December 7, 2018

A Cold Space

Elijah Tyson got tired of carrying his Tupperware containers of food to class all day. Then he saw that many of his fellow students at the university were carrying around bags of food all day, sometimes for upwards of 12 hours. Then he saw a sign for a 90-second pitch competition on campus with a $1,000 prize and it was then the root of ColdSpace was born. 

This week on the podcast we talk with Elijah about deploying their cold storage lockers on the campus of University at Buffalo, how the students are making use of the access to secure food storage and how the company plans to grow. 

November 28, 2018

From one desk to many

When Tod Martin started his agency he had a desk. And long nights. 
Today, he has multiple offices that bare his name in lights. This week on the podcast, hosts Nate Benson and Darren Treadway talk with Martin Group Founder Tod Martin about growing a premiere branding and communications agency, innovations his company has made, what it takes to succeed in a competitive market, how to methodically scale and letting the entrepreneurial spirit flow through leadership. 
This episode of Latitude is presented by the University at Buffalo School of Management Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, in collaboration with 43North, and with support from the Alumni Association.
November 21, 2018

The Miner Report

Dan Miner has been covering the Buffalo tech and startup scene since 2012. He's seen successes, failures, hills, valleys, IPO's and closures. 

This week on the podcast we talk with Dan about the early days of the resurgent Buffalo startup ecosystem, what has changed, how the Buffalo business community can get involved and what more needs to happen from what he's seen in other cities. It's an episode filled with history, laughter, tears, and cheers.

November 15, 2018

All You Need Is A Seed

So you have a startup idea, great! Now what? You've probably talked to some friends and family, but you're going to need some capital to get off the ground. 

Enter the Launch NY Seed Fund. This week on the podcast we talk with Lindsay Stencil, COO of Launch NY and the organization's seed fund manager. This week you'll learn everything you need to apply for the fund and move your startup to the next level. 

November 7, 2018

Making Buffalo Awesome

Buffalo is awesome, especially in the eyes of those who live here. Awesome Buffalo is awesome as well. Part of the worldwide Awesome Foundation platform, Awesome Buffalo provides $1,000 grants to those looking to do social good in the city. Having funded four projects already Awesome Buffalo aiming to announce double that in the next year, and it's funded entirely by a small group of trustees out of pocket - think venture capital for social projects. 

This week, Jess Trace joins host Nate Benson on the podcast to talk about the work Awesome Buffalo is doing to bring more social projects to the Queen City. 


Bob Willer is a man of many talents. He's a former professional hockey referee. He's a founder. He's the CIO of an ed-tech startup in Buffalo. And the Ice Cream Machine Guy at said startup. 

He's also paying it back by mentoring young entrepreneurs and developers in the startup world by sharing his 20+ years of programming, development, IT and operations experience. 

This week on the podcast we talk to Bob about his incredible startup journey.


This week on the podcast we head back to the 43North Finals where we hosted a live edition of Latitude with the 2018 follow-on funding winners Femi Secrets and Kangarootime. 

Listen as Davielle and Scott talk about their experience in Buffalo, the snowy journey they took to get here and their big ambitions for helping build the Buffalo startup ecosystem. 


We terribly clever with episode names here on the podcast!

This week we're talking to Mapquest founder and Techstars Entrepreneur in Residence, Chris Heivly. 

Chris has a remarkable startup story that took him from the US State Department to founding, arguably, the most popular mapping platform in the 90's and early 2000's. How many of you printed out Mapquest directions before you traveled?!?

Host Nate Benson talks to Chris about founding Mapquest, why he's called "The Startup Whisperer," building forts and being a judge at the 43North Finals. 

It's a jam-packed half-hour this week on Latitude!


It's another year and another 43North final is in the books. This week on the podcast we talk with Sparkcharge founder Josh Aviv about founding his startup in Syracuse, and why Buffalo is where he wants to grow is EV powering station startup. 

September 26, 2018

The Producer

What does it take to produce the 43North Finals? How much time is involved? How many volunteers are needed? Who makes sure the judges are picked up at the airport?  What does a producer even do?

This week on the podcast we talk to the woman that makes it happen, Colleen Heidinger. Colleen has a fascinating journey to and from Buffalo that includes stints at Babson, American Idol, Dreamworks and now 43North. 


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