Awesome Chat: Tech Interviews

Awesome Chat: Tech Interviews

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AwesomeCast spins off an interview series to get deeper with the Awesome people online and in tech in Pittsburgh and beyond.
Spare Change | Awesome Chat
Dec 13, 2017 • 43 min
Josh Corcoran of Spare Change joins us to play a few tunes and talk about his video series bringing awareness and actual donations to great causes in and around Pittsburgh, most recently "A Pittsburgh Story" featuring friends from the city including Mayor…
The Metal Edge | Awesome Chat
Nov 23, 2017 • 25 min
We chat with Zach Fehl about the new spinoff from The River's Edge: The Metal Edge, Pittsburgh's online metal station. We discuss his days with Cal U radio, the metal scene in Pittsburgh, and try the most Metal Pizza ever! You can check out The Metal Edge…
Aliza Sherman | Awesome Chat
Nov 16, 2017 • 17 min
Aliza Sherman is a web pioneer and tech passionista who is concerned about our dependence on Social Media and our phones. Recently, she spoke at the TechNow Conference in Monroeville, PA and has a chat with us about the things we need to watch out for to…
Aaron Watson | Awesome Chat
Oct 25, 2017 • 22 min
This week, we had the fortune to chat with Aaron Watson of Going Deep with Aaron Watson. Podcasting for around two years at the time of our sit down, Aaron has been making some great strides. He’s been having some great discussions, including his recent…
Joanna Lowe | Awesome Chat
Oct 19, 2017 • 23 min
Joanna Lowe is making theater interesting again with multimedia theater in the Pittsburgh area including the current Halloween season Unhinged production that mixes theater with a haunted house! Joanna Lowe's productions can be found at…
Daniel J Lewis | Awesome Chat
Oct 11, 2017 • 19 min
This week, we had the fortune to chat with Podcasting Industry Expert Daniel J Lewis about the history and evolution of Podcasting, getting into and building a business around Podcasting and tips for the newbies out there! You can learn from Daniel J…
Cynthia Closkey | Awesome Chat
Sep 27, 2017 • 28 min
Cynthia Closkey of Shift Collaborative talks with us about her career including a brush with Steve Jobs at NEXT Computers, MIT, and more! Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more entertainment. Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and…
Mega Cat Studios | Awesome Chat
Sep 21, 2017 • 14 min
We’ve got a familiar face – with a different gig, on the show this week as James Deighan of Mega Cat Studios makes a visit to the studio. James sits down with us to talk about what he’s up to, including developing for several platforms, life as a serial…
Joe Wos | AwesomeChat
Sep 7, 2017 • 31 min
Joe Wos of Wos is Me joins us for this week's AwesomeChat. We've previously had Joe on the main AwesomeCast show, but we're sitting down with him to talk about some of the cool stuff he's doing since we last caught up with him. Joe shares his story about…
WordCamp Pittsburgh | AwesomeChat
Aug 31, 2017 • 20 min
Terri Orlowski of WordCamp Pittsburgh joins us on the couch for this week's AwesomeChat. Terri, a WordPress developer, talks with us about the second year of the PodCamp-like event, what it takes to make WordCamp happen, balancing content for new…
Marta on the Move | AwesomeChat
Aug 24, 2017 • 17 min
Marta Napoleone Mazzoni of Marta on the Move is in studio for this week's AwesomeChat. She talks about her early beginnings as an interviewer - talking with her stuffed animals, and how she made the transition from hating her own voice to accepting it and…
WeCloneU | Awesome Chat
Aug 9, 2017 • 19 min
WeCloneU is "cloning" people in Squirrel Hill with a combination of a room sized 3D scanner and 3D printers to make statues of you! We talk about the process, reactions and results from the local Comic Cons and Video Game Conventions, working out the…
Mike Zieman | Awesome Chat
Jun 1, 2017 • 40 min
Mike Zieman works on scoring technology with Baja SAE and Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series. We chat about the development of modernizing these competitions by moving data capture from paper to digital and the future implications for students and…
Mike Pound | Awesome Chat
May 25, 2017 • 21 min
Mike Pound, affectionately known to our crew as Uncle Crappy, stopped by to check out the studio since we shuffled things around not so long ago. Since he stopped by early, we snagged a chat about what he’s doing online these days. Starting with the…
Katie Dudas | Awesome Chat
May 11, 2017 • 24 min
