Victor is a recognized technical cycling expert and is co-host of the top ranked podcast Cycling 360. Which has a worldwide audience and downloaded by more than 40k listeners each month and over 2 million lifetime listeners. Victor also created several online video based courses to help road cyclists and triathletes become better riders and athletes and consults with select athletes one-on-one to help with the technical aspects of cycling.
Victor Jimenez has been a trusted advisor and enabler, helping people have fun and do what they love for nearly 30 years. A consummate entrepreneur Victor has founded many small businesses focused around his passions of fitness, cycling, business, marketing, and conversation. The one thing that has connected all of his ventures is helping people do what they love. Some have been wildly successful and some have been abysmal failures. One thing that has been common among all of his ventures, is they were based on interests and dreams. He knows what it feels like to start from scratch and also to salvage a good business that is not reaching its potential.
Victor’s Challenge; Write down your five immaterial values and post them somewhere you will see them every day so that they may guide your daily activities.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers
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Scott Rogerson, Chief Executive Officer at Community Elf, specializes in strategic and business planning, data-driven decision making, process improvement, security, management, and compliance, as well as the development of custom applications for data collection and analysis.
He is also President-elect of the Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. (PCSI) Board of Directors. PCSI is the Community Action Agency of the City of Pittsburgh. The goal of PCSI is to help low income persons achieve self-sufficiency through the development of processes and activities that empower individuals and families to make life-altering changes, which can reduce the barriers and characteristics of poverty.
Prior to joining Community Elf, Scott was co-founder and Managing Director of Oakhill Equity, an operator-led private investment fund employing the search fund model. Oakhill was capitalized by a diverse mix of institutional and individual investors.
A magna cum laude graduate of Duquesne University, Scott earned a BSBA degree in Economics, Information Systems Management, and International Business. He earned a MBA at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University with concentrations in Finance, Operations, and Marketing.
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
- Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Challenge; Don't be passive in sharing the best content you find on the web and adding your opinion/perspective to people in your network.
PR Web - UpContent Launch
CIO.com - Top Startup
Easy Ways To Find High-quality Content
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Community Elf on Twitter
In the spring of 2003, Tad Wissel began throwing split finger flicks in a cemetery across the street from his mom's house. The last 12 years have been a blur of ibuprofen, cheeky throws, and long car rides. Check out Sin the Fields, a new podcast focusing on people, stories, and all the weird peripheral bullshit that makes up the fabric of Ultimate.
Back Pages of Cincinnati - Reference to Aaron's mom
From Sauce and Boss blog
Tad Wissel's Guide to the People of Facebook
A Guide to Gas Station Ice Cream
Tad's Ultiworld Articles
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Sin the Fields Podcast
Po Shen Loh took an hour out of his day to sit down with the Going Deep podcast and discuss his company Expii that helps students learn difficult STEM topics.
He represented the USA Math team at the International Mathematical Olympiad as a high schooler in 1999, where he won a silver medal. He came back to the team as an deputy leader (assistant coach) in 2004 and 2010-2013. He took over the Head Lead role in 2014 and led the US to its first championship in 21 years in 2015.
Po founded Expii Inc. in January of 2014 as a learning tool to help replicate the most effective methods of teaching for students all over the world. Expii's mission is as follows;
"We believe that high quality educational resources should be available to anyone, no matter where they are or what they can afford. We also believe that students and teachers are the best at explaining things.
We build the tools ordinary people need to educate one another. So far, we've designed an approachable markup language that enthusiasts have used to create thousands of lessons. We've also created a free platform to interconnect these lessons."
Po got his PHD in Mathematics from Princeton in 2010, where his thesis discussed combinatorics (the study of discrete systems) and probability theory. Prior to his work at Princeton, Po-Shen received the equivalent of a masters degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2005, where he was supported by a Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Caltech in 2004, graduating first in his class, and his undergraduate thesis later received the Honorable Mention for the 2004 AMS-MAA-SIAM Morgan Prize.
After getting his PHD, he went on to immediately begin an Assistant Professorship in Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University.
1-hour lesson on probability
Math Olympiad World Championship
Po's Math Lessons
Jason is a true kid at heart. Anything that involves play or being active is fair game for him. This very well could explain the hobbies he has enjoyed and the career path he's taken throughout the years. In his professional life, Jason serves as the Assistant Director for the Department of Intramurals & Recreation at the University of Pittsburgh. In his roll he helps to oversee all aspects of campus recreation for the University community, including club sports, intramural leagues, aquatics, special events and facility rentals. He also owns a physical activity directory called Active Cities.
