Mission Disrupt

No. 264: Tribute to a friend

The outpouring of affection and well-wishes that followed the passing of Innovate LI founder and Publisher John Kominicki is deeply appreciated. We loved him, too. We’ll remember the humor, the wit, the generosity of spirit, the innovative vision. And we’ll especially remember the work ethic, which reminds us that time – and newsletters – stop for no man. So keep those story suggestions, calendar items and other new-economy tips coming at editor@innovateli.com. Anyone who knew…


No. 262: Mission is a go, Topspin buys some spin … and climate change in New Jersey?

TGI December: Let’s not mince words – this week was a slog, after the stuffed-belly, four-day respite of the Thanksgiving holiday. But Friday is upon us again, as is December, which in addition to the holidays you know boasts National Pie Day (today), World Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and, believe it or not, Monkey Day (Dec. 14), which as of 2000 is actually a thing. Please use this information responsibly. And tell us about…


With first national campaign, an even bigger Mission

By GREGORY ZELLER // Sprinting out of the Walk Before You Can Run File comes Dean DeCarlo, who’s landed a first-ever national account for his upstart digital-marketing firm Mission Disrupt Ltd. While the big-time score – developing a national digital strategy for ACCSES NJ, a not-for-profit advocating for persons with disabilities in New Jersey – comes several weeks before the Westbury startup’s second anniversary, DeCarlo and his team took the slow-and-steady route to winning the…


We Connect the Dots’ new STREAM of consciousness

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a “year of growth and great progress,” STEAM-powered Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots is already gearing up for a big 2018. Founder and Board Chairwoman Laurie Carey notes a 2017 filled with major advances for her five-year-old startup, a science-, mathematics-, engineering-, art- and math-focused 501(c)3 determined to level the technological playing field for underprivileged students. But as progressive as 2017 has been, according to the founder, the industries…


Westbury allies give Charlotte ‘workforce experience’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A professional alliance assembled at LaunchPad Westbury has joined with the Microsoft Corp. on an ambitious “workforce experience” program. Please do not call it an “internship.” This experience, which delivers unprecedented technological and on-the-job training to 18 disadvantaged North Carolina youth, starts in the office of Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, who upon taking her oath in 2015 inherited a longstanding Mayor’s Youth Employment Program. To evolve the three-decade-old summer program, Roberts’ office…


On this marketing mission, niche guys finish first

By GREGORY ZELLER // As Dean DeCarlo sees it, established companies – even some bigger ones – have a unique problem. With the digital age upon us and more customers moving online, many product and service providers are falling behind, according to the entrepreneur, because they don’t understand the nuances of digital engagement. Branded media, web design, paid media campaigns – this is the new definition of “company representation,” according to Mission Disrupt Ltd., a 2016 startup…