Aaron Foss

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…


Foss sets Nomorobo mobile launch

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nomorobo mobile. Maybe not easy to say three times fast, but it’s happening: Inventor Aaron Foss has cracked the technology necessary for a mobile-phone version of his popular robocall blocker. A beta version is planned for early January, with a full release following a month or so hence. Foss, CEO of Port Jefferson startup Telephone Science Corp., already has a hit on his hands with Nomorobo, which has more than 360,000…


FCC decides no mo’ stalling on robocalls

By J.L. KOMINICKI // In a decided victory for Port Jefferson-based startup Nomorobo, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules that give telephone companies wide latitude in blocking robocalls and spam text messages on landlines and wireless phones. Nomorobo, whose cloud-based, patent-pending technology has hung up on millions of unwanted telemarketing calls over the past two years, was among two dozen companies lobbying the FCC to block so-called robocalls, which the agency concedes is the…


Nomorobo's Aaron Foss

Maker’s markt set for LaunchPad Huntington

BY GREGORY ZELLER LaunchPad Huntington has landed a $15,000 grant from Albany’s Workforce Development Institute to build out a 3D maker space prototyping facility. The grant covers the cost of a cutting machine, a dedicated computer loaded with CAD drawing software and a desktop-sized 3D printer, all being purchased now. The space should be up and running by late May, according to Phil Rugile, LaunchPad Huntington’s director. “This is a really significant 21st century opportunity…