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For LI entrepreneurs, a bevy of biz-building resources

By PHIL RUGILE // I’ve talked a lot about how startups can utilize physical spaces and how, as region, we need more centers for innovation. But meanwhile, we already have dozens of startups popping up every month – and they won’t necessarily wait around for the right space or support. If there’s no easy way to find what they need, they’ll go somewhere they think can assist them. In our case, that typically means a…


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. 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 –…


No. 374: On Sully, ‘MacGyver,’ Pluto and Nomorobo … and the Oscars go to New York!

  Over the hump we go: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting week of innovative entrepreneurism. It’s Jan. 23 out there, and to our readers on Pitcairn Island, a safe and joyous Bounty Day to you (celebrated every Jan. 23 to commemorate the burning of the HMS Bounty by her infamous mutineers in 1790). Write up: To everyone else, please enjoy National Handwriting Day, an actual event that encourages us…


Nomorobo: A billion blocks, barely breaking a sweat

By GREGORY ZELLER // Another major milestone approaches for robocall terminator Nomorobo, which is on the brink of its one-billionth block Developer Aaron Foss’ multi-platform archenemy of autodialers – still attracting 15,000 users a week, now 2.5 million free-service and paid subscribers and counting – will reach the 10-digit plateau this winter, according to Foss, who estimates about six more weeks before the telemarketer terminator hits the mark. It’s a truly meteoric rise for Nomorobo,…


No. 370: In which the Brookhaven IDA shines, the millennials rise … and the robocalls are winning

  January thaw: Welcome to Wednesday, innovators, and the midpoint of 2019’s first full workweek. It’s Jan. 9 out there, and if you’re still writing “2018” on checks and other forms, you’re not alone. Blue by you: Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and you don’t need to watch “Live PD” to know how hard these men and women work, every day, in an incredibly tense and dangerous occupation. If you see a cop…


Seeing the innovation economy in black and white

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a true first for the Long Island innovation economy, an historically underserved population of regional entrepreneurs will step up to the plate Thursday night at LaunchPad Huntington. In conjunction with the 501(c)3 organization Minority Millennials, LaunchPad Huntington Director Phil Rugile has scheduled Ideas Impacting Culture: Minority Millennial Pitch Night, a chance for several non-white innovators to pitch products and services to a panel of established business professionals, also comprised of…


No. 296: Welcoming Whiteley, smartening schools, terminating data thieves and seeing the ‘forest bathing’ for the trees

And down the stretch they come: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, with the finish line and another well-deserved weekend in sight. Happy Chakri Day, commemorating the establishment of the Chakri dynasty, to our readers in Thailand. In Indonesia, have a very happy National Fisherman’s Day. Congress is now in session: Happy anniversary to the U.S. Congress, which held its first-ever regular session on April 6, 1789, in New York City’s Federal Hall. Film at 11:…


Robocall terminator sets sights on data thieves

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bad news for data thieves: The Terminator is coming for you. Robocall-ridding, autodialer-assassinating, telemarketer-terminating Nomorobo is extending its shields beyond voice calls and spam texts. The popular call-blocker has released Version 2.5, a souped-up app that includes data-tracking protection and other defenses against nefarious forces deceptively using web advertising to track consumer behavior. Featuring an online ad blocker that “virtually eliminates all types of ads and privacy-invading trackers,” according to Port…


No. 266: Luminati back at the dance, LIREDC on top and the LIRR on track three

Glad tidings: Happy Friday, readers old and new, and a special hello to Innovate Long Island’s newest sponsor, Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek. Welcome to the show! Yellow peg: One of the great board games in history was “first conceived” on this date, according to ThoughtCo.’s unofficial History of Trivial Pursuit, which pegs Dec. 15 as the day Canadian newspapermen Chris Haney and Scott Abbott – over a game of Scrabble, natch – invented…


No. 265: Santa snickers, the Manufacturing Task Force Awakens and the Golden Globes go to…

Gut Yontiff: “Good holiday,” for our non-Yiddish speaking readers, and a Happy Hanukkah to all. Adam Sandler’s “eight crazy nights” – the Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the circa-160 B.C. Maccabean Revolt – commenced Tuesday evening. A big date for breakthroughs: The dry dock (1816), the ice cream cone (1903), the first fully automated photographic film developer (1928) and the fathometer (also 1928), which measures underwater…


Old St. Trick: Naughty Nomorobo traps telemarketers

By GREGORY ZELLER // ’Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the land, robocalls haunted every woman and man – until Santa stepped in, and exacted a little robo-revenge. Welcome to A Very Nomorobo Christmas, a slightly offbeat holiday tale that spritzes pine-needle scent all over a somewhat brilliant marketing scheme that gives customers (and potential customers) an entertaining reason to come back and visit, while adding whole new dimensions to “jolly” St. Nick….


Nomorobo: A million users later, just getting started

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a major milestone for robocall terminator Nomorobo, which sometime this week will be downloaded by its one-millionth user. Developer Aaron Foss’ call blocker – scourge of telemarketers, archenemy of autodialers – has overcome challenges both technical and political on its meteoric rise to mightiest robocall annihilator in all the land: to date, upwards of 221 million robocalls stopped in their virtual tracks. Now, standing at roughly 990,000 users as of…


Getting excited about Hofstra’s ‘Startup Weekend’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A marathon business-development exercise with a global lineage will give Long Island entrepreneurs a commercialization crash course, with two feet on the accelerator. Hofstra University is scheduled to host Startup Weekend Long Island, a Friday-to-Sunday event uniting developers, designers and non-technical business types for 54 hours of product-pitching, business-forming and other commercialization essentials, with a healthy helping of mentorship and networking. The April 21-23 event is part of the Startup Weekend…


Nomorobo: De-bugged, and loving it

By GREGORY ZELLER // At times, the fates have appeared aligned against Aaron Foss and his robocall annihilator Nomorobo. While the developer’s creation has killed it on landlines – literally, to the tune of more than 150 million thwarted robocalls – transitioning to mobile lines has been a long frustration. The robocall blocker has faced challenges both political and technical, and while diligently overcoming them all, it’s repeatedly found its carefully measured progress delayed by…