January 11, 2019

A Launchpad For Students

This week on the podcast, host Nate Benson talks to Hadar Borden from Blackstone Launchpad, Powered By Techstars, at the University at Buffalo. 

Blackstone Launchpad, Powered By Techstars, offers a platform for students to get their startups and ideas off the ground through various programming modules. Hadar talks about how important entrepreneurship culture has become on campus, which is a big change from when she started her academic career. 


Data is big business in 2019. Any startup or established corporation that isn't using data to the best of their ability or ensuring their data is secure will like go away quicker than the ten pounds you put on during holidays. 

This week on the podcast our host Nate Benson talks with Adam Stotz, CTO of Trove. Trove uses predictive data science and uses it to help startups and data analyze and organize their data so it can be used efficiently. 

December 14, 2018

Founding In Buffalo

Kevin Siskar grew up in Western New York, coming from a long line of volunteer firefighters, a service he committed to as well. Kevin wanted to take his skills learned as a fireman and help entrepreneurs. He had his own startup that went through the Founder Institute and he became the unofficial alumni rep of the organization. 

Today, Kevin is the Managing Director of the Founder Institute, which is represented in 180 cities across the world and has helped launch 3,500 startups. 

And now the Founder Institute is opening up an office in Buffalo. This week on the podcast Kevin talks about the growth of the startup ecosystem in his hometown is a key reason for the Founder Institute coming to Buffalo. Kevin talks about what startups locally can expect from the program and how they can get involved. 

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. 


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