ClipFix

The Lesson: Big markets mean big startup costs

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Good Problem to Have Department comes ClipFix, the Commack tech startup looking to conquer the world one busted modular plug at a time. Since ordering its first 50,000-unit production run in October, the brainchild of founder and president Michael Strahl has been working to lock down its best customer base. That’s familiar turf to any early-stage enterprise; most startups struggle to identify customers and the best channels to reach…


Designs from the cutting edge of innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mark and Linda Nuccio hung out the Design Edge shingle on their Merrick garage in 1987, offering you-name-it design and product development services to comers of all size. Mark’s expertise was from the toy industry, including stints at Ideal, Aura and Long Beach’s HG Toys, where he rose to be vice president of design and marketing. Linda, an illustrator and art teacher, had her own finely tuned eye. But the couple…


ClipFix aces field test, cranks up manufacturing

By GREGORY ZELLER // Commack startup ClipFix, which peddles an easy DIY solution for busted modular plugs, has aced the first of two planned field tests – and that’s good enough for company principals, who’ve placed a 50,000-unit production order that should be ready to ship by mid-October. ClipFix targets the tiny depressible tabs that snap into place when RJ-45 modular plugs are inserted into a port or wall jack, connecting monitors, modems, phones, printers,…


For ClipFix, success is all about making connections

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a make-or-break month for ClipFix. Peddling a tiny invention with enormous potential, the Commack-based startup embarks this week on two critical field tests. Best case: ClipFix’s ridiculously uncomplicated DIY fix for busted modular plugs is embraced by major corporate customers, propelling the company to stratospheric success. Considering the startup’s so-simple-it’s-brilliant pitch, this isn’t farfetched at all. At its heart is the RJ-45 modular plug – more specifically, the miniscule, depressible…