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No. 495: Not the AI apocalypse we expected – plus whoops, coughs, space telescopes and past lives

  Week effort: And you’re finishing strong, dear reader, as we complete five more homebound workdays under COVID-19’s temporary reign and begin another locked-down weekend of spring cleaning, masked market runs and copious binge-watching. It’s April 24 out there – Concord Day in Niger, remembering the 1995 armistice between government officials and the organizers of the bloody Tuareg rebellion, and the big-hearted World Day for Laboratory Animals. Pigging out: It’s horrible, what they do to…


No. 494: In which Earth Day, the National League and fresh NSF Fellows all arrive, but COVID-19 won’t leave

  People of Earth: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as Long Island, the United States and a good chunk of the civilized world muscle their way through another workweek in the Age of Coronavirus. It’s April 22 out there, which of course makes this Earth Day’s 50th anniversary – certainly not what anybody expected it would be, though maybe that’s not all bad. Cool beans: Meanwhile, you might still have some in the house after…


Digital-gifting pioneer leads U.S. ‘Main Street’ mission

By GREGORY ZELLER // Regional innovation veterans have conjured a pandemic-approved small-business support system stretching from Main Street, Long Island, to Main Streets everywhere. Behold, OperationMainStreet.com, a free gift card directory from Huntington-based group-gifting pioneer eGifter that covers every U.S. state, county, city and ZIP code – a stacked deck for the little guy, with customers near and far encouraged to purchase gift cards that help mom and pop, and their employees, endure COVID-19’s quasi-quarantines….


Digital glory there for the taking on talent-rich LI

By DEAN DeCARLO // As a 25-year-old millennial, I can distinctly remember a world without omnipresent electronic devices. Then my father brought home a white Compaq PC, preloaded with Windows 95. I was awed by its capabilities – and little did I know a dramatic digital revolution had begun. By intermediate school, most of my Commack classrooms had smartboards. My fourth-grade website “The Weekly Video” used a “drag and drop” builder. It’s safe to say…


Debrief: Keeping busy with Phil Rugile

There’s never a dull moment when you’re Phil Rugile, who pulls double duty as director of the hyperactive LaunchPad Huntington and as “human capital strategist” at eGifter, the Huntington-based digital gifting/corporate prepaid solutions specialist that remains one of Long Island’s great innovation success stories. When Innovate LI last Debriefed the media-savvy entrepreneur, LaunchPad Huntington was barely a year old and still finding its way; two years hence, Rugile has honed the co-working space into a…


Debrief: Phil Rugile, LaunchPad Huntington

A longtime strategic consultant and successful entrepreneur in his own right, Phil Rugile is the perfect soldier to fight for Long Island’s innovation economy, and the right man to lead the energetic LaunchPad Huntington facility. Also an Entrepreneur in Residence for Accelerate Long Island, the human capital strategist at eGifter and founder of 100 Urban Entrepreneurs – a nonprofit mentoring program for inner-city startups – Rugile is media-savvy, highly creative and enthusiastic about the Island’s…


eGifter closes $3.5M angel investment, adds Italy deal

eGifter, the Huntington-based digital gifting platform, has closed on a $3.5 million investment round and announced a partnership that will expand the brand in Europe. The funding comes from the Long Island Angel Network, BDS Capital, Angel Dough Ventures, 94Bits and “several angel investors,” according to the company. The latest round, which pushes the startup’s total funding above $6 million, will help eGifter accelerate its growth by adding R&D, sales and marketing staffers, according to CEO…