Katie Dudas is the Director of Marketing & Sales at The Scarehouse, as well as co-host on our own AwesomeCast. We have a chat about how she discovered Social Media, decided to work in the space, and using Facebook Live and video in her work. Also, check…
Rizz Plays Games | AwesomeChat
May 4, 2017 • 25 min
Zach Rizza has been part of the Sorgatron Media family for some time, primarily talking wrestling with us on the Wrestling Mayhem Show. But, he also some does pretty cool things with tech with his Rizz Plays Games. He joins us to talk about not only…
Ashleigh Deemer | Awesome Chat
Apr 27, 2017 • 13 min
Ashleigh Deemer is the current Chief of Staff for Pittsburgh Councilwomen Natalia Rudiak using Facebook Live with #IssueMonday to educate the community as she runs for the seat. We talk about the balance between technology and on the ground in informing…
Aaron Parkus | Awesome Chat
Apr 20, 2017 • 38 min
This week Aaron Parkus chats with us about working on haunted houses, building sets, and escape rooms with The ScareHouse, Hundred Acres Manor, Hysteria in Dubai, and making fat suits with Tolin FX. What's next for this creator? Help out the show with a…
Panel Riot | Awesome Chat
Apr 12, 2017 • 17 min
Will Rutherford of Panel Riot joins us to discuss his adventure after years of collaboration on Wrestling Mayhem Show to strike out on his own project talking about comic books, Petri Wine, using Patreon, and more Podcasting adventures! Help out the show…
Millvale Music Festival | Awesome Chat
Apr 6, 2017 • 13 min
Paul Bossung of the Millvale Music Festival joins us to talk about the festival, how they're using social media, how the festival is part of Millvale's recent rejuvenation, and more! Help out the show with a donation! Become our boss! Go to…
Episode 51: Kenny Chen​| Awesome Chat
Mar 30, 2017 • 21 min
Kenny Chen joins the show to talk about Ascender, Thrival Festival, start-up culture, and more! Help out the show with a donation! Become our boss! Go to patreon.com/awesomecast Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for more…
Techburgh | Awesome Chat
Mar 23, 2017 • 8 min
Andy Quayle joins the show to talk about his long running blog TechBurgh, IT for a local municipality, and more! Help out the show with a donation! Become our boss! Go to patreon.com/awesomecast Also, check out sorgatronmedia.com and awesomecast.com for…
Venture For America | Awesome Chat
Mar 16, 2017 • 16 min
Andrew Yang, Founder and CEO of Venture for America joins us to talk about what their group is doing to encourage young entrepreneurs to join a different kind of work force. Help out the show with a donation! Become our boss! Go to patreon.com/awesomecast…
Episode 48: Pitchwerks | Awesome Chat
Mar 9, 2017 • 46 min
Scot MacTaggart of Pitchwerks joins us in Mayhem Studio to discuss the concept behind the Podcast, the variety of creatives, polititians and more he's had a chance to talk with, and working as a salesman and consultant over the years while continuing to…
Episode 47: The Scarehouse | Awesome Chat
Mar 2, 2017 • 46 min
Scott Simmons joins us to discuss The Scarehouse, "Pittsburgh's Scariest Haunted House". We talk about how this seasonal business is a year long job, using social media, behind the scenes videos and new technologies to connect online, moving on from…
Episode 46: Industry Weapon | Awesome Chat
Feb 23, 2017 • 12 min
Brian Pullman of Industry Weapon to chat with us about how they have grown a business in digital signage, the talent in Pittsburgh and more! Notice: We had some technical issues with audio during this episode. Help out the show with a donation! Become our…
Episode 45: ATP Resources | Awesome Chat
Feb 16, 2017 • 9 min
Jacob Linzenbold of ATP Resources talks about discovering eCenter @ Lindenpointe from their first Startup Weekend in Hermitage, PA, and how he decided to work on his medical supply business at the center. Help out the show with a donation! Become our…
Earthbound Crystals | Awesome Chat
Feb 9, 2017 • 9 min
Andrew Pavlick | Awesome Chat
Feb 2, 2017 • 13 min
Andrew Pavlick is a recovering entrepreneur working his craft in creative media at the eCenter @ Lindenpointe in Hermitage, PA. We talk about seeing Hermitage as an option for tech minded workers, The Winner’s efforts to start up new industry, the first…
eCenter@LindenPointe | Awesome Chat
Jan 26, 2017 • 19 min
Ketaki Desai joins us to discuss the eCenter@Lindenpointe, a business incubator in Hermitage, PA in Mercer County. We discuss building tech and business in a region not always thought as an innovative region, Entrepreneurship Academy that shows High…
Center for Media Innovation | Awesome Chat
Jan 19, 2017 • 11 min
