Member Highlight: Vanta Partners

#GarageMemberHighlight: Dean Iacovetti wasn’t sure what path he wanted to pursue in life. He went to law school and got a degree (because he was taught that you finish what you start), although he knew that wasn’t it. He stumbled into a career in recruiting and working 15 hour days and never looked back. Within the last year, he established…
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Troy Techstars Startup Weekend

What a fun, thought-provoking weekend in Troy, New York! We were honored to co-sponsor #StartupWeekendTroy with so many great partners. We’re inspired by the ideas, innovation, passion and resilience of these entrepreneurs who participated in a 54 hour weekend to pitch an idea and work on bringing that idea to life. We were proud to see mentors, judges and local businesses…
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Member Highlight: Albany Can Code

#GarageMemberHighlight: Annmarie Lanesey and Stacy Bressette are the driving force and powerhouses behind Albany Can Code. Albany Can Code, Inc is a non-profit educator providing tools & structures to Capital Region employers, educators and the public to grow the Tech Valley area. Since 2016, Albany Can Code has been promoting inclusivity and diversifying talent in the Capital Region’s tech industry through their hands-on career…
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Member Highlight: Capital District Digital

#GarageMemberHighlight: Capital District Digital is a full-service marketing agency that specializes in helping small to medium sized companies strengthen their digital presence. Capital District Digital is your go-to for website design, SEO services, e-commerce, social media marketing and more. Anthony and Kaila strongly emphasize the importance of creating personal relationships with their clients and serving as a resource in helping…
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UNY Leaders: Tom Nardacci

UNY50 leaders are building a more connected startup ecosystem. Membership is by invitation only, with selective criteria that facilitates trust and collaboration. UNY50 members are: • Proven entrepreneurs building high growth businesses with sales, equity investment or exits of over $10 million • Corporate “intrapreneurs” with success conceiving, developing and launching high impact products within organizations • Ecosystem influencers with a record of mentoring, investing in, and…
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Member Highlight: Zan Strumfeld, Zealous Scribbler

#GarageMemberHighlight What’s a literary assistant? Well, you could ask Zan Strumfeld, founder of Zealous Scribbler Literary Services. She’s your go-to for all self-publishing needs. Her skillset ranges from editorial oversight (large-scale editing, proofreading, ghost writing, manuscript prep) to marketing (websites, blogging, social media, branding, media kits) to event planning (running a book launch, speaking engagements). Backed by a small team of…
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Garage Talks: Field Notes on Detroit with Reif Larsen

GARAGE TALKS is a news series of talks, panels, gatherings hosted by the Troy Innovation Garage that will explore issues of community, urbanism and design in Troy and the greater Capital Region. The inaugural event was a talk by New York Times journalist Reif Larsen entitled “The 21st-Century City: Habitats of Contact” about his experience reporting a story on Detroit’s current…
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Member Highlight: Jonathan Masullo, J Masullo Design

Jonathan’s experience has spanned from college intern to chief marketing officer and his professional career has anchored him in the Capital District for the last 15 years. While he’s had a freelance “side hustle” for many years, Jonathan went out on his own full-time this past summer offering clients graphic design, online marketing, print production, and direct mail services. “I…
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Amsterdam Coworking Retreat

I had a special opportunity to travel to the Netherlands for a coworking retreat. I spent a couple of days exploring the wonderful city of Amsterdam and diving into the bike culture, the art scene, the overall vibe of the city and learning what makes Amsterdam thrive. Then it was up to the countryside to spend time with nine coworking…
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