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Author Chris Yeh Headlines Unleashed 2019

Chris Yeh is placing his bet on Upstate New York

  • Author, Investor, Speaker and Mentor to headline Unleashed 2019 Conference
  • CEO Talks on Cannabusiness, Women in Tech and Returning to Upstate
  • Nominees for Community Catalyst and Deal of the Year Awards


UPSTATE, NY – (PRESS RELEASE) – Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) is excited to announce that NY Times best-selling author, Chris Yeh, will be the featured speaker at the Upstate Unleashed Conference and Awards

Unleashed 2019 will be held on Friday, September 20 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. Last year, more than 400 entrepreneurs and startup supporters from across the region and beyond attended. Tickets can be purchased online: 2019Unleshed.eventbrite.com

Chris Yeh has been working with high-tech companies since 1995. After graduating from Stanford, he gave up his dream job to dive head first into the startup world. Chris is a Partner at Wasabi Ventures, and Founding Partner of Blitzscaling Ventures. In his latest work, Blitzscaling, Chris and co-author Reid Hoffman layout the groundwork for, “igniting and managing dizzying growth,” for any business or industry. During Unleashed, Chris will share insight on how to move with lightning speed to build world-changing companies like Amazon and Airbnb. 

“Chris draws on his rich career as an author, investor, speaker and mentor, to guide others. At Unleashed, he’ll focus on what’s needed to create value, and grow early-stage companies, or scaleups,” said Nasir Ali, Co-founder and CEO, Upstate Venture Connect. 

“Prioritizing speed in times of uncertainty to be first to market is an intense journey. In order for Upstate NY’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to grow, we must connect our high-growth founders to experts like Chris, so they can become aware and adopt growth philosophies like blitzscaling,” added Martin Babinec, Founder, Upstate Venture Connect. “When our founders succeed, we as a region succeed, in the form of high-paying jobs and a strengthened economic.” 

In addition to Chris Yeh’s keynote presentation, Unleashed 2019 will feature CEO Talks from  several Upstate NY entrepreneurs including: Melanie Shapiro, Phd, Founder and CEO of Token; John Torrens, President, Vertical Companies; Mark Oney, SVP, Product Operations, EmployeeChannel; Dan Magnuszewski, Co-founder and CTO, ACV Auctions; and George Chamoun, CEO, ACV Auctions. 

View more speaker information: UVC.org/Upstate-Unleashed

Unleashed 2019 will once again honor Upstate NY leaders for their contributions to our entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Upstate Venture Connect received over 50 nominations for Community Catalyst, an honor for individuals who organize programs to bring together diverse startup ecosystem players, and increase the amount of capital and number of active early stage investors in that community. 

Six Upstate NY companies will also be recognized for Deal of the Year. The successes of these companies have resulted in wealth for founders, employees and investors, as well as made each company a stronger contributor to our local economy. Finalists include: Buffalo Games (Amherst), Buffalo Filter (Lancaster), Deep Blue Communications (Albany), Integra Optics (Latham) and SpinCar (Syracuse). 

Winners will be announced throughout Unleashed 2019.  

View all award nominees: UVC.org/Upstate-Unleashed

Interview opportunities are available with our speakers, and award winners on September 20, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Please contact kathryn@uvc.org to secure your press pass, and book a time.



About UVC

Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) is a 501c3 public nonprofit creating an entrepreneur-led startup ecosystem for Upstate NY. Our mission is to empower and connect Upstate NY entrepreneurs to the people and resources neeed for building high-growth companies. To these ends, UVC hosts a region-wide events calendar, and takes pride in an active communications platform that reaches over 16,000 founders and startup supporters. In 2014, UVC launched the UNY50 Leadership Network, an invitation-only network of individuals who have experienced the startup world roller coaster. These leaders are committed to helping build the next great Upstate companies. And the annual Upstate Unleashed Conference and Awards celebrates top CEOs and entrepreneurial leaders for their contributions to Rebuilding Upstate Through Entrepreneurship. UVC.org 

Upstate Venture Connect
Kathryn Cartini
(315) 400.2611

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