No. 86: Koch speaks, Altman muses and an app that reads your smile

Post Paris

Not included in the 350 or so injured in Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris are potentially hundreds more who survived without physical harm but will likely begin showing the symptoms of what is called survivor syndrome.

Named in the 1960s following years of research with Holocaust survivors – it’s also sometimes called concentration camp syndrome – survivor guilt manifests in many of the same ways as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some suffer simply because they lived while others died, others over the things they could have done in the tragedy but didn’t. A third group obsesses over what they did do.

The last is likely to be the most prevalent in Paris, where survivors of the slaughter at the Bataclan concert hall have already repeatedly mentioned their remorse at scrambling over others to get out, or burrowing under the sprawl, turning their fellow hostages into human shields.

Overcoming survivor guilt is no less easy than beating PTSD. Waylon Jennings, who famously gave up his seat on Buddy Holly’s charter plane to make room for J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson, suffered from the memory his entire life.

Further proof: The VA announced earlier this year that 270,000+ Vietnam vets still suffer from traumatic memories more than 40 years after the end of the war.

Researchers have just started to understand the neural activity related to PTSD-like conditions, and while they’re making progress, a treatment is still likely years away. Until then: Nos pensées sont avec toi, Paris.

It’s Monday: A great start of the week to everyone and welcome new readers, including Jennifer, Stephanie, Bruce, Victoria, George, Anna and the Roberts. Curium was recognized as an element on this day in 1945. And a Happy Birthday to Tiberius, who would be 1,978.

Fun fact: One of them glows purple in the dark.

So it’s not just us: Billionaire industrialist cum uber-conservative mega-donor Charles Koch has announced he’s staying out of the Republican presidential primary this cycle, citing a general lack of enthusiasm for any of the current crop – make that banner crop – of candidates.

In a rare public outing on Friday – he was pitching his new book, Good Profit – Koch said the field has not expressed “nearly enough” support for free market principles and is way too much in love with tax credits for his tastes.

Free investment tip: Koch said he’s putting his money into biotech and smart products.

Speaking of smart products: Intelligent Products Solutions chief Mitch Maiman offers his insights into the fast-evolving world of the Internet of Things. Bottom line: The IoT is a lot more complicated than you probably think.

Bonus fact: The IoT is expected to link 35 billion things by 2020.

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Juggernauting: Two Long Island companies made it onto Crain’s just-outfastest-growing companies list, which ranks firms with at least $10 million in sales and three years of growth. Melville-based IIT, which does consulting, staffing and outsourcing, placed ninth, with growth of 2,493 percent. National MedTrans Network of Ronkonkoma was 39th with 456 percent growth.

First place? Soho’s StartApp, which went from a few thousand in revenue to $37.2 million last year, for a jump of 21,984 percent.

Going it together: Newsday’s Victor Ocasio has an interesting piece on the rise of solopreneur office space.

Spread the word: Motus, the Massapequa software firm, is looking for iOS app developers and visual design/UX people to work on bringing innovative wearable technologies to the consumer. Heavy interest in sports a plus. If interested, and it’s a cool firm so you should be, contact Ben

Speed reading: It occurred to us, belatedly, that many of you would not click on a link that features 62 of anything, as we offered Friday, even if they’re the smartest things anyone has said lately about startups and entrepreneurship. So we read all 62 and boiled them down for you here.

Clicked-in: Things you did click on last week, included our look at inventorEddie Cross, Reed Phillips’ plan to harness the world of motion, and Tuesday’s STEAM event at LaunchPad Huntington.

About our sponsor: The Town of Islip’s Office of Economic Development – Whether it’s helping in site selection, cutting through red tape or finding innovative ways to meet specific needs, businesses that settle in Islip soon learn that we take a proactive approach to seeing them succeed. If your business wants to locate or expand in a stable community that offers an outstanding quality of life and the support to help you grow, then it’s time you took a closer look at Islip.

Stuff we’re going to: The LIA teams up with the New York State Wireless Association for “Long Island’s Rapidly Growing Demand for Wireless Technology,” Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Melville Marriott, free.

Definitely this: Molloy College hosts the 2015 College Business Pitch Night, lightning pitches, cash prizes and celebrity judges including Mark Lesko, Harvey Brofman and others, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. at Molloy’s Madison Theater. Free but please register.

Really should: Award-winning illustrator Peter de Sève (Ice Age, Mulan, Finding Nemo et al), displays at Farmingdale State College’s Memorial Gallery, Nov. 23-Jan. 8, with a lecture on Dec. 8, Gleeson Hall, 3:05 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., reception to follow. Call Joyce LoBue at 631-420-2181.

Absolutely: ACIT salutes local tech entrepreneurs, Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m. to not quite sure, Crest Hollow Country Club, Andrew Hazen keynotes, Kominicki MCs, honoring ADDAPT, Astoria Bank, Teq, Cold Spring Harbor Lab and NYIT student Steven Patrikis, an Innovator of the Year winner. $160 for nonmembers. Reach out to Bonnie Seider at

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Healing thyself: ZocDoc CEO Cyrus Massoumi is relinquishing his day-to-day role to fellow co-founder Oliver Kharraz for a new product, marketing and partnerships push. The startup, which offers a digital scheduling platform for physicians, has more than 600 employees and was most recently valued at $1.8 billion.

Cool it first, please: Great Neck is collecting used cooking oil from Thanksgiving turkey deep-fryers to convert to biofuel. Call 516-482-0238 or visit

Forgive us, but: Islip’s spanking-new economic development site is actually really well done.

Long read: Engineer Rana el Kaliouby is working on software that will allow your devices to measure your mood. Apps to follow.

Good to know: A genuine smile, which involves a contraction of the muscles at the corners of the eyes, is called a “Duchenne” smile, after a 19th-century French anatomist. One that uses just the mouth is called a “Pan Am” smile.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.