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No. 67: Tate’s, Harding did it and the race to xyz

THE WORLD, SHOT: Yesterday was World Overshoot Day, the date mankind’s demands of the planet exceed its ability to regenerate, according to the Global Footprint Network. In 2000, the overshoot fell in October. Just saying. GATHERING PLACE: Convene, the NYC meeting and events company, is leasing 30K sf on the lobby level of Scott Rechler’s 237 Park Ave. building, which is undergoing a $50M facelift. Planned: 250 seats, a lounge and bar and a section for cooking…


No. 66: Funny in Jamestown, craft beer and a really amazing iPhone 5

SPEAKING OF BEER: Craft beer production climbed to 12.2M barrels in the first half of 2015, a jump of 16%, according to the Boulder-based Brewers Association trade group. That’s not as strong as the 18% growth posted in the same period last year, but let’s not quibble: Production has more than doubled since 2011. “Industry growth is occurring in all regions and stemming from a mix of sources including various retail settings and a variety of…


No. 65: Chimps are chimps, KFC’s bucket of print and a 1990s love song machine

TGIF: A good Friday everybody and a special welcome to new readers. It’s National System Administrator Day, so be sure to give yours a hug. After you clear it with HR, of course. Also, remember that we’re always on the hunt for story ideas, trends, criticisms and corrections via editor@innovateli.com. BAD NEWS FOR MICE: State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe has dismissed a suit that sought “personhood” and freedom – to a reserve in Florida – for two…


No. 64: Leventhal goes bold, LP at NYIT and call it Melwoes Credit Union

A BOLD NEW START: Jeff Leventhal, co-founder and former CEO of Huntington-based staffing juggernaut Work Market, is joining Boldstart Ventures as an investment partner and has chipped in some of his own money, WSJ reports. Boldstart has amassed $20M to invest in NY software startups, mostly in the B2B space. 8-18 AT 6: LaunchPad’s August pitch night will be held at the chain’s new digs at NYIT. NEEDING A LIFT: One of the biggest losers in…


No. 63: USB Jeep fix, a greener Jeb Bush and Amazon counts down

SLOW NEWS DAY: Gov. Cuomo announced the completion of a $3.8M upgrade of the Holiday Inn in downtown Niagara Falls, funded with $1.1M of state and city eco-dev money. Want more for your tax dollar? The rehab includes the addition of a Tony Roma restaurant. The guv has bigger news today: He’ll jointly announce a “major” infrastructure deal in Manhattan with Vice President Joe Biden. SPEAKING OF BIG NEWS: In what the media billed as a…


No. 62: Dodging debris, hot times in Ottawa and say goodbye to 03142

DEBRIS, THE FINAL FRONTIER: This just in from Orbital Debris Quarterly News: The International Space Station performed two recent “debris avoidance maneuvers,” changing orbit to duck a chunk of decaying U.S. Strategic Command satellite and the floating fourth stage of a Minotaur rocket. Another piece of the satellite snuck up on July 16, forcing crew to hurriedly board the docked Soyuz spacecraft for a return to Earth if the station was breached. It was not….


No. 61: Murcott moves, Vroom vrooms and WeWork inches closer

MURCOTT MOVE: John Murcott, longtime major domo at Mark Fasciano’s ThoughtBox operation and a top player at several related portfolio companies, has landed at Work Market as an exec in what his LinkedIn page calls “sales engineering.” One of Fasciano’s companies, General Sentiment, shut down earlier this month, according to Newsday, after failing to attract resuscitating capital. We have calls out, so stay tuned. NICE TO SEE YOU: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul whirl-winded Long Island yesterday with…


No. 60: Gwyneth’s Goop gig, Carrie nation and you won’t believe what they know from your zip code

THEY KNOW ZIP: We’re not totally defined by where we live, but a California firm called Esri gets pretty close. Type in your zip code and Esri’s Tapestry software compiles 67 market segment classifications to paint a picture of the typical resident. Here’s Stony Brook 11790: “We’re empty nesters or empty-nester wannabes who still have adult children living at home. We’re well-educated, well-read, and well-capitalized. We’re not afraid of debt and may carry first and second…


No. 59: Buncee up, Quirky down and the earliest look at Pluto

THE BIG PUSH: Stony Brook University Medical Center is prepping to deliver its 100,000th baby in the next week or two. Stay tuned. SMART TECH: Calverton-based buncee was voted app of the week by leading ed platform Haiku Learning. THOUGHT THEY ALREADY HAD: Uber overtook taxis as the most expensed form of ground transportation in America in the second quarter, leaping 9 percentage points over Q1.


No. 58: Russ Artzt, bio-Legos and a brief mention of unmentionables

STATE OF THE ARTZT: CA Technologies cofounder Russ Artzt has announced plans to retire. Not to us, of course, but that’s the word leaking out of Islandia. BIG PAYDAY: Converting Uber’s 45,000 California drivers from contractors to part-time employees, as a lawsuit there is demanding, would cost the ride-sharing giant 10 percent of current revenue, according to analysis by Re/Code. And it could probably afford the $210M annual hit. Of course, that’s just California. Imagine what Uber’s…


No. 57: Google carpools, Chipotle porks up and the state of U.S. beer drinking

AUSTERITY? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT: Greek developers have launched an app to help people find out which nearby ATM has cash in it. WE NEEDED A STUDY FOR THIS? New research suggests men are more threatened by female bosses. ATTENTION UBER: Google is testing a carpooling app called Ridewith that would work with its Waze and Maps features to link drivers with passengers willing to chip in on gas and depreciation. No word on whether rides with driverless…


No. 56: Domegemegrottebytes, Google Glass and what a Benjamin’s really worth

THIS’LL MAKE YOUR HEAD HURT: Michael Schatz, a quantitative biologist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, has been helping gauge who out there is producing the most electronic bytes per year. Turns out it’s YouTube, which is cranking out 100 petabytes annually. A petabyte, as we all know, is 1 quadrillion bytes, or a 10 followed by 15 zeroes. Who cares? Schatz does. Genomics, the science at which Cold Spring excels, is expected to reach 40 exabytes…


No. 55: Wind-powered bridges, a cool new brew and the machines are coming to Wall Street

INNOVATION GOES HIRE: Tech employment in NYC jumped by more than 40K, to about 115K, since 2007, a 57 percent increase and six times the pace of other job growth in the City. That’s still not quite what Mayor de Blasio has been claiming, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Average tech wage, BTW, $118K versus $84K citywide. Which may be why: A new LIA report on the economic links between Long Island and NYC suggests the number…


No. 54: Frack not, no-waste mayo and is one Beach Boy a band?

GONNA FLY NOW: PowerToFly, a NYC startup that matches companies with work-from-home moms, raised $6.5M this week, with the money going for a big expansion of the engineering staff. And, yes, all of them will work from home. FINAL WORD: NO. New York officially banned fracking as the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued its “findings statement,” finally ending a nearly seven-year review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The ban now has the force of law and will likely lead to legal…


No. 53: An energy plan, a Tinder for business and why we no longer love eel pie

IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME: Two driverless prototype cars had a near miss on a Silicon Valley street last week when a Google-operated Lexus RX400 cut off an Audi Q5 being tested by Delphi Automotive. No crash or injuries, but the cars were said to have exchanged digital threats and profanity. DON’T WASTE IT: You’ll get a little bit of extra time tomorrow as scientists in charge of keeping the planet’s clocks in alignment add…