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Zuckerberg, Powell-Jobs fund ESL startup

Ellevation, a software company that supports educators and English Language Learners – including those in the Central Islip school district – has landed $6.4 million from funds established by Steve Jobs’ window and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Emerson Collective, the venture fund established by Laurene Powell Jobs, and Zuckerberg Education Ventures, funded by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were joined by the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. English Language Learners, or ELLs,…


Charmtech sets its sights on the mainstream

By GREGORY ZELLER // Interactive software designed to make digital content accessible to the vision- and learning-impaired may soon change the way everyone surfs the web. It’s the natural evolution of many high-tech products, noted Yevgen Borodin, a research assistant professor in Stony Brook University’s Computer Science Department: A cutting-edge product establishes a niche audience first, then swims into the mainstream. That’s the plan at Charmtech Labs LLC, which Borodin cofounded in 2010 with SBU…