No. 81: From AutoDesk to Zootly, with some bacon-tasting seaweed in between

TGIF: A great Friday everybody and welcome new readers. It’s National Candy Corn Day, on which we celebrate the lasting achievement of George Renninger of Philly’s Wunderle Candy Co. in 1880 or so. The candy still gets its waxy charm from palm leaves.

TOMORROW: National Call Your Dentist Day.

NICE ADDS: Scott Rechler and David Dangoor have joined the board of the Feinstein Institute at North Shore-LIJ. You know Rechler as the chief of real estate giant RXR. Dangoor heads marketing firm Innoventive Partners, chairs the board of BioGaia, a Swedish bio-tech company and was EVP of Philip Morris International.

(Innoventive. Wish we’d thought of that.)

T-MINUS NOW: LaunchPad Great Neck is (finally) open.

MAKING IT: Autodesk veteran Lee Fraser brings some of the hottest tools for 3-D animation to the next Long Island Visual Professionals meetup, “The Future of Making Things,” Nov. 11, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at LaunchPad Huntington.

REALITY COMING: Scouts from the TV show Make Me A Millionaire Inventor will be walking LI Tech Day on Nov. 10, organizers say.

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GOT IT COVERED: Altice finished cobbling together the bucks for its planned $17.7 billion acquisition of Cablevision this week by selling a 30% stake to Canada’s national pension plan and a Brit private equity house. The two are also partners in Altice’s $9 billion deal for St. Louis-based Suddenlink. Altice previously sold $1.8 billion in new shares and took on $8.6 billion in added Cablevision debt.

Sorta related: New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has asked Cablevision, Time Warner and Verizon to prove that customers are getting the Internet access speed promised, especially for premium services. All three said they were confident their speeds outperformed their advertising.

BANKING ON IT: New York Community Bancorp agreed to acquire Astoria Financial in a deal valued at about $2 billion. Both companies’ shares declined after the deal was announced.

Also: NYCB had been a rumored suitor of troubled First Niagara, but it now looks like KeyCorp is heading to the altar in a deal that could be announced as soon as today.

SHARE DEAL: Veeco posted sharply higher year-over-year revenue for Q3 but trimmed its forecast for the fourth quarter and the year, citing uncertainty in China and flagging LED demand from TV makers. The firm did say it will buy back $100 million worth of shares.


CLEAR SKIES: IBM has agreed to acquire the digital assets of the Weather Co., not including the TV channel, in a move to bolster data crunching for Big Blue’s emerging Watson brand.

Speaking of forecasts: Here’s what’s most likely to show up on your porch on Saturday, thanks to a Google Trend watch on Halloween costume searches.

Somewhat related: NY State Police will be stepping up patrols looking for drunk driving and underage drinking. All weekend.

MOVING EXPERIENCE: Brooklyn startup Zootly lets you hail a moving truck with Uber-like efficiency.

FRESH AIR: Investment platform Gust is crediting Start-Up NY with some of the continued robustness of VC interest in the state during Q3. Funding applications increased by 15.6% in the quarter, behind California.

PULLING THE TRIGGER: Chicago-based startup Salt has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a non-lethal firearm that temporarily blinds intruders and other bad guys. Legal in most states. $299 on early bird special.

YOUR BILLION AT WORK UPDATE: Soraa, one of two much-ballyhooed tech firms New York leaders recruited to set up shop in Buffalo, is shuffling off to Syracuse.

PREMIUM SEATS: Andrew Ross Sorkin and the rest of the DealBook kids are doing one-on-ones with the CEOs of Netflix, Coca-Cola, IBM, Blackrock and Morgan Stanley, plus Carl Icahn and Al Gore. Nov. 3 at the Whitney. You could go, maybe.


NO RESERVATIONS: Bad boy cuisinista and future food hall owner Anthony Bourdain is decrying NYC’s rule that sushi chefs wear gloves during prep. Exact quote: “Monstrous, monstrous, monstrous.” Expletives followed.

A BONE TO PICK: Buffalo Wild Wings is blaming the NFL for a slower than expected third quarter.

CHEW ON THIS: It requires neither fresh water nor dry land and it’s loaded with all kinds of goodness. Taste excepted. Seaweed, the next miracle food.

And: One variety tastes like bacon when fried.

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New CEBIP client Re-Nuble could change the way we feed the planet.

The Guv’s farm brewery initiative has put some spring back into New York’s hops industry, with Long Island a clear winner.

Carolyn Gilbert Schwartz has turned a mitzvah for a friend into a full time special event poetry business, with growing corporate clientele.

Stony Brook startup Iontraxx is building a digital platform that keeps construction projects on the straight and narrow.

In the unlikely event the Royals win the World Series, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be drinking some fine Blue Point amber.

Applied DNA Sciences will be adding its proprietary genetic markers to the nation’s missile fleet.

Web4Sign, a Start-Up NY company at SBU, thinks it’s solved the problem with digital signatures.

Northrop Grumman – remember them? – won an $80 billion contract to build the next fleet of Air Force strike bombers, some of the work on which could come to Long Island.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.