Jason Maloney of diffr3nt: “Do something local, even if it sounds crazy!”

Jason at the "Meet the Founders," an event at B:Hive Bridgeport as a part of the Startup Roadshow.

Unique, handcrafted smartphone and digital device cases are the specialty of diffr3nt, a startup based in Fairfield, Connecticut and founded by Jason Maloney and Mark Donne, graduates of Fairfield University. We’ve been following their progress for a while. They’ve been faithful supporters of the growing startup community in our state, participating in Startup Weekend and being great cheerleaders for other Connecticut ...

Read More »

Boot Camp Farms Brings Jobs for Vets and Sustainable Agriculture to Bridgeport


Boot Camp Farms, based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was created by CEO and founder Antonio St. Lorenzo to improve the quality of life on several fronts: job creation for veterans, transforming blighted areas into innovative state-of-the-art farming, local economic improvement (and beyond), and year-round accessibility to affordable healthy food, to name a few. As a part of the Bridgeport-Fairfield leg of the Startup Roadshow, we talked with Sean Richardson, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder.

Read More »

Carissa Ganelli of LightningBuy: From Digital Marketer to Software Platform CEO

Carissa & Greg selfie at IBM

As a savvy digital strategist and marketer, Carissa Ganelli’s clients have included: Merrill Lynch, Kraft, Delta, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, IBM, NASCAR, Tanqueray and Guinness (to name a few). Her previous lives at DIGITAS and other agencies allowed her to generate some serious know-how. Yet, it’s her natural ability to solve problems, build teams, produce results, and slay dragons of all shapes ...

Read More »