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You’ve Got An Angel With You Right Now

No this isn’t about the Disney classic Angels In The Outfield, it’s about angel investing. Angel investment is critical for startups in the early days. This week on Latitude we talk to Jack McGowan, Director of the WNY Venture Association and the Buffalo Angels - an angel investment consortium that funds early-stage startups. Jack talks about the need for new angel investors, how to participate when to participate and what to expect from your angel investment. This is a great episode if...

Duration: 00:22:34

Get A Lawyer, An AI One or Otherwise

From co-founding Startup Weekend Buffalo, to providing legal services to new startups, teaching entrepreneurship classes at the University At Buffalo, Matthew Pelkey is busy. This week on the podcast we sit down with Matt to talk about growing a startup ecosystem and get his thoughts on whether or not we should trust AI lawyers.

Duration: 00:25:29

You’re A Heart Surgeon, Why Are You Doing A Startup?

You’d think being a heart surgeon would be enough right? Not for Irfan Khan, that’s just a comma in his career. While working as a heart surgeon Irfan discovered that patients wanted access to clinical trials. Thus, the quest to start Circuit Clinical began. This week on the podcast we talk with Irfan about the process of leaving his life as a heart surgeon and starting Circuit Clinical, and how the Buffalo startup aims to scale and bring clinical trials to the masses.

Duration: 00:21:23

The Next Wave Of Buffalo Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector still employs 60,000 people in Western New York - but all cities are looking at the next generation of manufacturing and how it will impact communities. That’s where Buffalo Manufacturing Works steps in. With state of the art, even one of a kind equipment, at their Main St. facility. Buffalo Manufacturing Works helps businesses with R&D prototyping and helps introduce additive manufacturing to their production workflow. This week on the podcast we talk with...

Duration: 00:25:59

Trust The (Post) Process

Successful startups pinpoint an industry that is eager for a disruption. Post Process has pioneered the post-process technology that has held the additive manufacturing industry back from scaling to widespread use for the last twenty years. Processing 3D printed parts is a time consuming, laborious, manual process - or at least it was until Daniel Hutchinson founded Post Process. This Buffalo-based startup is shaking up the 3D printing world and has a ‘who’s who’ clientele from Aerospace,...

Duration: 00:28:13

A Hands On Approach To Incubation

Incubating startups comes in many different shapes, and for The Foundry, on Buffalo’s East Side, the more sawdust the better. This week we talk to Megan McNally, founder of The Foundry. The Foundry is an incubator for crafty startups in the woodworking and metalworking spaces. The East Side incubator takes a hands-on approach to providing space, tools and resources for the companies occupying the turn of the century factory space.

Duration: 00:22:52

Z80 Labs, The Blockchain and Buffalo

This week on the podcast we sit down with Jon Spitz from Z80 Labs, the pre-revenue tech incubator in Buffalo. We explore the blockchain, funding pre-revenue startups and what goes into pitching an idea. We also talk about how Jon’s journey from managing a Wegmans to funding Buffalo’s future startups.

Duration: 00:22:25

And the million dollar winner is….

Well, it’s been one heck of a half year. We started this podcast on the launch of the 2017 43North competition. And today, we sit down with the million dollar winners Soma Detect. This Canadian Startup applied to the 43N competition because NY is the third largest dairy producer in North America and as company founder Beth said: “New York has more cows than all of Canada.” So what is Soma Detect? They explain it a lot better, so listen in as they talk about their technology that ensures...

Duration: 00:20:56

The Pitch: Talking with 2017 winners Black Monarchy

The Pitch is 43Norths minority and women focused pitch competition and the 2017 event on September 28th was an emotional rollercoaster for one winner. This week on the podcast we talk with the founders of Black Monarchy - a storefront focused on bringing globally sourced fabric to the blossoming immigrant and refugee population in Buffalo. This episode of the Latitude podcast is sponsored by Kaleida Health.

Duration: 00:23:28

Let’s Meet The Finalists

It’s happening! Everyone stay calm! Today we announced the 2017 43North finalists that will pitch on stage live at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on October 5, 2017. So we sat down with Dan Greene, 43North Director of Operations, who oversaw the judging process, to talk about the finalists and what their startups do. This Lattitude podcast, brought to you by Kaleida Health, is a great precursor for the finals and will give you some great insight to the statups who will pitch on Oct. 5th.

