This episode of the Smarter Business Podcast features Jack Greco, the executive director of the Techstars chapter in Buffalo and Clark Dever, the program director at Techstars in Buffalo The two sit down to talk with vidwheel's Paul Greiner.
The conversation ranges from agile planning for businesses, fostering a startup community in Buffalo as well as at Techstars itself.
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Neil K Carroll - Welcome to the latest episode of the "Smarter Business" podcast. This episode is one of the last ones that we were able to record before the onset of the COVID pandemic. So enjoy this one, in studio, with Paul Greiner of vidwheel, Jack Greco and Clark Dever of Techstars, Buffalo. The three talk about agile planning, fostering a strong startup community in Buffalo, and Techstars itself. The conversation is great, especially if you're in the startup community. And if you like what you hear, share this with your friends.
Paul Greiner - Well, thanks for coming out, guys. It's great to have you here. And let's actually--
Clark Dever - Thanks for having us.
Paul - Greiner - Let's just start by you introducing yourself, your organization and a little bit about how you came to end up where you are.
Jack Greco - Cool, you wanna go first?
Clark Dever - Sure. My name's Clark Dever. I'm the program director at Techstars in Buffalo, longtime community organizer in Buffalo and startup community. Been at it around 10 years as a volunteer. Founded companies, been the first employee in at a couple companies. Done some entrepreneurship. So just kind of the wide background that I had between organizing events and people, and then my experience building things from zero to one, is kind of what brought me on board.
Jack Greco - Cool, I'm Jack Greco. I am the executive director and tag-team partner of Clark for Techstars. I moved to Buffalo about five years ago. I was a co-founder at a local company called ACV Auctions. Prior to that, and even during that, I really worked with and supported founders in genesis activities. So starting the company, getting the company up and running. I wore a lot of different hats and played a lot of different roles. Involved in the community in a different way, probably much more one-on-one, where Clark was more of an instigator and collaborator of large groups. I'm really excited with some of the stuff we're doing at Techstars.
Paul Greiner - Cool.
Jack Greco - And we're both dads.
Paul Greiner - Oh. That's important, too.
Jack Greco - Yeah.
Paul Greiner - Yeah, that's a part of your life, right?
Jack Greco - Yes. Small part.