We are visiting the Center for Media Innovation to chat with Chelsea Pompeani, Media Innovation Specialist at Point Park University, to discuss the new center and how the school is preparing students for different kinds of broadcast and new media careers.…
Ascender | Awesome Chat
Jan 12, 2017 • 29 min
We talk with Bobby Zappala of Ascender, a hub for starters and builders rebranding from the old Thrill Mill. We discuss the “start up” community in Pittsburgh an why they are distancing themselves from that moniker, growing into the new name, Thrival…
Bits to Pieces | Awesome Chat
Jan 4, 2017 • 16 min
We chat with Aaron Hartman of Bits to Pieces about the rise of 3D Printing and his service that offers leasing services for the devices. We discuss the state of 3D printing with the local kids, working out of Work Hard Pittsburgh, how you can get into 3D…
CME Engineering and Drones | Awesome Chat
Dec 1, 2016 • 19 min
We talk with Joe Lloyd of CME Engineering about their use of the eBee: senseFly drone to expand their services to take topographical surveys and more. Help out the show with a donation! Become our boss! Go to patreon.com/awesomecast Also, check out…
Gridwise | Awesome Chat
Nov 24, 2016 • 16 min
Ryan Green tells us about Gridwise, a service that looks to help Uber and Lyft ride sharing drivers become more efficient with more data and crowd sourced tips. We discuss how open drivers are to share information, how alpha lab helped the company grow,…
MyStylist from Resus Technology, Inc.​ | Awesome Chat
Nov 17, 2016 • 13 min
Marcus Jeter of Resus Technologies is looking to change the hair stylist industry by bringing it into your home with the MyStylist application. We talk about the inception, what problem this solves with stylist licensing, and how the Alphalab process…
Awesome Chat | Alphalab
Nov 10, 2016 • 17 min
We talk with Executive Director of Alphalab, Jim Jen, about the Pittsburgh Startup Incubator, how it has developed over the years, the process, some businesses that have made an impact from the space, how they hope to grow Pittsburgh’s tech scene without…
Awesome Chat | Chikara Action Arcade Game
Nov 3, 2016 • 18 min
Chikara Pro's Mike Quackenbush joins the show to discuss the indiegogo campaign for Chikara Action Arcade Game! We talk about their attempts at a video game for the independent wrestling promotion in the past, what he learned from other crowdfunding…
Episode 44: SQWAD | Awesome Chat
Oct 27, 2016 • 14 min
SQWAD is a company looking to change the way we play fantasy sports and providing more engaging play, currently with the WNBA, with up the minute changes that can be made. Find out why they came to Pittsburgh from Portland, Oregon to take part in the…
Episode 43: Studio Me | Awesome Chat
Oct 20, 2016 • 20 min
Keith Parish and Joe Leachko started Studio Me for "Media Made Easy". This newly opened studio space on Penn Avenue is giving producers access to video, photography, and podcasting facilities without the fuss to enable you to focus on your message. We…
Replay FX | Awesome Chat
Oct 12, 2016 • 29 min
We visit the Replay FXâ?? home compound in Carnegie, PA to talk with Doug Polka and Fred Cochran surrounded by amazing video and pinball machines! We talk about the concept of a video game preservation, the birth of Replay FX, the large arcade…
Episode 41: Academy Pittsburgh Graduate | Awesome Chat
Oct 6, 2016 • 19 min
Academy Pittsburgh first session graduate Kelauni Cook joins us to talk about coming from Chicago/North Dakota to participate in the coding bootcamp, moving to Pittsburgh, how much energy it takes to get through the program, the oppurtunities she's…
Episode 40: Deco Resources | Awesome Chat
Sep 29, 2016 • 14 min
Anthony Stewart of Deco Resources joins us to discuss how Deco Resources is looking at sustainable solutions for reusable water, using solar panels to provide wifi along with PittMesh in Millvale, PA, working with New Sun Rising, and being influenced by…
Episode 39: MetaMesh | Awesome Chat
Sep 22, 2016 • 22 min
Adam Longwill of MetaMesh is working to create mesh networks in neighborhoods across Pittsburgh. We talk about why this is a cheaper alternative to other public internet efforts, why this is different than the municipal internet efforts being shut down in…
Episode 38: Epicast & Black Forge Coffee | Awesome Chat
Sep 14, 2016 • 18 min
Buzzy Torek and Nick Miller are the two minds behind Epicast, a content creation company in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh. But Nick also is a partner in Black Forge Coffee, a black metal coffee house in the same neighborhood giving a venue for…
Episode 37: XPogo | Awesome Chat
Jun 23, 2016 • 15 min
