No. 95: Biggest deals, Howard Zemsky and a side of 3D-printed pancakes

This will sell out: Empire State Development chief Howard Zemsky keynotes the Long Island Business Development Council’s Feb. 3 dinner at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip. Presented by the Islip IDA, 5:30 p.m., sponsorships available, registration required via

Connected in the year ahead: Where the Internet of Things will go in 2016. (And Big Data is along for the ride.)

Related: Mitch Maiman’s IoT primer – the java version – was picked up by the very nicely done CEWIT newsletter.

Took them long enough: Jahangir S. Rastegar, an associate professor at SBU’s mechanical engineering department, was named a 2015 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He holds 184 patents, another 150 pending, 20 in commercial production and 30 more being used by the military.


In longevity of defense: Meet AIL veterans Eduardo Palacio and Robert Lukachinski, both downsized in the continuing contraction of the Long Island defense sector. They wisely decided their combined 75 years of aeronautic experience was too good to waste on retirement.

Accelerate Long Island wrote the last check from its initial seed fund. The pay to? Cold Spring Harbor Lab spinoff DepYmed, which has a pretty amazing breast cancer drug in clinical trials.

PSEG is looking for 200 megawatts or so of renewable energy.

An LA aeronautics firm is moving to Westbury. (Not a typo.)

AVZ partner Larry Lucarelli explains the myriad bennies for startups and other small businesses that are buried in the now signed-sealed-delivered tax protection package.

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NYC’s 15 largest funding deals: A total of $7.65 billion, which was way up over a record 2014. (The Bay Area, however, did $35 billion. Just saying.)

Attention Composite Center people: UCLA researchers have found a way to disperse ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles in molten metal to create a super strong, lightweight, amazingly stiff structural material that could rock the aviation, space and auto industries.

Don’t do it for the money: A refreshingly blunt blog on how to pick the right startup to work for.

Food for thought, Ted Cruz: Weather’s wild 2015 ride.

The year in Apple things that sucked: Which was just about everything, according to Gizmodo.

He gets 2.3 percent: A billionaire Saudi prince – or is that redundant? – has invested $105 million in No. 2 ride-sharing startup Lyft.

A conflict of interest: A much-watched patent case in Boston ended up as a win for IP firms wanting to rep inventors with similar products. (In this case, “screwless” eyeglasses.)

Landing party: You’ve no doubt heard about the successful re-entry last week of a SpaceX rocket, but the reaction on the ground was equally awesome. (And there’s only one fleeting expletive.)

And that’s not counting Christmas gifts: 45,000 drones are already registered with the new FAA database.

You can make yours legal here.

Dead letter drop: Employees at the USPS Remote Encoding Center in Salt Lake City are at work right now trying to decipher 40 million pieces of holiday mail with illegible addresses.

Total holiday mail: 15.5 billion pieces, or 2+ cards for every Earthling.

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Stuff we’re going to: The unveiling of the AVZ economic survey and opinion poll, with Rick Lazio, Jamie Moore and more, Jan. 7, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Crest Hollow, Tom Murray and Kominicki co-moderate, $35 or call 631-913-4258 for display tables and sponsorships.

Plus: A tech networker hosted by Innovate, LISTnet and LaunchPad, Jan. 19, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Jewel, free to attend but the drinks cost money.

Pitch Night: Six would-be unicorns try to impress a panel of local investors, Jan. 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m., $10, LaunchPad Huntington.

Future planning: CoreNet’s annual economic forecast, Jan. 21, 8 to 10 a.m., University Club at Hofstra, Ken McCarthy, Shital Patel and others, $25 for members, $40 for those who aren’t.

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The oddest inventions of 2015: 3-D printed pancakes, a hot-tub hammock and an attachable home urinal.

What to drink New Year’s Eve: Unfiltered prosecco is apparently all the rage.

Speaking of parties: You can make deviled eggs in the oven.

What to drink in 2016: Cocktails on draft, anyone?

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.