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 focused full-time on a startup that is tackling data organization and search solutions for customers with big data issues. 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 endeavour 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
BS Computer Science, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2005