and grow through technology innovation and commercialized disruptions across every platform...

Duration: 00:56:09

262 Why You Should Freeze Your Stem Cells Today, According to Dr. Mark Katakowski & Steven Clausnitzer of Forever Labs

CEO Steven Clausnitzer, prior to Forever Labs, spent 15 years mentoring and developing top-talent at fortune 500 companies including American Express and Wolters Kluwer. He has extensive experience in strategic growth, commercialization, and team leadership. Dr. Mark Katakowski received his Ph.D. in Medical Physics from Oakland University. He has over 15 years experience investigating bone mesenchymal stem cell therapies for neurological disease, and an extensive scientific publication...

Duration: 00:47:25

261 Tren Griffin, Timeless Lessons from the Best Entrepreneurs on Earth

Tren has studied the most successful people on Earth and distilled their wisdom into a new book. I love reading his blog posts and his commitment to concise communication. Tren Griffin is an executive at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, Tren was a partner at the private equity firm Eagle River which makes investments telecommunications businesses and startups. He previously worked as a consultant in Australia and Korea. He writes a weekly blog and has published 7 books. Attend my...

Duration: 00:43:25

260 Anthony Vennare, Building a Fitness Media & Technology Company the Right Way

I love meeting people who beat the odds. Anthony Vennare was supposed to be a “dumb jock”. He wasn’t supposed to open a gym and find profitability within 2 months. He wasn’t supposed to raise millions of dollars to get more people working out. He wasn’t supposed to sign deals with massive healthcare companies and turn the world of digital content writing on its head. Luckily, no one told him. Today, Anthony is the co-founder and CEO of Fitt – a media and technology company that...

Duration: 00:46:26

259 In the Mix with Totally Normal

So excited to share this mix with you. Totally Normal is a young DJ on the rise in the Pittsburgh scene. Make sure to stick around to the end for our interview about his development as an artist. Connect with Totally Normal Soundcloud Facebook Instagram Twitter If you liked this interview, check out the last time we went in the mix, featuring DJ JRod.

Duration: 01:37:11

258 Amy Baglan, Can She Beat Tinder,, and Bumble with her Mindful Dating Site?

Amy‘s dating app, MeetMindful, has almost 1 million members. It is one of the fastest growing dating sites in the world, and is connecting like-minded singles interested in mindful living, health and wellness, and personal growth (unlike the typical swipe dating apps). Based in Denver, MeetMindful is a Techstars Boulder alumni, has grown to 16 employees, and has raised $3.7 million in capital from top investors, and world-renowned mindfulness teacher, Tara Brach. Amy's journey...

Duration: 00:40:35

257 Lisa Fetterman, Revolutionizing Cooking in the Home

Nomiku launched its first Kickstarter campaign in 2012 after Lisa and Abe Fetterman, Nomiku co-founders, decided to create their own sous vide machine that was affordable, well-designed, and powerful. Nomiku had a total of two successful Kickstarter campaigns raising over $1.3 million and are proud to manufacture our product locally in San Francisco. Sous vide technology, before Nomiku came along, was expensive and unwieldy, which in itself made it very limiting to who could actually...

Duration: 00:59:44

256 John Rosso, Building a Foundation of Empathy to Become a Great Salesperson

John Rosso is the CEO of Sandler Training by Peak Performance Management. He is recognized nationally as a business-development expert, specializing in executive-sales consulting and sales-productivity training as well as the best-selling author of Prospect The Sandler Way. John is a dynamic, enthusiastic speaker who informs, entertains, and motivates presidents, CEO's, other senior managers and sales professionals. More than 50,000 sales professionals have listened to John speak, and...

Duration: 00:41:40

255 Dan Munro, Exposing the Casino Healthcare System

Dan Munro is a writer and speaker on the topics of innovation, cybersecurity, and policy as they intersect with one of America’s largest industries – healthcare. Starting as a Forbes Contributor in 2011, Dan has since appeared in a wide range of globally recognized publications. His first book was published in 2016 and he is also a Top Writer on Quora (five consecutive years). Attend my one-day conference January 27th in Pittsburgh. Learn more here. Dan’s Book Casino...

Duration: 01:16:46

254 Jordan Selleck, from $250 million Investment Banking Deals to Mid-Market Debt Innovation

I’m fairly certain that Jordan is a human, but I’m not sure. He has traveled to 32 countries, lived in China for 18 months, trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is a private pilot, SCUBA dives, and speaks Mandarin Chinese. He’s also founded Debt Maven, a platform for middle market borrowers, lenders, and service providers to transact with each other for debt capital financings. Jordan previously spent six years in cross-border investment banking advising global corporates and private equity...

Duration: 00:34:03

253 Li Jiang, How to be an Angel Investor & Win an AUDL Championship with the San Francisco Flamethrowers

The world is a funny place. Every once in awhile, you run into someone cut from the same cloth as you. Whenever you find someone like that, i recommend recording a podcast together! My guest, Li Jiang is a venture capital specialist, angel investor, and a co-owner of the San Francisco Flamethrowers. After leaving investment banking, he moved to Silicon Valley and has amassed a portfolio of angel investments and a family of entrepreneurs to support. As a student, Li founded a student...

Duration: 00:32:49

252 Foo Conner, New Media Pioneer of Pittsburgh

Newspapers and other forms of old media are struggling to adapt to to this new world of digital media. In their stead, pioneering creators like Foo Conner are rising to report, document, and move our collective conscious. In this interview, we cover Foo’s activism, how he’s gone about growing his massive social following (2 million readers a month, 115k Twitter followers, 500k YouTube subscribers, and more than 50k email subscribers), and his commitment to supporting cultural drivers...

Duration: 00:36:36

251 Underrated/Overrated

Amazon's HQ search, Reaction Videos on YouTube, and more. Attend the GOING DEEP SUMMIT this January. Meet Pittsburgh influencers like Zak Slayback, Ed Latimore, Leah Lizarondo, Adam Haritan, and Dan Bull.

Duration: 00:16:51

250 Iba Masood, Building Artificial Intelligence to Solve the Problem of Who to Hire

Iba Masood founded her first startup at 22 as a fresh college graduate in the United Arab Emirates. The initial goal was to connect recent grads in the Middle East to employers. Now, she and her team have evolved TARA into an Artificial Intelligence platform for recruitment and project management. Iba was part of the Y Combinator Winter 2015 class and is a past winner of the MIT Global Business Plan competition, a finalist of MassChallenge and recipient of the Arabian Business “Young...

Duration: 00:29:52

249 Blockchain Panel w/ Joe Bender, Chris Wilmer, and Tom Marnik @ Thrival 2017

Joe Bender, Decentralization Engineer - ConsenSys Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Joseph Bender is a decentralization engineer, solidity developer, blockchain evangelist, Ethereum aficionado, and all-around CryptoNerd. After graduating, he moved to New York to follow his passion for blockchain and began employment at ConsenSys. ConsenSys is a venture production studio building decentralized applications (dApps) and various developer and end-user tools for blockchain ecosystems, primarily...

Duration: 00:47:23

248 Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Everybody is Lying about their Sexual Preferences, Racism, and Sexism

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has used data from the internet -- particularly Google searches -- to get new insights into the human psyche. Seth has used Google searches to measure racism, self-induced abortion, depression, child abuse, hateful mobs, the science of humor, sexual preference, anxiety, son preference, and sexual insecurity, among many other topics. His book, Everybody Lies, describes his research and argues for social scientists to make greater use of internet data. It was a New...

Duration: 00:21:04

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