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!


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. 

February 8, 2018

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 regularly provides expertise to help startups determine which route of funding they should take. This Fullbright scholar has years of experience in big corporate dealings and has now shifted focus on aiding the blossoming startup scene in WNY. 

January 30, 2018

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.

January 26, 2018

I’ve Got A Pitch(book)

This week on the podcast we talk with Pitchbook analyst Dylan Cox. Dylan recently spoke at an Upstate Capital Association 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.


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 the lab to cofound ACV Auctions. 

January 10, 2018

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.


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 Jon talk to us about the beginning of Helm, how they use their experience in defining user experience to help companies reach the next level.

December 20, 2017

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. 


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 career in the United States Air Force and how Buffalo could be poised to be a leader in Blockchain development if it plays its cards right. 


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