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Teq beefs up distribution partnerships

The good times roll on at educational software firm Teq, which this week announced two new reseller partnerships. In April, the Huntington-based producer of innovative classroom technology and online professional development solutions entered into an international distribution deal with Canadian firm SMART Technologies, allowing Teq to forge distribution agreements with SMART’s reseller partners throughout the United States and Canada. This week, the firm announced partnerships with two of those resellers: Piraino Consulting, which will make…


Bettr founders Asish Pandhi and James Knaus.

Ashish Pandhi and James Knaus have a Bettr idea

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even Ashish Pandhi and James Knaus know it can’t be this easy. That’s why the entrepreneurs continue to tinker tirelessly on the functionality and marketing of Bettr, a social media-management platform that aims to “give people a voice and make a difference in the world,” according to Knaus. Bettr won’t officially launch until this fall, but the precursors to the final product, Queue+ and Archive Poster, have achieved enough success that the…


cpxi challenge winners

Lift Stick wins $50K in Hofstra biz plan contest

Hofstra students Nick Calderon and Kevin McCroary won the $50,000 top prize in the annual CPXi VentureTech student business plan contest on Wednesday for The Lift Stick, a device that alerts the wearer to improper posture that could lead to lower back injury. The pair have already begun sales of the Stick, but will get a significant leg up in production and marketing with their first-place winnings. Two teams tied for second place in the…


ESPN sues Verizon

ESPN seeks legal halt to Verizon packaging

As threatened, ESPN has filed suit in New York’s Supreme Court over Verizon’s decision to include the sports network in its new discounted pay-TV package. The legal fight could slow efforts to create programming for young “cord cutters” who eschew traditional cable packages in favor of streaming online options. Verizon is offering its 35-channel Custom TV subscription package for $55 per month, with the option of adding other tiers of programming, including a sports package…


Teq's Chris Hickey

New distribution deal in hand, Teq looks to bulk up

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Teq, the Huntington-based educational software firm, is about to go on a hiring spree after announcing a new international distribution deal. A producer of innovative classroom technology and software solutions focused on 21st century instruction, Teq announced Tuesday it had entered into a distribution agreement with SMART Technologies, an Alberta, Canada-based supplier of innovative business and education technologies. The deal will allow Teq to distribute its professional development and educational technology…


Lipsky

DEBRIEF: Paul Lipsky, MindYolk/LIVP

It takes a village. That basically defines Paul Lipsky’s hankering to unite Long Island’s creative-tech community. A digital animator with 25 years of professional experience, Lipsky is the CEO of MindYolk, a Plainview 3D animation studio, which he runs as a solopreneur with a healthy roster of freelance artists. He’s also founder of Long Island Visual Professionals, not a networking organization, per se, but a mutual-support group for entrepreneurial creators wielding digital tools. The LIVP…


jobs available in New York

State’s job board sets record on tech employment

Tech-based jobs rule the roost on New York State’s Jobs Express website, an online resource looking to connect the unemployed with companies in search of fresh blood. According to the state, the Jobs Express site has set a new record with over 115,000 private-sector positions listed – and a healthy portion of those jobs are technology-related, falling into categories such as “Computer and Mathematical,” “Healthcare Technical” and “Healthcare Support.” The Jobs Express site (www.jobs.ny.gov) sorts…


yik yak

Bumping up against the boundaries of free speech

BY GREGORY ZELLER Sometimes, there’s a thin line between criminality and the $300 million startup. Make that razor-thin in the case of the anonymous messaging service Yik Yak, and according to some, the company and its product have already crossed the line. The social messaging app designed for hyper-local engagement – service is limited to a 1.5-mile radius from a particular local-service node – has been banned from several college campuses across the country, following…


Andrew Hazen

DEBRIEF: Andrew Hazen, Angel Dough Ventures

Most known recently as a founder of the fast-growing Launchpad Long Island co-working facilities, serial investor Andrew Hazen is not afraid to take a chance. But whether the CEO of Hicksville seed fund/startup accelerator Angel Dough Ventures is nurturing a fledgling tech firm, funneling venture capital into a bold experiment or launching an online bagel-chip company, Hazen always does his homework – and his studious nature gives him front-row access to the bubbling pot that…


CharityWait lands Angel Network funding

BY GREGORY ZELLER // From the Two Birds/One Stone file comes CharityWait, a born-in-Nassau-County app that’s received a hefty six-figure investment from Angel Dough Ventures and the Long Island Angel Network. A spinoff of CEO and cofounder Daniel Reitman’s SmartLine app, CharityWait allows users to register at busy restaurants – basically, get in line for the next available table – with a charitable-donation option that bumps them to the front of the queue. It also gives…


Army extends Comtech contract

Army exercises Comtech contract extension

The U.S. Army re-upped for another year of services from Melville’s Comtech Telecommunications Corp., exercising almost $20 million in contracts covering engineering and satellite communications and use of hush-hush Comtech intellectual property. The full contract, which began last year, has a not-to-exceed value of $68.5 million. The work, unfortunately, will be performed by Comtech’s Maryland subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp. Comtech trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol CMTL. Shares are currently around $30, off…