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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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    • 5.0 • 111 Ratings

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.

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

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

    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 the founding of Peptilogics, why they’re focused on this new modality of medication, and the FDA approval process.
     
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    Jonathan Steckbeck’s Challenge; If there’s something that you want to do that doesn’t exist, go do it.
     
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    Peptilogics Website
     
    If you liked this interview, check out episode 456 with Pete DeComo where we discuss the long, arduous process of developing a medical device and episode 443 with Blake Dube where we talk about better oxygen tanks.
     
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    • 32 min
    480 Autonomous Vehicles, Angel Investing, and Tech Talent w/ Euan Guttridge

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

    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 not geographically exclusive, Reinforced does focus on Pittsburgh because of its over $10 billion of academic research funded and $6.6 billion of private funding in technology over the past decade.
     
    In this conversation, Euan and Aaron discuss a career developing autonomous vehicle technology, how an AngelList syndicate works, and how to do thorough due diligence.
     
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    Euan Guttridge’s Challenge; Follow your curiosity.
     
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    Reinforced Ventures Website
    euan@reinforcedventures.com
     
    If you liked this interview, check out some of Euan’s portfolio companies like Locomation’s Çetin Meriçli, Edge Case Research’s Mike Wagner, and Gridwise’s Ryan Green.
     
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    • 43 min
    479 Building Dams, Bridges, and Robots w/ Stephen Muck (Brayman Construction Corporation)

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

    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 his business empire. 
     
    In this episode, Steve and Aaron discuss how Steve got started in construction, the company’s ‘Dragon Slayer’ ethos, and how he has upskilled his team in order to escape competition.



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    Stephen Muck’s Challenge; Take a risk.
     
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    Brayman Construction Website



    If you liked this interview, check out episode 412 with Jake Loosararian where we discuss industrial robotics and raising one of Pittsburgh’s biggest Series A financings.
     
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    • 31 min
    478 Acquisitions, Real Estate, and Corporate Strategy w/ Jon Pastor

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

    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 Geng Wang. 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 these acquisitions, the challenges facing the real estate industry, and the incentives that guide successful organizations.
     
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    Jon Pastor’s Challenge; Create a list of ideas for projects or businesses that you could start. 
     
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    If you liked this interview, check out episode 474 with Geng Wang where we discuss three startups, social enterprise, and where to find motivation.
     
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    • 39 min
    477 Duolingo Chief Product Officer Jorge Mazal

    477 Duolingo Chief Product Officer Jorge Mazal

    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 background has prepared him to excel in this role.



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    Jorge Mazal’s Challenge; Find some time to go help someone, with no expectation of anything in return.
     
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    Duolingo Website
     
    If you liked this interview, check out our conversation with Jason Wolfe where we discuss tech products, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
     
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    • 39 min
    476 Geopolitical Alpha w/ Marko Papic

    476 Geopolitical Alpha w/ Marko Papic

    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 the geopolitical analysis field.



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    Marko Papic’s Challenge; Spend time around people with the opposite political and cultural perspective of you.
     
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    If you liked this interview, check out our interview with Mike Green where we discuss Bitcoin and index funds.
     
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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

Ima listener ,

AWESOME!

Aaron is a fabulous host and wealth of knowledge! Highly recommend the listen!

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥🔥🔥

Whether you’re well established as someone who can translate creative energy into the impact you want to have on the world, or just getting started as a catalyst for change - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Aaron does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving enterprise and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually walked the path. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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.

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