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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.

Talent Features

Night of the Living Stout

Candy + local craft beer = Halloween heaven for adults

Pittsburgh brewers treat us to their tricks for pairing local craft beers with classic Halloween candy.

Lightwave International has designed laser sets for artists like Lady Gaga, Pink Floyd and Madonna.

Lightwave International designs laser sets for concerts all over the world

Lightwave International, based in Eighty Four, Washington County, travels the globe designing concert lasers for big-time performers like Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Pink Floyd. 

Artist Jessie Rommelt is one of the founders of Bunker Projects, an experimental gallery in Pittsburgh's East End.

Bunker Project experimental gallery offers live/work space for artists

Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh's East End is an experimental gallery that offers live/work space for artists to engage the community.

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.
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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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