Board Game Innovation (James Lang, Vorpal Board)

Jack and Bob sit down with James Lang, the founder of Vorpal Board, which enables users to play board games with friends remotely. They discuss James' "why" for creating the business, and the process of taking his product to market in a typically traditional industry.

Vorpal Board is the platform that enables you to play your favorite tabletop games with friends online using the actual pieces. Whether you live halfway around the world or two doors over, we know how hard it can be to get your gaming group together. With Vorpal Board never let life or distance get in the way of playing the games you love.

'Upstate on the Move' highlights entrepreneurs making a difference in Upstate New York. It is hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier, and produced by Richard Lin. This podcast is recorded at IgniteU NY in downtown Troy. It is presented by IgniteU NY and powered by NYSTEC.


The President of Positivity (Gayle Farman, Passport For Good)

Jack and Bob sit down with Gayle Farman, the Founder and President of Positivity at Passport for Good.

**What is Passport for Good?**

"With our software, individuals, families and organizations all benefit. Each person can chronicle their journey in the community, digitally stamping their passport on each community service adventure. By registering as a member of an organization, whether it be your school, workplace or church, your individual journey adds clout to that organization’s overall impact. You or your organization can showcase this data any way you choose!"

'Upstate on the Move' highlights entrepreneurs making a difference in Upstate New York. It is hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier, and produced by Richard Lin. This podcast is recorded at IgniteU NY in downtown Troy. It is presented by IgniteU NY and powered by NYSTEC.


The New YouTube (Bailey Ryan, Vewr)

Bailey Ryan is setting out to create the new YouTube with his company Vewr, a decentralized video content platform powered by blockchain. He is currently a student at UAlbany and is getting ready to make the leap to pursuing his endeavor.

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.


How to Cold Call (And Why You Should Do It) (Matt Scarchilli, Sandler Training)

Jack and Bob sit down with Matt Scarchilli, owner of Sandler Training in Albany, NY to talk about the art of prospecting and everybody's favorite technique, cold calling.

To learn more about Sandler Training visit winningprocess.sandler.com

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.


Kick-Ass, Not Half-Ass (Jon Briccetti, Troy Web Consulting)

Jack and Bob sit down with Jon Briccetti, one of the three founders of Troy Web Consulting, a staple here in the community since 2002. They discuss the importance of making community a part of their business plan, why you should "underdo" the competition, and what it takes to build kick-ass software in an ever-changing field.

Find out more about Troy Web here: troyweb.com

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.


The Future of Backpacks and A Million Entrepreneurs (Willie Crowder, MyBackStory)

Jack and Bob sit down with Willie Crowder, the founder of MyBackStory, a company looking to enable a million entrepreneurs with their innovative backpack. Willie's prototype is a bulletproof backpack originally designed to improve safety for bikers in urban environments. He has since added screens to turn the backpack into a mobile advertising platform for which the user can generate money from.

You can connect with Willie here: linkedin.com/in/williecrowder

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.


When A "Nerd" Runs An Oyster Bar (Heidi Knoblauch, Plumb Oyster Bar)

Jack and Bob sit down with Heidi Knoblauch, owner of Plumb Oyster Bar (2nd Street, Troy, NY) and Receipt HQ. They discuss her pivot from academia to owning a renowned oyster bar, and a major obstacle all restaurants face that led her to founding her second company, Receipt HQ.

Find more about Plumb Oyster Bar here: plumb.bar and Receipt HQ here: receipthq.io

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.


Creating a New Brooklyn in Troy, New York (Vic Christopher, Clark House Hospitality)

Jack and Bob of IgniteU NY sit down with Vic Christopher, the outspoken VP of Clark House Hospitality who run a collection of restaurant, retail, and private event spaces in Troy New York. Vic has had a roller coaster of a career, which all started working as a janitor in Brooklyn for the better half of a decade. Since then he pursued his passion for film, became a minor league baseball executive, followed by Troy's economic development coordinator, and now VP of a renowned hospitality group in downtown Troy. We discuss the ups and down of his journey and what made him leave Brooklyn to set up shop here in Troy, New York.

Learn more about Vic on his website: vicchristopher.com

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.


Enabling Student Freelancers (Sam Mere, CampusPro)

Jack and Bob of IgniteU NY chat with Sam Mere, the founder of CampusPro. An app that connects college freelancers with their campus. They discuss the challenges and tribulations of being a bootstrapping entrepreneur (including taking free sandwiches when possible) and the vision for enabling the college freelance market.

Download CampusPro in the Apple App Store, follow them on social media @_campuspro, and check out their website: campusproapp.com

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.


From Homeless To Helping Young Professionals (Coach Carmen Duncan, Mission Accomplished Transition Services)

Jack and Bob of IgniteU NY sit down with Carmen Duncan, appropriately known as Coach Carmen of Mission Accomplished Transition Services (Mission Accomplished). Carmen established the organization in 2012 with a vision to create a professional and personal development resource that recognizes the potential and power of aspiring young professionals. She tells her story of growth from being homeless in Albany to helping others in similar situations get into legitimate career tracks, just as mentors had done for her when she needed it most.

To find out more about Mission Accomplished Transition Services visit their website: matransitionservices.org

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.


Virtual Reality Self Defense (Yumi Kageyama, EmpowerU)

Upstate On The Move highlights entrepreneurs in Upstate New York who are, well, on the move. We dive into a deep discussion about their endeavors, their trials and tribulations that come with running a startup company in Tech Valley. We also discuss what the company is looking for and how our community can help. Today we spoke with Yumi Kageyama, who is taking her expertise as a taewkondo instructor, and using it to develop defense courses via virtual reality.

Learn more about Risen Taekwondo here: risentaekwondo.com and EmpowerU VR here: empoweruvr.com

Presented by IgniteU NY. Hosted by Jack Carpenter, Richard Lin, and Bob Manasier. Produced by Richard Lin.