No. 69: Dowling rises, Boehner doesn’t and the Israelis call out Heinz

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MOVING ON UP: North Shore-LIJ boss Michael Dowling has been named the 22nd most influential person in U.S. health care. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and President Obama topped the list, which is produced annually by Modern Healthcare.

Noted: John Boehner was way back at 52.

Elsewhere in health: Stony Brook’s medical school had its biggest White Coat Day ever. And there were free stethoscopes as door prizes.

DUH: New Federal Reserve Bank research confirms what we all knew: Long Island used to outpace NYC in tech-related jobs but no longer does. James Madorehere for Newsday and Optimum customers who want more.

Or: Fed economists with the NYC data.

Although: Tech employment in the City, while booming, is a tiny 3.3% of the workforce, below the national average of 3.8% and way – way – below Silicon Valley’s 25.4% and Route 128’s 17.9%.

But: Even Wall Street never made up more than 5% of NYC jobs.

Nonetheless: California-based software company Pipedrive has signed a 10-year lease for 8K sf at 450-460 Park Ave. South.

Plus: California startup Box is also setting up NYC digs.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Our first Innovator Awards breakfast – celebrating Long Island’s best and brightest ideas – is set for Oct. 21. If you’d like to nominate a deserving student, inventor, researcher, entrepreneur, startup or established company, shoot us the basics at or call 516-314-8982.

Also: The annual Center for Wireless Technology confab – being billed as “NY’s Premier IT Conference & International Forum on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World” – is set for Oct. 19 and 20 at the Melville Marriott. Pre-registration discounts available until Sept. 18. Conference detailshere.

YOOT VOTE: Huntington startup Millennial Strategies is bring next-gen thinking and technology to the political game.

THE DEBRIEF: The many interests of VC, planning commissioner, CEO and congressional candidate David Calone.

INVENTION: Mary Ann Malizia has a better way to stretch a hammy.

BARGAIN: St. Joseph’s College was the top local school in Washington Monthly’s annual Best Bang for the Buck collegiate rankings.

GOOD NEWS: After a rocky start, Donna Drake’s web-based, think-positive news magazine is hitting its stride.

WHAT’S HOT: Based on pitch flow at just-completed demo days for Y Combinator and 500 Startups, social is dead, hardware is making a comeback and HR and security rule the roost.

AIRING IT OUT: Political ad spending is expected to top $11B in the coming election cycle, a 20% jump over 2012. Digital ads will top $1B.

WE’LL DRINK TO THAT: The Babylon IDA has proposed a giant incubator for local craft brewers on the site of a former missile-component test facility in Copiague.

CLICKED IN: Top click throughs from last Friday’s blast: DiNapoli probing Canrock investments (subscription required), LaunchPad NYIT pitch night, Kevin Law on Derek Jeter and Lesko live at CSHL.

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NOT HARD TO SWALLOW: An Ohio company has won FDA approval for 3D printed pills called Zip Dose that dissolve on the tip of your tongue with a sip of water.

TOO GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Research firm Gartner has included the Internet of Things at the “peak of inflated expectations” in its report on “Hype Cycles of Emerging Technologies.

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THANKS, AL: Physicists have crafted a wormhole that tunnels a magnetic field through space, proving part of a 1935 Albert Einstein theory. So what? It could eliminate claustrophobia-inducing MRI sessions.

THEY GET IT: Cablevision rolled out more no-strings services this week, suggesting it’s the one cable company that understands cord cutting is here to stay.

SIMPLE MATH: Eighty percent of Uber’s revenue goes to its drivers. So maybe no surprise it’s getting into self-driving cars.

Which is why: Digital mapping is the hot new field.

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MEET SHUDDLE: Tired of taxiing the kids to school, sports events and social outings? There’s an app for that.

WEARABLE CHILL: Forget counting steps. St. Louis startup Data Dog Health has a wristband that reduces stress and anxiety.

BUFFALO WATCH: A group of prominent businessmen founded a venture group to back scalable biz deals in Western NY. First investment: A $1.55M Series A infusion into biotech startup MimiVax.

Also: UatB has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control’s occupational safety and health arm to study the toll police work takes on officers.

Plus: Only two Buffalo firms have had IPOs in the past 10 years.


The Dodgers have launched an accelerator program for startups at the intersection of fantasy sports, technology, entertainment and media.

EYE ON BEANTOWN: IPO activity among Massachusetts biotechs has slowed to less than half the pace of last year. Latest casualty: Gene sequencing firm Raindance has pulled the plug on its $60M offering.

Also: Tackle Grab, a Boston-based lure-of-the-month subscription service backed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., has Chapter 7ed after failing to build enough customer base.

Not related but close: A Boston-area hospital now offers laughing gas to women entering labor. A quarter of all patients took it in the first month.

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THEY MEANZ BUSINESS: Israel has decreed that Heinz must label its ketchup “tomato seasoning” since it contains only 21 percent concentrate, versus a national requirement of 41 percent. Heinz has no plans to change the recipe, which was concocted in 1876.

But: Ketchup is no longer the world’s favorite condiment, by a distance.

MAYBE IT WAS THE NAME: Federal officials have decided that the escort directory site, in business since 1997, promotes prostitution.

TRASH TALKING: Here’s five great food products made from ingredients that were heading for the landfill, where 30% of all U.S. produce ends up. (And if they’re made from garbage, why are they so expensive?)

TAKING HEAT: Burning Man, the hedonistic blow out in the Nevada desert that starts this weekend, is under fire for the estimated 49K tons of greenhouse gases the event will spew in its weeklong run, or about the same produced by the 1.2M residents of Switzerland. Burning Man’s environmental credo: “Leave No Trace.”

RECONSIDERING SALAD: A head of iceberg lettuce has the same water content as a 1-liter bottle of Evian and is only marginally more nutritious, according to WaPo food writer Tamar Haspel.

FINALLY: Warren Buffett’s best quote on a week like this one: “Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.”

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.