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351 Aaron Talks to Professional Sales Class About LinkedIn (Duquesne University)

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Release Date: 10/22/2018

481 New Modalities of Medication w/ Jonathan Steckbeck (Peptilogics founder) show art 481 New Modalities of Medication w/ Jonathan Steckbeck (Peptilogics founder)

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Jonathan Steckbeck is the founder of Peptilogics, a biotechnology platform company that develops best-in-class novel peptide drugs for unmet medical needs. He also has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine.   Amongst other problems, his company Peptilogics is focused on developing a new category of antibiotics. It has been 20 years since there was a genuinely new class of antibiotics, yet bacterial cells have continued to evolve and develop into drug-resistant infections.   In this interview, Jonathan and Aaron discuss...

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480 Autonomous Vehicles, Angel Investing, and Tech Talent w/ Euan Guttridge show art 480 Autonomous Vehicles, Angel Investing, and Tech Talent w/ Euan Guttridge

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Euan Guttridge is the Director of Technical Program Management at Waymo and previously held the same position with Uber’s self-driving car division.   Between these two roles, Euan developed an angel investing syndicate under the banner Reinforced Ventures. The syndicate differentiates itself for the technical proficiency of its limited partners, bringing a fresh perspective to the companies it invests in.   Euan’s portfolio includes a number of past Going Deep podcast guests including; Gridwise, Locomation, UpContent, Fifth Season, Edge Case Research, and Honeycomb Credit. While...

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479 Building Dams, Bridges, and Robots w/ Stephen Muck (Brayman Construction Corporation) show art 479 Building Dams, Bridges, and Robots w/ Stephen Muck (Brayman Construction Corporation)

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Steve Muck is the CEO of Brayman Construction, a heavy civil and geotechnical contractor that builds bridges, dams, and other large infrastructure. Steve is also the cofounder of construction-related robotics startups TyBot and Advanced Construction Robotics.   Steve has started or acquired twenty businesses and currently operates a portfolio of entities that in construction-related endeavors alone runs approximately $200 million in revenue annually.   Steve acquired the company over 28 years ago in a leveraged buyout and has since acquired a number of companies as he has expanded...

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478 Acquisitions, Real Estate, and Corporate Strategy w/ Jon Pastor show art 478 Acquisitions, Real Estate, and Corporate Strategy w/ Jon Pastor

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Jon Pastor is the SVP for Consumer Solutions at RealPage, a leading global provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry. RealPage was trading publicly at over $10 billion market capitalization before being taken private by Thoma Bravo.   Jon’s entrepreneurial career started when he cofounder RentJungle with previous guest . That company was acquired in 2014 and Jon chose to stay on and lead the acquiring company as President.   Four years later, that company was acquired by RealPage.   In this conversation, Jon and Aaron discuss the lessons from all...

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477 Duolingo Chief Product Officer Jorge Mazal show art 477 Duolingo Chief Product Officer Jorge Mazal

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Jorge Mazal is the Chief Product Officer for Duolingo. Duolingo is a free language-learning website and mobile app with over 500 million downloads, 40 million monthly active users, and a valuation of over $1 billion.   Jorge previously worked on the product for Zynga, MyFitnessPal, and Kleiner Perkins. Today he blends skills in design, gamification, and leadership to manage a product team that has 10xed in size since he joined the company.   In this episode, Jorge and Aaron discuss how Duolingo makes product decisions, the importance of interpersonal skills, and how Jorge’s...

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476 Geopolitical Alpha w/ Marko Papic show art 476 Geopolitical Alpha w/ Marko Papic

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Marko Papic leads the strategy team at Clocktower Group, an alternative investments firm. Clocktower offers long-term strategic investment strategies to their clients, investment managers and institutional allocators.   Marko brings his constraints framework, outlined in his book Geopolitical Alpha, to analyzing the geopolitical trends of the day. His ability to accurately forecast major political events has enormous ramifications for portfolios.   In this episode, Marko and Aaron discuss how the future of China-US conflict, Turkey’s geopolitical prospects, and how to break into...

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475 Cognitive Immunology w/ Andy Norman show art 475 Cognitive Immunology w/ Andy Norman

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Andy Norman is a researcher focused on studying how ideologies short-circuit minds and corrupt moral understanding.   His studies have led him to develop a toolkit of methods for improving reasoning and share them in his book, Mental Immunity.   His hope is that a collection of academic research can be lassoed together to serve as the foundation of a new scientific field, Cognitive Immunology. Cognitive immunology would explore the ability of researchers to develop a mind vaccine to inoculate individuals against dangerous ideas.   In this conversation, Andy and Aaron discuss the...

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474 Selling Companies, Making an Impact, and Having Fun w/ Geng Wang, Civic Champs CEO show art 474 Selling Companies, Making an Impact, and Having Fun w/ Geng Wang, Civic Champs CEO

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Geng Wang is the CEO and co-founder of Civic Champs, a software startup focused on creating s seamless and rewarding volunteering experience for both volunteers and service organizations   This is Geng’s third commercial venture. He’s previously co-founded two companies; RentJungle.com, an apartment search engine that sold in 2014 to The Rainmaker Group, and Community Elf (rebranded as Cosmitto), a social media management firm which we sold in 2017 to a PE firm, Topanga Partners.   Given his past successes, Geng is looking to both create financial and social impact with his...

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473 Flying Cars and the Future w/ Sanjiv Singh & Near Earth Autonomy show art 473 Flying Cars and the Future w/ Sanjiv Singh & Near Earth Autonomy

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Sanjiv Singh is CEO and cofounder of Near Earth Autonomy, a technology company focused on autonomous flight.    Sanjiv has 25 years of experience working on autonomous ground and air vehicles. He came to Pittsburgh 30 years ago to participate in the DARPA challenge and has spent decades exploring different applications for self-driving and self-flying robots.   Near Earth Autonomy started by developing self-flying technology for the United States Government and has expanded to bring their technological capabilities to a variety of enterprise customers.   In this...

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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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