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276 Transforming Education in Africa and Beyond with Audrey Cheng & the Moringa School

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Release Date: 01/17/2018

472 Hidden Forces w/ Demetri Kofinas show art 472 Hidden Forces w/ Demetri Kofinas

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Demetri Kofinas is a media entrepreneur and host of Hidden Forces, a podcast devoted to exploring the underlying forces driving the most powerful changes we see in the world.   His show covers a wide range of topics, including culture, philosophy, economics, technology, social science, and the hard sciences.   Demetri has previously co-founded Guerilla Gaming Concepts, an interactive entertainment company focused on the middleware of gaming. He has also reported on financial news and told stories to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.   In addition to his show,...

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471 Black Tech Nation Ventures and Career Strategy w/ David Motley show art 471 Black Tech Nation Ventures and Career Strategy w/ David Motley

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Black Tech Nation Ventures is launching its first flagship venture fund in Pittsburgh, PA. The firm is founded by three managing partners, Kelauni Jasmyn, Sean Sebastian, and David Motley have come together to form an investment thesis focused on investing in black and other minority founders who have historically missed out on opportunities to raise venture capital.   As David outlines in this podcast, these represent an underutilized asset capable of creating outsized returns, not a charitable donation.   David brings experience from three decades in corporate America, sitting on...

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470 Sports Gambling, Venture Capital, and FanDuel w/ Paul Martino show art 470 Sports Gambling, Venture Capital, and FanDuel w/ Paul Martino

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Paul Martino is a venture capital investor and has raised 5 funds totaling over $350 million in capital. That money has been deployed into FanDuel, Grove, Ipsy, and SpotHero.   Before forming Bullpen, Paul was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, and uDemy.   Prior to his investing career, Paul founded four companies including Ahpah Software (a computer security firm acquired by InterTrust) and Aggregate Knowledge (a big data advertising attribution company acquired in 2014 by Neustar). He is the holder of over a dozen core patents...

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469 Free Bitcoin for Shopping? w/ Aubrey Strobel & Lolli show art 469 Free Bitcoin for Shopping? w/ Aubrey Strobel & Lolli

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Aubrey Strobel is the Head of Comms for Lolli, a free browser extension that lets users earn free bitcoin when shopping online.   The platform’s mission is to help make cryptocurrency more accessible to the average shopper. Founded in 2018, Lolli has over 1,000 retail partners including Expedia, Nike, and Glossier.   In this episode, Aubrey and Aaron discuss stacking sats, bringing women into crypto, and how Aubrey has modeled the Lolli brand and marketing off of Barstool Sports.     Aubrey Strobel’s Challenge; Call an elderly person in your life.   Connect with...

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468 Mike Green: Index Funds, Bitcoins, and Telling the Truth show art 468 Mike Green: Index Funds, Bitcoins, and Telling the Truth

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Mike Green is the Chief Strategist at Logica Funds and has spent nearly 30 years studying markets.   These days, he calls on that experience and his proprietary research to educate the public, the Federal Reserve, the BIS, and the IMF about the shift from actively managed portfolios and investment funds to systematic passive investment strategies.   Previously, Mike has served as the portfolio manager for Thiel Macro, an investment firm that manages the personal capital of Peter Thiel, founded Ice Farm Capital, a discretionary global macro hedge fund seeded by Soros Family...

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467 Conservation Labs founder Mark Kovscek show art 467 Conservation Labs founder Mark Kovscek

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Mark Kovscek is a mathematician, inventor, and entrepreneur. His company, Conservation Labs, builds and sells a smart water meter that provides consumption insights, custom conservation recommendations, and leak detection.   At the cutting edge of Internet-of-Things and conservation, Mark uses his experience from a career building products and delivering solutions to address multi-billion dollar challenges.   He has spent time using his mathematics skills in marketing analytics, finance, and supply chain management, but says this is the most compelling challenge he’s ever faced....

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466 How to Become a Venture Capitalist w/ Matt Harbaugh (Mountain State Capital) show art 466 How to Become a Venture Capitalist w/ Matt Harbaugh (Mountain State Capital)

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Matt Harbaugh is a co-founder and Managing Director at Mountain State Capital. The 20 million dollar fund has invested in over 16 firms in the greater Appalachia region.   Prior to founding MSC, Matt served as CEO of a machine learning-based software company that was acquired by Facebook and was the Chief Investment Officer at Innovation Works, one of the most active seed funds in the United States.   Across his career, Matt has invested in, managed, and advised more than 100 private companies over the past twenty years. He realized that he was interested in being involved in venture...

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465 $250k Revenue in Year One Selling Saas Companies w/ Andrew Gazdecki (MicroAcquire) show art 465 $250k Revenue in Year One Selling Saas Companies w/ Andrew Gazdecki (MicroAcquire)

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Andrew Gazdecki is the solo founder of MicroAcquire, a marketplace for buying and selling small Software-as-a-Service companies.   He has previously started two companies, Bizness Apps and Altcoin.io, which were both acquired.   MicroAcquire has reached $250,000 in annual revenue in just one year, by collecting fees from buyers in exchange for connecting with the entrepreneurs selling their business. Andrew is applying lessons that he’s learned from past successful companies to *hopefully* make this his best business yet.   In the episode, Aaron and Andrew discuss playing...

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464 Computer Vision and Company Spin Outs w/ Chris Anderson show art 464 Computer Vision and Company Spin Outs w/ Chris Anderson

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Chris Anderson is the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Innotescus. He leads a multi-functional team of machine learning scientists, software architects, and engineers that are innovating in the world of image annotation software.   Prior to founding Innotescus, Mr. Anderson was the Director of Software Engineering and IT for ChemImage.  Here he oversaw the core innovative software products for hyperspectral data acquisition, analysis and visualization. These products range in application potential across forensics, defense, pharmaceutical and medical markets.   He joined...

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463 Deflation, the Internet, and Entrepreneurial Resilience w/ Jeff Booth show art 463 Deflation, the Internet, and Entrepreneurial Resilience w/ Jeff Booth

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Jeff Booth led BuildDirect, a technology company he co-founded in 1999, for nearly two decades through the dot-com meltdown, the 2008 financial crisis, and many waves of technological disruption.   BuildDirect aimed to simplify the building industry and graduated from online catalog to logistics network to artificially intelligent platform.   Last year, Jeff released his first book “” where he outlines the current state of our economy and what must happen to enable a brighter future.   Jeff believes it essential for everyone to understand the deflationary nature of...

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How do you go from studying journalism in the midwestern United States to revolutionizing the education system of another continent? I don’t know. So I asked Audrey Cheng about her company.

 

The Moringa School is enabling a whole generation of high-potential, proactive people passionate about technology to become top mobile and web developers by equipping them with skills to do so. Through top quality teachers and a curated curriculum, the school aims to world-class developers in Africa.

 

Founder Audrey Cheng has partnered with Hack Reactor, a top Silicon Valley coding school, to develop a world-class intro-to-programming course and an immersive, intensive 19-week program to train top mobile, web and front-end developers.

 

The World Bank has chosen Moringa School to be their Middle East and Africa location in their study on the effectiveness of coding bootcamps in emerging markets.

 

Attend my one-day conference January 27th in Pittsburgh. Learn more here.

 

Audrey’s Challenge; Be aware of your emotions. Pause. And tell yourself, “It’s going to be ok.”

 

 

If you liked this interview, check out previous episodes with sous vide entrepreneur Lisa Fetterman and angel investor Li Jiang.

 

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