SavvyRoo

Sanford’s $5M gift ignites LIU entrepreneurship

BY GREGORY ZELLER // A $5 million grant from a distinguished philanthropist has Long Island University riding high atop the regional innovation wave. With a boost from celebrated entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, LIU has cut the ribbon on the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. The university officially celebrated the opening of Phase I of the project – covering 3,935 square feet of newly renovated space inside Bush-Brown Hall, adjacent to the LIU Post…


Savvyroo hops and pivots to a new business model

By GREGORY ZELLER // If there’s a trope that best suits Savvyroo, it’s “the numbers don’t lie.” It’s always been the thrust of the startup data-driven digital-education platform, which disseminates the actual facts and figures behind the day’s hottest headlines in fun and easily consumable ways. Now Savvyroo’s statistical focus has engineered an all-new business model. Cofounders Noah Blumenthal and Stephen Ostermiller, and SavvyRoo partners Kathleen Reynolds and Alejandro Esquino, were already envisioning different versions of…


SavvyRoo: Bringing data into the media mainstream

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a world in which the social media have largely supplanted actual socializing, it’s strangely fitting that SavvyRoo cofounders Noah Blumenthal and Stephen Ostermiller have barely met. Barely, as in once. Their paths crossed in April 2014, when Blumenthal was a guest speaker and Ostermiller an attendee at a TEDx conference at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. By then, the two were already partners, and knee-deep in their new social media platform,…