Prior to working at Pitt, Jason was Director of Aquatics at Central York High School in York, PA. During his time there he oversaw all programs and operations for a brand new, state of the art natatorium. He was also the head coach and president of Central York Aquatics (CYA), a competitive age group swim team that he grew to include 140 members.
Jason earned Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and was a member of the Varsity Swimming & Diving Team where he broke several team records, earned back to back MVP awards, earned Academic All-American status, and was the 2006 recipient of the Varsity Walk Blue-Gold Award. In 2008, Jason competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, placing 48th overall in the 100M Butterfly.
In his spare time Jason enjoys spending time with his wife (Megan), two kids (Jenna & Jacob) and two dogs (Riley & Carey). He also enjoys cycling, family runs, and of course working on his project, Active Cities.
Jason's points for success:
- Be observant of the world around you and always be thinking.
- Remain curious and continually explore new ideas.
- Never lose the desire to achieve, it's your driving force.
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Active Cities Website
twitter - @activecities
Bobby Fry owns the Livermore and Bar Marco in Pittsburgh. He also started the Food Revolution Club at Pittsburgh’s Barack Obama Academy High School in East Liberty. He has been featured in Business Insider and CNN Money for his innovative solution to compensation for his staff at both restaurants. They do not accept tips and instead include all employees in a profit-sharing policy.
Bobby left Wall Street in 2010 as a junior trader to return home to Pittsburgh. He started Bar Marco first with his friends Michael, Justin Steel, and Kevin Cox in 2011. He is an avid reader and offered five great book suggestions for listeners. You should check out his restaurants the next time you’re in Pittsburgh.
Personal Challenge; Read these books!
Articles about Bobby
Food Revolution Day Pittsburgh
David Vatz is the CFO of TopScore, makers of software used by hundreds of sports leagues around the world to manage web content, league/member administration, online payments, and eCommerce. TopScore software powers the immensely popular Ultimate Central product, which has become the industry standard for how ultimate leagues, tournaments, and organizations manage their web presences. He also runs a real estate business in Pittsburgh, PA where he specializes in finding undervalued properties and either rehabbing and selling them or renting them out. Prior to this, David was a Vice President at BNY Mellon in the International Payments area, where he handled all aspects of the BNY Mellon foreign currency payments products.
David has played ultimate since 2001, starting during his freshman year of high school as one of the co-founders of the team at Mt. Lebanon High School. He has played ever since, competing for the University of Pittsburgh in college (2004-2008) and playing for every iteration of the Pittsburgh Club scene since 2004 (RUN, Burge, Forge, Oakland, Temper). He has qualified for Nationals at every level of the game that he has played - High School (2003), College (2005-2008), and Club (2011, 2014). David is currently a captain of the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds in the AUDL and for Pittsburgh Temper in the USA Ultimate series.
David attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2008 with a BS in Marketing and a minor in Economics.
TopScore - www.usetopscore.com
twitter - @usetopscore
facebook - facebook.com/usetopscore
Ultimate Central - www.ultimatecentral.com
twitter - @ultimatecentral
facebook - facebook.com/ultimatecentral
twitter - @davidvatz
facebook - facebook.com/david.vatz
email - email@example.com
Charlie Eisenhood is the Editor and Founder of Ultiworld, "the premier media site for the sport of ultimate". Charlie started Ultiworld in 2012 after graduating cum laude from NYU with a degree in economic theory. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has worked at the Albuquerque Journal, Center for American Progress, and NYU Abu Dhabi before starting his own media site.
He has played ultimate since 2005 and captained the NYU team his senior year. He currently resides in Brooklyn and travels the country covering elite ultimate in all divisions and leagues.
The original article that inspired Charlie to launch Ultiworld.
Charlie's challenge to the listeners; Consider what you are doing with your life and if it is really fulfilling and meaningful. Make a change if it doesn't feel right.
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Rob Dulabon is the founder of RODU Training. His training experience began while at Pitt where he developed practice plans and workout regimens as captain of the ultimate frisbee team. He became a trainer at Chris Anthony Fitness in 2011 and led plyometric training classes at Penn State - Greater Allegheny. He focuses on strength, conditioning, and agility to improve player’s games and reduce risk of injury.
He won an MLU Championship with the Washington D.C. Current in 2014 and currently captains the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds.
Rob’s Reddit AMA
A self-described ‘activator and connector,’ Larry Gioia doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet (and thinks that sleep is overrated!)
