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ClipFix aces field test, cranks up manufacturing

By GREGORY ZELLER // Commack startup ClipFix, which peddles an easy DIY solution for busted modular plugs, has aced the first of two planned field tests – and that’s good enough for company principals, who’ve placed a 50,000-unit production order that should be ready to ship by mid-October. ClipFix targets the tiny depressible tabs that snap into place when RJ-45 modular plugs are inserted into a port or wall jack, connecting monitors, modems, phones, printers,…


For ClipFix, success is all about making connections

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a make-or-break month for ClipFix. Peddling a tiny invention with enormous potential, the Commack-based startup embarks this week on two critical field tests. Best case: ClipFix’s ridiculously uncomplicated DIY fix for busted modular plugs is embraced by major corporate customers, propelling the company to stratospheric success. Considering the startup’s so-simple-it’s-brilliant pitch, this isn’t farfetched at all. At its heart is the RJ-45 modular plug – more specifically, the miniscule, depressible…


No. 110: Hack the Pentagon, SolarCity woes and dog days in Anchorage

TG it’s F: A happy Friday everybody. It’s March 4, the first day of business for the first U.S. Congress of 1789. Much like today, not much happened. It took another month for enough members to arrive in NYC to form a quorum. Advocacy by association: The LIA released its top 10 priorities for 2016 this week, headlined by a research corridor that would stretch from Yaphank to Uniondale and fold in the mixed-use Nassau and Ronkonkoma…


The Lesson: Big markets mean big startup costs

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Good Problem to Have Department comes ClipFix, the Commack tech startup looking to conquer the world one busted modular plug at a time. Since ordering its first 50,000-unit production run in October, the brainchild of founder and president Michael Strahl has been working to lock down its best customer base. That’s familiar turf to any early-stage enterprise; most startups struggle to identify customers and the best channels to reach…


Designs from the cutting edge of innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mark and Linda Nuccio hung out the Design Edge shingle on their Merrick garage in 1987, offering you-name-it design and product development services to comers of all size. Mark’s expertise was from the toy industry, including stints at Ideal, Aura and Long Beach’s HG Toys, where he rose to be vice president of design and marketing. Linda, an illustrator and art teacher, had her own finely tuned eye. But the couple…


Making the global innovation connection

By GREGORY ZELLER /// It’s a big world out there, and a true innovation economy must capitalize on it. Selling widgets around town can get a startup off the ground, but to grow and help sustain real economic development, businesses must think bigger. That varies by industry, of course – the local bagel store needn’t focus, necessarily, on Asia – but in sectors with global potential, like healthcare and IT and other Long Island best…


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2015 Innovator of the Year Awards

Welcome to the inaugural run of the Innovator of the Year awards. Following are the stories of some of Long Island’s best and brightest ideas across an incredibly broad spectrum of innovation, from complex algorithms that plot medical targets for gene therapies to a brilliantly simple way to keep your wine glass free from grit at the beach. In between are clean-energy inventions that will one day – and maybe not so far in the…


No. 74: DealerTrack staying, German aid for Thrillist and the enduring hipness of Mason jars

TGIF: Greetings from the Long Island Business Development Conference in Montauk. Great opening keynote from Mark Lesko – on the eve of his new gig at Hofstra – plus panels on the issues most affecting local development: government red tape, job growth, public transit and, um, government red tape. Weather report: Cloudy with a declining chance of Joaquin. Today is National Manufacturing Day. Make the most of it. HEADLINES Cox Automotive completed its $4B all-cash acquisition of software juggernaut DealerTrack, which…


No. 73: Quirky folds, hello Neumann and the truth about man buns

TGIF: A good Friday everyone and a special welcome to new readers. It’s National Research Administrator Day, so if you do that and have one, please celebrate responsibly. Oh, and we heard the Pope is in town. Don’t forget to send us news, trends, scoops, criticisms and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. It’s been a busy week, capped by news that Quirky, the NYC-based platform that helped inventors develop household products in exchange for a slice of sales, has declared bankruptcy and plans…