Barberio talks about the rewards and tribulations of being an angel investor in Buffalo Mark Barberio definitely has a plan.
His model: You spend a few years getting educated, from 20 to 30 years earninga living and then the rest of your life giving back.
Having been hugely successful in the first two segments of that model, it's time for the third. Barberio's "retirement" involves starting a foundation and a consulting business, teaching classes at the University at Buffalo and Rochester Institute of Technology and becoming an angel investor with a focus on Buffalo- and Rochester-based…
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Daemen’s visual effects program struggles to attract students Daemen College's year-old certificate program in visual effects has been a hit amongst industry employers, with state-of-the-art facilities and a hands-on training program that has few rivals.
Empire Visual Effects is hiring many of the Daemen students who graduate and is hungry for more.
Everything about the arrangement, supported by a $4.5 million state grant that's part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" initiative, has been working great.
Except for one big thing: There are barely any…
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:11:00 +0000 Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak raises a reported $62M Atlanta-based anonymous messaging service YiK Yak has raised a reported $62 million, even as it battles a lawsuit filed by a former fraternity brother who claims he is a co-founder of the fast-growing startup.
The round was raised by Sequoia Capital, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the deal. Yik Yak's valuation is said to be in the low hundreds of millions of dollars, the WSJ noted.
In June, Yik Yak raised $10 million in a Series A by Silicon Valley venture capitalist…
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:13:00 +0000 Google: Bostonians searching for My Little Pony, maple bacon chips this holiday season Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) said Monday that Bostonians like searching the web for tablets and e-readers, L.L. Bean boots, Longchamp bags and My Little Pony.
The Menlo Park, Calif.-based tech giant said it analyzed Google search trends and polled shoppers using its own survey tools.
According to the company, these are the top trending gifts in Boston this year:
1. Tablets and e-readers
2. L.L. Bean boots
3. Longchamp bags
4. My Little Pony
5. Waltham watches
The company, which launched its…
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Women to watch this week: Nov. 24 - 30 Meg Whitman: While many of us will be ducking out early this week, the HP CEO's got a busy schedule before Thanksgiving. The company is announcing its quarterly earnings Tuesday, and investors are hoping to get more info on the planned split that will carve the company into what Whitman hopes will become "two big Fortune 50 companies." The company has also announced its entrance into the 3D printing business since the last earnings announcement. Those would all make for very interesting topics of…
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Top HECO executive retiring in January 2015 Dan Giovanni, who spent nearly three decades as a consultant or employee at Hawaiian Electric Co., most recently as its senior vice president of operations, is retiring early next year, according to a letter from the company's president and CEO to employees and others that was obtained by PBN.
Giovanni, whose last day with HECO is January 9, has a total of 42 years of experience in the electric power industry.
Alan Oshima, president and CEO of HECO, said in the letter that Giovanni has been a strong,…
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:23:00 +0000 Zizzo Group open house includes some big news: Slideshow When Anne Zizzo moved her offices for Zizzo Group from West Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee to the 3rd Ward, she found a space that she expected would be open to gatherings of all types.
And in the nearly one year since moving in, that's been true, with committees, brainstorming sessions and even a town hall meeting with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
On Nov. 20, she hosted an open house and more than 200 people, including clients, friends and family, easily mingled, drank and ate. Check out…
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:51:00 +0000 San Jose floats fee break to attract new office tower — is it enough? A couple of years ago, the city of San Jose cut fees for developers of high-rise housing projects. Fast forward, and two towers are under construction with more on the way.
Now city officials want to try the same thing, but for commercial towers. Or rather, one tower.
"It's for whoever gets in the door first," said Nanci Klein, assistant director of economic development.
A proposal to be heard at the Dec. 2 city council meeting would eliminate construction tax for the first commercial high-rise…
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