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Logic Behind Lending

Even though we're well into the 21st century, Patrick O'Brien noticed a significant gap with mortgage lenders and efficiently writing loans. We all know the routine, by the time you as a home buyer are done haggling offers and counter-offers, you finally get the blessing from your real estate agent and it's 11pm on a Friday. Should that hinder you from being able to move forward with the home buying process? This week on the podcast, host Nate Benson talks with LenderLogix founder Patrick...


Recruiting For Startups and The Cavalcade Of Jobs

Recruiting talent is a vital aspect of scaling a startup. This week on the podcast host Nate Benson talks with Jen Reed, Director of Talent Strategy at 43North, about recruiting for startups, what founders need to look out for, how to improve your terrible resume and full details on the inaugural JobCade event. Latitude is powered by 43North, the $5M startup competition in Buffalo, NY.


The Foundation Of A Community

This week on Latitude hosts Nate Benson from 43North and professor Darren Treadway faculty expert from the UB Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, talk with an internationally recognized leader in philanthropy, Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker. For more than a decade, Clotilde has led the Buffalo Community Foundation’s strategy to create meaningful community change on behalf of the clients who have chosen to support this work. The community foundation, established in Buffalo...


Mentoring Startups In The New Era

Pete Augustine spent much of his 25+ career at New Era. At the height of the sports licensing wars of the 90's and early 00's, Pete saw and eventually led New Era (as President) through a gambit of tough decisions that ultimately positioned New Era as a powerhouse in sports branding. Today, New Era has over 500 licenses in its portfolio, many of them negotiated while Pete was President. Today, Pete spends much of his time mentoring consumer product startups. Pete has been a mentor for...


The Best Innovations Happen At 3AM

Being a firefighter is stressful in its own right, but imagine the stress of a commander trying to keep track of their crew with a whiteboard and some magnets - not as reliable as one would think. Patrick O'Connor, co-founder of 3AM Innovations and a former volunteer firefighter, wanted to be the one to bring technology to a fire scene. He and his partner Ryan Litt have developed patented technology that tracks firefighters in real time, in any location. How did they come up with...


Embeering Buffalo

This week on the podcast we talk to Chris Smit, Vice President and tHe gUy tHaT DoEs tHe tHiNgS, from Community Beer Works. We talk to Chris about starting one of the the first breweries in Buffalo's brewsurgance (™ pending), the trials and tribulations of a brewery, why being a neighborhood brewery is vital for CBW and growing and scaling at a time when there were over 30 craft breweries in the Queen City.


Scaling Technical Teams

This week on the podcast we do something a little different. Recently, Bob Willer and Dan Magnuszewski met with the year five 43North winners to discuss how startups can scale technical teams. Rather than our traditional episode, this week we recorded that seminar, the Q&A and we take a deep dive with two CTO's who have grown their startups into dozens of engineers and developers respectively.


A Launchpad For Students

This week on the podcast, host Nate Benson talks to Hadar Borden from Blackstone Launchpad, Powered By Techstars, at the University at Buffalo. Blackstone Launchpad, Powered By Techstars, offers a platform for students to get their startups and ideas off the ground through various programming modules. Hadar talks about how important entrepreneurship culture has become on campus, which is a big change from when she started her academic career.


All Your Data Are Belong To Us

Data is big business in 2019. Any startup or established corporation that isn't using data to the best of their ability or ensuring their data is secure will like go away quicker than the ten pounds you put on during holidays. This week on the podcast our host Nate Benson talks with Adam Stotz, CTO of Trove. Trove uses predictive data science and uses it to help startups and data analyze and organize their data so it can be used efficiently.


Founding In Buffalo

Kevin Siskar grew up in Western New York, coming from a long line of volunteer firefighters, a service he committed to as well. Kevin wanted to take his skills learned as a fireman and help entrepreneurs. He had his own startup that went through the Founder Institute and he became the unofficial alumni rep of the organization. Today, Kevin is the Managing Director of the Founder Institute, which is represented in 180 cities across the world and has helped launch 3,500 startups. And now the...


