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Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Release Date: 11/21/2016

423 Managing Your Startup Through a Crisis and Making Face Shields for Healthcare Workers w/ Ian Rosenberger show art 423 Managing Your Startup Through a Crisis and Making Face Shields for Healthcare Workers w/ Ian Rosenberger

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

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...

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422 2020 Financial Crisis, Bitcoin, and the Halving with Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano show art 422 2020 Financial Crisis, Bitcoin, and the Halving with Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano

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Anthony Pompliano is a co-founder & Partner at Morgan Creek Digital. He leads investments in early-stage startups and cryptocurrency.   He was formerly a product manager at Facebook.   He writes a daily letter analyzing crypto news for institutional investors and a prolific podcast with other top thinkers in finance and crypto.   In this conversation, Pomp and Aaron discuss the Bitcoin halving, economic stimulus, and kindness.   happens once a year.   Anthony’s Challenge; Remember to be kind to one another.   Connect with Anthony Pompliano   If you...

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421 Livestreaming, Digital Coaching, and Listening to your Clients w/ Kyshira Moffett show art 421 Livestreaming, Digital Coaching, and Listening to your Clients w/ Kyshira Moffett

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Kyshira Moffett is a digital brand strategist, entrepreneur, and author. She’s built a business as a coach helping other businesses and entrepreneurs market themselves effectively.   Kyshira also launched Life of a Bombshell Cosmetics in 2017, offering premium makeup products at an affordable price to businesswomen.    Her experiences in marketing a wide variety of businesses, running a conference (Hustle HER Way Summit), and earning an MBA have given her a wealth of knowledge to call upon.    In this conversation, Aaron and Kyshira discuss live streaming, coaching...

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420 Teaching Kids with Robots w/ Tom Lauwers show art 420 Teaching Kids with Robots w/ Tom Lauwers

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Tom Lauwers is on a mission to get robots into classrooms. As the founder and chief roboticist at BirdBrain Technologies, he designs educational tools that show students the basics of coding, engineering, and collaboration.   Tom received a Ph.D in robotics in 2010 from Carnegie Mellon, where he initially designed the Finch robot and Hummingbird robotics kit.    The Finch is a small robot designed to inspire students learning computer science by providing a tangible representation of their code.    The Hummingbird is a kit that allows students to create and program...

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419  Blow Up Your Business Plan w/ JD Ewing (more than $70 million in revenue) show art 419 Blow Up Your Business Plan w/ JD Ewing (more than $70 million in revenue)

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The Going Deep podcast with one of the area’s top entrepreneurs. J.D. Ewing, President of COE Distributing, regained control of his company just after the Great Recession.   J.D. had to secure financing from the bank so he could buy inventory. When they asked for a business plan, J.D. estimated the firm would reach $10 million in revenue in 3 years.    COE Distributing ended up blowing past that number to more than $24 million. They did $9 million in the first year.   How?   In this podcast, J.D. explains how he systematically removed the constraints to business...

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418 Marketing Elliot, Hip Hop Collaborations, and Modern Marketing Principles w/ Marco Marandiz show art 418 Marketing Elliot, Hip Hop Collaborations, and Modern Marketing Principles w/ Marco Marandiz

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Marco Marandiz is a Co-founder and Head of Marketing for Elliot, a global commerce startup based in NYC.   Prior to Elliot, Marco spent time as a strategist for high-potential DTC brands and led digital product teams at HomeAway and CapitalOne. Through building and shipping products that served hundreds of millions of users, Marco learned about what makes products work in the digital realm.   In this podcast, you’ll hear Aaron and Marco discuss how commerce on the internet is getting easier, how Twitter threads helped Marco advance his career, and why brands need to have a distinct...

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417 $35 to Visit a Doctor When Your Have No Insurance w/ Dr. Timothy Wong (iHealth Clinic) show art 417 $35 to Visit a Doctor When Your Have No Insurance w/ Dr. Timothy Wong (iHealth Clinic)

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What’s a doctor to do when they become disenchanted with the healthcare system? Dr. Timothy Wong decided the answer was to start his own micro-practice.   In his office in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Dr. Wong sees ~20 patients per day and only charges $35 for a visit.    This allow people without health insurance to get the care they desperately need. Dr. Wong believes that healthcare needs to be simple, needs to be about the patient & the doctor, and needs to be accessible.   His business model allows that to happen.   In this conversation, Dr....

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416 Throwing Axes & Ice Curling w/ Jack Welsh show art 416 Throwing Axes & Ice Curling w/ Jack Welsh

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Jack Welsh is the co-owner of LumberjAxes and Sliders Curling. He has successfully transitioned from a union job and bartending gig into running a business that delivers genuinely unique experiences.   He and his co-founders first came across axe throwing in Philadelphia and decided to bring the concept to Pittsburgh. It’s been a winner and has grown to multiple locations.   To keep the momentum going, he has now opened Sliders Curling in the adjacent lot to offer competitive, bar-style curling to their customers.   In this conversation, you’ll hear Jack and Aaron discuss...

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415 Building a Candy Powerhouse w/ Bill Sarris show art 415 Building a Candy Powerhouse w/ Bill Sarris

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Bill Sarris has been in the candy business for more than 40 years. Upon graduating from college, Bill joined his father’s business and has overseen significant growth while building a Sarris Candies into a regional leader in chocolates.   Sarris Candies was started by his father Frank in the family’s basement. Behind Bill’s efforts, the company grew to include more than 350 employees and $16 million in annual sales.   Today, the Sarris Chocolate Factory and Ice Cream Parlour fill an area the size of a football field with over 100 yards of chocolate, penny candy, ice cream, and...

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414 Storing Family Memories Forever & Losing $1 Billion w/ Glen Meakem show art 414 Storing Family Memories Forever & Losing $1 Billion w/ Glen Meakem

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Glen Meakem is the founder & CEO of a permanent cloud photo storage and sharing company called Forever. He previously took his first technology startup, FreeMarkets, public in late-1999.   FreeMarkets grew up during the height of the Dotcom Bubble and reached a peak valuation of over $10 billion. While the spectacular highs of the bubble could not last, underneath the market Glen was tripling revenues each year and operating.   After selling FreeMarkets to Ariba in 2004, Glen started angel and venture investing. Some of his most successful investments include Kiva Systems (sold...

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Roger Ver has been a long time proponent of voluntaryism, the idea that all human interactions should be by mutual consent, or not at all. He is most well known for his work promoting Bitcoin. In 2011, his company, Memorydealers.com, became the first mainstream company to start accepting bitcoin as payment.

He then went on to create Bitcoinstore.com, the first website in the world to accept bitcoin as payment for hundreds of thousands of items, and was the impetus for the future wave of merchant adoption. He also became the first person in the entire world to start investing in Bitcoin startups. Nearly single-handedly, he funded the seed rounds for the entire first generation of Bitcoin businesses.

In his earlier life, he was most influenced by the works of Murray Rothbard, but was also inspired by the likes of Fredric Bastiat, Henry Hazlitt, Leonard Read, Frederick Hayek, Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, David Friedman, and many others in the Austrian school of economic thought.

 

Roger’s Challenge; Install a Bitcoin wallet and give it a try.

 

 

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 118 with Kevin Kelly where we discuss how technological forces will influence the near future.