startups

BioPosture: Septuagenarian entrepreneurs bounce back

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Going in Style File comes Sleep BioLogics Inc., a startup from two 70-something entrepreneurs who wouldn’t take retirement lying down. Actually, Sleep BioLogics is a 2018 reinvention of a 2016 startup, RV Winkle LLC, which itself was a “bed in a box” enterprise several years in the making. It all started because Irwin Pearl and Tom Williams, who’d both enjoyed long and successful business careers, weren’t ready to call…


Reality bites, MunchMoney pivots, tummies applaud

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Office of Sticktoitiveness comes Chris Kane and MunchMoney Inc., makers of a rewards-based group-purchasing app that whittled down an overdose of functionality to focus on one bright vertical – and has ridden that strategy to an impressive national launch. When last we left Kane, the James Madison University graduate and hungry entrepreneur was preparing for a pilot launch of MunchMoney, flagship app of the 2017 startup created by the…


Island finally finds its footing on the co-working path

By PHIL RUGILE // Helping new companies get started has become a big part of the “Startup Economy.” Investopedia defines a startup as “a company that is in the first stage of its operations,” often bankrolled by their entrepreneurial founders, who are attempting to capitalize on a new product or service. It’s no easy task. Until you’ve experienced the terror of being an entrepreneur – of struggling to convince your target market of your product…


A healthy startup with roots, from Long Island to Peru

By GREGORY ZELLER // It took Chris Cianciulli more than two decades to find his true calling – but when he did, it couldn’t have been any sweeter. It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. Cianciulli, founder of Plainview-based TraLa LLC and creator of its flagship organic coffee sweeteners, explored many possibilities over a quarter-century of professional development. But it wasn’t until he came across a little-known South American plant – and unlocked a potentially…


In U.S. first, French phenom spreads its bread to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’re still clinging to those New Year’s weight-loss resolutions, better stay out of Great Neck. Marie Blachère (bring your French dictionary, the U.S. website is still under construction), a wildly popular French bakery boasting 500 locations throughout its home country, is warming up its first U.S. location: a two-story, 25,000-square-foot eat-in market on Middle Neck Road in the Nassau County village. Set to open this month, the new eatery essentially…


Saving the planet from the ground up, literally

By GREGORY ZELLER // Allied Microbiata didn’t win 76West – but being a finalist in the innovative state-funded competition, which stimulates the clean-energy economy across the Southern Tier, wasn’t too shabby. A ground-level effort in more ways than one, the 2017 startup is an early-stage bootstrapper with ties to Stony Brook University and Columbia University, on a primary mission to remediate soils and sediments tainted by toxins. And the graduate of the PowerBridge NY program…


Startup eyes quantum leap in ‘unhackable’ networking

By GREGORY ZELLER // Quantum-memory applications that can prevent hackers from accessing digital-communications networks? At room temperature? Pshaw, you say! Actually, you probably don’t say “pshaw” or make any other dismissive comment, because unless you’re a quantum-information expert with a PhD in nanotechnology – or you’re otherwise familiar with quantum-repeater nodes, single-photon wave packets and other niceties of quantum IT – this likely sounds like so much recycled “Star Trek” gobbledygook. But it’s hardly that….


For the Boyz From New York, style is an attitude

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Streetwear” may be rooted in the California surf culture, but the hoodies and hats in the Boyz From New York catalogue represent a decidedly different state of mind. Popularized first by Left Coast surfers and skaters, streetwear encompasses many elements of so-called “hip-hop fashion” (the clotheshorses over at GQ can tell you more). All of those elements – comfort, functionality, attitude – are front-and-center at circa-2018 startup Boyz From New York…


Healthier pet treats: All Talk, with lots of bite

By GREGORY ZELLER // It doesn’t exactly figure that a retired caterer and a longtime electrician specializing in concert stage lighting would craft a small-business success story focused on pet treats. But Margaret and Bruce McDonough loved their dog. And when the poor pup passed away too soon, and the culprit was determined to be what Margaret McDonough described as “chicken products from China,” the mission basically presented itself. It was actually Margaret who founded…


As 3D printing soars, startup provides the missing ink

By GREGORY ZELLER // With some help from Stony Brook University, a high-tech startup is helping the additive manufacturing industries find their form. Additive manufacturing, a splashy term for manufacturing via 3D printing, is quickly becoming an everyday thing. Everything from machine parts to deadly weapons to entire life-sized buildings is now being “printed” in composite materials – potentially, a redefinition of basic construction and manufacturing principles as we understand them. But a science with…


For ‘vehicle-to-grid’ startup, all roads lead to CEBIP

By GREGORY ZELLER // Technological tinkering comes easily to Ryan McIntosh, a do-it-yourself type with a mind for business and a clear affinity for mechanical constructs. Less clear to the self-described inventor and New Jersey City University graduate – he earned a degree in business administration, though “I was born an engineer” – are the finer points of patent law and commercialization. But he’s no dummy in this regard, either. And as McIntosh and his…


In the iced tea business, some like it hot

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the When You’re Hot, You’re Hot file comes the PeKANT Tea Co., a sort of Nestea plunge for the hot-pepper set. Cofounders Michael Circosta and Michael Romano, both longtime regional sales reps for Massachusetts-based medical-device titan Boston Scientific, are now about three years into their spicy entrepreneurial adventure, which crosses its teas with molten-hot habaneros – adding a tongue-numbing, surprisingly refreshing kick to the traditional sweet tea. It sounds counterintuitive…


With the Long Island Gems, networking lightens up

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Long and Winding Road File come the Long Island Gems, a story of power women, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a born-again marketing veteran and a Long Island networking group like no other. It’s been a rough stretch for Valentina Janek, following a decade-plus of steady professional and extracurricular progress. Janek logged 13 successful years at Manhasset-based CMP Media (now CMP Technology, a piece of London-based UBM Ltd.), where she focused on…


In the power-conversion business, it’s who you know

By GREGORY ZELLER // A six-year-old power play and its three-year-old sister startup are providing something truly unique on Long Island – a two-headed engineering enterprise with the ability to empower the powerless. That could have many interpretations, but it takes a fairly literal spin at Unique Technical Services, a 2012 launch and member of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, and Smithtown-based Unique Electric Solutions, that slightly younger sibling. With a…


With Patient Innovations, the wait may be over

By GREGORY ZELLER // Patient Innovations does not have modest goals. Citing a sad legacy of waiting-room delays and other gross inefficiencies costing healthcare providers both time and money, the 2013 startup is out to change the healthcare world. And if it generates a billion-dollar payday along the way, so much the better, says cofounder Ken Greenberg. Pardon Greenberg’s optimism, which may be influenced by his success as cofounder and CEO of award-winning, circa-1992, Hauppauge-based…