UB engineering and MBA grads Ryan Jaquin and Shane Nolan launched their music electronics startup Bitcrusher (later renamed Algorythm Technologies) last year. The company, now known as Aviate Audio, develops next generation music electronic devices designed to elevate the player's performance. UpstartNY originally interviewed the two business partners and music technology pioneers in May of 2018. Since then, a lot has changed.
“We've located the company here because that's where our support is, and where all of our opportunity has come from,” said UB alumnus Shane Nolan, co-founder of Aviate Audio (formerly Algorhythm Technologies), a music electronics startup that developed Airpatch, the first wireless effects loop switch for guitars.
Each year, the Panasci Competition brings together University at Buffalo students from a variety of disciplines, including business, technology, engineering, and science. Before competing for Panasci’s cash prizes, students often participate in the Blackstone Launchpad program, which takes them step-by-step through the process of developing an idea and transforming it into a viable business.
Bitcrusher was founded by 22-year-old University at Buffalo students, who have won a string of prestigious competitions.