Where are they now?


  • Expect that package sooner thanks to Amazon Air now at Pittsburgh International Airport
  • $5M from Richard King Mellon Foundation will help Highmark Health develop digital Living Health program 
  • Metafy raises $8.65 million to turn video gamers into professional coaches
  • From LifeX Labs to new HQ in Squirrel Hill, biotech startup LyGenesis is making moves
  • Pittsburgh native represents U.S. in world entrepreneur of the year competition

What have these four business icons been up to over the past year?

It’s been nearly one year since we launched Pittsburgh Region. Next is Now. As we inch closer to the brand’s one-year mark, what better time to check in on the four icons who were featured in our launch video – Leah Lizarondo, CEO & Co-Founder, 412 Food Rescue; Luis von Ahn, CEO & Co-Founder, Duolingo; John Thornton, CEO, Astrobotic and; Nisha Blackwell, CEO & Founder, Knotzland Bowtie Co. 

These icons have – like all of us – experienced the highs and lows of the past year. But they did not let the pandemic stop them. These business leaders pushed forward, continued to innovate and took their organizations to new heights. 

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Nothing compares to Pittsburgh. There’s great support and an overflow of talent here.

Ingrid Cook, Founder and CEO, SHzoom
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Checking in with four icons + the scoop on Argo AI’s latest innovation