Dan Magnuszewski is a software/internet entrepreneur from Buffalo, NY, who's focused on building companies, while pushing to consolidate and grow the WNY tech and startup scene. His professional career started at M&T Bank where he worked to develop their network monitoring systems. From there, he joined Synacor, where he was a developer of their TV Everywhere platform, before leaving to freelance with startups and entrepreneurs. Currently, he is the Cofounder and CTO of ACV Auctions, an online automotive auction platform. He has served as a tech mentor for UNYstartups.com and the Student Sandbox at the Syracuse Technology Garden. He is a co-organizer of the Buffalo OpenCoffee Club, and member of the WNY Computer Science Teachers Association (which promotes computer science education in grades K-12). He co-founded the WNY OpenData Working Group to make public data more accessible, promote open data, and push for government transparency. A current endeavor underway is consolidating the region's spattering of technology companies in an effort to build a technology corridor downtown.
In 2015, Dan and partners Joe Neiman and Jack Greco won the 43North 2nd annual business plan competition, beating a global field of 11,350 applicants to take home the $1M grand prize. ACV's winning idea is a live wholesale marketplace for dealer-only automobile auctions, implemented as an easy-to-use app.
When away from the computer, Dan fills his time speedskating, running, drinking good coffee, and brewing beer. Find him on Twitter at: @magnachef