Aaron Foss

Community wellness meets innovation at Hofstra camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // Healthcare met entrepreneurism this week at Hofstra University, where teams of wellness-focused innovators came together to learn the business ropes directly from seasoned insiders, including Northwest Health professionals. Hailing from around the Greater New York region and as far away as Massachusetts and Florida, 26 teams of aspiring wellness impresarios received entrepreneurship training to help promote healthcare innovations in underserved communities, the “challenge topic” of the 2019 Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge…


For LI entrepreneurs, a bevy of biz-building resources

By PHIL RUGILE // I’ve talked a lot about how startups can utilize physical spaces and how, as region, we need more centers for innovation. But meanwhile, we already have dozens of startups popping up every month – and they won’t necessarily wait around for the right space or support. If there’s no easy way to find what they need, they’ll go somewhere they think can assist them. In our case, that typically means a…


Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


No. 380: On Coach K, ‘foodpreneurs’ and Donna Drake’s new digs – plus, introducing our 2019 Innovators of the Year!

  Middle march: Onwards and upwards, dear readers, as this latest week of socioeconomic progress plows ahead. It’s Feb. 13 out there, and if you had boozing brawler Guo Wei leading a military coup and declaring himself emperor of China’s short-lived Later Zhou dynasty on this date in 951 A.D., nice work – here’s a voucher for 100 copper Ban Liang coins. Dial it up: Before we dive in, a peaceful World Radio Day –…


Nomorobo: A billion blocks, barely breaking a sweat

By GREGORY ZELLER // Another major milestone approaches for robocall terminator Nomorobo, which is on the brink of its one-billionth block Developer Aaron Foss’ multi-platform archenemy of autodialers – still attracting 15,000 users a week, now 2.5 million free-service and paid subscribers and counting – will reach the 10-digit plateau this winter, according to Foss, who estimates about six more weeks before the telemarketer terminator hits the mark. It’s a truly meteoric rise for Nomorobo,…


Seeing the innovation economy in black and white

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a true first for the Long Island innovation economy, an historically underserved population of regional entrepreneurs will step up to the plate Thursday night at LaunchPad Huntington. In conjunction with the 501(c)3 organization Minority Millennials, LaunchPad Huntington Director Phil Rugile has scheduled Ideas Impacting Culture: Minority Millennial Pitch Night, a chance for several non-white innovators to pitch products and services to a panel of established business professionals, also comprised of…


Robocall terminator sets sights on data thieves

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bad news for data thieves: The Terminator is coming for you. Robocall-ridding, autodialer-assassinating, telemarketer-terminating Nomorobo is extending its shields beyond voice calls and spam texts. The popular call-blocker has released Version 2.5, a souped-up app that includes data-tracking protection and other defenses against nefarious forces deceptively using web advertising to track consumer behavior. Featuring an online ad blocker that “virtually eliminates all types of ads and privacy-invading trackers,” according to Port…


Old St. Trick: Naughty Nomorobo traps telemarketers

By GREGORY ZELLER // ’Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the land, robocalls haunted every woman and man – until Santa stepped in, and exacted a little robo-revenge. Welcome to A Very Nomorobo Christmas, a slightly offbeat holiday tale that spritzes pine-needle scent all over a somewhat brilliant marketing scheme that gives customers (and potential customers) an entertaining reason to come back and visit, while adding whole new dimensions to “jolly” St. Nick….


Nomorobo: A million users later, just getting started

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a major milestone for robocall terminator Nomorobo, which sometime this week will be downloaded by its one-millionth user. Developer Aaron Foss’ call blocker – scourge of telemarketers, archenemy of autodialers – has overcome challenges both technical and political on its meteoric rise to mightiest robocall annihilator in all the land: to date, upwards of 221 million robocalls stopped in their virtual tracks. Now, standing at roughly 990,000 users as of…


Getting excited about Hofstra’s ‘Startup Weekend’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A marathon business-development exercise with a global lineage will give Long Island entrepreneurs a commercialization crash course, with two feet on the accelerator. Hofstra University is scheduled to host Startup Weekend Long Island, a Friday-to-Sunday event uniting developers, designers and non-technical business types for 54 hours of product-pitching, business-forming and other commercialization essentials, with a healthy helping of mentorship and networking. The April 21-23 event is part of the Startup Weekend…


Nomorobo: De-bugged, and loving it

By GREGORY ZELLER // At times, the fates have appeared aligned against Aaron Foss and his robocall annihilator Nomorobo. While the developer’s creation has killed it on landlines – literally, to the tune of more than 150 million thwarted robocalls – transitioning to mobile lines has been a long frustration. The robocall blocker has faced challenges both political and technical, and while diligently overcoming them all, it’s repeatedly found its carefully measured progress delayed by…


With iOS 10, Nomorobo is ready to rock

By GREGORY ZELLER // Telemarketer terminator Nomorobo, slayer of 135 million robocalls and counting, slides onto iOS devices for the first time Tuesday, when Apple releases its anticipated iOS 10 operating system. It’s another lunge forward for Aaron Foss, CEO of Port Jefferson startup Telephone Science Corp., and his popular robocall blocker. Nomorobo has already benefitted from a high-profile deal making the tech available via one-click activation to all Time Warner Cable Home Phone customers,…


A demand for Nomorobo-styled call blocking

By GREGORY ZELLER // U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s call for telecommunications carriers to make robocall-blocking technologies available free to landline and cellphone customers could be trajectory-changing news for Nomorobo, the Port Jefferson startup that does just what the senator is asking for. In his weekend demand for mandatory robocall-blocking services, Schumer cited statistics from the Consumers Union, a national nonprofit that advocates on several cornerstone issues including telecommunications, regarding violations of the federal “Do Not…


Hofstra names 6 residents in entrepreneurship

Six accomplished businesspeople with dozens of startups under their combined belts, and a wealth of experience nurturing other early-stage enterprises, will bring their wisdom to the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship this spring. The center’s first-ever entrepreneurs-in-residence – Aaron Foss, Kevin Hesselbirg, Peter Kestenbaum, Jeff Leventhal, Mike Quilty and Barbara Roberts – will mentor students through interactive workshops designed to help the next generation of entrepreneurs turn ideas into successful business ventures. Mark Lesko, former…


Nomorobo-TWC marriage … but no ring

Nomorobo’s alliance with Time Warner Cable is off to a flying start – and more big deals are pending for the Mount Sinai startup. Within five days of Time Warner’s announcement that the Nomorobo telemarketing and robocall blocker was live and available for one-click activation for all Time Warner Cable Home Phone customers, more 3,500 customers had signed on. “Over 700 new people have clicked that button every day,” noted Nomorobo founder Aaron Foss. “A…