XPogo is coming to Pittsburgh July 8 & 9, 2016! We talk with Nick Ryan, CEO of XPogo, about the origins of the sport, the technology around these special pogo sticks, and the amazing Carrie Furnace facility the event is taking place! Find out more at…
Episode 36: e360 Technologies | Awesome Chat
Jun 16, 2016 • 19 min
James Deighan is with us again to talk about his other business in e360. We discuss the benefits of recommerce and reuse of old electronics and more! Help out the show with a donation! Become our boss! Go to patreon.com/awesomecast Also, check out…
Episode 34: Awesome Chat: ImpactPGH
Jun 2, 2016 • 18 min
Project Impactâ?? is a new company looking to activate volunteers and help them find events and projects where they can help. We talk with Anna Lawrence about developing the app, it's progress, and the experience as a finalist in Startup Weekend…
Episode 33: Awesome Chat: Go Jane Go
May 26, 2016 • 17 min
Go Jane Go is a new company looking to help safely connect women business travelers in new towns. We talk with Ellen Saksen about the app, how its progress is going, and the experience as a finalist in Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Women's Edition. Help out…
Episode 32: AwesomeChat: Blood on the Leaves
Mar 11, 2016 • 35 min
Ryan Haggerty of Haggerty Media, joins us for an Awesome Chat about his project Blood on the Leaves. Joining the conversation are actors, Dallas White (@itsdallaswhite) and Brendon Taylor (@bhtaylor24). The group discusses filming and promotion of the…
Episode 31: Awesome Chat: Dr. Matt Keener of Blackbird Health
Feb 25, 2016 • 34 min
Dr. Matt Keener joins us for an Awesome Chat about Blackbird Health and how the group focuses on connecting the experience of mental health where the typical healthcare industry has failed. Help out the show with a donation! Become our boss! Go to…
Episode 30: Awesome Chat: Members Only and the Red Bull You Can Make It 2016
Feb 17, 2016 • 6 min
We talk to the Point Park University student team currently campaigning for the Red Bull You Can Make It 2016 contest to go to Europe to barter across a country using only Red Bull cans. Meet the team and be sure to go vote for them!…
Episode 29: Awesome Chat: Professor Buzzkill
Feb 11, 2016 • 31 min
This week, we talk to fellow Podcaster Professor Buzzkill about his history debunking Podcast! Why have these historical facts gotten twisted, why is it important to correct them, and more! Find out more about the good professor at…
Episode 28: Awesome Chat: The River’s Edge
Feb 5, 2016 • 32 min
We talk with Brian Crawford of Rivers The River's Edge about his 24 streaming radio, bringing attention to Pittsburgh music, and more! Follow Michael Sorg (@sorgatron) and @AwesomeCast for updates and live streams of our interviews! Subscribe on Spreaker,…
Episode 27: Awesome Chat: Max Haot of Livestream - Movi Camera
Jan 27, 2016 • 30 min
Max Haot, co-founder of Livestream joins us to discuss the Movi Camera. How is this device attempting to make multicam-like editing accessible for events and more. We talk the tech in advance of the product's April 2016 release. Also, check out…
Episode 26: Awesome Chat: Academy Pittsburgh
Jan 21, 2016 • 22 min
We talk with Josh Lucas of Work Hard Pittsburgh to talk about Academy Pittsburgh; a new code Academy aiming to become a new place to learn direct job skills in coding and development. We talk about the state of education, work on bringing up Pittsburgh…
Episode 25: Awesome Chat Kim Lyons of Next Pittsburgh
Jan 14, 2016 • 31 min
We talk with Kim Lyons, News Editor at NEXTPittsburgh.com about the site's mission to cover Pittsburgh, start ups in the city, interesting restaurants, Mayor Bill Peduto, and a digital magazine's place in the journalism landscape. Help out the show with a…
Episode 24: Awesome Chat: CEEMI
Dec 10, 2015 • 35 min
Gil Teixeira joins us to discuss CEEMI, how it lowers the barrier to make music and lowers the barrier to interact together. How did this musician end up with a product. How are they already using it around the world, here in Pittsburgh, and we finish…
Episode 23: Awesome Chat: 412 Food Rescue
Dec 4, 2015 • 16 min
Leah Lizarondo of 412 Food Rescue joins us to discuss what the organization is doing to make sure our wasted food gets to those in need, how they are using technology to do so, how they hope to spread this to other areas, and why it is important to get…
Episode 22: Awesome Chat: Tech Shop Pittsburgh
Nov 19, 2015 • 39 min
Les Gies joins us to discuss who goes to Tech Shop Pittsburgh, what are they making, the veteran's program, access to 3D printers, aluminum casting, the Maker Movement, and their visit from President Barack Obama! Then, we go mobile as Les takes us on a…
