UVC announces 2018 Upstate Unleashed Conference in Syracuse on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

(UVC) is excited to announce that Marc Randolph, Co-Founder of Netflix, will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Upstate Unleashed Conference. The conference will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at The Oncenter in Syracuse, NY. Last year, more than 350 entrepreneurs and startup supporters from across Upstate NY and beyond attended this sold out event.

2018 Unleashed - Marc RandolphAfter graduating from Hamilton College, Marc became a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, executive mentor and angel investor. Marc co-founded the online movie and television streaming service, Netflix, in 1996. He served as the company’s  CEO, and was a member of its board of directors until his retirement in 2004.

In a four decade entrepreneurial career, Marc has founded multiple successful companies, including Looker Data Science (2012), IntegrityQA (1995) and MicroWarehouse (1988). “I am excited to return to Upstate NY, to visit the Hamilton campus, and to engage the next generation of entrepreneurs who are transforming the region’s economy,” he said.

Since leaving Netflix, Marc has been helping other entrepreneurs individually and through his public speaking engagements. According to Marc, “What’s fascinating is that the process of speaking about it forces you to figure out – how does this work? How do you find out what the common elements of success are in starting something – in building something new?”

According to UVC Founder, Martin Babinec, “It’s our pleasure to welcome Marc Randolph back to Upstate NY. His creative vision and tolerance for risk have fundamentally transformed the landscape of our world through technology. By sharing his story, Marc will provide our region’s creatives and doers with inspiration to push forward on their journeys to build great companies in Upstate NY, and fuel our region’s economy through entrepreneurship.”

This year’s Upstate Unleashed Conference also features TED-style talks and the opportunity to meet some of the top CEOs at the helm of Upstate NY’s fast-growing companies, as well as how our region’s high-growth companies are transforming our economy, and creating opportunities to retain our talented college graduates. Early bird tickets are now available at 2018Unleashed.Eventbrite.com.

The winners of the 2018 Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards will also be announced at this year’s conference. Community members can nominate their favorite startup community leaders here: uvc.org/awards-nominations-2018.

Interview opportunities prior to, and after the event, are available with our speakers, sponsors and award winners. Please contact kathryn@uvc.org to arrange interviews.