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No. 49: Cool ants, a junk startup and why Europe will never catch us

BUT VOTING WAS FUN: House Republicans have taken another crack at repealing the tax on medical devices contained in the Affordable Care Act. The House voted 280-140 Thursday to remove the 2.3 percent tax, which has been a stick in the craw of conservatives but generates billions of dollars a year to support the health-care reform law. The legislation’s supporters argued the tax discourages innovation in health care. President Obama will assuredly veto the repeal unless…


No. 48: The scoop from Albany, awesome chalk and a guy who would be hops

STILL BREWING: Another Long Islander has taken to Kickstarter to fund his brew-related startup. Paul V, aka the Hopster, is hoping to raise $5K to launch a mascot character that would pose with revelers at local beer festivals and other events. Potential hurdles: Finding someone willing to wear a giant hop suit and “people actually loving the thing.” At last check, the Hopster had $650 pledged with two weeks to go. Innovate’s complete look at alcohol-focused…


No. 47: Twitter goes long, scary fossil possibilities and a computer that loves Lichtenstein

THE 1099 ECONOMY: Consider that Uber has 160,000 contract drivers and fewer than 2,000 employees. Though no one tops that 80 to 1 ratio, firms like Handy, Eaze and Luxe aren’t far behind. Behold the future of employment, where head count will mean something else entirely. Tech Crunch A CLEAN BREAK WITH THE PAST? Plastic is being printed into custom prosthetics and manipulated into patient-specific surgical instruments. Titanium powder is being used to produce implants that are…


No. 46: Schneiderman, Schumer and Bon Jovi plus the 100 best movie quotes of all time

NY CALLING: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, still busily looking into Apple’s new streaming music program, found time to send letters to eBay and Paypal asking the firms to explain provisions in their new user agreements that authorize robocalls to customers. BECAUSE HIS LAST HIT WAS IN 2007: Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has joined Gov. Cuomo’s call for fair wages. TO SAY NOTHING OF INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS: The real downside of losing all our young people? We will…


No. 45: A future Foye, crowdfunding high rises and Sign Language rap

JOB INSECURITY: Port Authority exec Pat Foye has told senior staffers he intends to compete for the new CEO job at the agency, which is being reorganized following the Bridgegate scandal. It could be a tough slog if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a vote: Foye blew the whistle on the lane closures, which have pretty much derailed Christie’s presidential aspirations. Despite lap band surgery. No comment from Foye when reached by Innovate. VERY DRY…


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No. 44: Spy’s gone, Spielberg cashes out and the very strange sounds of space

BUT THE RANGERS ARE SOLID: Cablevision CEO James Dolan has called for consolidation of the local cable markets, but it increasingly looks like his firm won’t be part of it. Analysts softened their view on the company last week, citing Cablevision’s already deep market penetration and competition from Verizon’s FiOS, which has begun to affect cash flow. Credit Suisse launched coverage with an underperform rating and Citigroup did a downgrade to sell. Ouch. Another problem: Sling…


No. 43: Jurassic Real, PalliaTech puffs up and Ikea sees the light

RAGE OF THE MACHINE: There is no shortage of angst about the relentless advance of digital technology and what it means for the workforce, if not humanity. But new research suggests we should chill already. NYT CERTAINLY SOMETHING TO CHEW ON: As NYC composting mandates start to kick in, Frank Celli, CEO of Rockland County-based BioHitech America, is pushing his aerobic digesters – they’re like a “mechanical stomach,” he says – that can plow through…


No. 42: Thync is here, Mic bulks up, plus some unsettling news for vegetarians

START-UP NY DOES MORE STARTING UP: Start-Up NY announced the addition of 11 companies on Tuesday, none on Long Island. Unless you count Brooklyn. Which maybe we should. The firms have promised to invest about $4.5M and create nearly 200 jobs in exchange for corporate and personal tax bennies. Included: SUNY Cobleskill, University at Buffalo, SUNY Downstate, Mount Saint Mary College and Ulster County Community College. Please note, Tom DiNapoli: Three of the 11 firms are…


