John Richardson

Dig it: ULC, British utility rolling out robotic excavator

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the United Kingdom’s largest natural gas networks has partnered with a Long Island-based robotics ace to disrupt one of the costliest and most time-consuming facets of the gas-transmission industry. Natural gas utilities around the world are knee-deep in expenses, scheduling snafus and other logistical nightmares caused by excavation, and London-based SGN – which boasts some 76,000 kilometers of gas pipelines, many buried under Britain’s cobblestones and sidewalks – is…


Live, from LI: It’s short-attention-span theater!

By GREGORY ZELLER // John Richardson knows startups. He launched two in his early teens, and therein learned a primary entrepreneurial lesson: business-development growing pains strike nearly all early-stagers, in virtually every industry. So even Richardson, who was “literally incorporated at age 14” and did surprisingly well with those Doogie Howser-esque enterprises, is surprised by the rapid development of Quick-Cast, his latest endeavor. Focused on society’s evolving (or de-evolving) fascination with short video segments, the…