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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...


3..2..1 Launch[NY]

This week on the podcast we talk with Marnie LaVigne from LaunchNY. LaunchNY is a great ambassador for the Buffalo startup scene and the team over there have been working hard at bringing idea and early-stage startups to the region and helping those with an idea launch their startup. Marnie provides great insight into the startup scene on a local and federal level and talks about navigating the startup waters


You’ve Got A [thousand] Angels With You

This week on the podcast we chat with former 43North judge and Managing Partner at 1000 Angels Erica Duignan Minnihan. Erica joined us in Buffalo to kickoff a new accelerator program with 43North to help area startups move ahead quicker. We also talk about how to get started with angel investing, what to expect with angel investing and if angel investing is for you. Peak angel investing in this episode. PEAK!


It’s More Than A Job For The New Guy

Alex Gress has been named the incoming Executive Director of 43North. So who is he? What’s his vision for the $5 Million Startup Competition? Where did he come from? Why did he come back to Buffalo? Why is he doing so much swimming? All of these questions and more will be answered in this episode of Latitude - The 43North Podcast. Same startup time. Same startup channel.


Venture, Angel or ICO?

It’s raining money. Well, not really. Most startups have to get creative with equity deals and source various rounds of funding to get off the ground. So how do you decide which route is best for your startup? Should you approach VC’s, Angel groups, friends and family? Or should you consider doing an ICO, or initial coin offering - that blockchain thing? This week on the podcast we chat with business attorney Andrea HusVar. She works closely with startups getting off the ground and...


The Exit Interview

It’s not goodbye, it’s so long for now. This week on the podcast we say so long to John Gavigan as he ends his tenure as Executive Director of 43North and look back at his time here and look ahead. This was a great conversation about listening to your gut and taking chances, which so many startup icons will tell you. WARNING: There’s bad comedy from our host Nate Benson in this episode….really bad comedy.


I’ve Got A Pitch(book)

This week on the podcast we talk with Pitchbook analyst Dylan Cox. Dylan recently spoke at an Upstate Venture Connect event and we, quite literally, grabbed him prior to heading to the airport in order to get a word with him about developments in venture and private equity dollars in Western New York.


From Coding To Meetings, A CTO’s Journey

Dan Magnuszewski was fortunate his high school was forward thinking and participated in a Cisco networking program. Had that not happened it’s hard to say if he’d be the influential player in the Buffalo startup scene like he is. This week on the podcast we talk to Dan about learning IT in high school, being eager to finish college because he was already working in IT at M&T Bank, leaving the comfortable job to dip his toe in startup life, directing the early team at Z80 labs and leaving...


Can You Dig It?

The Design Innovation Garage is one the premiere coworking and event spaces, not only on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, in all of WNY. DIG is the home to dozens of small startups and remote office, thus creating a hive of innovation and collaboration. This week on the podcast we talk to the Seinfeld fan in charge of it all, Sean Heidinger, and talk about the events of 2017 and what’s on the docket for the blossoming coworking space in 2018.


The Dynamic Duo Of User Experience

They’re the Batman and Robin, Sigfried and Roy, Holmes and Watson, Kirk and Spock, 3PO and R2 of the Buffalo startup scene. We’re of course talking about Nick and Jon from Helm UX. They’ve been around since the early days of the blossoming Buffalo startup ecosystem and their design firm has played an integral role in designing UI and UX for startups like ACV Auctions, Sentient Science, Clearview Social and even established businesses like Basil Automotive and Independent Health. Nick and...


A WIN is a win is a win.

The University at Buffalo along with startup incubators across WNY are coming together to provide early-stage startups with the resources they need get off the ground. This week on the podcast we chat with the manager of the WNY Incubator Network, or WIN for short, Thomas Murdock about his role at UB and working with startup founders every day to get one step closer to making their dream become a reality.


Blockchain For Parts? Moog In Buffalo Thinks So!

Moog Inc. is a worldwide leader in motion and fluid controls for the aerospace, defense, and medical devices. They’re also headquartered in WNY. This week on the podcast we talk with Jim Regenor, Business Unit Director & Transformative Technologies at Moog Inc. Jim and his team are pioneering blockchain implementation so a future of customers being able to manufacture Moog certified parts anywhere around the world is just around the corner. Jim talks about the blockchain, his 30-year...


A Thimble’s Worth

There are many ways to startup a tech company. You can search for angel dollars, ask your grandmother for an advance on your inheritance, or go the crowdsourcing route. With any approach there’s risk, there’s uncertainty, there’s that moment you go “what now” as a founder. This week on the podcast we chat with Oscar Pedroso, co-founder of Thimble. Thimble is WNY’s most successful project on Kickstarter (in WNY) to date. How did they grow the company from an idea to crowdsourced, to now...


Let’s Get Those Millennials Trained, Shall We?

Nobody wants to sit through onboarding training and watch video’s that were made int he 90’s. No one wants to use a binder or take a clunky online quiz about procedures at a new job. So Derrick Parson founded Graspie, an app aimed at onboarding employees with something their already familiar with - their phone. This week on the podcast we talk with Derrick about the entrepreneurial spirit, how Graspie came to be, why Buffalo and Buffalo as a blossoming ecosystem for minority...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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