A Cold Space

Elijah Tyson got tired of carrying his Tupperware containers of food to class all day. Then he saw that many of his fellow students at the university were carrying around bags of food all day, sometimes for upwards of 12 hours. Then he saw a sign for a 90-second pitch competition on campus with a $1,000 prize and it was then the root of ColdSpace was born. This week on the podcast we talk with Elijah about deploying their cold storage lockers on the campus of University at Buffalo, how the...


From one desk to many

When Tod Martin started his agency he had a desk. And long nights. Today, he has multiple offices that bare his name in lights. This week on the podcast, hosts Nate Benson and Darren Treadway talk with Martin Group Founder Tod Martin about growing a premiere branding and communications agency, innovations his company has made, what it takes to succeed in a competitive market, how to methodically scale and letting the entrepreneurial spirit flow through leadership. This episode of...


The Miner Report

Dan Miner has been covering the Buffalo tech and startup scene since 2012. He's seen successes, failures, hills, valleys, IPO's and closures. This week on the podcast we talk with Dan about the early days of the resurgent Buffalo startup ecosystem, what has changed, how the Buffalo business community can get involved and what more needs to happen from what he's seen in other cities. It's an episode filled with history, laughter, tears, and cheers.


All You Need Is A Seed

So you have a startup idea, great! Now what? You've probably talked to some friends and family, but you're going to need some capital to get off the ground. Enter the Launch NY Seed Fund. This week on the podcast we talk with Lindsay Stencil, COO of Launch NY and the organization's seed fund manager. This week you'll learn everything you need to apply for the fund and move your startup to the next level.


Making Buffalo Awesome

Buffalo is awesome, especially in the eyes of those who live here. Awesome Buffalo is awesome as well. Part of the worldwide Awesome Foundation platform, Awesome Buffalo provides $1,000 grants to those looking to do social good in the city. Having funded four projects already Awesome Buffalo aiming to announce double that in the next year, and it's funded entirely by a small group of trustees out of pocket - think venture capital for social projects. This week, Jess Trace joins host Nate...


From Hockey Ref to Founder to Ice Cream Machine Guy

Bob Willer is a man of many talents. He's a former professional hockey referee. He's a founder. He's the CIO of an ed-tech startup in Buffalo. And the Ice Cream Machine Guy at said startup. He's also paying it back by mentoring young entrepreneurs and developers in the startup world by sharing his 20+ years of programming, development, IT and operations experience. This week on the podcast we talk to Bob about his incredible startup journey.


Latitude Live From 43North Finals

This week on the podcast we head back to the 43North Finals where we hosted a live edition of Latitude with the 2018 follow-on funding winners Femi Secrets and Kangarootime. Listen as Davielle and Scott talk about their experience in Buffalo, the snowy journey they took to get here and their big ambitions for helping build the Buffalo startup ecosystem.


Mapping The Quest To Build The Fort

We terribly clever with episode names here on the podcast! This week we're talking to Mapquest founder and Techstars Entrepreneur in Residence, Chris Heivly. Chris has a remarkable startup story that took him from the US State Department to founding, arguably, the most popular mapping platform in the 90's and early 2000's. How many of you printed out Mapquest directions before you traveled?!? Host Nate Benson talks to Chris about founding Mapquest, why he's called "The Startup Whisperer,"...


And the (2018) million dollar winner is....

It's another year and another 43North final is in the books. This week on the podcast we talk with Sparkcharge founder Josh Aviv about founding his startup in Syracuse, and why Buffalo is where he wants to grow is EV powering station startup.


The Producer

What does it take to produce the 43North Finals? How much time is involved? How many volunteers are needed? Who makes sure the judges are picked up at the airport? What does a producer even do? This week on the podcast we talk to the woman that makes it happen, Colleen Heidinger. Colleen has a fascinating journey to and from Buffalo that includes stints at Babson, American Idol, Dreamworks and now 43North.