No. 36: Wearables, Bettr gets Bettr and holding on to the spiedie

Bettr founders Asish Pandhi and James Knaus.

OFF THE CUFF: Wearable technology is expected to be a $53 billion business by 2019. Assuming people actually want to wear the stuff. CNY

SOMEWHERE, UP THERE: Drones are the next iPad, a versatile platform for entrepreneurs to bring the next generation of fly-over applications to market. Already in the works: Services that can direct firefighting efforts, monitor power lines and pipelines, locate lost hikers, survey crops and document mass-scale human rights violations. More from Venture Beat

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GROWING UP FAST: For rising numbers of California teens, life is increasingly about programming projects and weekend hackathons. Many are skipping college to head for the tech sector’s easy money. Others have already launched their own successful apps or businesses. Inside the almost-adult lives of the industry’s newest recruits. California Sunday via Dave Pell.

And: Nine questions to ask before taking a job at a startup.

Plus: Tech companies with on-site cafeterias are a growing draw for chefs looking for shorter hours and better pay. UpStart

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A SECOND SHOT AT SUBURBIA: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to build thousands of affordable apartments and protect tens of thousands more from market rates will require the help of the suburbs. Here’s why Hissoner’s progressive platform is an historic opportunity for Long Island’s innovation economy. Viewpoint

Related: Apartment sales in Brooklyn topped $683 million in March, more than all multifamily deals in New York City during February, according to a report from Ariel Property Advisors. Real Deal

ALL BUSINESS: Rajib Sanyal takes over Adelphi University’s biz school on July 1, replacing the retiring Anthony Libertella. Sanyal comes from Ball State in Indiana, another region in which business is going through significant changes. Sanyal’s view on the mother industry that might figure into Long Island’s future. Innovate LI

ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD: Startups received significantly less money from angels last year as investors turned their attention to businesses in growth mode. Some good news: Though angel investments were down in dollar volume by 3 percent last year, the number of ventures receiving funding climbed 4 percent. And the number of U.S. angels jumped 6 percent. The report from UNH’s Center for Venture Research

BETTR AND BETTR: Hofstra startup, which we profiled in a story you can read here, was voted best of show at last week’s LaunchPad Huntington pitch night.

Also: Huntington’s just-launched maker space is all abustle, with the first requisite training class sold out. More coming, according to LP-H director Phil Rugile.

Not so coincidentally, Rosalie Drago, the Long Island director for the Workforce Development Institute, the state-funded program that bankrolled the Huntington maker operation, is moving in as a tenant.


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PASSING: Francis Fleetwood, who brought Stanford White-inspired aesthetics – as in, BIG houses – to the Hamptons, has died. He was 68. The cause of death was a blood clot. NYT

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POWERING UP: The world shared 100 gigabytes of data a day on the Internet in 1992. It’s now something like 28,000 gigabytes per second. Business Insider on the enormous amount of electricity required to run all those servers. (Spoiler alert: It’s the equivalent of 34 Northport power plants.)

And: How many sheets of paper would it take to print out the Internet’s 4.5 billion pages? A lot

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LOOKING GOOD: Chili’s says it’s spending about $750,000 a year for an egg wash that makes its buns shine in all those pics posted to social media. Consumerist

EAT A SPIEDIE AND READ THIS: Radio, then television and now the Internet have all helped homogenize American expressionism to the extent that there is very little regional slang left. Which is a pisser. NPR

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