No. 61: Murcott moves, Vroom vrooms and WeWork inches closer

MURCOTT MOVE: John Murcott, longtime major domo at Mark Fasciano’s ThoughtBox operation and a top player at several related portfolio companies, has landed at Work Market as an exec in what his LinkedIn page calls “sales engineering.”

One of Fasciano’s companies, General Sentiment, shut down earlier this month, according to Newsday, after failing to attract resuscitating capital. We have calls out, so stay tuned.

NICE TO SEE YOU: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul whirl-winded Long Island yesterday with stops at Calverton’s EPCAL Park, the Satur Farms cold storage facility, Grapes and Greens, Palmer Vineyards and Hofstra’s robotics lab, before heading off to a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce event.

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COMING THIS WAY: WeWork, the ever-growing shared-space startup, has leased its first Queens location, 60K sf at Studio Square in Astoria. Included: Access to the 30K sf Studio Square beer garden.

GLASS REDUX: Google Glass II, due out this year, will be distributed exclusively through the Glass at Work program, which is focused largely on the health-care sector. Among the enhancements: a 5 GHz WiFi band to support smoother streaming video and improved battery life for long surgeries and other scenarios.

Kinda related: A Washington University professor has developed a tool that combines a cancer-targeting dye with special glasses to allow a surgeon to make “cancer cells light up like Christmas trees” during surgery.

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ONE GIANT REHAB: The Smithsonian has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $500K to conserve the Apollo 11 spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon. The suit, which has stains on a pocket and an amateur stitch job on one knee, is in such poor shape that it’s been out of public view for nine years. Top donors get a 3D printed astronaut glove.

GO SET A RECORD: HarperCollins sold 1.1M copies of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman in the first week, a company record. Not much of one, however. Scholastic sold 8.3M copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the first 24 hours.

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ONOMATOPOEIA FUNDED: Vroom, the Flatiron-based online used-car platform, raised $54 million to expand staff and add reconditioning centers around the country. Unlike other used-car sites, which are typically a marketplace connecting buyers and sellers, Vroom buys cars and transports them to its 22-acre reconditioning center in Dallas, with free nationwide delivery.

Vroom said it did nearly $20 million in sales in May and is on track to post $300 million in revenue in 2015.

NONE OF US, THANKFULLY: Last weekend’s hack of Ashley Madison, the online platform that helps married people cheat on their spouses, exposed the private information of all of its customers. That’s 40M people, or 12.5 percent of the U.S. population.

YES, NO AND LET ME TELL YOU: Sweigh, one of Long Island’s best-bet IT startups, is set to bring its real-time social sentiment platform to market, combining two of the Internet’s most-favorite features – polling and comments. Coming soon: Staffing up, then a funding round of between $3M and $5M.

HANDS ON: Stony Brook University’s Innovation Lab, a forward-looking resource tucked inside venerable biz center Harriman Hall, has already helped 300 students channel their entrepreneurial streak.

INNER PEACE: Caryn Horsley, former medical assistant, paralegal, personal trainer and, now, inventor, thinks she’s figured out how to help 13 million Americans with pelvic problems. She might need your business advice.

LET’S DO THE MATH HERE: The state doled out $17 million in economic development grants yesterday. Long Island was honored with $438,000.

And they started a new scratch-off game that ignores Long Island completely.

But Hofstra did get state licensing for its advanced nursing degree program.

WORTH THE WAIT: AVZ has named long-time partner and 35-year company veteran Robert T. Quarté to the newly-created role of co-managing partner. That and more at Innovate LI People.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.