March 8, 2019

Logic Behind Lending

Even though we're well into the 21st century, Patrick O'Brien noticed a significant gap with mortgage lenders and efficiently writing loans. We all know the routine, by the time you as a home buyer are done haggling offers and counter-offers, you finally get the blessing from your real estate agent and it's 11pm on a Friday. Should that hinder you from being able to move forward with the home buying process?

This week on the podcast, host Nate Benson talks with LenderLogix founder Patrick O'Brien about bringing tech into mortgage lending and how lenders are now able to write more loans and provide better service to home buyers. 

Recruiting talent is a vital aspect of scaling a startup. This week on the podcast host Nate Benson talks with Jen Reed, Director of Talent Strategy at 43North, about recruiting for startups, what founders need to look out for, how to improve your terrible resume and full details on the inaugural JobCade event. 

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February 15, 2019

The Foundation Of A Community

This week on Latitude hosts Nate Benson from 43North and professor Darren Treadway faculty expert from the UB Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, talk with an internationally recognized leader in philanthropy, Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker.

For more than a decade, Clotilde has led the Buffalo Community Foundation’s strategy to create meaningful community change on behalf of the clients who have chosen to support this work. The community foundation, established in Buffalo a century ago, provides meaningful resources for institutions such as Say Yes Buffalo, the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable and the WNY Impact Fund. Clotilde’s work is directly responsible for attracting $93M in funding to support these efforts.

Nate and Darren talk with Clotilde about the important work the Community Foundation has done and plans to do in the future, how coming to America from Cuba in 1968 led to a life of philanthropy, how startups can benefit from connecting with a community and how the community can benefit from an entrepreneurial resurgence.

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Pete Augustine spent much of his 25+ career at New Era. At the height of the sports licensing wars of the 90's and early 00's, Pete saw and eventually led New Era (as President) through a gambit of tough decisions that ultimately positioned New Era as a powerhouse in sports branding. Today, New Era has over 500 licenses in its portfolio, many of them negotiated while Pete was President. 

Today, Pete spends much of his time mentoring consumer product startups. Pete has been a mentor for 43North winners since year one of the competition and now is expanding some of his mentorship across the country. 

Latitude host Nate Benson talks with Pete about growing New Era into the licensing powerhouse that it is today, what consumer product startups need to look out for in those early years and why storytelling plays a vital role for consumer product companies. 

Being a firefighter is stressful in its own right, but imagine the stress of a commander trying to keep track of their crew with a whiteboard and some magnets - not as reliable as one would think. 

Patrick O'Connor, co-founder of 3AM Innovations and a former volunteer firefighter, wanted to be the one to bring technology to a fire scene. He and his partner Ryan Litt have developed patented technology that tracks firefighters in real time, in any location. How did they come up with technology? How has it been deployed? What do other firefighters think of it? Host Nate Benson chats with the founders of 3AM Innovations about bringing technology into a fire scene. 

January 24, 2019

Embeering Buffalo

This week on the podcast we talk to Chris Smit, Vice President and tHe gUy tHaT DoEs tHe tHiNgS, from Community Beer Works. We talk to Chris about starting one of the the first breweries in Buffalo's brewsurgance (™ pending), the trials and tribulations of a brewery, why being a neighborhood brewery is vital for CBW and growing and scaling at a time when there were over 30 craft breweries in the Queen City. 

 

January 20, 2019

Scaling Technical Teams

This week on the podcast we do something a little different. Recently, Bob Willer and Dan Magnuszewski met with the year five 43North winners to discuss how startups can scale technical teams. Rather than our traditional episode, this week we recorded that seminar, the Q&A and we take a deep dive with two CTO's who have grown their startups into dozens of engineers and developers respectively. 

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. 

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