And away we go: A much-deserved TGIF everybody. It’s Feb. 26, on which the official groundbreaking for the Golden Gate Bridge was held in 1933. Jackie Gleason would have been 100 today.
Rethinking the wall: Immigrants are responsible for more than 35 percent of American innovation, even though foreign-born residents represent only 13 percent of the total population, according to new study by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, which measured innovation through national awards, patent filings and other public data.
Big number: Immigrants from Asia and Europe are five times more likely than the average native-born American to have created an innovation here.
A similar SBA study found that America’s foreign-born STEM entrepreneurs are most likely to hail from India, China and Taiwan, South Korea, Russia and – listen up, Donald – Mexico.
Clean sweep: Innovate LI was on hand for the launch of NYIT’s Class 10,000 clean room this week. That’s not a reference to when this year’s grads pay off their student debt, but rather the number of particles left in a cubic foot of air after the room’s scrubbers do their work. Air in a typical office, by comparison, has about 1 million particles per cubic foot. Cleaner air = more exacting experimenting and manufacturing for NYIT students and faculty.
On hand: ESD’s Cara Longworth, State Sen. Carl Marcellino, NYIT prez Edward Guiliano and Engineering and Computer Sciences Dean Nada Marie Anid. We also ran into Innovator of the Year winner Aydin Farajidavar, who hopes to use the clean room’s sputtering machine to advance his goal of gastric system implants.
A sputtering machine? Still not sure, but we’ll get back to you.
Still time: EY has kicked off the 30th running of its Entrepreneur of the Year program and is looking for those of you with passion, ingenuity, vision, drive, ambition, etc. Nominations accepted until March 1, New York awards in June, super exclusive Palm Desert nationals in November.
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Additional plug: Don Monti of Renaissance Downtowns keynotes the group’s Hempstead meeting, Monday, April 4, noon to 2 p.m., Chateau Briand. Call 516-314-8982 for seats.
Stuff we’re going to: Tech Together Happy Hour, April 5, 5:30 p.m. onward, Jewel in Melville, brought to you by Innovate, LISTnet, Ellevate Women and Women in Technology. Buy your own beverage, free hors d’oeuvres. Let us know you’re coming.
Also: State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan keynotes the March 11 breakfast meeting of ACIT. Crest Hollow, 7:30 a.m. for networking, 8:30 for the main event, $50 for members, a bit more for the rest of you, but worth it.
Noted: This year’s IPOs have raised $886 million, or roughly 20 percent of the $4.7 billion tallied in the first two months of last year.
As oil prices recover: Electric vehicles will account for more than a third of the new cars sold globally by 2040, according to a Bloomberg report.
Getting directions: Scientists have completed a new map of the Milky Way they hope will help them keep an eye on the formation of new stars.
True fact: The galaxy has at least 200 billion of stars. You can normally see about 2,500 of them. Or 5,000 in Cabo. NASA says about seven new ones are created each year.
Could be big: Staff at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo have developed an in-body microscope system – their word is intravital – that allows doctors to watch the blood vessels in tumprs real time, allowing them to gauge the effectiveness of chemo and immunotherapies as they are administered.
It’s on them: The state is offering free tuition to high schoolers heading into SUNY and CUNY studies in STEM fields who agree to work in the state for five years after graduating. Unlike Bernie Sanders’ plan, you need to be in the top 10 percent of your class.
Algae, algae, when will those clouds all disappear: The EPA has announced a plan to reduce nitrogen levels in the Long Island Sound. Connecticut side, mostly.
Starbucks Double Shot still OK: Kemp Hannon’s bill to prohibit the sale of powdered caffeine in New York has passed the Senate.
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Prop job: AT&T is looking into ways to connect drones to its LTE data network, which would allow small UAVs significantly longer flights.
Video of the week, related: A drone’s eye view of the Arthur Kill ship graveyard off Staten Island. Award-worthy score.
Incredibly valuable tip of the week: How to gracefully get out of an email introduction you have no interest in responding to.
Hottest jobs: Dating app Tinder has released a by-profession list of its most right-swiped users and – happy news – “founder/entrepreneur” made the top three on both sides of the gender divide. Most sought-after women: physical therapists. Sexiest men: Pilots. (Sorry, Ray: Lawyers were No. 11.)
Rainbow bagels: Are apparently now a thing.
Here’s a first: Call9, a white-hot Silicon Valley startup, has relocated a significant chunk of the company here to push its doctor-on-demand software platform, first in local nursing homes, soon the rest of the nation. It’s a Y Combinator star backed by, among others, Ashton Kutcher, Joe Montana and Gmail creator Paul Buchheit. The firm has already saved a Long Island life.
Yep, there’s an app for that: The Moiety App, due out in April, helps families – especially those with divorced parents – keep track of all those soccer games, recitals, dinners and dental appointments. Even child support mediation sessions. (Insert wink emoji here.)
Investors are digging it: The fast-growing Agtech market doubled investment flow last year, as VCs took stakes in food-related startups like Blue Apron and HelloFresh and upped the action on “precision agriculture” plays using drones and satellites.
Also hot: Impossible Foods, which is developing passably palatable cheese- and meat-like products made entirely from plant matter.
(If they ever master vegetarian bacon, we’re there.)
Roaring back: Lionfish Development, the toy-focused Shoreham firm run by attorney and local FabLab franchisee Todd Gordan, is stuffing new life into a flagging build-a-bear product via new licensing deals.
Going to Graceland: Women entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed in Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga that any other U.S. city. Rochester, though, was sixth.
Sunny outlook: Solar energy production jumped 17 percent in 2015, topping the increase in natural gas capacity for the first time.
A pint for the road: Stony Brook Medicine’s ambulance fleet became the first in the state allowed to administer blood transfusions without docs or certified nurses aboard.
(What? EMTs couldn’t administer blood? So that explains all the sirens.)
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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.