No. 100: Billions for clean-gen, loco for Boca and surprises for the kids

TGIF: A good Friday everybody. It’s Jan. 22. The first commercial flight of a Boeing 747 – Pan Am’s JFK to London leg – took place on this day in 1970.

The Weather Service says it’s time to batten down the hatches. Batten, you ask? The strips of wood once used to hold canvas covers over doorways and other openings as a storm approached.

But you have plenty of time to read this first.

Paging all parents: Entrepreneur Eric Shmuely has teamed up with former Suffolk County IDA chief Anthony Manetta on a subcom startup that ships age-appropriate kid books in surprise monthly packages. Appropriately called Story Surprise.

Subcom: That’s subscription-based e-commerce.

A whole lotta green: The Public Service Commission approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to spend $5 billion on clean energy initiatives with hopes that private money and consumer savings will leverage the total to somewhere around $40 billion.

Many questions about how the money will end up being spent, but as clean-gen incubator chief David Hamilton pointed out to us, “How can $5 billion be a bad thing?”

Stuff we’re going to: The Association for Corporate Growth’s LI division hosts a breakfast meetup featuring the ever-caustic Greg David plus Doug Tatum, chairman of advisory firm Newport Board Group, to discuss Long Island’s sluggish growth prospects and what we can do to goose prosperity. Thursday, Jan. 28, 8 to 10 a.m., Hofstra.

Don’t forget: Empire State Development chief Howard Zemsky will speak in Islip on Feb. 3 at the LIBDC’s first 2016 outing.

Stuff we went to: Great Innovate-LISTnet-LaunchPad cocktail networker at Jewel on Tuesday night with a huge crowd supplemented by interlopers from an adjacent ABA gathering. More of those coming soon. (The networkers, not the interlopers.)

Also: What’s the old line? If you took all the economists in the world and lined them up end to end … it would be a good thing.

But we’d spare Cushman & Wakefield’s Ken McCarthy and the Labor Department’s Shital Patel, who rocked CoreNet’s annual forecast breakfast on Thursday. More coming to Innovate from them on Monday. Good to see John Gallivan there.

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They speak New York: Northwell Health has expanded its affiliation with Boca Raton Regional Hospital to offer a record-sharing system that gives snowbirds access to their local medical records, plus doc-to-doc consultation and concierge appointment service, all while basking in Florida’s sunny climes.

Space, the new Gilded Age: Can NASA really keep the space program growing by contracting with billionaires like Bezos, Branson and Musk? It worked for Vanderbilt and Morgan.

The world’s most valuable startups: Fortune has released its second annual unicorns list. Sure you know Uber, but what about No. 2 Xiaomi?

It’s Chinese: Sounds kinda like “show me.”

Speaking of Uber: It surpassed the rental car industry for the first time in the fourth quarter, claiming 41 percent of all business-related ground transportation.

All in: U.S. business travel topped $310 billion last year.

Need sales help? Apple is whacking 49 advertising jobs from its Fifth Avenue office as the firm shuts down the never-quite-took-off iAd network.

About $8.25 billion: NYC startups received 40 percent more venture capital than in 2014. But in fewer deals.

Less hot: Washington state, where Q4 VC activity plunged 56 percent.

The world is their workspace: Hudson Valley-based Addibots LLC is working on autonomous 3D printers on wheels that may soon replace the Zamboni and one day crawl public roads filling potholes.

Coming later today: Fresh reporting from the Long Island Capital Alliance’s health-focused pitch event in Plainview, plus we check in with ExpertFlyer cofounder, and general good guy, Chris Lopinto. Keep an eye out.


Big thinking: NYIT dean Nada Anid has a just-forming idea that would put NASA science on her school’s big screen. And then much, much more.

Not news, but finally down on paper: Turns out the business community doesn’t have much use for local government, a new Siena poll finds.

Targeting the world: Intelligent Product Solutions cut a deal with Arrow Electronics that will significantly expand the Hauppauge firm’s reach.

Has no ring to it: Telemarketer-thwarting phone service Nomorobo inked a major deal with Time Warner Cable that will give thousands of customers ring-free dinners and weekends.

The Debrief: Former OSI exec Linda Amper is helping the LIA get its biotech on.

People item: Innovate pal Neil Seiden of Asset Enhancement Solutions has been elected prez of the Turnaround Management Association.

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Still enjoying cameras: Weiner, a documentary on former congressman and NYC mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, premiers at Sundance this weekend. Many “juicy” moments, according to the NYT.

Internet of Scary: Your connected appliances can now order their own supplies via Amazon Dash.

You know you want to: How to start a food truck business.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading. Now go buy bread and milk.