Saturday, August 2, 2014

Startup Grind Buffalo - July 29, 2014 - Featuring Mitchell Patterson from Armory Square Ventures

One of my favorite events recently is called Startup Grind Buffalo, A global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs - See more at:

Why do I love it? 
Why does it matter? 
Well those are great questions. Let me explain a little more. The event is powered by GOOGLE for Entrepreneurs and just like it says in the tag line above, its meant to help educate, inspire and connect people to do great thingsm and this is why I love it! Why it matters to me and why it matters to anyone, is that it gives anyone a chance to network, grow and help others that are trying to build a company. Go back 5 years and there was nothing like this in Buffalo. I have met so many great people, watched relationships grow and businesses thrive with all of the opportunities these kind of events bring to the table! 
Why wouldn't you want to be involved in this!?!?
Infotech Niagara and Algonquin Studios were sponsors for July! Thank you for your support!

This month we hosted a great Venture Capitalist - Mitchell Patterson from Armory Square Ventures. He is on the left standing next to our Host Eben Piazza of Gripe-O.

We had new faces at the event which is always great to see! Thank you Vanessa, Danielle and Aliya for coming and we hope to see you again!

Oscar, Matt and Jack are enjoying the drinks and conversation!

Steve, Chris, Jon and Joe forging great relationships while helping Buffalo grow!

Patrick Whalen is the Chief Operating Officer for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and DIG Buffalo is one of his latest projects, and I cannot tell you how great he and Jessica Edwards (DIG Curator) are for the Startup Community! 

 We had around 80 people total show up which means a great amount of networking and stronger relationships are growing!

Now here is something cool for all you Entrepreneurs, what better way to sharpen your skills speaking in front of an auidence to help with your elevator pitch! First Greg from Redline Rentals came up to tell us about how we can rent a sports car for an hour or a day and live large! 

Then came John from a neat video service.

Chris from the Atinga Project where sandals made from used taxi tries made in Rwanda!

Of course our awesome camera and filmaker Neil Carroll from Nickel City Graphics getting this on film!

Dave from Buffalo BottleCraft showing off his bottle opener made from a real puck!

And Harry from Harry W Cardin & Assoc. offering free consulting services to new businesses!

And finally we got to sit down and hear from a true investor into businesses Mitchell Patterson of Armory Square Ventures, who shared some pretty wild approaches to getting VC's to listen to new ideas and businesses and what to avoid when reaching out for money! One of my favorite things I heard was that Mitchell said that he knows lots of Entrepreneurs that haven't started a business yet, and that they are all around us as they are good at solving problems.   

Monday, July 28, 2014

Owning a home with a Pool, is it easy?

I had a pool installed at my home 3 years ago, and I thought, how hard could it be? Really? Its just water in a big bucket! I can handle this! Well 3 years later I have found that I am a chemist, managing chemicals and water balance and in some cases it was tougher than I would imagine. 

So at the end of last year (October 2013) I had a leak in my liner, It happened when I took the stairs out of my pool but I didn't realize it until late fall. My pool first leaked all of the water, and then after that the cover blew off leaving my entire pool exposed over the winter. In May 2014 I finally had to take a good look and below you can see my pool in its worst condition ever. I never thought I would get my pool back to normal. 

My neighbor told me about a product that could patch the wall liner while underwater, which I could not believe. 

Before you start you need a little piece of sandpaper to rough the backside of a piece of vinyl pool liner and make sure that its cut in a round shape.
You take the piece of vinyl liner and paste the stuff on it.

Put the vinyl piece on the hole and hold for a few minutes and wait 24 hours. After that fill up the water just over the hole to make sure no bubbles come out and that there is no water coming out. Then you can fill the pool up! 

But wait, you added a nice wood deck for the pool? Well every other year we have had to stain the deck to keep the water repelling and make sure the wood is smooth and no splinters! Here's where having kids really helps! HAHA!

So after the pool was filled it became very cloudy. We ran the filter 24 hours a day for a week but it couldn't break through the phosphates in the water (Tiny particles suspended by the water). As you can see below. You couldn't see the bottom so we grabbed a bottle of PhosAway and used our hose and attached a bottle of the stuff and sprayed on the pool. Shut off the filter and let it stand for 2 days. The pool was clear except for these small balls (I didn't take a picture - sorry!) and then you use your pool vacuum but you don't use the filter you have to vacuum to waste which was very difficult but we got it done!

So here I am vacuuming the pool and as you can see how clear it really is.

Much better looking than 2 months ago! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Startup Grind Buffalo June 2014 - Dan Gigante of You and Who

Our 2nd Startup Grind Buffalo was just as successful as our first one, with about 60 people joining us to hear from one of Buffalo's most helpful Entrepreneur's Dan Gigante of You and Who and 19 Ideas!
Dan explained that giving is the most beneficial part of his growth. No job is too small and to always help wherever you can. I try to live by those words and he is right on always trying to help, you get so much more when you do!

The event was sponsored by Algonquin Studios and InfoTech Niagara two great organziations dedicated to making Technology better and easier. Along with Brand Mother Strategies who has a wealth of experience with business! There will be links at the bottom of my blog to all the sites mentioned.

There was some gaming going on, and our speaker Dan Gigante was one of the first in line to play a game. Way to loosen up!

D!G at the Tom Beecher Innovation Center is a great place to hold events like these. Along with this, its a great co-working collaborative workspace and once again Jessica Edwards the Curator, made it easy, fun and awesome to put on a successful event, THANK YOU JESSICA!!

The Stage is set while everyone else enjoys the networking, beer and food brought to you by Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI), and the Beer was from Community Beer Works.

We had some new faces and a few familiar faces in the crowd which made it a very interesting night!

Eben and Jessica were working on a new opening item where new Startup's are given 1 minute to pitch their idea / product to the audience. 

Great conversations, new beginnings and new friendships being created.

Lively discussions on topics with some real experts in the business.

Eben and Dan getting ready to talk it up!!

A little photo bomb by Eben!

A great crowd and we loved to hear the pitches!

Dan and Eben start up STARTUP GRIND!

Thank you to all that attended and we look forward to seeing all of you back for July! We will be hosting again at D!G Buffalo and this time with Mitchell Patterson - Armory Square VC
For more info click the link below.

Oh and just before the event, I was down at Canalside and got a chance to see part of the USA World Cup Match! It was packed with over 2500 people and it was great to see such phenomenal support!

More informational links about our sponsors / speakers: