No. 155: Masucci rocks, Boltivate locks and the hippiest place in NY

Nixon Peabody's Michele Masucci.

Monday, Monday: A great start to the week everybody and a shout-out to new readers Lauri, Donna, Kim, Lee, Robert and Diane. Happy to have you aboard.

The Beatles arrived in NYC on this day in 1966 for what would be their last concert tour. A previous stop in the Philippines had gone badly after the band inadvertently dissed first lady Imelda Marcos by skipping a lunch invite. “If we go back,” John Lennon said afterwards, “it will be with an H-bomb.”

A patent for snow chains – “Grip-Tread for Pneumatic Tires” – was issued to Harold Weed of Canastota, N.Y. in 1904.

What fresh hell is this? Poet, author and Algonquin Round Table founder Dorothy Parker would be 123.

Hope you had a good one: Harvey Brofman and John Mangano.

But first, this: Economic gurus will gather in Jackson Hole, Wyo. beginning Thursday for the annual Kansas Federal Reserve economic symposium, this year’s running of which is titled “Designing Resilient Monetary Policy Frameworks for the Future.” Fed chair Janet Yellen’s speech – the now-customary opener on Friday – will be closely watched for hints on whether a September interest rate hike is in the cards.

(Pre-speech, traders give it a 30 percent shot.)

Why Jackson Hole? The four-year-old summit was moved there in 1982 to attract then-chairman Paul Volcker, an avid fly-fisherman. (It worked.) Since then, the invite-only crowd has grown to include academics, finance ministers and central bankers, who hole up at the spartan Jackson Lake Lodge, which remains open to the public despite the deep-end think tanking.

Another sign of the conference’s growing importance: The financial media, usually led by Becky Quick, now makes up about 12 percent of the crowd.

She cares: Nixon Peabody’s Michele A. Masucci has been named Long Island’s health-care lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers in America. Congrats, MM and looking forward to working with you on the Hot Topics panel on health in October, details here soon.


Northwell dons super scrubs

Traverse wants to take a bite out of periodontal disease

ThermoLift patent effort heats up

Hofstra’s lupus research has real promise

Royal Decree wants to keep us in stitches

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Be there: How do you spot an extroverted computer engineer? He’s the one who looks at your shoes while he speaks. Join us Aug. 30 as Innovate and LISTnet party with the IEEE Computer Society and Long Island Visual Professionals, 5 p.m., Jewel, please tell us you’re coming.

The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

ICYMI: More than half of NYC employers say they’d rather hire an intern than a full-time college grad.

Young bucks: Stash, the investment platform for millennials, has raised $9.25 million in a Series A to “transform the faces of finance.”

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Aid de camp: The feds have begun testing an educational program that would allow students – especially the financially disadvantaged – to get help paying for coding camps, online tech courses and other innovation-focused curriculums previously shunned. SUNY Empire State (Saratoga Springs) and the coding Flatiron School are the New York participants.

Unicorn sales: The 10 fastest $1 billion flips in investing history. (Zuckerberg bought three of them.)

Get it free: “Digital Manufacturing for Dummies” is your guide to the major 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding technologies.

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Need work, will travel? The SolarCity operation in Buffalo has dozens of openings.

Fred Wilson likes: Greycork, which manufactures home furnishings so basic they make Ikea look like Louis the XIV.

Click bait: The hippiest towns in each of the 50 states, including Kominicki birthplace Keene, N.H. Ithaca wins the New York crown, in part because it was the site of the world’s largest human peace sign.

Home team: Boltivate, the latest IoT offering, allows you to remotely lock or unlock a deadbolt on your door. Also calls or emails you when the lock is “disturbed” and can notify law enforcement. Indiegogo campaign underway.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.