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Innovation’s past, present, future at SBU showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is gearing up for its annual business-development victory lap. Hosted by the university’s Office of Economic Development, SBU’s second-annual Incubator Company Showcase is a chance for the multifaceted school to flex its innovation muscle – a joint presentation of its Centers of Excellence, Centers for Advanced Technology and myriad business incubators, designed to highlight the cutting-edge creativity and business acumen comprising SBU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s also a chance…


It’s all about class as Buncee tops 100K users

By GREGORY ZELLER // Award-winning multimedia presentation platform Buncee has rocketed past a major milestone. This month, the Calverton-based “digital canvas” – which helps users create and share messages and presentations incorporating video, audio and other elements – notched its 100,000th user. That number had climbed past 107,000 by Wednesday morning, noted founder and CEO Marie Arturi, and interest in the innovative platform shows no sign of abating. While Buncee’s easier-than-PowerPoint pitch still attracts its…


With Sullstice, keeping the conversation going

By GREGORY ZELLER // Entrepreneur James O’Sullivan has reached a critical point familiar to many innovators, particularly those offering digital services: How to monetize your beta-test hit? In O’Sullivan’s case, the hit is Sullstice, a digital collaboration tool helping teachers and students connect in after-class discussions. The online forum is designed to benefit students, who get answers to sticky problems from multiple sources, and educators, who share the burden of extracurricular instruction and eliminate classroom…


Buncee seeks $3M (or so) for growth spurt

By GREGORY ZELLER // Buncee notched its 80,000th user on Monday, a cause for celebration certainly, but also a bittersweet milestone for the Calverton-based “digital canvas.” It’s been great so far, but it’s time for Buncee to stretch its legs. The plan: a $3 million (or so) funding round that will allow the 2010 startup to “hire more people and promote the heck out of this thing,” according to founder and CEO Marie Arturi. That…


Buncee goes to the head of the class

By GREGORY ZELLER // Buncee is putting the “e” in education. Educators across the country are embracing the Calverton-based company’s “digital canvas,” which was originally designed as an e-greeting-type multimedia communications tool but has emerged as an award-winning educational resource. Buncee has become so popular as a teaching tool, in fact, that the company is in the process of rolling out an education-specific platform called Buncee for Edu. With some features not expected to go…