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Jordan Levy 

Chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

 

 

Jordan Levy currently serves as a General Partner at Softbank Capital NY and also as Managing Partner of Seed Capital Partners, an early stage Venture Capital Fund he co-founded in late 1999.  Softbank Capital is a mid-sized venture capital firm specializing in digital media investments in early stage companies located primarily along the eastern seaboard.   


Prior to co-founding Seed Capital Partners, he was co-founder of ClientLogic and was President, co-CEO and co-Chair of its predecessor companies SOFTBANK Services Group and Upgrade Corporation of America (now SITEL Worldwide). He also co-founded QSR Brands, which was recently sold but was the largest franchisee of Subway Restaurants in the Buffalo & Rochester markets.


Previously, Jordan was Senior Vice President of Software Etc (now GameStop GME:NASDAQ), a chain of 270 computer and video game stores throughout the US. He was also Executive Vice President and co-founder of  Software Distribution Services, now known as Ingram Micro (IM;NASDAQ). He started his career in Albany, New York where he worked as an administrative Assistant in the New York State Senate and was actively involved in dozens of political campaigns.  

Jordan currently serves on the Board of Directors several technology companies including Synaptic Digital, Spanfeller Media, ZipList, JumpPost, OMGPOP, SocialFlow, Boxee, Betaworks, Cokem International and serves as Chairman of Synacor.  Previously he was a founding Director of Cobalt Networks prior to its acquisition by Sun Microsystems and GT Interactive before it was acquired by Atari. Levy also serves as the first non-Native American on the Board of Seneca Holdings Corporation, the business arm of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

 

In addition to his business activities, he is currently Chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, the State Agency responsible for the redevelopment of Buffalo's vast historic waterfront.  He is also on the Advisory Board for NYC Seed, a trustee of the University of Buffalo Foundation, 43X79 Inc. He served for nine years as a trustee of the Albright Knox Art Gallery and is a past President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo.

 

He was recently honored as Business Executive of the Year 2010 by the Business School at Canisius College and was recognized as 2008 Citizen of the Year by the Buffalo News.  He has received the United States Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success Award, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Buffalo Alumni Association. 


A graduate of the University of Buffalo, he lives with his wife, Holly in Buffalo NY and has two children, Adrian who resides in New York City and Jacob, a Nuclear Engineering Major at the University of Michigan.

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