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On the web? Zuznow has an app for that

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the world’s busiest mobile-app makers is on the move. Zuznow, an Israeli firm ranked by tech-industry watchdog Gartner Analysts as a Top 10 vendor in the mobile-app space, is relocating from Tel Aviv to Stony Brook, where it’s one of the newest residents of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. The Tel Aviv facility will remain open, continuing to perform R&D functions and serve Israeli and…


With beer buses, as with great brews, less is more

By GREGORY ZELLER // The wheels in Brad Darrohn’s head go round and round. Although the LI Brew Bus started rolling only three weeks ago, the guided tours of Long Island’s microbrew scene are “going very well,” according to Darrohn, a media specialist at Bohemia online marketing firm Fishbat and the Brew Bus creator. However, Darrohn and his team are already working to streamline operations and add new attractions – nothing worse, the thinking goes,…


At NYIT, LaunchPad gets back to basics

LaunchPad Long Island, the chain of independently operated co-working spaces, has wandered a little far afield from an original focus of tech-centric startups, but its latest space at NYIT Old Westbury’s campus will be hyper-focused on young companies working in Internet applications, bioengineering and other technology fields. “If you came to me with a consumer product like a new heel for a shoe, you might be able to get some desk space or help in Great…


Henry Schein CEO Stanley Bergman

Henry Schein takes a bite of Danish

Henry Schein is going to Denmark. The Meville-based healthcare products distributor announced Tuesday it is acquiring a majority share of Jorgen Kruuse A/S, Scandinavia’s largest veterinary products distributor. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, by Henry Schein said it would acquire 85 percent of the company, which reported $90 million in 2014 sales. The Kruuse family will hold onto a 15 percent stake. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter…


The Inventors: J.J. Valenti and the J-Tray

By GREGORY ZELLER // Joseph “J.J.” Valenti understands the ups and downs of the contracting industry. As a 20-year veteran of painting and carpentry projects, the solopreneur has climbed and descended his trusty ladder more times than he can count. And he knows the importance of being steady on the top rung – and not just himself, but his trusty tools as well. The lesson was driven home about three years ago, when the flimsy…


Debrief: Kimberly Cline, Long Island University

As the 10th president in LIU history, Kimberly Cline heads a 90-year-old institution with Long Island and Brooklyn campuses, 20,000 students and over 500 distinct degree programs. Like her predecessors, she must safeguard the quality and reputation a large and comprehensive private university. But the first woman ever to serve as LIU president, now completing her second year in office, must do it in an era when collaboration with the surrounding business community has become…


FCC decides no mo’ stalling on robocalls

By J.L. KOMINICKI // In a decided victory for Port Jefferson-based startup Nomorobo, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules that give telephone companies wide latitude in blocking robocalls and spam text messages on landlines and wireless phones. Nomorobo, whose cloud-based, patent-pending technology has hung up on millions of unwanted telemarketing calls over the past two years, was among two dozen companies lobbying the FCC to block so-called robocalls, which the agency concedes is the…


Dan Simon is looking for a banner year

By GREGORY ZELLER // At the intersection of art, science and community, there is Signwave. Founder and President Dan Simon’s nine-month-old Islandia company designs and manufactures all shapes and sizes of custom commercial signs and vehicle wraps. But more than that, Signwave – fully cognizant of the influential role signage plays in society – promotes a sense of place. “Signs have always been the markers we use to identify neighborhoods and commerce,” Simon told Innovate…


The Inventors: Joe Ferraro, Smart ECO-Cap

As the veteran manager of a small manufacturing company with a long aerospace history, Joe Ferraro is accustomed to working with his hands. In particular, he works often with steel and other hard metals, giving him a workman’s grip that, at a minimum, should be able to easily puncture something as flimsy as the safety seal on a bottle of vitamins. Or so he thought. It was during a titanic struggle with such a safety…


In Suffolk, a call for an innovation connection

By GREGORY ZELLER // The ambitious master plan Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone unveiled Tuesday – new public transportation options linking Suffolk’s burgeoning downtowns and major research centers – has plenty of regional support. But even ardent backers can’t ignore the project’s estimated price tag. Bellone’s sweeping plan, dubbed the Long Island Innovation Zone, includes a dedicated rapid-transit bus lane running from Stony Brook University to the Village of Patchogue that parallels a new hiking/biking…


With Topspin round, Codagenix steps on the gas

By GREGORY ZELLER // Last year, when local venture firm Topspin chipped in on a $100,000 infusion for Stony Brook-based biotech Codagenix, it gave the startup a fairly clear idea of what to do with the money. “We had suggested to them that they needed to tighten up some aspects of their clinical data, and in fact they used the money to do just that,” said Steve Winick, Topspin’s managing director. “The tests came out…


Bettr founders Asish Pandhi and James Knaus.

A new LISTnet effort nurses baby startups

By GREGORY ZELLER // LISTnet has kicked off a networking and mentorship organization for the founders of local startups, and there’s no technical background required, despite its connection to the Island’s leading software dot-org. Called the Rising Founders Club, the invitation-only group brings together entrepreneurs across all sectors who are somewhere beyond the concept phase. “These are people who are active in the startup community and have shown they have something going already,” said LISTnet…


Cox acquiring LI’s Dealertrack in $4B all-cash deal

Lake Success-based Dealertrack Technologies has agreed to be acquired by Atlanta’s Cox Automotive for $4 billion in cash, the companies announced Monday. Dealertrack, which employs about 500 locally, has been planning a giant new headquarters in North Hills, but the firm is no longer sure it will remain on Long Island. “The deal should close in the third quarter,” company spokesman Michael DeMeo told LIBN. “We’ll know more after that.” Last year, the Nassau County…


DEBRIEF: Mitch Maiman, Intelligent Product Solutions

Many CEOs and businesses capitalize on Long Island’s burgeoning innovation economy, but few support it like Mitch Maiman and Intelligent Product Solutions, a Hauppauge consultancy focused on product design. With forward-thinking advances like IPS’s new Internet of Things practice group – it helps manufacturers install interconnected “smart” tech into just about everything – Maiman’s mission is simple: Unite the Island’s disparate enterprises into a single cohesive force. In Mitch’s own words: COME TOGETHER: We help…


P-TECH quietly preps future manufacturing stars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island wasn’t on the list when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new round of Pathways in Technology funding June 5, but Island educators and businesses say they are making good progress with a grant LI snagged in 2013. Of course, they’d like more. Known as P-TECH, after its clunky, acronym-focused name, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, the program supplies funding to applicants that focus on STEM education. Long…