No. 41: zTailor, a cheat sheet for startups and the Poconos thank you, Morris Wilkins

YOU’RE GONNA LIKE THE WAY THIS LOOKS: Though ousted from Men’s Wearhouse, George Zimmer still wants you to look your best. Behold zTailors, a digital platform that connects customers with on-demand thread meisters who make housecalls. Deal Book STARTING OUT: Becoming the next billion-dollar startup starts with a careful eye on launch expense. Here’s sage advice – and a handy template every entrepreneur and mentor should use – from Tech Crunch’s Sanil Rajaraman. CHECKING IN WITH LESKO: Accelerate…


No. 40: Trustpilot, more drones and a very pricey pinot

PINOT, A FILM NOIR: Thieves have been busting into the wine cellars of Michelin-starred California eateries and making off with some of the world’s most-select vintages, including $25K botttles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, one of the most prized pinots ever bottled. They leave the rest. Could it be robbery for hire? Bloomberg’s Claire Suddath. KRIMINAL ACT: Dutch and German detectives resorted to their own trickery to track down a pair of bronze horses commissioned for Adolf…


No. 39: Purple popsicles, a Carl Jr’s beach day and SUNY’s laser diet machine

IT’S WEDNESDAY ALREADY: Today marks the 1930 invention of cellophane tape by 3M’s Richard Drew, who came up with masking tape as well. It’s also National Grape Popsicle Day, a cause for considerably less celebration. BIO RISING: Two bills expected to advance through Senate committees this week would expand the state’s use of biofuels. A bill sponsored by Democratic senator Brad Hoylman would require a 2 percent blend of biofuel in all home heating oil used in…


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No. 38: Cleveland clinic, Buffalo jobs and tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos

DOWLING COLLAGE: North Shore-LIJ CEO Michael Dowling addressed executives at an LIA breakfast on Thursday, offering up, as per usual, a sprightly, no-notes summary of the state of health care and his company’s place in the Long Island economy. A few nuggets: The health system remains the Island’s largest employer and continues to grow. “I see a big news story about some company hiring 50 people and I think, ‘I added 150 on Monday.’” That is,…


No. 37: Zemsky speed visits, General Assembly eyes LI and Velveeta doesn’t float

BUT THE WINGS ARE GOOD: Empire State Development chief Howard Zemsky dropped in on a speed mentoring program in Huntington last night to watch 60 or so entrepreneurs get free advice from assembled professionals, in 20-minute bursts. “I had no idea Long Island had such a robust entrepreneurial community,” Zemsky told the crowd, which had stoked up on networking, pizza and beer. “I’ve never seen so much enthusiasm. Thanks for daring to be an entrepreneur.” The…


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No. 36: Wearables, Bettr gets Bettr and holding on to the spiedie

OFF THE CUFF: Wearable technology is expected to be a $53 billion business by 2019. Assuming people actually want to wear the stuff. CNY SOMEWHERE, UP THERE: Drones are the next iPad, a versatile platform for entrepreneurs to bring the next generation of fly-over applications to market. Already in the works: Services that can direct firefighting efforts, monitor power lines and pipelines, locate lost hikers, survey crops and document mass-scale human rights violations. More from Venture Beat…


No. 35: Text therapy, a dip in women’s biz and a hot new hangover cure

STATE OF MS. BIZ: Women opened just 37% of new businesses last year, down from a 20-year average of about 41%, according to a study by Experian. Women were most likely to launch beauty shops, retail stores and personal-service businesses. A cool infographic GLWT: Pine Plains-based Talkspace, a texting service that connects the troubled with their therapists, landed a $9.5M investment, the first in the mental-healthtech arena. Boston’s Spark Capital and New York’s SoftBank Capital led the series…