Digital Ballpark

No. 289: Einstein raps, inventors unite, LIJ expands and why flying taxis are closer than you thought

Slice of life: Welcome to March 14, dear readers, not quite the Ides of March (that’s tomorrow) but still a significant anniversary for mathematicians. The 426th, to be precise, of Ultimate Pi Day, which at precisely 6:53 a.m. on this date in 1592 marked the longest correspondence between the date and the opening digits of the infinite mathematical constant pi (3.141592653…) since the introduction of the Julian calendar. From cotton to Led: American inventor Eli…


Long Island REDC rebounds with ‘Top’ $84.3M haul

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council is back on top, once again ranked as a “Top Performer” in Albany’s annual REDC sweepstakes with a hefty $84.3 million haul. That’s terrific news for the “priority” and “regionally significant” projects on the LIREDC’s 2017 wish list, which included funding for a waterfront revitalization effort in Greenport, a new technology-focused Digital Ballpark business incubator in the Wyandanch Village development and 31 other projects…


Because wealthy entrepreneuers need a hand, too

By GREGORY ZELLER // The “flip” came around 2014, after Ashley John Heather and his wife, Diana, welcomed their third child. Heather, a Brit who emigrated to the United States around 2000, had lived his entire U.S. life in New York City. But it was two years since he’d sold his successful e-commerce startup Dotbox to NYC holding company MDC Partners, about that long since he’d bought the house in the Hamptons, a few too…


Suffolk: Something co-working at Wyandanch Rising

By GREGORY ZELLER // The retail side of the Wyandanch Rising redevelopment project isn’t ascending as quickly as the residential side – but the imbalance has created a unique workforce-development opportunity, and Suffolk County is looking to pounce. The county on Friday applied to the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council for funding to open a technology-focused co-working operation in the Town of Babylon’s ambitious Wyandanch redevelopment project, a smart growth-fueled, mixed-use remaking of 142…


LISTnet’s bursting Ballpark adds new office

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re cramming them into the Digital Ballpark, the Long Island Software & Technology Network’s price-controlled Plainview co-working space. Currently juggling about 20 full-time residents, the Ballpark – a joint project with Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and Infosys International, which owns the building at 100 Terminal Drive – is expanding. With more professional clients interested in the co-working facility’s private offices, shared spaces and tech-friendly…


Following crash course, ParqMi shifts into drive

By GREGORY ZELLER // A software startup determined to help you find a parking space is hitting the gas. Fresh off a three-month stint at StartFast, the mentorship-driven “venture accelerator” in Syracuse, ParqMi – brainchild of Hofstra University graduates Stanley Schvartsberg, Jacqueline Hsu and Thomas Georgiades – is back on Long Island and shifting into gear. While perfecting its camera-and-app technology for finding open spaces in crowded public lots and parking garages, the new resident…


Tech showcase, video VCs: pop goes the startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // With an updated database, a first-ever VC pitch and new iOS and Android apps incorporating a host of innovative functionalities, it’s fair to say the brains behind connectivity technology ObviPop aren’t taking the summer off. In fact, cofounders Brett Hayden Cohen and Christopher Migliorini, who incorporated Plainview-based ObviPop LLC in spring 2015, have been putting in extra time this summer. Among their additional assignments: preparing for the inaugural technology showcase at LISTnet’s…


LISTnet’s Digital Ballpark making its pitch

LISTnet has begun marketing its Plainview co-working facility, which includes offices, desk space and – grab it now – one executive suite with wet bar and private bathroom. Dubbed the Digital Ballpark, the space is a joint project with Stony Brook University’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and Infosys International, which owns the building. Thanks to the CEWIT partnership, tenants may participate in the state’s Hot Spot program, which gives tax breaks…