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A Bet That Jumpstarted A Small Business Community

Melissa Bradley is a gambler, and the stakes were high. What started as a bet with the Deputy Mayor of Washington D.C. has led to an entrepreneurial spirit in the capital - and she see’s that same type of spark in WNY. This week on the podcast host Nate Benson chats with Melissa about developing startup ecosystems, issues facing women and minority entrepreneurs and her experience in the Queen City helping judge the 43North finals and Ignite Buffalo.


Igniting Buffalo

So, we just did a thing at 43North. We partnered with Facebook, M&T Bank, Amazon AWS, Quickbooks, Wordpress and WooCommerce to award 27 small businesses grants totaling in $1M. Just how in the world did this happen? This week on the podcast we talk to one of the key architects of the program, Dave Jakubowski from Facebook. The WNY native was a 43North judge last year and it was backstage where the seed for Ignite Buffalo was planted.


Losing a pet can be real peeva

Losing a pet can be traumatic, most people with a pet consider it to be part of the family. But you were smart, you put a microchip in your pet so when your dog or cat is found it will easily be tracked down. Not so fast. It turns out, there are a dozen or so microchip companies on the market, all with their own scanners and data collection systems. And because there’s no standardization in the United States, the likelihood of your pet winding up at a facility that can properly scan the...


About Failure

On this episode of Latitude, we talk about the importance of embracing failure. Failure is something people often steer away from, but for startup founders, it’s ultimately how you grow. The idea for Loupe came out of local branding agency, Block Club. It was once one of Buffalo’s hottest startups, but ultimately founder Patrick Finan had to shut down operations last year. Now he’s speaking out in hopes of helping other entrepreneurs who are dealing with uncertainty in their own startup....


Latitude Live! Featuring Davielle Jackson

This week on the podcast we take the show on the road to the Buffalo Urban League with special guest Davielle Jackson - 2017 winner of the 43North competition. In this live edition of the podcast, Davielle talks about quitting medical school to pursue a life of entrepreneurship, moving from Atlanta to Buffalo and growing her feminine hygiene empire in the Queen City.


It was all about that parking pass for Campus Labs founder Eric Reich

Imagine if Eric Reich didn’t want a parking pass that allowed him access to prime parking spots when he was a student at the University at Buffalo. Campus Labs may have never been a thing. It was his appointment at a university council that allowed Eric that parking pass, but it also offered him insight as to how universities across the country weren’t able to make sense of all the data they had on students, applicants, services and so on. From that appointment on a council, Eric started...


Where’s Lloyd? Ask Pete Cimino

This week, the Latitude podcast will make you hungry. That’s intentional. Sorry, not sorry. We’re talking tacos, ice cream, coffee, and changing hundred-year-old street vending laws in Western New York with Lloyd Taco founder Pete Cimino. Pete talks about ditching his career as a math teacher to make tacos in a truck in a city that didn’t want him to do it. What started as an idea on paper has turned into four trucks, two brick and mortar restaurants, an ice cream brand and a coffee...


How much of your management style is influenced by Michael Scott?

It’s another edition of Latitude Live! This week we feature our live audience conversation with Scott Wayman, founder of 2017 43North winning company Kangarootime. Scott has a very compelling story. Host Nate Benson and he dive into his life as one of twenty-five children, what motivated him to start one of the leading child-care management applications on the market, why Micheal Scott is a true inspiration to him and so much more. Sit back and enjoy this longer than normal live edition...


Your Pitch Person Probably Shouldn’t Be Your Spokesperson

External communications and messaging can be one of the elements of startups that can easily get overlooked in the daily grind of running a business, raising money and improving products. But without a communication plan and key messaging, startups can be caught unprepared for success in the eyes of the public with inconsistencies of flubbed media interviews. So this week on the podcast we chat with PR professional Matt Davison from The Martin Group and Martin Davison Public Relations....


Apply Within

The application period for the $5M startup competition is underway. In this episode of the Latitude podcast, we answer all your questions, talk about the right kind of startups for the competition and why Nate’s Nacho Stand probably wouldn’t win the million dollar award. Peter Burakowski, 43North’s VP of Marketing, Organizational Strategy and History Songwriter joins host Nate Benson to talk all things application.


The Mother, The Scientists, The Leader

In this episode of the Latitude Podcast, hosts Nate Benson from 43North and professor Darren Treadway, faculty expert from the UB Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, will talk with change agents and entrepreneurs about leadership, innovation and getting things done. The UB School of Management’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, known as “CLOE,” is a group of researchers, scholars, and experts who work to create more effective leaders and...


Latitude Live! Featuring Andrew Martinko from Suncayr

It’s episode 56 of the podcast and the 2nd edition of our LIVE podcast. This week we chat with Andrew Martinko, co-founder of 2017 43North winner Suncayr. Suncayr makes a smart sticker that’ll keep you safe in the summer sun. We cover a lot of ground in this episode including Andrew’s time at University. How he jumped right into startup life upon graduation. The nexus of Suncayr and what problems they’re trying to solve for those who love a life under the sun. How their breakthroughs in...


The Watchdog For The Roadway

Christian Johnson’s child was about to start driving in an age where distracted driving is causing countless accidents on the roadway. She wanted a way to check in to see if her son was driving safely and that evolved the hardware startup Driver Watchdog.


“I’ve Always Wanted To Build Something Bigger Than Me.”

Adrian Dayton was a successful lawyer who could have spent the rest of his career in a courtroom doing the things lawyers do. But it wasn’t enough. So he dropped all of that in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and started consulting law firms on social media. He toured the globe with his successful tips on how firms can get more clients with the power of social media. He could have spent the rest of his career as a successful consultant. But that...


Latitude Live! Featuring Iba Masood

And now for something completely different… This week on the podcast we invited the public for a live edition of our little startup podcast and in an intimate setting at the incubator we featuring 2017 43North winner Iba Masood from Tara AI. Why did Iba emigrate to the United States from Pakistan? Why is it so difficult for women to raise money in the Valley? Why did Tara AI open an office in Buffalo and why is more appealing to new staff members than the west coast? How did she learn to...


Girl, Develop It!

This week on the Latitude podcast is Lena Levine. In addition to running her own graphic and web design startup, Lena leads the Buffalo chapter of Girl Develop It. Girl Develop It is an organization that helps college-age women get started in coding and UX design. Lena also talks about the importance of getting women involved in tech roles, remote work, and managing international teams.


Greene Dives In

Dan Greene wears many hats. Lawyer, “motivational speaker”, dog enthusiast, king of the Irish goodbye, Operations Director for the worlds largest startup competition and now a pool guy. Wait….pool guy? This week on the podcast we chat with Dan about his journey from attorney to joining 2016 43North winning startup Formarum as they open a manufacturing facility, crank out orders in time for summer 2018 and grow a team of engineers - sounds like just the right job for one of Buffalo’s 40...


A West Side Story

The Westminister Economic Development Initiative, WEDI for short, started as an outreach effort by Westminister Presbyterian Church as a way to empower economically disadvantaged populations in Buffalo. This week on the podcast we talk with Executive Director Ben Bissell about the progress WEDI has made, how the West Side Bazaar has become a model for retail and food services incubation and how the organization turns no one away for the chance to build something for themselves and their...