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No. 97: Grill bots, Katie shuffles and Didit done it again

It’s Monday: A great start to the week everybody and welcome new readers, including Greg, Gordon, Theresa, Dror, Mona, Matt, Barry, Marissa and Amanda. Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman, from whom the ’60s got LSD, was born on this day in 1906. Foreign service: Susan Sadocha, chief of the Island’s U.S. Export Assistance Center, sits down with Innovate to discuss the ever-growing overseas push by local manufacturers. Really big trade show in Germany in April you should maybe attend, BTW….


No. 96: Top tech trends, eco-outlooks and robots judge a beauty pageant

It’s Monday: A happy start to the week and year everybody, and welcome new readers. Don’t forget the big, big AVZ economic survey and opinion poll show, with Rick Lazio, Jamie Moore and more, Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Crest Hollow, show up with $35 or call 631-913-4258. Our most-read stories of 2015: Proving that it’s not all about nanoparticles and deoxyribonucleic acid. Innovator of the year winners Keren Gilbert, bagel queen LI Brew Bus rolls Alyssa…


No. 95: Biggest deals, Howard Zemsky and a side of 3D-printed pancakes

This will sell out: Empire State Development chief Howard Zemsky keynotes the Long Island Business Development Council’s Feb. 3 dinner at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip. Presented by the Islip IDA, 5:30 p.m., sponsorships available, registration required via marlene.mcdonnell@gmail.com Connected in the year ahead: Where the Internet of Things will go in 2016. (And Big Data is along for the ride.) Related: Mitch Maiman’s IoT primer – the java version – was picked up by the very nicely done CEWIT newsletter….


No. 94: George Bailey, 42 unicorns and a robot with good penmanship

It’s Monday: A great start to the short week everybody and welcome new readers, including John, Michael, Nancy, Eddie, Robert, Pete and more. Happy to have you aboard. Don’t forget to send tips, news items, shameless plugs, criticisms and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. Speaking of short: The shortest day – and longest night – of the year are tomorrow. Here’s the science. Well, whattaya know about that: Christmas is soon upon us and with it the opportunity to revisit, once more, Frank…


No. 93: Soviet treats, an expensive Yahoo party and the nation’s least charitable states

TGIF: A good Friday everybody and howdy new readers. Also, a special welcome to our newest sponsor, Teachers Federal Credit Union. Happy to have you aboard, TFCU. Behind the Fed hike: More expensive money is likely to send a herd of unicorns to the equity markets next year as they become unable to borrow or raise private equity with the ease they enjoyed in 2015. There’s now a name for that: CB Insights is calling it “dragged to…


No. 92: Sam Pay, Happy Birthday to us and 12 must-have holiday gizmos

TGIF: A good Friday, everybody. Boston’s Bijou Theatre became the first American playhouse fully lit by electricity on this date in 1882. Thomas Edison installed personally. More recently, Angry Birds went into play in 2009. Must be the free lunches: Airbnb topped Glassdoor’s annual list of the 50 best places to work – as voted by employees – with many more tech companies following. The rest of the Top 10: Bain & Company, Guidewire, Hubspot, Facebook, LinkedIn,…


No. 91: Chic-a-peas win, biofuel loses and some great news for brewers

It’s Monday: A great start of the week, everybody and welcome new subscribers, including Stephen and Steven, Patrick, Kris, 5005287, and many others. Glad to have you aboard. It’s the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, being marked locally at the American Airpower Museum at Republic, 10:30 a.m., two LI survivors expected to attend. Also, Chag Urim Sameach. A quick look at Hanukkah patents here. Moving on up: John Henry, the 22-year-old founder of accelerator program Cofound Harlem, is looking…


No. 90: Ubering up, driverless Formula One and medical pot’s a bust

TGIF: A great Friday to everybody and welcome new readers. It’s Dec. 4, National Faux Fur Day. Not sure how to celebrate that, but have at it. The first Whopper was sold on this day in Miami in 1954. Tyra Banks is 42. We send good thoughts to our pal Harvey Brofman, who is resting, very likely uncomfortably, at a NYC hospital, but home soon. Millennials disappoint: U.S. small business creation is up for the…


No. 89: Cyber Meh, Jackie Gleason’s bus and the recipe for GW microbrew

It’s Monday: A great start to the week everybody and welcome new readers, including John, Brian, Doug, Nicki, Lorraine and Wendy. It’s Cyber Monday, a term coined in 2007 by National Retail Federation staffer Ellen Davis in – what else? – a press release promoting retail sales. Big deal: It’s often said that 70 percent of the U.S. economy is consumer spending, but that’s deceiving. If you’re looking for real consumerism – that is, the unabashed buying…


No. 88: A Breather for you, two months for Zuckerberg and a 43North winner goes south

It’s Monday: Time to start worrying about what you’re drinking on Thursday. Riesling? Certainly. Pinot Noir? Yes, if you’re not serving anything with marshmallows on it. If so, you’re better off with a zin or syrah. Best, according to Mark Squires, who reviews Long Island bottlings for the Wine Advocate, try a big rosé. He’s liking the 2014 Wolffer Estate Grandioso. Buffalo watch: GetGems, an Israeli technology startup that won $250,000 in the 43North business competition, has…


No. 87: Pharma grows, Foye goes and why men eat more when they’re around women

TGIF: A good Friday, everyone and a special welcome to new readers. Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released on this day in 1985. Joe Walsh has made it to 68. Go West, young brain: Graduates from elite schools are much more likely to move to California, Washington and Oregon than any other spots in the nation, according to a report out yesterday from fin-tech site Earnest. According to the data, 23 percent of people who graduated from a top 25…


No. 86: Koch speaks, Altman muses and an app that reads your smile

Post Paris Not included in the 350 or so injured in Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris are potentially hundreds more who survived without physical harm but will likely begin showing the symptoms of what is called survivor syndrome. Named in the 1960s following years of research with Holocaust survivors – it’s also sometimes called concentration camp syndrome – survivor guilt manifests in many of the same ways as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some suffer…


No. 85: In-Fidelity, Eddie Cross and the $10 digital kiss off

Pitch slapped: There’s been mumbling about crazy valuations in the tech arena for months now, but the bubble began to take real shape this week as Boston-based mutual fund giant Fidelity downgraded the value of its Snapchat and Dropbox holdings by 25 percent or more. Fidelity has been one of the biggest players in the late-stage funding rounds that have helped venture-backed startups get $1 billion-plus valuations without going public or selling to Google or Facebook….


No. 84: Baby, it was dark outside

The Great Northeast Blackout occurred 50 years ago today, plunging 30 million people into darkness and trapping 800,000 New Yorkers in the subway. The outage, which began at 5:16 p.m. – it lasted 13 hours and covered 80,000 square miles – was blamed on Ontario grid workers who set a default switch too low, eh. One book, however, later blamed UFOs. Television and radio stations went off the air, and the New York Times struggled to produce a 10-pager for…


No. 83: Printed cars, a wicked Moustache and $1 million a foot public transit

Russian right over: The local daily has been urging Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov to come by and chat with Nassau County officials now that the Russian billionaire has taken a controlling interest in the Coliseum revamp, the first shovel on which was turned yesterday. Prokhorov doesn’t visit the United States frequently – he attends only about 10 Nets games a year – but should he drop by, here’s a few conversation starters for Team Mangano: Prokhorov…