September 13, 2017

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. 

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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 KaleidaHealth.org

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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 out and coming out the other side a smarter investor. 

Jordy also talks about how Buffalo can continue to ride the momentum it's seen in recent years and what more it needs to do in order to be successful with its newfound love with the innovation economy. 

This week's episode of Latitude is sponsored by KeyBank. 

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August 18, 2017

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 week’s interview.

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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 Buffalo looking for quality food ingredients. 

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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 institutions is secure. 

We talk with David about the early days of the Buffalo Angels, why he is so involved with the startup scene and how he's seen Buffalo look like a startup desert, to now trending towards an entrepreneurial rainforest. 

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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 is brought to you by Key Bank. 

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July 21, 2017

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. 

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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 laws to allow breweries to expand, and the growing beer culture in Buffalo 

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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 future. 

This week's Latitude podcast is brought to you by KeyBank.

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