No. 189: Smart bottles, flights of fancy and a Snap gender gap

TG it’s T: Happy Tuesday, everybody, and welcome new readers Michael, Walter, Jaszver, Elaine and whoever that is at Glad to have you aboard. It’s Feb. 7, on which the EU was formed, Spader and Dickens were born and Mississippi completed ratifying the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery.

That was, sadly, in 2013.

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But first, this: Northwell Health became the name sponsor of Jones Beach Theater yesterday, a three-year deal that enhances the hospital system’s branding and allows it to offer medical screenings and wellness tips to audiences.

Name-sponsoring public facilities is not new for health care companies, although most appear to prefer being associated with sports venues. Take Sprenger Health Care Systems, which name-sponsors the home of the Lake Erie Crushers. Or Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in New Hampshire, home of minor league baseball’s fighting Fisher Cats.

The Washington Redskins have health sponsors for two of the team’s training facilities – Inova Health and Bon Secours Wellness – although FedEx has dibs on the big house. Kansas City’s soccer team, Sporting KC, plays its home games at Children’s Mercy (Pediatric Medical Center) Park, while the North Carolina Courage get their kicks at Cary’s WakeMed Field.

In fact, the only other health-sponsored music-related facility we could find is the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, named for a local cardiovascular surgeon and his wife.

Speaking of heart conditions, the Northwell team might want to bring along a few stent specialists when it staffs the theater: The Jones Beach facility is best known for summer sets by Cheap Trick, Foreigner and the Doobie Brothers, none of whom have had a Top 10 hit since 1989.

(But, hey, hey, my, my.)

Not related: Westchester Health Associates will become part of Northwell on March 1, less than six months after the two organizations began exploring a partnership.

Zoned out: Will the coming wave of federal deregulation make it down to local municipalities? Land use expert Michael Sahn cautions that it will – and so best to start preparing now.

Good design, with a twist: The Internet of Things-enabled AdhereTech Smart Pill Bottle, designed by Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions and NYC’s AdhereTech, has won a major award.


Hire education: SBU student job fair, Feb. 17, noon to 3 p.m., info here.

Esq-cetera: The incomparable Seth Cannon and Ira Halpern lay out the basics of business and technology law, a LISTnet event, Feb. 22, 6 p.m., Digital Ballpark in Plainview, free but you gotta tell ’em you’re coming. (So they buy enough beer.)

Celebrating smart: The Innovator of the Year awards are March 21, 8 to 10 a.m., Crest Hollow, a very cool crowd. You should come.

We have the meets: The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

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19 ways to make money in tech: From personnel services to data storage to selling kegerators, as laid out by to Crain’s NY.

Snap judgment: Investors looking through the financial info filed by Snap as it heads for an IPO aren’t liking everything they see. Case in point: Data that shows the company’s sole female board member makes one tenth as much as the next lowest paid director.

No huge surprise, maybe, since women are routinely paid less than men in the board room, although the difference is usually 3% to 9%, according to a study of 1,800 companies done last fall. Women occupied 31% of Fortune 500 board seats in 2016, essentially unchanged from a year earlier, a new Deloitte report suggests.

They’ll be black, of course: NASA veteran Mark Moore has joined Uber to direct research on a future vertical takeoff and landing commuter craft.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.