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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

Robin Fusco takes notes during the first residency.

Point Park University's new low-residency MFA program attracts students from around the world

Point Park University's new Master of Fine Arts program in screen- and playwriting allows students to benefit from Pittsburgh's rich cultural history without leaving their hometown.

Matthew Buccholz displays his inventory at his home in Friendship.

Alternate Histories: Q&A with pop artist Matthew Buchholz

A love of sci-fi kitsch led Brooklynite-turned-Pittsburgher Matthew Buchholz to populate historic, public domain images with space creatures and UFO for a line of cards and posters. Now, he's gotten his hands on some old film scripts that he's turned into pocket-sized editions with the help of Kickstarter.

At Downtown's Seviche, you'll find Teresa Fera shaking up custom craft cocktails.

Great bartenders in the 'Burgh

We polled numerous bartenders and attended multiple drinking establishments to find five of the best barkeeps in the city. From picking the ideal vintage to crafting a custom cocktail, these experts make Pittsburgh a great place to grab a drink.


Girls of Steel compete in the FIRST Robotics competition.

Planting the seed: Local organizations create opportunities for girls interested in STEM careers

In America, women are significantly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math fields, but several Pittsburgh organizations are working to change the statistics. Through mentorship and hands-on experience these local programs are working to pave the way for a more gender balanced generation of STEM professionals.

Toby Greenwalt

Where old-timey and online collide: A Q&A with Toby Greenwalt, CLP's director of digital strategy

From his blog, TheAnalogDivide.com to his new gig as the first ever director of digital strategy at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Toby Greenwalt is shaking the conservative librarian stereotype by using his interest in technology to keep the public library relevant to communities.
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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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