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No. 540: LI’s best chances, the ‘Garbo of the Skies’ and ‘leaderism,’ explained

  Well played: Congratulations, dear readers – you’ve cleared hurdles, scored points and otherwise moved the socioeconomic ball, thereby earning yourself another lovely autumn weekend. Food and beverage service: It’s Friday, Oct. 16 – the U.N.’s World Food Day, which is all over the map this year, in response to numerous food-insecurity crises caused by the pandemic. Also celebrated Oct. 16, though perhaps not with the same altruistic resolve, is National Liqueur Day. Please sip…


Long Island can get healthy answering COVID’s call

By MITCH MAIMAN // Times are challenging and there’s much reason for concern during the COVID pandemic – but, as in any challenging time, such difficulties give rise to new opportunities. The Long Island tech community, with its infrastructure underlying medical technology, is presented with the chance to create new business value in a late-COVID world. We should also consider the current crisis to be a wake-up call – this won’t be the last virus…


That one time it all worked out for LI, thanks to IPS

By GREGORY ZELLER // A masterstroke of Long Island socioeconomics – how it should work, or at least how regional rainmakers wish it would – has come full circle. Forward Industries, the formerly Florida-based manufacturer that acquired Long Island product developer Intelligent Product Solutions in 2018, has moved its corporate headquarters to Hauppauge – bringing the mountain to Mohammed, so to speak, in a rare case of a corporate parent relocating to its subsidiary’s home…


A smarter approach to pandemic-era research funding

By MITCH MAIMAN // It’s heartening to see both the business and charitable investments going into COVID-19 research. I’m certain that the institutions and individuals making these investments want to see the money create the greatest impact possible. But is it? Those who want their funding to have the most useful result should make sure they are funding an area where there is a unique need. I see money flowing into research in problem areas…


At Hofstra, getting pretty good at this pandemic pivot

By GREGORY ZELLER // Still planning an in-person grand finale for October, one of Hofstra University’s most popular entrepreneurship efforts has transitioned – smoothly, if temporarily – to a virtual format. Hofstra’s Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge has performed the pandemic pivot, with a full week of online mentorship and study commencing Monday for 31 participating healthcare startups, including four based on Long Island. Engaging them online is an impressive cross-section of health, law and med-tech…


Questioning the risks, rewards of re-opening

By MITCH MAIMAN // As an executive who grapples daily with phased re-openings and other issues of economic survival, testing is a major consideration. There are treatises on this subject alleging to provide answers, but still way more questions. First, let’s assume that a team wants to be socially responsible – that is, nobody wants to come to work sick with COVID-19, whether they’re showing symptoms or not. Let’s further assume that when we want…


The pitfalls of remote work, and how to avoid them

By MITCH MAIMAN // Like many companies, IPS is discovering and depending on new ways to work, enabling business to continue during the COVID-19 crisis. For our company, the pivot has been broadly enabled by a few key factors. For one thing, IPS staff members are predominantly “knowledge workers,” meaning the majority of their work already involves modern computing and telecommunications technologies. And the modern telecommunications infrastructure includes ubiquitous broadband communication channels, featuring highly evolved…


All things being unequal, Hofstra’s Challenge lives on

By GREGORY ZELLER // Health equity – a concept freshly redefined by our times – takes center stage in this year’s Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge. Hofstra University’s long-running entrepreneurship competition is offering $50,000-plus in cash and business-resource prizes to early-stage enterprises addressing socialized healthcare problems in underserved Long Island, New York City and Hudson Valley communities. This year’s “challenge topic” is “advancing health equity,” focused on innovative products and services that “improve the total health…


Now batting for Hoplite Power, an innovation veteran

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional rookie with major-league aspirations – literally – has teamed up with a heavy-hitting innovation all-star to knock its next-gen “power hubs” out of the park. Actually, into the park. Hoplite Power, a Long Island City-based startup and client of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubation Program, has enlisted the help of Hauppauge-based product-design expert Intelligent Product Solutions – specifically, IPS President Mitch Maiman – as it prepares to…


No. 447: Thunderbolts and lasers, featuring Adelphi’s all-world dean and the Father of Rock ’n Roll

  Blow me down! The crazy nor’easter gales have abated, dear readers, and we’ve made it to the precipice of a windblown and well-earned weekend. Nicely done. It’s Friday, Oct. 18, and here’s a barroom tale you can raise a glass to: Some say the “cocktail” was invented on this date in 1776 in Westchester, feathers included. Persons of interest: For certain, the landmark Canadian constitutional case determining that women can sit on the Canadian…


IPS has an apoptosis for destruction, and that’s cool

By GREGORY ZELLER // Chilling news from Intelligent Product Solutions, which has reshaped a body re-shaper that slices with hot lasers and soothes with cooled air. That’s the general gist of the eon FR, a “non-contact aesthetic device” that cuts away abdominal fat cells with laser energy while cooling the patient’s target areas with blasts of cold air. The product, which earned FDA clearance in June, comes from Dominion Aesthetic Technologies, a circa-2016, Florida-based medical-device…


To spark innovation, the master becomes the servant

By MITCH MAIMAN // “Servant management” leadership techniques are not new. This leadership concept, founded in 1970 by Robert Greenleaf, is broadly based on a philosophy that says the manager’s role is to serve the staff. The manager becomes an enabler for the staff, maximizing their operational performance and developing higher skills and capabilities. Skip Prichard, president and CEO of the global Online Computer Library Center, does a wonderful job succinctly defining the qualities of…


Diverse opinions fuel C3E Women in Energy event

By ROSALIE DRAGO // In any industry, “diversity” means intentionally incorporating views and perspectives different from our own – an essential practice for both personal and professional innovation and advancement. We all know it’s easier and faster to move something forward with someone who agrees with us. It doesn’t mean you get the best outcome, though. It can be uncomfortable, to have your voice heard and to listen to that “other” voice, and difficult to…


Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


No. 384: Inventing aspirin, Novocain and heroin – and fighting opioid addiction with feeling

  All downhill from here: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as we slide into the second half of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation here on Long Island and around the world. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 27, and the second day of Ayyám-i-Há for followers of the Bahá’í faith. (Of course, this observance only falls on this date on the Gregorian calendar if Bahá’í Naw-Rúz takes place on March 21, which doesn’t always happen,…