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The Blast Furnace is the University of Pittsburgh student accelerator that provides student entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills they need to commercialize their ideas. The program gives students of all levels from anywhere in the University access to a deep mentor network, co-working space, and a hands-on, experiential curriculum. This podcast is dedicated to sharing real entrepreneurs experiences for early stage ands University startups. 

Nov 16, 2017

In this episode of the Blast Furnace Podcast Greg discusses with Alan the types of tools that businesses commonly use to enable their success. He shares what he started off with in his toolkit and how that changed over time. Greg lists many categories of common business tools and provides examples of products, both...


Nov 16, 2017

In this episode of the Blast Furnace Podcast Greg, Alan and Mary Beth discuss the kinds of strategic analysis you need to consider for your business. Greg offers insight on market size and how that influences investment. Mary Beth talks about customers, competition and how customer relationships directly follow from...


Oct 30, 2017

In this episode of the Blast Furnace Podcast Greg discusses with Alan the utility of business plans for entrepreneurs. Greg shares his personal history with creating business plans and how the utility of them has changed over the years. Greg suggests that business plans have two purposes: thinking tool and...


Oct 30, 2017

In this episode of the Blast Furnace Podcast John Riley discusses with Alan how hard running a business can be. John shares how solving tough problems can make you smarter and how pivots are not always easy even for experienced entrepreneurs. John explores the difficult decision of whether to abandon an idea or...


Oct 23, 2017

In this episode of the Blast Furnace Podcast Greg discusses with Alan some key insights around mentorship. Greg starts off sharing why people often don’t look for a mentor early in their career and how students today are more likely to embrace mentorship compared to entrepreneurs 20-30 years ago. Mentor relationships...