Intelligent Product Solutions

To spark innovation, the master becomes the servant

By MITCH MAIMAN // “Servant management” leadership techniques are not new. This leadership concept, founded in 1970 by Robert Greenleaf, is broadly based on a philosophy that says the manager’s role is to serve the staff. The manager becomes an enabler for the staff, maximizing their operational performance and developing higher skills and capabilities. Skip Prichard, president and CEO of the global Online Computer Library Center, does a wonderful job succinctly defining the qualities of…


Diverse opinions fuel C3E Women in Energy event

By ROSALIE DRAGO // In any industry, “diversity” means intentionally incorporating views and perspectives different from our own – an essential practice for both personal and professional innovation and advancement. We all know it’s easier and faster to move something forward with someone who agrees with us. It doesn’t mean you get the best outcome, though. It can be uncomfortable, to have your voice heard and to listen to that “other” voice, and difficult to…


Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


No. 384: Inventing aspirin, Novocain and heroin – and fighting opioid addiction with feeling

  All downhill from here: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as we slide into the second half of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation here on Long Island and around the world. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 27, and the second day of Ayyám-i-Há for followers of the Bahá’í faith. (Of course, this observance only falls on this date on the Gregorian calendar if Bahá’í Naw-Rúz takes place on March 21, which doesn’t always happen,…


Community wellness wins in Hofstra’s 2019 ‘Challenge’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Roughly $60,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs in an ambitious Hofstra University competition designed to improve health, wellness and socioeconomic conditions in underserved communities throughout Greater New York. The 2019 Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge is now accepting innovative proposals for “market-based products or services” that can improve wellness in communities stretching from Long Island to New York City to the Hudson Valley, according to Hofstra. The theme for…


No. 380: On Coach K, ‘foodpreneurs’ and Donna Drake’s new digs – plus, introducing our 2019 Innovators of the Year!

  Middle march: Onwards and upwards, dear readers, as this latest week of socioeconomic progress plows ahead. It’s Feb. 13 out there, and if you had boozing brawler Guo Wei leading a military coup and declaring himself emperor of China’s short-lived Later Zhou dynasty on this date in 951 A.D., nice work – here’s a voucher for 100 copper Ban Liang coins. Dial it up: Before we dive in, a peaceful World Radio Day –…


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…


No. 376: The mahatma, the pharmacist, and life in the home of the economically influential immigrant

  Middle class: It’s the third day of the week – fourth if you’re a Quaker – and whether you dig “Woden” or “Odin,” welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting run of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Jan. 30 out there, and before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Hannah, Jessica, Kenneth, Liu, Vivian, Tom, Edmon, Micki, Scott, Deanette, Justin and Raj. Goodness, they’re piling up fast these days! Enjoy the…


A prescription for success, in small (and all) business

By MITCH MAIMAN // What could working in an old-school neighborhood pharmacy teach you about running a cutting-edge tech firm? On the surface, these two wildly different businesses have nothing in common. But over the years, I’ve come to realize that I learned many of the rules for growing a successful business working in that drugstore as a kid. My family owned a neighborhood pharmacy in Brooklyn. Maiman’s Pharmacy was off Eastern Parkway in Crown…


Maiman: LI is on the right road, with big things ahead

By MITCH MAIMAN // My view into the near-term future of the technology industry on Long Island reflects my lens on the world. Understanding the business model of IPS, a product-development and professional services company with a client base crossing a wide variety of vertical markets, provides context for my perspective on the technology industry here. From giants like Google and our local favorite Zebra Technologies to small-size startup businesses, we have clients in every…


No. 351: One world, truth in electioneering and another IPS lightbulb moment (plus: teleporting with Gil Perez!)

  Welcome to Wednesday: Over the hump of another busy workweek, dear friends. We are the world: To our readers in the 193 sovereign states comprising the U.N. General Assembly, a peaceful United Nations Day, celebrated every Oct. 24 since 1948. At a time when some would suggest that nationalism – defined as promoting national interests “to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations” – is the way to go, the U.N.’s…


The good sports at IPS, showing off their light touch

By GREGORY ZELLER // An isosceles triangle of innovation – stretching from Hollywood to Florida to Hauppauge – is bringing a new era of “smart lighting” to sports broadcasting. Long Island’s own Intelligent Product Solutions, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida-based manufacturer Forward Industries, has collaborated with Lighticians Inc. on a project that produced what IPS called the “first [Internet of Things]-connected lighting for live sporting-event broadcasts.” Lighticians, a Los Angeles-based 2014 startup, is…


No. 316: The winds of change blow at SBU, the BeerBox keeps tabs and Keith Hernandez steps up

Wednesday welcome: And a happy midweek to you, dear readers, as we hurtle together through an exciting (and blessedly summerlike) week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s June 20 all over the world. Here in the United States, it’s also American Eagle Day, the 236th anniversary of the date the U.S. Congress selected the bald eagle as our national bird. Now arriving: Before we dive in, a heartfelt welcome to freshly minted newsletter subscribers Jim, Tywana, Gerry,…


Beer here: As craft beverages multiply, Island innovates

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drink up, Long Island – it’s beer season. The craft-brewing subculture will be the first to note that every season is beer season, and an autumn-tinged pumpkin ale or a winter stout satisfies just as well as an icy cold IPA at the beach. But with warm weather, barbecues and other summer trappings comes a particular high point in the annual cycle of suds – and on Long Island and elsewhere,…


No. 311: IPS wins again, Adelphi’s robots return, Uber Eats the East End and the Iron Horse steps up

Well that was quick: Welcome to the end of a shortened workweek – and welcome to June, dear readers, as we usher in the month of dads, grads, honeysuckle, the Beta Taurids and, here in the Northern Hemisphere, the glorious summer solstice (though you wouldn’t know it from this lousy weather). It’s indeed June 1 out there, and also National Donut Day, so if you need to leave now, we understand. A toast: There are…