Episode 21: Awesome Chat: Turtle Mail
Nov 11, 2015 • 29 min
We talk with Niko Triulzi of AE Dreams, a Pittsburgh company developing Turtle Mail, a mobile mini printer to relay messages and activities to kids. We talk about the product and developing it via Alphalab Gear right in Pittsburgh. Find out more at…
Episode 19: Awesome Chat: TravelWits
Oct 28, 2015 • 25 min
We talk with Arman Bimatov of TravelWits about the service that aims to pull together every aspect of travel (hotels, planes, transportation) to stay under your budget and discover new possibilities. We discuss developing the services, working in…
Episode 18: Awesome Chat: Carl Cimini of PCTV 21
Oct 22, 2015 • 32 min
Carl Cimini of PCTV 21 Pittsburgh joins us in studio to discuss the state of public access television in town. What has the new renovations brought to the operation, how can public access make you better Youtube creators, and transitioning to IPTV. Help…
Episode 17: AwesomeChat: iBoard Interactive
Oct 15, 2015 • 19 min
Harmonie Nkama is the founder of iBoard Interactive, a new company looking to replace and improve on the community board or digital signage in colleges and community centers with an interactive system utilizing your smart phones. We talk about the…
Episode 16: Awesome Chat: Looking for Group Pittsburgh
Oct 8, 2015 • 37 min
Looking for Group Pittsburgh is a combined gaming center and coworking space in the Brookline neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We talk with John Lange and Edd Batson about the space, how they are listening to the community, surprising games that have been hits…
Episode 14: Awesome Chat: Frank Murgia
Aug 27, 2015 • 44 min
Frank Murgia joins us in studio for another conversation about Podcasting. The Pittsburgh Podcast Network is a media wing of tni Media, a talent agency representing local names like Jim Kren and more. We discuss their move to video and the upcoming…
Episode 13: Awesome Chat: #besomebody
Aug 13, 2015 • 59 min
We talk with Kash Shaikh (@Kash_Shaikh) of #besomebody about the sharing economy, the student loan bubble, and alternative to learning for our passions, and so much more! Eat at Slice on Broadway if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome!…
Episode 12: Awesome Chat: Doug Derda
Aug 6, 2015 • 54 min
Doug Derda joins us as we talk about the history of Should I Drink That, being a long time blogger, converting to Podcasting from Shoutcast, meeting at Podcamp Pittsburgh 1, what you can get out of Podcamp Pittsburgh X, his connection with The Clarks and…
Episode 11: Awesome Chat: Justin Kownacki
Jul 20, 2015 • 51 min
justin kownacki - podcamp pittsburgh xWe're joined by Justin Kownacki, co-founder of Podcamp Pittsburgh, celebrating it's 10th iteration August 15-16. We discuss Podcasting and online media then and now, what it takes to make content, and even a little…
Episode 10: Awesome Chat: Arnie Roth
Jul 16, 2015 • 30 min
Arnie Roth is the conductor of the traveling Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy coming to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra August 1. We discuss the influence of Final Fantasy's music, his time with Mannheim Steamroller, working with Patrick…
Episode 6: Awesome Chat: Nebulus
May 27, 2015 • 34 min
Robert Kotcher of Nebulus joins us this week! We talk about what Nebulus brings to the table as a cloud audio editing platform, some of the possibilities, aiming to help Podcasters, and so much more! You can try the service yourself at www.nebulus.io and…
Episode 5: Awesome Chat: Pennsylvania Coin Operated Gaming Hall of Fame
May 21, 2015 • 38 min
Christ Akin of the Pennsylvania Coin Operated Gaming Hall of Fame (http://coinophof.com/) joins us to discuss the new venture opening in Hopewell Township, just north of Pittsburgh, the rare games they have, the reason old arcades are important, and their…
Episode 4: Awesome Chat: Clammr
May 14, 2015 • 44 min
This week, we speak with Parviz Parvizi from Clammr about the app! Why 18 seconds of audio? What are people doing with it? How can you get involved? Find out more and download Clammr for iOS at clammr.com. Eat at Slice on Broadway if you are in the…
Episode 3: Awesome Chat: TedXPittsburgh
May 7, 2015 • 26 min
This week, we talk with Chris Daley(@thatchrisdaley), one of the organizers of TedXPittsburgh 2015! What is Ted? Why is it important for Pittsburgh? What makes Pittsburgh Awesome? Buy your tickets to attend in person, and find more information at…
Episode 1: Awesome Chat is coming!
Apr 27, 2015 • 0 min