1. The Chief Financial Officer of Yahoo told Buffalo technology entrepreneurs that being passionate and offering unique and compelling services can put their Web-based startups on the path to success. Goldman detailed his career and touched on different areas of the technology industry, including funding startups. Ideas that stand out and serve a need tend to get the attention of prospective investors.

    Some media coverage includes:

    buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130327/BUSINESS/130329178/1005
    bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2013/03/28/investing-session-well-attended-and.html?page=all
    bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2013/03/27/yahoo-exec.html

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  2. Continuing our speaker series that has included Fred Wilson and Chris Sacca, we were excited to welcome Woody Benson to Buffalo and Z80 Labs. Woody was interviewed by Eric Reich who was cofounder of Campus Labs, which was recently acquired by Higher One for over $40mm.

    Woody is the former CEO of MCK Communications and currently a VC and Partner at Prism VentureWorks in Boston, and recently founded IoTWorks, which is a venture fund focusing on "The Internet of Things".

    For over three decades, Woody Benson has been at the forefront of major computing and technology trends. He started his journey in computer sales, working for a regional retailer and running the software business for the Apple rep firm. Career highlights include, managing channels and creating the OEM division for Lotus Development, running sales and marketing at Shiva Corporation, to becoming CEO of MCK Communications where he was named Mass Telecom CEO of the year. Later in his career Woody became a Venture Capitalist at Lazard & Prism Venture investing in Communications, SaaS & Digital Media while also teaching at his alma mater, Bentley University, as an Executive in Residence. In 2009 he was named in AlwaysOn’s top 100 Venture Capitalists. He currently serves on the board, or is an advisor to: LogMeIn, Expo Communications, Swirl Networks, Greater Good, and MetaResolver. Throughout his career Woody has seen the rise of microcomputers, data networking, telephony re-invention, and the rise of SaaS & Digital Media. In his “free” time Woody can be found at TechStars where he participates as a mentor to young start-ups, or participating with the Bentley Investment Committee and the MIT 10-250.

    Career IPO Highlights:
    Shiva Corporation, 1994
    MCK Communications, 1999
    Elastic Networks, 2000
    LogMeIn, 2009

    Career M&A Highlights:
    Altiga sold to Cisco
    Maven Networks sold to Yahoo!
    m:metrics sold to ComScore
    KickApps sold to KITDigital
    Conduit Labs sold to Zynga
    5:1 sold to Yahoo!

    Woody is married and has two children. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts. In the summer you can find him on Cape Cod.

    The event took take place at Z80 Labs on November 13th.

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  3. On September 7th, 2012, renowned Venture Capitalist (and Lockport, NY native) Chris Sacca was interviewed at Z80 Labs by Kevin Purdy, followed by Q&A.

    Chris Sacca an incredibly accomplished Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor and advisor. Former Head of Special Initiatives at Google Inc., he turned to investing in startups including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Turntable.fm and many more: lowercasecapital.com/posse/

    Chris' official bio: lowercasecapital.com/proprietor/
    Chris on Twitter: twitter.com/sacca

    About Kevin Purdy

    Kevin is currently a freelance writer for Fast Company, Author of The Complete Android Guide, Author of Google+ The Missing Manual (O'Reilly), organizer of TEDxBuffalo, co-owner of CoWork Buffalo, and former co-editor of Lifehacker.

    Kevin on Twitter: twitter.com/kevinpurdy

    About Z80 Labs

    Z80 Labs, launched in summer 2012, is Buffalo's first Internet-focused technology incubator, providing entrepreneurs the ability to build new and innovative tech companies in Buffalo, New York. Startups invited to locate in Z80 Labs are given a wide array of services including office space, tech support, collaboration tools, weekly education programs, specifically-assigned mentorship teams, access to the Z80 Speaker Series, amenities and infrastructure from local companies, as well as expert advice from renowned industry advisors. Z80 Labs is funded by Softbank Capital, with additional funding from SCP Incubator via a grant from New York State and ESD. Corporate support is being provided by The Buffalo News, Campus Labs, PC Business Solutions, and Synacor. Z80 Labs is located in The Buffalo News headquarters in downtown Buffalo.

    z80labs.com

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  4. Z80 Labs Technology Incubator presents the inaugural "Feeding Innovation Speaker Series" featuring renowned venture capitalist, Fred Wilson. The event took place on Tuesday July 24 at 11:30am at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY.

    For more information on Z80 Labs, please visit:

    z80labs.com

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  5. Z80 Labs Technology Incubator presents the inaugural "Feeding Innovation Speaker Series" featuring renowned venture capitalist, Fred Wilson. The event took place on Tuesday July 24 at 11:30am at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY.

    For more information on Z80 Labs, please visit:

    z80labs.com

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