Pitchwerks and Going Deep: Our 50th Episode Crossover Extravaganza!!!
In a very special crossover event this week, Scot brings in Aaron Watson, a successful and well-rounded podcast host who has nearly 250 episodes on the books, and then immediately sits down with Aaron for an episode of Aaron’s own show, Going Deep.
Aaron is a genuinely curious host and entrepreneur who has built a brand around quality information, direct from the source. Always working to hone his craft, Aaron reveals the shows and hosts that he listens to himself, and talks quite a bit about how he has been able to land interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts across a number of fields.
Be sure to check out Going Deep with Aaron Watson today to find out what happens when the table flips, and Aaron starts asking the questions!
Check out the follow-up on Aaron's show by clicking here.
Peer into the head of a founder who really doesn't fear failure.
Fearless founder Erica Peterson visits the Epicast Studios to talk about her personal perspective on starting new projects. Erica is known for Science Tots, a non-profit STEM program for younger kids, and Moms Can Code, a membership organization that connects women that want to explore how software gets written.
This week, Erica tells Scot about how she chooses projects, the value of jumping right into them, and the differences between for-profit and non-profit organizations. Later, the pair delve into a more universal conversation about what dads need to know about the Moms Can Code experience.
Don't even think about crowdfunding until you know the whole story.
Matt Verlinich - Verlinich Labs - ClearIce.Rocks - Pitchwerks #48
Crowdfunding. Everyone is talking about it - from students in entrepreneurial programs to established businesspeople - but most people don’t know anyone who’s actually been through it.
Enter Matt Verlinich of Verlinich Labs. As a single member LLC, Matt ran a very successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, selling a tray that lets people make crystal-clear ice cubes at home. The effort paid off. The product made its way into 56 different countries.
This episode, Matt tells Scot about the all ups and the downs - with a focus on the surprising things you wouldn’t have guessed.
Hail to Pitt! Serial entrepreneur and accelerator exec Greg Coticchia is in the studio!
Few people have earned more entrepreneurial merit badges than this week’s guest has collected. Greg Coticchia, the Director of the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute’s “Blast Furnace” student accelerator program, is now giving students the benefit of his experience, giving back to the community after having been in startup mode for decades.
Greg has raised nearly $100 million in funding for his various startups, earned some massive exits, and had some...learning opportunities along the way. Seven years ago, he settled down for a one year contract with the University’s new Blast Furnace program, and now he’s taking applications for BF Cohort #6 and teaching MBA students about marketing.
This week, he sits down in the Epicast Studios and tells Scot MacTaggart his secrets of pitching anyone - from an angel investor to a large client. Don’t miss it!
Choose the path that's right for you. Jackson explains how he did it.
This week’s guest, Queble Technologies (www.queblesolutions.com) CEO Jackson Wang, owns a software firm that develops apps and websites for startups and early stage companies.
Jackson offers Pitchwerks listeners bluntly honest insights and advice. At 10, his family sent him to live on his own in Shanghai, in pursuit of better education and opportunities. Now at the ripe old age of 25, he is living on the opposite side of the planet, he’s been educated in three countries, and he has learned some of entrepreneurship’s hardest lessons, and he shares them openly on today’s show.
Kenny was quite the introvert when he was younger. Now he's a well-known face.
The Thrival innovation and music festival is coming up at the end of September! Now seems like the perfect time to talk to Kenny Chen, the socially-minded program director of Ascender, the economic laboratory that brings the event together each year.
Kenny and Scot start out discussing Kenny’s adventurous transition from school into the workforce, covering “rejection therapy”, dance parties, Hong Kong and Pittsburgh. Before long, they’re on to what Thrival truly represents, how it connects to Ascender, and ultimately they work together to craft a concise definition of Ascender’s mission, in a fun and friendly pitch dissection segment to close out the show.
Table Ten: The band that became a business by giving money away
On this episode of the Pitchwerks Podcast, we’re digging into a web series called Spare Change (sparechange.tv), which started off simply with a band called Table Ten, but it has been growing into a show and a business. Start with a band, then add in a non-profit cause, and local businesses, and watch them come together to create entertainment that profits all three groups.
This week, Table Ten’s Josh Corcoran and production prodigy Taylor Mantick come into the Epicast Studios to visit Scot MacTaggart and talk about the business model that has taken shape, the rules the band has set for themselves, and what the future might hold for the band that became a business by giving money away.
This episode features Scot trying to keep pace with a Ph.D!
Have you got something complicated to sell? Amanda Lowe can relate. She and her partner Adam Nelson are the geniuses behind Flywheel, an “organizational design studio” that helps business owners and executives to build a useful and rewarding structure for employees...but it sometimes, people just don’t get it.
Amanda did her undergrad at UC Berkeley and has her Ph.D from Duquesne University, where she spent time as an adjunct professor. She’s smart, she’s accomplished - and Flywheel is a unique startup. This week’s episode works just as a cool story. If you care to dig deeper though, you will find some very useful ideas for selling complex products and services.
Go Jane Go is building specialized tools & apps for a clearly defined community.
This week’s show has a lot to offer across a multitude of topics, but here are two really powerful ones to listen for: the largely untapped needs of specialized communities, and the ways that real struggle can give you perspective.
Ellen Saksen, cofounder of Go Jane Go, is our guest this week. Her company set out to build a toolbox for rushed and lonely female business travelers. They’ve just released Amelia, their first app, into no-cost public beta and are encouraging women to try it out.
As a bonus, be sure to check the Pitchcraft blog to see the beautiful slide deck Ellen presented to investors at a recent demo day event!
Connie has over 20 years of experience in major gifts - find out how she does it!
Connie Cavrich, Regional Philanthropy Officer for the American Red Cross, sits down in the Epicast Studios with Scot MacTaggart this week to talk about corporate fundraising and volunteer recruitment. Connie works on a different kind of sales than most of us engage in, but offers useful insights about connecting with your client.
This week’s show is also valuable in that it helps to explain the mission and programs of the American Red Cross. We are living in a time when many of our neighbors just assume that the Red Cross is government funded (it isn’t) or assume that the Red Cross is only mobilized for major events like hurricanes (they deploy literally every day).
We hope that you’ll enjoy this week’s show and learn from Connie’s insights, but we also hope you’ll consider engaging with your local Red Cross office as well.
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