New to the show? Curious which episodes people love? We looked at the download numbers for 2018, and built a linked list for your convenience.
Released January 10th, Episode 66 with CleanRobotics features Tanner Cook, Aakash Pathak and Grant Halleran, talking about their product, TrashBot. CleanRobotics is selling units and making people believe. It's a fun show with a lot of energy.
#4: Founder Institute
Speaking of fun shows, Episode 64 featured Greg Coticchia and Randy Eager of Founder Institute, just days before 2018 began. The room got a little silly at times, as Greg and Randy were really excited about promoting the launch of the FI educational series, but we've gotten consistent feedback that the insights Randy & Greg provided were truly valuable to our listeners.
#3: Dr. Rasu Shrestha, MBA
An executive both for UPMC and its innovation arm UPMC Enterprises, Rasu is a generous human being who helped us to make Episode 72 useful for those that would develop or sell things for use in the healthcare environment. This episode has challenged people's assumptions and saved them from having to learn some lessons the hard way.
#2: Raji Sankar
In Episode 63, we learned that the Choolaah craze that has taken over Pittsburgh startup and innovation events began over 15 years ago when Raji and her partner decided that they wanted to move from engineering and technology to fast casual Indian cuisine. Choolaah Indian Barbecue is a hit, and Raji's careful approach is surely a key ingredient.
#1: Priya Amin
Priya Amin is a real entrepreneur and a fighter, and she represented Flexable so very well in Episode 65 that she has become something of a Pitchwerks legend. The feedback on this interview is consistent and clear: people love the back-and-forth between guest and host, as various strategies are explored and debated.
If you're new to the show, or just haven't caught up yet, here are some other hits from the back catalog:
Brad is advancing to nationals in the Hardware Cup pitch competition!
The Hardware Cup is a pitch competition for early-stage hardware startups, and Brad Kriel of Velocity Robotics is one of six US regional winners. Those regional winners, as well as the international winners, are competing to win the $50,000 grand prize, in the form of a convertible-debt investment by Startbot VC.
On this week’s show, Brad tells Scot MacTaggart about Autoset, a tool made by Velocity Robotics to make miter saw work more efficient. The two also spend time discussing how a return-on-investment (ROI) pitch gets made, and how Shark Tank can be bad for the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Supercritical fluid technology! It's not just fun to say - it's really useful!
Very few people are working to solve a problem as large as this one! Mendel Bassman and his team of experts are working on ways to recycle used tires - recovering valuable substances like carbon black, oil and more. Mendel and Smart Tire Recycling recently won TiE Pittsburgh’s 4th Annual Startup Award & Business Mentoring Roundtable (BMR) Showcase, and are on a path toward major success. This week, Mendel talks to Scot MacTaggart about the practice he put in, the business plan he’s working, and what “supercritical fluid technology” actually means.
Blastpoint is a data company. How did they pick their price point?
This week: a fun show with Tomer Borenstein, the CTO of Blastpoint, a Pittsburgh startup that specializes in providing usefully packaged geospatial data for people who need it. Economic development agencies, public utilities, franchisors and franchisees, car dealers and many, many more can use this kind of data to study their markets and devise strategic plans to serve them. Tomer and Scot also discuss the process the company followed in building its price schedule, a question that Scot gets from startups all the time.
What's the difference between innovation and tech?
This week, Dr. Rasu Shrestha, MBA comes into the Epicast studios to talk about his role as an innovation leader at both UPMC and its subsidiary, UPMC Enterprises. If you’re not already familiar with UPMC, it’s a major healthcare organization that grew out of the University of Pittsburgh, and not long ago it became the largest employer in Pennsylvania. UPMC Enterprises is the creative arm, building products and businesses with entrepreneurs.
Dr. Shrestha is a kind-hearted, design-thinking innovator, working to improve healthcare through technology and innovation in the age of defensive medicine and courtroom thinking. In this episode, he tells our host Scot MacTaggart about the current state of healthcare, about his experience with entrepreneur pitches, and what he is ultimately looking for from the startup community.
Wuvavi - fun to say, fun to learn. Information security made easy.
Check Just like all the TV commercials and web banner ads have been threatening, cybersecurity threats are everywhere. This week’s guest wants to fix the real problem you’re facing: your coworkers. You know how they leave the doors unlocked and that one time, the one manager left their key in the door? They’re just as careless with information security. So, Jon Santavy and his colleagues built Wuvavi, a platform that trains and tests everyone in your office to avoid getting hit. Three years later, the company has a long list of clients, large and small, and is now considering how they will build their sales and channel strategies to take the company to the next level.
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Jim Gibbs is back! Meter Feeder is making big announcements.
Jim Gibbs is back for the first time since Episode 1! MeterFeeder has grown and changed a lot in the year and a half since his last appearance. The company is done raising cash for now, they’re working on a couple of different strategies that has the company growing at a very aggressive clip. They’re working on parking operators, self-driving cars, and on frictionless rollouts in new cities. This episode is also good for Jim’s perspective on app ratings, on asking for money, and on Pittsburgh as a home base. If you’re not already subscribed after 70 weeks, get there. It’s time!
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