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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…


No. 34: Chef in a box, Jurassic buffalo wings and a cool way to blow up stuff in space

ADIEU FIRST DATA: Credit card processor First Data Corp. plans to shutter its Melville operation and move hundreds of workers to “a large new office east of Manhattan.” Innovate LI can confirm that it’s Long Island City. From Newsday’s corporate departure hawk Carrie Mason-Draffen A PALL OF UNCERTAINTY: Shares of Port Washington-based filter maker Pall Corp. jumped after The Wall Street Journal reported the company has offered to sell itself to Massachusetts’ Thermo Fisher Scientific or DC’s Danaher, where Pall’s current…


No. 33: Uber at $50B, a chocolate cure and how dude are you?

LOOKING TO THE SUBURBS: There’s an inconvenient truth tucked into the environmental sustainability plan for New York that Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled last month: The city needs the suburbs to solve its housing problem. With rents soaring and too few new apartments for the city’s growing population, the ‘burbs hold vast potential for multifamily housing along the veins of the region’s public transit network. The problem? More than 100 governments in counties, cities, towns and…


No. 32: Bye NBTY, a Calone update and Vincent gets a new ear

OUTSOURCED: Ronkonkoma-based supplement maker NBTY will shut down its Amityville plant and outsource production to a California firm, eliminating 214 local jobs, Newsday’s Aisha Al-Muslim reports. The Amityville site had received IDA support, which the Babylon Town agency said it would seek to recover. NBTY employs about 2,600 on Long Island. CALONE UPDATE: Venture capitalist David Calone, whose campaign for the 1st congressional seat was reported here Monday, has organized a jobs advisory council of big tech…


No. 31: A new blog, fuel from fungus and strange doings down under

TGIW: A good midweek everyone and welcome new readers. It’s May 6, the day the Hindenburg crashed, the first Republic P-47 took wing and “Friends” said cheers. Don’t forget to send tips, news, ideas, calendar items, criticisms and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. DEEP THOUGHTS … AND SOME KOMINICKI: The Long Island Index has launched a new blog featuring the sage views of Rauch Foundation head Nancy Douzinas, thought-provoking cartoons from Pulitzer Prize winner Walt Handelsman and a bit of…


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No. 30: Revenge of the Nerds, Disrupt NY and the $1,700 electronic toilet seat

PATENTLY NOT NEW: About 40 percent of all new patents are combinations of old ideas, and that’s pretty much always been true, according to a new look at the USPTO’s files. Well, always true since 1790. Science Daily JUST YOUR TYPE: Working on a resume? Pass up the tired Times New Roman – “it’s like wearing sweat pants to a job interview,” bemoans one expert – and embrace Helvetica. No-fuss, professional, lighthearted, honest. Unless you’re running long….


No. 29: Hot startup, NY’s best beer and the faux-flatulence app you won’t find on Apple Watch

THE SIRENS’ CALL: Top state officials may now use police lights and sirens on their personal cars, according to a just-adopted emergency regulation. The rule speeds things up for the commissioners of Environmental Conservation, Transportation and Homeland Security and the guv’s secretary and operations chief. First Girlfriend Sandra Lee was not included. Capital New York. PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GREEN HOUSES: Farmingdale State College has opened a smart energy house to showcase green technologies, including solar panels, a…


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No. 28: NFL cons, Bellone scolds and a $10M clean energy prize. Sort of.

ARRESTING PERFORMANCE: Scientists analyzed five years of NFL draft data and discovered that the performance of players who had an arrest record but no charges was better than those without an arrest. And they cost less. http://bit.ly/1AfrTUz TO THE MOON, PLANNERS: Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone opened a county economic summit yesterday by chiding officials on their “Ralph Kramden approach” to economic development. Thoughtful planning is a long, hard road that requires concerted strategies, not get-rich-quick styled solutions, he…


Ken Adams with Gov. Cuomo

No. 27: Adams out, Biopreneurs in, plus a sip of 170-year-old bubbly

ADAMS’ ALBANY ADIEU: Ken Adams, the former Empire State Development chief who was shuffled over to the finance department in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s post-election inner-sanctum makeover, will leave government service in June. His replacement, Jerry Boone, currently heads the Civil Service Commission. The posting requires Senate approval. Mehul J. Patel, chief of staff at Empire State, adds COO duties there, while Axel Bernabe, a partner at Constantine Cannon, will serve as assistant counsel to the governor…