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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.

    436 Deploying $750 Million into Established Businesses w/ Stephen Gurgovits of Tecum Capital

    436 Deploying $750 Million into Established Businesses w/ Stephen Gurgovits of Tecum Capital

    Stephen Gurgovits is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Tecum Capital, a $750+ million private investment firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. Tecum’s committed capital is deployed as mezzanine debt, subordinated notes, and private equity into lower middle market businesses across the US.
     
    During his career, Stephen has been directly involved in over $1 billion of aggregate financial transactions, both public and private.
     
    Prior to spinning Tecum Capital out of First National Bank, he was President and CEO of F.N.B. Capital Corporation, a wholly-owned merchant banking subsidiary of FNB.
     
    Stephen currently serves on the board of directors for Western Allegheny Capital, Gibraltar Cable Barriers, Uncle Charley’s Sausage Company, Auburn Gear, Inc., Oberg Industries, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth.
     
    In this podcast, Aaron and Stephen discuss launching the firm, how they allocate debt and equity investments, and Stephen’s interpretation of current market dynamics.
     
    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    Stephen Gurgovits’s Challenge; Make your bed and read the Wall Street Journal every day.
     
    Connect with Stephen Gurgovits
    Linkedin
    Tecum Capital Website
     
    If you liked this interview, check out episode 269 with Brent Beshore where we discuss private equity investing in the lower middle market.
     
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    • 38 min
    435 Juneteenth, Retaining Diverse Talent, and YNGBLKPGH w/ Brian Burley

    435 Juneteenth, Retaining Diverse Talent, and YNGBLKPGH w/ Brian Burley

    Brian Burley is the founder of YNGBLKPGH, a book and community of talented black professionals in and around the city of Pittsburgh.
     
    Brian came on Going Deep to discuss the absolute necessity of cities and corporations adopting more empathetic and diverse approaches to attracting and retaining talent.
     
    He has a distinct perspective that he has earned through writing his book profiling over 100 black professionals, working in economic development for the Pittsburgh region, and leading conversations about diversity at ADP.
     
    Aaron and Brian also cover the rise of Juneteenth into the national conversation and effective ways to market & message these important ideas.
     
    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    Brian Burley’s Challenge; Go learn something new about someone else’s culture or experience. Try to put yourself in their shoes.
     
    Connect with Brian Burley
    Linkedin
    Brian’s Instagram
    YNGBLKPGH Instagram
    Facebook
     
    If you liked this interview, check out episode 418 with Marco Marandiz where we discuss hip hop, branding a B2B company, and the future of online commerce.
     
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    • 45 min
    434 Billionaire Henry Schuck just IPO’d ZoomInfo during a Pandemic

    434 Billionaire Henry Schuck just IPO’d ZoomInfo during a Pandemic

    Henry Schuck founded his company, originally named DiscoverOrg, in 2007 at the age of 23. The company IPO’d on June 4th, 2020.
     
    After acquiring ZoomInfo in 2019, they took the new name and consolidated their position as one of the leading sources of business information and now drive the go-to-market initiative of over 15,000 companies worldwide. 
     
    Henry sees ZoomInfo changing the way every company goes to market, the way sales reps engage with buyers, the way marketing targets, and the way HR recruits.
     
    In this episode, Henry and Aaron discuss bootstrapping the company to $25 million, the IPO roadshow during a pandemic, and Henry’s skills as a sales trainer.
     
    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    Henry Schuck’s Challenge; The professional you are today, isn’t who you need to be to accomplish your goals. Take an inventory of where you need to improve and go execute on it.
     
    Connect with Henry Schuck
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    Website
    henry.schuck@zoominfo.com
     
    If you liked this interview, check out episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss building multiple businesses that earned 8-figure and 9-figure exits.



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    • 48 min
    433 Upgrading Legacy Financial Technology w/ Joe Hipsky of iraLogix

    433 Upgrading Legacy Financial Technology w/ Joe Hipsky of iraLogix

    Joe Hipsky’s long career in financial services have allowed him to identify and develop a solution to the pipes of the financial system.
     
    His company, iraLogix, is aimed at reducing the administrative burden placed on financial service providers. 
     
    In this conversation, Joe and Aaron discuss fundraising, why the financial services industry has been slow to adapt, and the regulatory climate for fintech.
     
    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    Joe Hipsky’s Challenge; If you’re looking for investors, study the investment process and how venture capitalists make decisions. 
     
    Connect with Joe Hipsky
    Linkedin
    iraLogix.com
     
    If you liked this interview, check out episode 231 with Andy Rachleff where we discuss how he identified the opportunity to build Wealthfront.
     
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    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.
     
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    • 30 min
    432 Bringing Tech to Waste Management w/ Charlie Dolan

    432 Bringing Tech to Waste Management w/ Charlie Dolan

    Charlie Dolan is the founder of Sequoia Waste Solutions, a technology company aimed at modernizing waste management.
     
    When Charlie first looked at the waste management industry, he saw business still being run on paper with enormous inefficiencies needing to be addressed. So, he started building.
     
    Today, the firm employs more than a dozen people and offers a suite of software and hardware solutions that drastically reduce costs associated with billing for and hauling away garbage.
     
    In this conversation, Aaron and Charlie discuss the evolution of the company, the benefits of bootstrapping, and when to ‘build’ vs ‘buy’.
     
    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    Charlie Dolan’s Challenge; Realize most of the world around you was designed by another human. Use that to build confidence in your own ability to make an impact.
     
    Connect with Charlie Dolan
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    SequoiaWaste.com
    Discoveryapp.io
     
    If you liked this interview, check out more interviews with entrepreneurs and leaders that have vision, patience, and work ethic.
     
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    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.
     
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    • 38 min
    431 Augmented Reality will Unlock Human Creativity w/ John Feghali (Toaster Pets Cartoons)

    431 Augmented Reality will Unlock Human Creativity w/ John Feghali (Toaster Pets Cartoons)

    John Feghali’s technology startup blends augmented reality, digital media, and animation to enable a new style of storytelling.
     
    Most animated videos take thousands of hours of work and come with hefty price tags. For example, Frozen 2 cost $150 million and Toy Story 4 cost $200 million.
     
    John’s company, Toaster Pets Cartoons, allows children and adults to make their own animated cartoons by recording cardboard cutouts and using artificial intelligence to translate the live action into a digital cartoon.
     
    Explainer Video
     
    In this episode, Aaron and John discuss how he found this market opportunity, the technology powering the service, and the enormous potential of the Intellectual Property.
     
    Pittsburgh’s best conference to Expand your Mind & Fill your Heart happens once a year.
     
    John Feghali’s Challenge; Create opportunity for others.
     
    Connect with John Feghali
    Linkedin
    Instagram
    Twitter
    ToasterPets.com
    Getpaperstudio.com
     
    If you liked this interview, check out episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss his string of enormously successful technology startups.
     
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    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.
     
    Follow Piper as we grow
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Customer Reviews

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109 Ratings

109 Ratings

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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