Published May 24, 2021 | It’s a timeless question – why would a successful young professional pick Buffalo over a locale with warmer weather, a cooler culture and a more progressive regional economy?
Ofo Ezeugwu has some insight on the matter.
The founder of WhoseYourLandlord came here in early 2020 after winning an award in the 43North business competition. Effectively, he traded 5% of his company and a pledge to operate here for a year for a $500,000 investment.
His obligation has ended, but Ezeugwu is staying in his downtown Buffalo apartment, with plans to build out an engineering team here this year.
It’s all about access.
Ezeugwu’s embrace by the local business community has led him to become a Buffalo Niagara Partnership member. The leader of Ernst and Young’s Buffalo office, Eugene Gramza, helped Ezeugwu last year become one of 100 entrepreneurs across the country chosen for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurs Access Program.
The company recently launched paid pilot projects with two big-name local real estate firms, Newmark Ciminelli and Savarino Cos., who will use WhoseYourLandlord’s platform to forge deeper connections with residential renters in their facilities.
“People here want to see you succeed,” he said. “Buffalo is redefining itself as a city and that makes it a very fertile ground for business opportunities.”
Ezeugwu’s parents went to Niagara University, though he moved around as a child. He graduated with a business degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and then moved to New York City, where he focused on WhoseYourLandlord as a place where renters could post reviews about their landlords and buildings.
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