Month: April 2018

The Science Building at SUNY New Paltz

Connecting Hudson Valley Entrepreneurs with the HV Venture Hub

This week, I had the privilege of repping Talentbase at the first ever Leaders’ Forum of the Hudson Valley Venture Hub. The Venture Hub, a new initiative from SUNY New Paltz, is working to connect local organizations that support entrepreneurs and businesses in the Hudson Valley.

It was encouraging to see how many groups are dedicated to growing and connecting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Hudson Valley. There were venture capital groups and coworking spaces, online communities and physical ones — all bent on making it easier for startups and small businesses in the Hudson Valley to thrive.

It’s only been a few months since Hudson Valley Talentbase launched publicly, and I was thrilled to see that it’s already on the radar. Several people approached me at the forum to let me know how much they’ve been enjoying it — one even told me that he’d hired someone he found on Talentbase!

Talentbase is built to connect creative individuals (and soon organizations) in the Hudson Valley, and that includes disciplines like entrepreneurship that aren’t always considered creative. Creativity doesn’t only include the obvious things like art, design, music, and filmmaking — I define creativity as the impulse to take the spark of an idea and turn it into something real. What’s more creative than having an idea and building it into a business?

I’m looking forward to watching the Venture Hub grow and develop, and I’m even more excited to see what new ventures emerge from connections made on Talentbase. I’ve already started to hear from people who found work on the site, or who needed someone with a very particular skillset and was able to find them on Talentbase. Part of my intention with Talentbase was to create a platform on which people could find their next collaboration, and these stories thrill me. But as much as I love seeing people finding work on the site, I’m even more looking forward to the next step: people forming companies and projects with people they met on Talentbase. I think we can help foster the next crop of creative endeavor in the Hudson Valley, and I can’t wait to see what we make.

Sign up for Hudson Valley Talentbase to have a ringside seat to our economy’s creative development. We’re waiting for you!

?Science Hall at SUNY New Paltz, from here

Hudson Valley app developer Dan Gurney

Spotlight On: Dan Gurney

Dan Gurney is a software developer, product designer, and startup founder living in New Paltz.

Tell us about a few things you’ve done.
Currently I’m the co-founder of a new app development firm called Hudson Valley Apps. Before that, I founded Concert Window, a live music broadcasting platform with 170K users.

See some of Dan’s work →

What are you excited about right now?
I’m really excited about starting this new app development firm, Hudson Valley Apps. We’ve been hearing from a lot of folks who want to create or update apps and aren’t sure how to go about it. My co founder Chris Garrett is a veteran iOS developer, ever since the first iPhone came out. We’ve also been doing a lot of fun cross-platform stuff with React Native as well as native Android.

How did you come to live in the Hudson Valley? What do you love about it?
I’m originally from Rhinebeck, so I am very familiar with the area. After living in NYC for 6 years, I was looking for a more sustainable lifestyle with more nature and a lower baseline stress level! I moved up to New Paltz with my girlfriend about 8 months ago and we’ve been really enjoying it so far.

Who are some other Hudson Valley creatives whose work you admire?
There are some really talented folks all over the Hudson Valley and especially in New Paltz—check out Jordan Koschei, Milo Axelrod, and Tyler Walker. I love how supportive and tight knit the Hudson Valley scene is.


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