Veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, adviser, angel investor and Hamilton College alumnus, Marc Randolph returns to Upstate New York! Marc will be the featured speaker for the 2018 Upstate Unleashed Conference in Syracuse, NY on Tuesday, October 2. This event has sold out the last three years. Get early bird tickets now ->
Armory Square Ventures raised a second fund of $31 million to invest in cities and towns in upstate New York. The firm, led by UNY50 member Somak Chattopadhyah will continue to focus investment efforts in Ithaca, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. Crunchbase also references Upstate Venture Connect’s CEO Survey, noting how startups in the region still need significant capital to scale adequately. Cheers to Somak and the Armory Square Ventures team for moving the needle.
Three of the six winners of this year’s Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards hailed from Rochester. Hosted by Upstate Venture Connect, the 2018 Upstate Unleashed Conference brought together over 450 entrepreneurial leaders from across upstate to Syracuse, and featured talks from Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph and CloudCheckr CEO Aaron Newman, among others.
Marc Randolph, the former Netflix CEO, was the keynote speaker at the sold out 2018 Upstate Unleashed Conference & Venture Ecosystem Awards. He discussed Netflix’s origin story and how budding entrepreneurs should believe in big ideas. The Daily Orange was on site to capture the action. Check out the video!