Larry, a Pittsburgh native, graduated from Gannon University in 2004 and Carnegie Mellon in 2005. At Gannon, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems. During his sophomore year, Larry began exploring his entrepreneurial interests and started GioiaDesign.net, where he worked as an independent consultant advising Erie businesses as they established their presence on the Internet.
After Gannon, Larry went on to attend the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). It was here that he earned his Master of Information Systems Management degree. While at CMU, Larry continued his passion for leadership and entrepreneurship. He was the recipient of the MISM Student Leadership Award and also helped launch COMPackage.com, the Alphabot mobile app, and advised numerous other technology start-up ventures.
Upon graduation from CMU, Larry joined Diamond Management & Technology Consultants in 2005 as a technology consultant. Diamond was later acquired by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2011. At PwC, Larry serves as a Senior Director in PwC’s Health Industries Advisory technology consulting practice. As a digital architect and thinking partner, Larry has worked alongside healthcare executives and innovators across the healthcare ecosystem – predominately in big pharma. He is passionate about the future of healthcare and how technology is disrupting the delivery and consumption of health services in the New Health Economy.
Beyond his work at PwC, Larry remains active with his alma maters and also in the Pittsburgh community. Larry is a regular guest lecturer at CMU on the topics of leadership, consulting, enterprise architecture, and technology trends, he has sponsored four IS capstone projects, serves as the lead for PwC Advisory recruiting efforts across campus, serves as an alumni mentor, and is the recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Mellon Alumni Meritorious Service Award.
Larry also proudly served Gannon as a Director on the National Alumni Board from 2011-2013, was a speaker at the inaugural Gannon Ongoing Leadership Development (GOLD) Conference in 2013, and is a recipient of the 2015 Gannon Distinguished Alumni Award.
In his community, Larry serves on the Board of Directors of two Pittsburgh-based non-profits - Find Some Flow and Paddle Without Pollution, he volunteers as a Trip Leader with Venture Outdoors, and serves on the organizing committee of PwC’s United Way Giving Campaign.
Larry still actively maintains his entrepreneurial interests as the Founder of Dynamic Paddlers – a kayaking school which specializes in kayak instruction for people with disabilities and the Co-Founder of the Pittsburgh Adaptive Sports Network (PASN) – a consortium of adaptive sports/recreation organizations from around the greater Pittsburgh area. Most recently, Larry helped launch the Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative – a global social experiment that aims to measure to the ripple effect of human kindness and ‘paying it forward.’
When not jet setting around the country on business or connecting the dots in the community, it’s a safe bet that you can find Larry in the outdoors taking advantage of the multitude of outlets we have in the region to stay active. Larry resides in Pittsburgh, PA and enjoys spending time (usually in the outdoors!) with family, friends, his better half, Maria Balestrino, and their dog, Bruna.
Larry's (2 week) Challenge: Every day for a week, meet one new person or find something new about one person you already know. In the second week, connect every one of those seven people with another one of those seven people. Always be connecting the dots!
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Follow on Twitter at @LGin412
Connect on LinkedIn
Follow on Twitter at @DynamicPaddlers
Pittsburgh Adaptive Sports Network
Follow on Twitter at @AdaptPittsburgh
Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative
Follow on Twitter at @bekindPGH
Dynamic Paddlers on NextPittsburgh
Adaptive Equipment Breakdown on Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Adaptive Sports Network on Pittsburgh Business Times
When I finally decided to start this podcast, "Mick" was the first person I asked to be on the show. He has been an amazing mentor, teammate and friend to me over the years and is always up for a great conversation.
We recorded in a shared work space that he occupies when putting in hours for Zero Six Eight. He is the Director of Case Management there and runs their Twitter @zero068.
He is also very involved with the Pittsburgh chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. They just won national agency of the year for the work that they are doing in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.
Michael's Challenge; Put other people's problems ahead of your own. This completely typifies Mike's personal philosophy and I encourage you to make a greater effort to incorporate this into your own life.
Connect with him on Twitter @paxnobiscum
I recorded this podcast with Lee in his dining room. We discussed education and entrepreneurship, specifically regarding its progress in Pittsburgh. Lee is a entrepreneur and educator who was very willing to help me connect with other potential guests for the show. Learn more about him here.
Lee's Challenge; Push the world forward on social issues through social media and real, tangible actions.
Startup Weekend - Pittsburgh, Worldwide
Connect with Lee on Twitter @LeePNgo