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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

Show sign Rt. at Donaldson's Crossroads

Under new management: Little Lake Theatre's next act

A long-time community fixture of Pittsburgh's southern suburbs, Little Lake Theatre is changing hands while retaining a devoted audience.

Zoom Interiors on 'Shark Tank'

Philly-based ZOOM Interiors walks away from Shark Tank deal

Madeline Fraser, Elizabeth Grover and Beatrice Fischel-Bock founded Zoom Interiors to provide virtual interior design consultations. One year in, they went on Shark Tank. One year later, they're investor-less but more business savvy.

Jen Mulero, bartender at 1947 Tavern

Bartenders' backstory: How the best in the business rose to the top

Pittsburgh is flush with talented bartenders who've perfected the art of the craft cocktail. Here, an insider's guide to some of the city's most storied mixologists.

Billy Epting, 27, chose a graduate program and research position at Carnegie Mellon University over offers from two other prestigious schools in the nation.

Pittsburgh's brain gain

The high number of advanced degrees among Pittsburgh's youngest workers combined with the big tech companies that have set up shop here has created a brain gain in the region. 

Jason Matukaitis powder coats the claw feet of a cast-iron bathtub a spicy red.

Handmade in Pittsburgh: Meet the local makers crafting furniture, carving out community

The makers movement, a growing community of artisans, designers and craftspersons that embraces the values of sustainability and the quality found in handmade products, is carving out a home in Pittsburgh. Pop City profiles some of the local talented furniture makers leading this creative community.
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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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