March 16, 2018

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 under 40. 

March 7, 2018

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 community. 

March 1, 2018

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


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.


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