Aug 14th, 2018
The Rensselaer Emerging Ventures Ecosystem Accelerator Lab (REVEAL)at RPI wrapped up their summer accelerator program in July, which was geared specifically for video game developers. Any business with a video game project was invited to apply to the REVEAL program with priority given to Capital Region startups. There is no cost to participate in the program and accepted businesses receive funding.
At the Quackenbush Building in nearby Troy, you’ll find Ignite U NY, which offers a 9-week, industry-agnostic accelerator program. Ignite U NY recently held a Startup Showcase event where businesses in the program pitched their offerings in the hopes of receiving funding or making key connections.
Aurox, CenterSquare and CampusPro are a few of the businesses in the 2018 Ignite U NY class. Aurox uses drones to provide data solutions for dairy farms and their nutritionists. CenterSquare is a hyper-local mobile marketing app that connects residents and visitors to local businesses. And CampusPro is also a mobile app that connects student freelancers with peer consumers.
In Schenectady, the New York Biz Lab, gives businesses access to its network, provides mentors and offers a low-cost space within the tax-free StartUp NY zone. The New York Biz Lab also partners with local colleges through a lunch and learn series with Clarkson University Graduate School and a 24-hour hackathon hosted last February at Schenectady Country Community College.
Saratoga Springs is home to Spark Saratoga, which also offers entrepreneurs a way to submit ideas and perform market research and feasibility analyses on the ones that show merit. Spark Saratoga also offers services to help businesses with proven concepts grow faster.
Even if you have a compelling product or service to offer, sending cold emails and making cold phone calls to potential clients can be a challenge. Accelerators provide startups with a built-in network that helps entrepreneurs focus on the company’s overall strategy instead of sales or administrative tasks. The mentorship at any accelerator is also crucial for leaders who have not previously launched a business.
Whether you’re at the conceptual stage or have started building a mobile app, video game or software solution, an accelerator can be an absolute game changer for your business. If that describes you and you’re located in New York’s Tech Loop, now is the best time to apply with one of these local accelerators.
As the capital of New York, Albany has long been a hub of history, culture, art and more. Albany received an above-average rating in health, as the city is home to a number of hospitals (chief among them is St. Peters, which is considered high-performing in a number of advanced surgical procedures). Health education is also a focus for the city, with Albany Medical School producing two Nobel Prize winners and numerous leaders in medicine and research.
Mar 18th, 2019 via https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2019/ny/albany
The Capital Region has earned its "Tech Valley" moniker by fostering a healthy growth ecosystem for start-ups. Increasingly, those start-ups are game development studios, according to a local entrepreneurial and venture capital expert. Rich Honen, a partner at the Phillips Lytle LLP firm, detailed the Capital Region's tech startup landscape, and what needs to happen to maintain the growth the industry has experienced, during the monthly Albany Roundtable meeting held Thursday afternoon at the University Club of Albany.
Mar 15th, 2019 via https://m.timesunion.com/business/article/Gaming-to-take-over-Tech-Valley-startup-13685767.php
Dive Brief: Respect is a key driver of job satisfaction, according to newly revealed data from Monster's State of the Candidate Report. About 14% of job seekers surveyed said they didn't feel respected throughout their most recent job search. They said recruiters could have been more respectful by, among other things, telling candidates why they weren't advanced to the next stage in the recruiting process (32%); following up with candidates soon after an interview (31%); acknowledging receipt of applications (28%); and sending out timely rejection notices (23%).
Mar 4th, 2019 via https://www.hrdive.com/news/candidates-are-asking-for-a-little-respect/549075/
Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Albany-Can-Code-graduates-largest-class-ever-13549501.php
Imagine, for a second, that you're scrolling through the feed of your favorite social media network - headlines, articles, commentary, and memes rapidly careening down your screen. As you scroll, one link pops up: "Democrats Worried About Security for Super Bowl But Not About Security For Country!" — then another "White House Spokesman Refuses To Deny That Trump Directed Michael Cohen To Lie" — then another: "Michelle Obama Says She Plans To Run Against Trump in 2020 – With Barack As Her V.P.!"
Jan 23rd, 2019 via https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Troy-based-start-up-aims-to-combat-online-13545125.php
The Capital Regions’ software community continues to grow in everything from AI to local user groups. Gaming is yet another software industry on the rise in the region. Startups and large companies are choosing the capital region to build and grow their applications. We’ve interviewed three leaders from local gaming companies who are growing the capital regions’ gaming community; Taro Omiya from Omiya Games, Clarke Foley from PUBG MadGlory, and Jamey Stevenson from Tech Valley Game Space.
Mar 18th, 2019
The future of being a woman in technology what it means for those within the NY Tech Loop. What lies ahead and how far have we really come? Events like NYCWiC 2019 is a great opportunity for students to come and learn in an informative and supportive environment. The ACM-W New York Celebration of Women in Computing, is an annual event with the ultimate goal of encouraging women to continue to pursue their careers in computing by exploring career opportunities and meeting highly influential women in business, industry, and academia.
Mar 4th, 2019
Describe what it was like when Versatrans was acquired by Tyler? What was your role in the acquisition? When you look at other technology acquisitions in the Capital District in the last decade, you won't find a better success story. It has been more than 10 years since Versatrans became part of Tyler. Since then, our client base has more than doubled, revenues have tripled, and the staff size has grown from 60 to 130 with employee attrition rates remaining in the single digits. And, nearly all of the staffing growth has occurred in our Latham office. We recently acquired, and are almost done renovating, a 43,000-square-foot building in Latham to accommodate our current and future growth. The success of Tyler’s Versatrans acquisition can be attributed to two things: Tyler's acquisition model and the cultural fit between the two companies. Tyler strategically acquires companies who are leaders in their space. Versatrans was the leader in K-12 transportation software in 2008 and we are still the leaders today. We still have the best technology, the largest client base with a 95 percent client retention rate, and the highest client satisfaction ratings. The cultural fit between Tyler and Versatrans was excellent from the start and continues to this day...
Feb 12th, 2019
A user group is defined as a group of people who have similar goals, interests, or concerns in both personal and business aspects of computing. Typically, members of these groups meet on a regular basis to share ideas, meet new people, and discuss the future of the technology the group is interested in.
Jan 28th, 2019
New York Tech Loop wishes you much success for 2019 and beyond. For us we’re only half way through our first year and very excited to jump into 2019!
Jan 23rd, 2019