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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

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

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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

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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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462 Blockchain Projects, Interoperability, and Harmony w/ Stephen Tse show art 462 Blockchain Projects, Interoperability, and Harmony w/ Stephen Tse

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Stephen Tse, is founder and CEO of Harmony.one. Harmony is a blockchain-based open source development project with its own cryptocurrency.   Stephen has been obsessed with protocols and compilers since high school. He reverse-engineered ICQ and X11 protocols, coded in OCaml for more than 15 years, and graduated with a doctoral degree in security protocols and compiler verification from the University of Pennsylvania.   Prior to founding Harmony, he has worked a researcher at Microsoft, a senior infrastructure engineer at Google, and sold his startup, Spotsetter, to Apple. ...

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461 Ghostwriting and the Business of Books w/ Joshua Lisec show art 461 Ghostwriting and the Business of Books w/ Joshua Lisec

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Joshua Lisec has been a ghostwriter for a decade. Public figures hire him to write compelling books, newsletters, and tweets in their voice, so that they can build their media platform.   He has helped to write best selling and critically aclaimed books and teaches the best practices publicly online. Joshua coaches his clients to offer higher-ticket services, courses, and products in conjunction with book sales to build a sustainable business.   In this podcast, Joshua and Aaron discuss the business model behind most successful books, why traditional publishing deals are hard to get,...

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460 How a Refounder turned a Failing Business into a Massive Success w/ Patrick Colletti (Net Health) show art 460 How a Refounder turned a Failing Business into a Massive Success w/ Patrick Colletti (Net Health)

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Patrick Colletti is the founder of Net Health a $100M+ cloud-based provider of specialized software that serves specialized medical facilities like wound centers, senior care, and occupational therapy.   When Patrick began his tenure as company president in 2001, Net Health was experiencing significant financial turmoil resulting in laying off all but 2 employees.    By utilizing a Refounder mindset as a framework for success, Patrick was able to spur rapid business growth and cultivate a flourishing corporate culture. He has spent two decades serving in multiple leader...

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459 Cold Emails, Big Tech Censorship, and Delegating Effectively w/ Alex Berman show art 459 Cold Emails, Big Tech Censorship, and Delegating Effectively w/ Alex Berman

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Alex Berman is an actual serial entrepreneur. Before the age of 30, he has built a 7-figure agency, completed multiple movie projects, and built a 50,000 subscriber YouTube channel.   Most folks feel content to throw that title in their bio as a way to summarize some half-finished projects.   Alex, on the other hand, builds systems in a focused and brutally efficient way. He has delegated leadership of his agency, Experiment 27, to someone else and has now set about acquiring more companies for his growing empire.   Further, he has generated millions of dollars of B2B services...

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458 $100 Million Turnaround in the Oil and Gas Industry w/ Mark Marmo of Deep Well Services show art 458 $100 Million Turnaround in the Oil and Gas Industry w/ Mark Marmo of Deep Well Services

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When Mark Marmo took over as the CEO of Deep Well Services, the company was losing $2 million per year on $9 million in revenue. Six years later, Deep Well Services was making $30 million in net income on $110 million in revenue.   Mark accomplished this by focusing on bringing an innovative & efficient service to the market, building a healthy company culture, and trusting his data analysts to make good decisions.   In this conversation, Aaron and Mark discuss the standard he has implemented, the challenges of 2020, and the plans Mark is making for the future.   Deep Well...

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457 ILLEGAL apparel and endless hustle w/ Frank Augustine show art 457 ILLEGAL apparel and endless hustle w/ Frank Augustine

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Frank Augustine is the founder of ILLEGAL apparel.   Frank and his brother created the brand, and associated company, in their parent's basement back in 2013. He has spent the last 7 years scaling production, opening a store on the South Side of Pittsburgh, and learning many lessons about entrepreneurship.   He’s gotten the business off the ground via a relentless commitment to sales and a willingness to experiment with designs. Not bad for someone still in his early 20s.   In this episode, Aaron and Frank discuss the way he has positioned the brand, how Frank sold shirts in...

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456 Peter DeComo Raised Over $100 Million to Develop Artificial Lungs show art 456 Peter DeComo Raised Over $100 Million to Develop Artificial Lungs

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Pete DeComo is the chairman and CEO of ALung Technologies. ALung is developing an artificial lung for patients suffering from Acute Respiratory Failure and has raised over $100 million to bring their product to market.    ALung’s Hemolung Respiratory Assist System is a dialysis-like alternative or supplement to mechanical ventilation that works by removing carbon dioxide directly from the blood. The medical device, which has been approved for use in 35 countries outside the U.S., has proven relevant during the 2020 Pandemic.    Prior to running ALung, Pete was the founder...

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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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