This week on the podcast we're talking about the 2018 43North Finalists!!! Host Nate Benson is joined by 43North's Lauren Baynes where they break down all the startups competing in the 43North Finals on October 3 at Shea's Performing Arts Center.


If you're of a certain age you may remember going to the ball field with your dad and picking up a pennant as a memento, or perhaps seeing one in your grandad's garage. The art of the pennant went the way of the dodo as mass production was made king and the novelty of the pennant wore off for a generation. 

But pennants are back.

And Buffalo is leading the charge!

This week on the podcast, host Nate Benson talks to Oxford Pennant co-founder Dave Horesh about his love of pennants, starting a pennant company, the challenges of starting a felt based business, winning the Ignite Buffalo grant and aiming to be the next New Era Cap. 


You may have wanted to get involved with the Buffalo startup scene but had no idea how. Buffalo Startup Weekend 2018 is the perfect way to get involved. Whether you're a student, established entrepreneur, designer, coder, marketing guru, blockchain expert, financial baron or everything in between startup weekend is the perfect way to get involved. 

Buffalo Startup Weekend 2018 kicks off on September 14th. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

This week Nate talks with Startup Weekend organizers Thea and David about what to expect this year and how you can get involved


In this episode of Lattitude hosts Nate Benson from 43North and professor Darren Treadway, faculty expert from the UB Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, will talk with change agents and entrepreneurs about leadership, innovation and getting things done. The UB School of Management’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, known as “CLOE,” is a group of researchers, scholars and experts who work to create more effective leaders and organizations. CLOE offers programs, training, speakers and conferences to help people lead at all levels at their organizations — and in the world.


Our guest on this episode of Latitude is Shelley Drake, Western New York regional president at M&T Bank and President of the M&T Charitable Foundation. Darren and I talk with Shelly about her forty plus year career at M&T Bank, how it got started, how she’s grown at the bank, what’s changed for women in business over that time and the importance of mentorship in the workplace.

August 3, 2018

Engineer For Hire

Startups may need engineers. But they may not be able to bring them on full time, or they don't have a full plate of projects for them to feed their engineering hunger. 

That's why Dan Buckmaster started Tresca a startup aimed at providing engineering services for other startups. Dan is a New Jersey native who attended the University at Buffalo and decided to make roots in the Queen City. He' an example of a changing narrative where so many people once left Buffalo for business, but are now planting their flag and building their companies in WNY. 

In this episode we talk to Dan about helping other startups solve their engineering problems, being a young startup founder and why he chose the path of entrepreneurship in Buffalo when he could have left. 


It's another episode of Latitude Live! Featuring Bethany Deshpande, founder of 2017 43North $1M winner SomaDetect. Host Nate Benson chats with Bethany about life prior to SomaDetect, having most of the degrees, getting the idea for SomaDetect, growing a business in a male-dominated industry and more. 



Melissa Bradley is a gambler, and the stakes are high. What started as a bet with the Deputy Mayor of Washington D.C. has led to an entrepreneurial spirit in the capital - and she see's that same type of spark in WNY. 

This week on the podcast host Nate Benson chats with Melissa about developing startup ecosystems, issues facing women and minority entrepreneurs and her experience in the Queen City helping judge the 43North finals and Ignite Buffalo. 


It's a bonus episode this week on the Latitude Podcast!

At the Ignite Buffalo finals, Latitude host Nate Benson held a panel discussion about small business with three amazing entrepreneurs, Pete Cimino from Lloyd Taco Factory, Kilby Bronstein from Half & Half Boutique and Myriah Jaworski from Rowhouse Bakery and Restaurant as well as Groom Service Beauty and Dry Bar.

The panel talks about why they started a business, how social media impacts business day to day and provided advice for up and coming entrepreneurs.


July 13, 2018

Igniting Buffalo

So, we just did a thing at 43North. 

We partnered with Facebook, M&T Bank, Amazon AWS, Quickbooks, Wordpress and WooCommerce to award 27 small businesses grants totaling in $1M. 

Just how in the world did this happen?

This week on the podcast we talk to one of the key architects of the program, Dave Jakubowski from Facebook. The WNY native was a 43North judge last year and it was backstage where the seed for Ignite Buffalo was planted. 


Losing a pet can be traumatic, most people with a pet consider it to be part of the family. But you were smart, you put a microchip in your pet so when your dog or cat is found it will easily be tracked down. 

Not so fast. 

It turns out, there are a dozen or so microchip companies on the market, all with their own scanners and data collection systems. And because there's no standardization in the United States, the likelihood of your pet winding up at a facility that can properly scan the chip is pretty low. 

That's the problem Michael Hamilton came across when he bought his dog, Peeva. So Michael quit his day job and got to work on developing a universal scanner that can ready any microchip embedded in a pet so facilities have better access to the important data that they contain. 


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