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The Going Deep with Aaron Watson podcast is a forum for having meaningful, deep conversations about the passions, fears and problems of people from all walks of life. Guests talk about entrepreneurship, sports, finance, comedy and lifestyle design.

Going Deep with Aaron Watson Aaron Watson, Piper Creative

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The Going Deep with Aaron Watson podcast is a forum for having meaningful, deep conversations about the passions, fears and problems of people from all walks of life. Guests talk about entrepreneurship, sports, finance, comedy and lifestyle design.

    412 How to Raise $40 Million to Build Robots w/ Jake Loosararian

    412 How to Raise $40 Million to Build Robots w/ Jake Loosararian

    Jake Loosararian is the CEO and co-founder of Gecko Robotics, a Pittsburgh robotics startup. Gecko recently announced a $40 million Series B round of fundraising led by Drive Capital.
     
    Gecko Robotics builds robots that do unassisted inspections of power plant boilers. The robots’ sensors measure key data including temperature, wall thickness, and other system failure indicators.
     
    Jake invested his life savings into the company and was named the top startup in Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 cohort.
     
    In this podcast, Jake Loosararian and Aaron Watson discuss the business model of Gecko, how he raised $40 million, and the high bar they have when hiring.



    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    Jake Loosararian’s Challenge; Read a book.
     
    Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel 
    High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil 
     
    Connect with Jake Loosararian
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    Website
    jake.loosararian@geckorobotics.com
     
    If you liked this interview, check out episode 400 with Austin Webb where we discuss large fundraising rounds, high growth startups, and robotics disrupting agriculture.



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    • 37 min
    411 Saving Lives w/ Robots w/ Kent McElhattan & Discovery Robotics

    411 Saving Lives w/ Robots w/ Kent McElhattan & Discovery Robotics

    Kent McElhattan’s entire business career has been dedicated to the safety of workers.
     
    In 1985, Kent co-founded Industrial Scientific and built a worldwide leader in IOT and predictive analytics for the safety industry. The company climbed to hundreds of millions in revenue and sold to Fortive.
     
    After that success, Kent started another company, Discovery Robotics, aimed to bring robotics technology to the field of janitorial services. Their first product is an autonomous floor-cleaning robot.
     
    The company’s mission remains to increase human productivity and safety.
     
    In this conversation, Kent and Aaron discuss how he ended up focusing on industrial cleaning, the lessons Kent has taken from Industrial Scientific, and the future of work.
     
    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    Kent McElhattan’s Challenge; Find something that doesn’t feel like work.
     
    Connect with Kent McElhattan
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Website
     
    If you liked this interview, check out episode 297 with Jorgen Pedersen where we discuss saving lives with robots or episode 400 with Austin Webb where we discuss changing agriculture with tech.



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    • 41 min
    410 How to Develop Voice Recognition Technology w/ Anthony Gadient

    410 How to Develop Voice Recognition Technology w/ Anthony Gadient

    Anthony Gadient is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Voci Technologies. Voci uses GPU-accelerated, deep machine learning speech technologies to help companies understand what their team members are saying on the phone.
     
    Their technology helps clients mine actionable insights from their voice data. It can be applied to customer service, sales, and compliance analysis.
     
    The company is built with technology spun out of Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, Anthony co-founded Neolinear, a semiconductor design automation firm that was acquired.
     
    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    Anthony Gadient’s Challenge; Take some time to think about the implications of computers being able to hear you.
     
    Connect with Anthony Gadient
    Linkedin
    Website
     
    If you liked this interview, check out episode 303 with Luke Skurman the founder of Niche.com  and episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss multiple successful technology startups.



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    • 40 min
    2019 Going Deep Wrap Up

    2019 Going Deep Wrap Up

    2019 was a year of growth and learning. Thank you for being a part of it.
    We're planning for even more in 2020.
     
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    • 11 min
    409 Fighting Fake Chocolate w/ David Levine, NuGo Nutrition Bars

    409 Fighting Fake Chocolate w/ David Levine, NuGo Nutrition Bars

    David Levine founded NuGo Nutrition Bars in 2000 after raising a small sum of capital from friends and family.
     
    NuGo Nutrition uses real dark chocolate to make their protein bars and have been committed to making healthy, high-caliber bars from their inception.
     
    The company has developed a variety of SKUs developed for Kosher, gluten-free, organic, vegan, and low sugar diets.
     
    David and Aaron discuss the founding of the company, how NuGo has scaled its distribution, and the fake chocolate used by other companies.
     
    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    David Levine’s Challenges; 
    Learn the difference between real and fake dark chocolate.  When you’re with your family, put the phone away so you can reflect on your day together.  
    Connect with David Levine
    Linkedin
    Instagram
    Website
     
    If you liked this interview, check out episode 407 with JD Ewing where we discuss wholesaling, trends in office furniture, and creating a company book club.



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    • 34 min
    408 Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis with Design, Empathy, and Modern Financing w/ Brian Gaudio

    408 Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis with Design, Empathy, and Modern Financing w/ Brian Gaudio

    Brian Gaudio is the CEO of Module, a design & technology startup based in Pittsburgh. 
     
    Module is developing a pay-as-you-go housing solution that enables homebuilders to provide an affordable and flexible entry point for homeownership. One of their distinctive features is a design that allows a buyer to turn a one-bedroom starter unit into a 3 bedroom house.
     
    Brian has previously directed a documentary about the housing crisis in South America, worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and worked in the Blue Sky Department at Walt Disney Imagineering.
     
    In this conversation, you’ll hear Brian and Aaron discuss how home construction and financing are interwoven, why pre-fabricated houses are the future, and the capital-intensive nature of the business.



    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    Brian Gaudio’s Challenge; Take one day during the holidays away from any work-related digital devices.
     
    Connect with Brian Gaudio
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Website
     
    If you liked this interview, check out all our past episodes with Pittsburgh’s business leaders and innovators.



    Underwritten by Piper Creative
    Piper Creative creates podcasts, vlogs, and videos for companies. 
     
    Our clients become better storytellers. 
     
    How? Click here and Learn more.
     
    We work with Fortune 500s, medium-sized companies, and entrepreneurs.
     
    Sign up for one of Piper’s weekly newsletters. We curate links to Expand your Mind, Fill your Heart, and Grow your Tribe.
     
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

H-man2011 ,

Fantastic listen and guests

Aaron has been a stalwart craftsman in the Pittsburgh podcasting scene for some time now, completely unabshed in his humility and dedication to bringing the best guests and interviews day in and day out. Highly recommended.

Barry Rabkin ,

Everything I love!

Aaron covers everything I love. Pittsburgh, startups, ultimate frisbee, social impact and productivity hacks. He gathers unique movers and shakers from every walk of life for highly engaged conversations. I learn something new every time I listen.

ErikBison ,

Great show, highly recommend!

Aaron and his guests share inspiring and actionable lessons on how to live your best life personally and professionally. Highly recommend listening and subscribing if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to work towards and achieve all your goals in business and life!

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