Duration: 00:35:29

The Expat, The Startup and The Collision

Like so many people, Bill Irvine left Buffalo to advance his career. Many years later, however, Bill returned. But, why? This week on Latitude - The 43North Podcast we talk to Bill about why he came back to Buffalo and how the startup he leads, GapGrid, has a $700B opportunity with their collision detection platform for IT departments. This episode of Latitude is brought to you by Kaleida Health, where every day they change lives and make miracles happen. Learn more

Duration: 00:30:07

Survive The Bubble By Riding The Momentum

What would you do if you lost 80% of your net wealth in the dot com burst? Give up or hunker down and ride the wave? This week on the Latitude podcast we talk with Softbank Capital managing partner and former 43North Chairman Jordan Levy. Jordy has a long career in venture capital, investing early in brands like eTrade, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and more. Jordy talks about the the wild west of the 1990’s and investing in tech, riding the wave all the way to the dot com crash, riding it...

Duration: 00:30:17

The Chairman Of The Board

As CEO of the Jacobs Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Managing Partner at Lorraine Capital, (among many, many other roles), Bill Maggio is about as immersed as you can get in Buffalo’s startup ecosystem. This week on our Latitude podcast, presented by KeyBank, Bill provides his perspective on the progress Buffalo’s startup community has made, what’s ahead for Buffalo, and his experience working with 43North, so let’s not waste another minute with me, and get right to this...

Duration: 00:25:51

A Startup Solution For A Food Desert

Food deserts are prevalent across the country and Buffalo is no exception. This week on the Latitude podcast, brought to you by KeyBank, we talk with Allison DeHonney, founder of Urban Fruits and Veggies. This urban farm startup started in a vacant lot on Buffalo’s east side and now has plans to expand into a facility compromised of 42 vacant lots, making it one of the largest urban farms. Learn how Allison and her team of three did it and what they’re hoping to do for the residents of...

Duration: 00:25:10

The Entrepreneurial Rainforest

This week on the Latitude Podcast, brought to you KeyBank, we talk with David Colligan - partner at Colligan Law. David has a long career of helping startups and entrepreneurs in WNY getting their feet off the ground. As a founding member of the Buffalo Angels, he’s invested in startups, as a member of the WNY Venture Association he’s helped lay the groundwork for fostering a startup ecosystem and as a trustee of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation he’s ensuring the future of WNY’s...

Duration: 00:26:08

On A Scale of One to Ten, What Do You Think Of Hardware?

This week on the podcast we talk with Jenae Pitts, co-founder of OneTen Capital. OneTen Captial is a newer venture firm in Buffalo solely devoted to investing in hardware based startups. They secured the seed round for Vader Systems, the startup who commercialized the first liquid metal 3D printer in the world. Jenae talks about her background, what brought her to Buffalo, the relationship with Vader Systems and what’s next for the venture startup. This episode of the Latitude Podcast...

Duration: 00:21:11

From Brooklyn To Buffalo

Su Sanni is a first generation immigrant from Brooklyn, NY. A former D1 athlete at Boston College. A former investment banker in NYC. What made him decide to start a company geared towards developing a platform to help nonprofit organizations raise money? In this week’s Latitude podcast, brought to you by Key Bank, Su talks about his journey as a founder with a mission to help organizations make the world a better place.

Duration: 00:32:00

Brewing Buffalo’s Comeback

You may call Tim Herzog the Godfather of Buffalo’s brew scene. His startup in 2000 brought a brewery back to Buffalo proper for the first time since the 1970’s. Now, Flying Bison Brewery is brewing dozens of beers at its Seneca Street facility and is a staple at the majority of bars, festivals, and refrigerators across the region. On this week’s Latitude Podcast, brought to you by Key Bank, Tim talks about the early days as a startup brewery, spearheading the lobbying effort to change...

Duration: 00:28:01

Investing In Upstate: A Venture Capitalist’s View

This week on the Latitude Podcast we chat with Noa Simmons, Executive Director at Upstate Venture Association of New York. Noa has spent time in Boston and Shanghai in her business career, more recently settling into the startup & entrepreneurship scene in the Hudson Valley. Noa gives us her insights into the role startups and entrepreneurship is playing in revitalizing upstate New York, how the flow of venture capital aids in that comeback, and where the region is going in the...

Duration: 00:22:34

From Rwanda To Buffalo, The Refugee Centric News Startup

Rubens Mukunzi arrived in Buffalo in 2013 after leaving Rwanda. As a journalist in a country without freedom of speech or freedom of the press, Rubens found himself at odds with the government. He grew up during one of the worst genocides in human history, started an education focused newsletter while still and high school and ultimately started a radio show and news publication in his home country. But he had to leave, and his journey led him to Buffalo, NY. Once there, his passion for...

Duration: 00:34:14

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