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IPS enables startup’s next-gen fire-prevention tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you can’t stand the heat, alert the homeowner through an IoT-enabled remote app. That’s the basic thinking at St. James-based startup Eyetemp LLC – or, more precisely, inside EyeTemp, an Internet of Things-connected smart sensor designed to sniff out kitchen fires and sound the alarm. Officially introduced last summer, EyeTemp was brought to life by Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions, the award-winning product-design firm now operating as a subsidiary of Florida-based…


Kapen: As feds get act together, crowdfunding climbs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Seven years after a new federal law attempted to kickstart the startup market, investors and entrepreneurs are still finding their way – but a few key legislative tweaks could open the equity-crowdfunding floodgates. That’s the from-the-trenches assessment of Alon Kapen, a partner at Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz and head of the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice group, who recalls the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 – a blessedly…


Needing a lift, HoodiFit hops Entrepreneur’s ‘Elevator’

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Infinity Towel might not have infinite opportunities to hit it big, but whatever opportunities it has, designer Laurie Russo is going to make the most of them. So Russo, naturally, jumped at the chance when the producers of “Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch,” Entrepreneur Magazine’s network-grade webcast, came calling. Although production has temporarily slowed while her company reevaluates its distribution strategy, the president and CEO of Huntington-based LM Web and Design (dba…


Take a deep breath, Oxxy/Gen is on the way

By GREGORY ZELLER // Better late than never, Soteria Technologies still plans to be there when it’s needed most. Specifically: when a fire or other emergency situation makes air unbreathable, and a “personal escape respirator” is required. About a year after securing a $200,000 angel investment, Lindenhurst-based Soteria Technologies is finally ready to commence production of its first 1,000 Oxxy/Gen units – just as soon as it completes a 30-day, $85,000 Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which…


Lessons learned, The Crime Stopper restarts

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a fresh start for The Crime Stopper, with lessons learned from a failed Kickstarter campaign. Actually, the campaign didn’t fail, according to Apptec Corp. founder Andy Braverman, a veteran electrical engineer with a flair for digital dictation. Although the $35,000 Kickstarter was a virtual nonstarter – it attracted only one backer – it taught Braverman invaluable lessons about managing a crowdfunding campaign. And that one backer is “very close” to…