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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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.

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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. 

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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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December 7, 2017

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 one of the most successful maker boxes on the market today? 

This episode is a great insight into the determination founders need to have with their startup and how to successfully scale after crowdsourcing the launch of your company.

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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 entrepreneurs. 

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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 you're looking to start angel investing or simply want to learn more. 

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From co-founding Startup Grind 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. 

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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. 

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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 Michael Ulbrich, President of Buffalo Manufacturing Works, about the next wave of manufacturing in Buffalo and how the future will be printed. 

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