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Vasomedical’s big move into on-demand tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // Vasomedical’s acquisition this month of a Florida-based managed network provider named NetWolves may serve as a template for the future of U.S. health care. A big view, for sure, but it comes from Jon Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, a Washington-based nonprofit promoting the use of remote medical technologies. Citing the evolution of interactive, on-demand technology in other industries, Linkous believes “health care is next,” and says the acquisition…


CA names Otto Berkes as chief tech officer

A week after folding in agile developer Rally Software, CA Technologies has hired a familiar name to help run it all. Otto Berkes, a veteran technology executive at HBO and Microsoft, where he helped launch the firm’s Xbox business, will join CA as chief technology officer on June 15. He will report directly to CEO Mike Gregoire. As CTO, Berkes will be responsible for honing the company’s strategy for helping big corporate clients master the…


Office Depot CIO joins Cablevision

Technology veteran Keith Sherwell has been named chief information officer at Cablevision, leaving a similar job at Office Depot after nine months. The Cablevision post is a new position that spans multiple divisions. Before joining Office Depot in September, Sherwell had been CIO at Sears and, for 13 years, senior veep of technology at American Express. Sherwell reports to Cablevision CTO David Dibble, previously head of Yahoo’s global infrastructure.    


eGifter closes $3.5M angel investment, adds Italy deal

eGifter, the Huntington-based digital gifting platform, has closed on a $3.5 million investment round and announced a partnership that will expand the brand in Europe. The funding comes from the Long Island Angel Network, BDS Capital, Angel Dough Ventures, 94Bits and “several angel investors,” according to the company. The latest round, which pushes the startup’s total funding above $6 million, will help eGifter accelerate its growth by adding R&D, sales and marketing staffers, according to CEO…


CA buying Colorado software firm in $480M deal

CA Technologies has agreed to acquire Rally Software Development Corp., a Boulder-based software and services firm, for $19.50 per share, or roughly $480 million. Shares of Rally jumped 45 percent on news of the deal, while CA was off 1.5 percent. Rally has approximately 500 employees across four continents and last-year sales of $88 million. “Software applications are changing the world, disrupting established business models and bringing in completely new experiences in areas from travel…


A bet on the not-so-future Internet of Things

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions is launching a new practice group aimed at staying ahead of the pack on the next big thing: the Internet of Things. The IoT covers physical objects embedded with sensors and software – the kind of electronic connectivity that allows “things” to interoperate with computers and cloud-based data systems via the Internet. It’s a trend that’s not only redesigning how things work, but reprogramming how people think…


Legal help for millennials? Mobile, of course

By GREGORY ZELLER // Need an attorney? Mobile platform LawNearMe.com has one for you. Millennials preferred. Ease of attorney is not exactly a Miranda right, but it could be a lucrative business opportunity. That’s what entrepreneurial attorney Samuel Shusterhoff is counting on as he efforts to unite attorneys and “next generation” clients with immediate legal needs. By “next generation,” Shusterhoff – a Jericho native who launched LawNearMe.com out of a Massapequa office in 2014 (the…


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…


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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…


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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…


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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…