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Doug Buerkle, executive director of NEXUS-NY, will be the special guest at our March gathering.

Doug is a senior business executive and entrepreneur who has guided the rapid growth of multiple technology businesses over the course of a career that includes nearly 25 years in executive management, business development, product commercialization, sales and engineering roles.

NEXUS-NY — an initiative created by High Tech Rochester in partnership with a number of Western and Central NY universities and other industry partners — is a clean energy start-up accelerator chartered with catalyzing the commercialization of technologies discovered by New York researchers. NEXUS-NY is funded largely by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is meant to increase the number of scalable clean energy start-up companies within the region. NEXUS-NY will succeed in its mission by providing financial and other assistance to early-stage technology teams.

Doug will provide an overview of the program and share his thoughts on the upstate New York innovation ecosystem. It is sure to be a stimulating session.

If you plan to attend, please register via the Eventbrite link to the immediate right. The cost is $8 (payable at the door) and includes unlimited coffee (of course!) and a tasty breakfast buffet.


Guy Paddock Talks Bitcoin at Our February 2014 Meeting

by Mark Frisk on February 12, 2014

We have an exciting speaker and a hot topic lined up for our February meeting: Guy Paddock, CEO of RedBottle Design, will join us to share his thoughts about Bitcoin, the alternative currency that (nearly) everyone’s talking about, and what it means for entrepreneurs.

If you plan to attend, please register via Eventbrite. The cost is $8 (payable at the door) and includes unlimited coffee (of course!) and a tasty breakfast buffet.

According to Guy…

“Bitcoin will revolutionize commerce for entrepreneurs in the modern age as much as the telephone revolutionized business. The nature of commerce today is digital — Internet orders, in-store payments from smart phones, and online banking — yet the way we’ve conducted commerce until now has remained mostly analog, using credit cards and checks, which are just stand-ins for physical cash. Bitcoin, along with other crypto-currencies like Litecoin, change this by introducing the first truly-digital currency.

“With bitcoin, middlemen like banks and governments are cut out, enabling merchants to conduct business with no up-front payment set-up costs, next to no transaction fees, and access to funds from each transaction in as little as ten minutes.”

Guy PaddockGuy is the Chief Executive Officer of RedBottle Design here in Rochester. A graduate of the Software Engineering program at RIT, he is focused on using cutting-edge tools and software development practices to empower entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Guy joined RedBottle in 2009 and became CEO in 2012. Under his leadership, the company has quadrupled its revenue and consistently pushes the technology and design envelope. Now, RedBottle is one of an elite group of Rochester firms developing on Glass, Google’s revolutionary wearable computer. RedBottle is also the first firm to develop a bitcoin wallet, bitcoin payment system, and retail payment system on the Glass platform.

Guy has also worked with several medium and large companies, including Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies like Paychex, Paetec Communications (now Windstream), and Citrix Systems. A bitcoin aficionado, he is a bitcoin miner and leads the Rochester Bitcoin MeetUp group.


Alex Zapesochny, Tech Exec & Entrepreneur, Is Our March Guest

March 4, 2013

TweetPlease join us on Friday, March 8th at 8:30 AM for Rochester Open Coffee Club’s March breakfast gathering at Flour City Diner. Our special guest will be Alex Zapesochny, co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of iCardiac Technologies. The cost to attend the meeting is $8 and includes unlimited coffee (of course!) and a tasty buffet. Alex [...]

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Michael Hess, Founder & CEO of Skooba Design, Joins Us in February

February 5, 2013

TweetROCC’s special guest at our February meeting will be Michael Hess, founder and CEO of Skooba Design, a Rochester-based company that’s achieved national recognition for its “exquisite cases and accessories for tech-travelers.”  The cost to attend is $8 and includes unlimited coffee (of course!) and a tasty breakfast buffet. Michael is passionate about business and equally passionate [...]

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Serial Entrepreneur Jeff Valentine Joins Us for Our January Meeting

January 7, 2013

TweetOur special guest for ROCC’s first meeting in 2013 is Jeff Valentine, who will share some highlights of his personal path on the entrepreneurial trail, as well as insights on the startup climate in Western New York. The cost to attend is $8 and includes unlimited coffee (of course!) and a tasty breakfast buffet. Register [...]

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Great Turnout for Our Last Meeting of 2012

December 20, 2012

TweetThanks to everyone who joined us at Flour City Diner for our final gathering of the year. And special thanks to guest speaker Jim Senall, president of High Tech Rochester, for sparking a stimulating discussion on the current entrepreneurial climate in our region and what lies in store for 2013 and beyond. A couple of [...]

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HTR President Jim Senall to Speak at ROCC’s December 2012 Meeting

December 11, 2012

TweetROCC’s special guest for our final gathering of the year will be Jim Senall, president of High Tech Rochester. Jim will relay his thoughts on finding investor money, and will also fill us in on the latest exciting developments at HTR, including its new brand identity, its new software accelerator, the renewal of NYSERDA’s entrepreneur-in-residence funding, and more. [...]

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For Your Reading List…

September 4, 2012

TweetIn a recent post, well known marketing author John Jantsch recommended two books that all entrepreneurs, both those who are already on the startup path and those who have yet to set out on it, should find of interest. We pass them along here for your consideration. If you’ve read either book, please let us [...]

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From Start-up to Global Enterprise

September 7, 2011

TweetWe hope this finds you well and that your transition into the final months of 2011 is going smoothly. Here’s a quick note about our next meeting, slated for Friday morning, September 9th. Our special guest is Dante Pennacchia, a sales and marketing expert with a wealth of experience in diverse industries, including consumer packaged [...]

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Mid-Summer Update

August 5, 2011

We’ve adopted a roundtable format for our summer 2011 meetings. Discussions have been lively and informative, and we welcome anyone interested in the startup scene in the Rochester region, from whatever angle their interest originates, to attend. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded people, and perhaps even form connections that could prove valuable down the road.

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