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Monday, February 25, 2019

The Capital Region’s Startup Landscape: What We’ve Done and What We Still Need To Do

As the attorney behind many of Capital Region’s biggest business deals over the last several decades, Rich Honen continues to serve as power broker for the next wave of startups. Honen, a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP and leader of the Albany Office, will give a brief history of the region’s startup business scene and dive into the tough topic of failure as a requirement for future success as the speaker at the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, March 13th.

Held at the University Club of Albany, the cost for the March luncheon is $20 and may be paid at the door or online at The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30 p.m.

Reservations for the luncheon, sponsored by the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, Inc. (NABA), are required by Monday, March 11th and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-992-5360, or by e-mail at

This will be the last luncheon to offer application forms for the Albany Roundtable Scholarship for Civic Leadership. A $1,000 scholarship is being offered to a high school senior who is recommended by a member in good standing of the Albany Roundtable. The application must be submitted by a student in his or her senior year of high school and will be awarded contingent upon acceptance an attendance at a two- or four-year college or university. The deadline for application is March 31, 2019, and the scholarship will be awarded at the Roundtable’s Annual Meeting in May at the University Club of Albany.

About Richard E. Honen

Richard E. Honen is the Venture Capital & Technology Practice Team Leader and Partner in Charge of Phillip Lytle LLP’s Albany office. He focuses his practice in corporate, finance and venture capital law, as well as complex commercial litigation. Honen provides corporate counsel to a broad spectrum of companies from start-up to Fortune 50 and has lectured extensively, particularly on topics of corporate law, venture capital and angel investing. He also represents companies in complex commercial litigation matters. Honen has served as an adjunct professor at Union Graduate College (now Clarkson University), where he taught Business Law to MBA candidates, and has guest lectured at Albany Law School of Union University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University at Albany, Ithaca College and Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. He can be found on Twitter at @RichHonenPL and on LinkedIn.

About Phillips Lytle LLP

Phillips Lytle LLP is a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence. With offices in New York State, Washington, D.C., and Canada, their attorneys serve a multinational client base, including FORTUNE 1000 companies, global and regional financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, middle market companies, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth. For more information, visit

About the March Sponsor

The March luncheon is sponsored by the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, Inc. (NABA), which provides a wide range of services to individuals with visual impairments.  Some of these services include training and placing legally blind adults in professional employment and providing rehabilitation services to seniors with age-related vision loss. NABA, with over a century of experience, continues to help individuals overcome the challenges of vision loss, enabling them to lead more productive, independent lives. NABA also provides free vision screening for children 18 months to 4 years old through their KidSight Program.