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What makes Pittsburgh great? The people. How do we attract more? Keep moving ahead on many fronts and inspire others to join us. The many entrepreneurs and strong talent from all walks of life have made Pittsburgh a champion for decades. That same can-do spirit exists today stronger than ever. Each week in Pop City we profile the tremendous talent in our region.

Features

Merry Oaks Farm

The 'American' watchmaker: From Mount Everest to Grove City

A picturesque rehabbed farm in western Pennsylvania is the site of Kobold Expedition Tools, which produces the first 100 percent American-made watch made in generations, as well as expedition knives. The Merry Oaks Farm is also the home of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that has pioneered a rebirth in American watchmaking. This story first appeared in livingthegrove.com.

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Pittsburgh startup NetBeez monitors networks in real time

Founded in 2013 at Innovation Works' AlphaLab incubator, NetBeez uses "swarm intelligence" and network sensors called BEEZ to collect and process network and application performance. 

Maria Mangano signs her prints

Start With Art gives Pittsburgh newborns a baby step toward culture

More than 3,500 babies born throughout 2015 at local facilities will go home with an early appreciation of art, thanks to Start With Art: PGH. The project distributes signed, original photographs from local artists to newborns. 

The Frozen Bone collection

Art Institute student shows collection at New York Fashion Week

Romina Vairo, a recent fashion design graduate at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, will show her collection Frozen Bone at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City on Feb. 17. 

Pittsburgh author Ellen A. Roth

Local author pens enchanting fairy tale for adults

The bewitching adult fairy tale Ten Fingers Touching from Pittsburgh author Ellen A. Roth features illustrations inspired by children's literature.
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Talent Founders

Bruce Freshwater of Sierra w/o Wires

Bruce Freshwater of Sierra w/o Wires

The company is expanding across Pittsburgh to Harrisburg and Philadelphia and adding more IT solutions for IT organizations and beyond.

Ivo Stivoric of BodyMedia

Ivo Stivoric of BodyMedia

His company that created wearable body monitoring was recently acquired by San Francisco-based Jawbone and is poised for even more growth in the future.

Sam Gupta of CMIT Solutions

Sam Gupta of CMIT Solutions

His plan for growth for his IT support and services provider includes helping more nonprofits and establishing more area franchisees.

Jason Wolfe of GiftCards.com

Jason Wolfe of GiftCards.com

He has gone from orphan to $100M in revenue largely because he is determined to make the best of any situation.

Francesco Trama of Viper Network Systems

Francesco Trama of Viper Network Systems

This Army man defends companies with global footprints from network attacks, especially those from foreign countries.

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