Startups

What’s your story? Podcast producers, fans are all ears

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a world where podcasts – now 1.5 million globally, featuring some 34 million episodes – are Short Attention Span Theater’s undisputed main attraction, the challenge is clear for entrepreneurs and other bootstrappers eager to get in the game: Record them cheaply, engineer them professionally, promote them well. Enter the Huntington-based Communication Strategy Group , a circa-2005 multimedia agency that broke into the podcast business about 18 months ago with its…

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‘Out There’ innovator thinks outside the box, and office

By GREGORY ZELLER // Wall Street success seemed assured. But for Anthony Capellupo, the truth was out there. Literally (the innovator “grew up on the water”), figuratively (“I was always trying to finish work early, so I could get home and go fishing or whatever”) and now commercially, as the young entrepreneur adds his own breath of fresh air, Out There Apparel, to the great outdoors. “Established” in 2018 and officially incorporated in April, the…


For those with ‘charging anxiety,’ a lite in the dark

By GREGORY ZELLER // This is no AAA battery – a Long Island City startup with Long Island connections is bringing its field-tested “charge-sharing” tech straight to The Show. Hoplite Power, a client of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program proliferating rechargeable smartphone battery packs and a network to rent and return them, is set to join the New York Mets just in time for the Amazins’ unlikely playoff run, with five “Hoplite…


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…


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…