IT'S HAPPENING! Year five of the 43North competition has officially been launched!

On this episode of the podcast, we recap the launch of the $5M startup competition in Buffalo, New York. 

Hear about the changes to the prize structure this year and from past winners whose startups changed overnight when they won a 43North award!


Christian Johnson's child was about to start driving in an age where distracted driving is causing countless accidents on the roadway. She wanted a way to check in to see if her son was driving safely and that evolved the hardware startup Driver Watchdog.


Adrian Dayton was a successful lawyer who could have spent the rest of his career in a courtroom doing the things lawyers do. 

But then he was fired. So, in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, he started consulting law firms on social media. 

He toured the globe with his successful tips on how firms can attract more clients with the power of social media. He could have spent the rest of his career as a successful consultant. 

But that wasn't enough for Adrian. He wanted to build something bigger than him, with a lasting legacy. 

This week on the podcast we talk with Adrian about his software startup Clearview Social and how, as it turns out, a software company is a lot more expensive to run than a consulting firm.


And now for something completely different...

This week on the podcast we invited the public for a live edition of our little startup podcast and in an intimate setting at the incubator we featuring 2017 43North winner Iba Masood from Tara AI.

Why did Iba emigrate to the United States from Pakistan? Why is it so difficult for women to raise money in the Valley? Why did Tara AI open an office in Buffalo and why is more appealing to new staff members than the west coast? How did she learn to rap the intro to "Fresh Prince of Bel Air?"

Find out the answers to all of those questions and more on this episode of the Latitude Podcast!

March 23, 2018

Girl, Develop It!

This week on the Latitude podcast is Lena Levine. In addition to running her own graphic and web design startup, Lena leads the Buffalo chapter of Girl Develop It. Girl Develop It is an organization that helps college-age women get started in coding and UX design.

Lena also talks about the importance of getting women involved in tech roles, remote work, and managing international teams.

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. 


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