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No. 414: New Dots digs, a bigly birthday and Father’s Day funnies – plus servant management, from the top

  Don’t know how you do it: But you do it, dear reader, and once more you’ve cleared the hurdles of a busy workweek and earned another springtime respite. Well played. Let freedom ring: It’s June 14 out there, and to our many readers in Malawi, a very happy (and similarly well-earned) Freedom Day. Here in the States, June 14 is quite the patriotic date also, bringing both Flag Day – commemorating the 1777 adoption…


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,…


No. 380: On Coach K, ‘foodpreneurs’ and Donna Drake’s new digs – plus, introducing our 2019 Innovators of the Year!

  Middle march: Onwards and upwards, dear readers, as this latest week of socioeconomic progress plows ahead. It’s Feb. 13 out there, and if you had boozing brawler Guo Wei leading a military coup and declaring himself emperor of China’s short-lived Later Zhou dynasty on this date in 951 A.D., nice work – here’s a voucher for 100 copper Ban Liang coins. Dial it up: Before we dive in, a peaceful World Radio Day –…


IPS enables startup’s next-gen fire-prevention tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you can’t stand the heat, alert the homeowner through an IoT-enabled remote app. That’s the basic thinking at St. James-based startup Eyetemp LLC – or, more precisely, inside EyeTemp, an Internet of Things-connected smart sensor designed to sniff out kitchen fires and sound the alarm. Officially introduced last summer, EyeTemp was brought to life by Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions, the award-winning product-design firm now operating as a subsidiary of Florida-based…


No. 377: Loosing fateful lightning, reshaping SBU’s innovation ecosystem and (sadly) remembering the Islanders fisherman

  That happened fast: Welcome to Friday, dear reader, and welcome to February – one month down already! It’s Feb. 1 out there, which means a) Tom Brady is gearing up somewhere for another ill-gained Super Bowl, and b) It’s National Freedom Day in the United States, honoring Abraham Lincoln’s signing of a resolution that later became the slavery-busting 13th Amendment. Not coincidentally: It’s also the start of U.S. Black History Month, so designated by…


A prescription for success, in small (and all) business

By MITCH MAIMAN // What could working in an old-school neighborhood pharmacy teach you about running a cutting-edge tech firm? On the surface, these two wildly different businesses have nothing in common. But over the years, I’ve come to realize that I learned many of the rules for growing a successful business working in that drugstore as a kid. My family owned a neighborhood pharmacy in Brooklyn. Maiman’s Pharmacy was off Eastern Parkway in Crown…


No. 363: The Master of Innovation prognosticates, Dowling writes it down and DG Sotheby’s techs up (once again)

  Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, intrepid innovators – the sun sets on another busy workweek and rises on another well-earned weekend. Nicely played. Changeable skies: It’s Dec. 7 out there, a date that will live in infamy, as FDR famously said, and that obviously includes some terrible things done with airplanes. But this date also brings us International Civil Aviation Day, an annual celebration of aviation’s uniquely cooperative history and big-time contributions to…


The good sports at IPS, showing off their light touch

By GREGORY ZELLER // An isosceles triangle of innovation – stretching from Hollywood to Florida to Hauppauge – is bringing a new era of “smart lighting” to sports broadcasting. Long Island’s own Intelligent Product Solutions, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida-based manufacturer Forward Industries, has collaborated with Lighticians Inc. on a project that produced what IPS called the “first [Internet of Things]-connected lighting for live sporting-event broadcasts.” Lighticians, a Los Angeles-based 2014 startup, is…


Beer here: As craft beverages multiply, Island innovates

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drink up, Long Island – it’s beer season. The craft-brewing subculture will be the first to note that every season is beer season, and an autumn-tinged pumpkin ale or a winter stout satisfies just as well as an icy cold IPA at the beach. But with warm weather, barbecues and other summer trappings comes a particular high point in the annual cycle of suds – and on Long Island and elsewhere,…


With ‘smart safe,’ IPS locks up another prestigious win

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s leading product-design firms has added another prestigious award to its bulging trophy case. Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions has earned another International A’ Design Award, granted by the A’ Design Award & Competition organization to promote professional designers and other global innovators. IPS and Solo Technology Holdings – an Internet of Things specialist based in Westchester County – announced Thursday that they’ve earned an International A’ Design Award…


Thanks to IPS’s remote sensor, the well water’s fine

By GREGORY ZELLER // An award-winning digital sensor system is helping clean water flow to rural communities around the globe, thanks in part to the creativity of a top Long Island innovator. A remote well sensor designed and deployed by charity: water, a circa-2006 nonprofit credited with executing more than 28,000 clean-water projects in 26 countries, has earned an International A’ Design Award. A’ Design Award & Competition is an international organization dedicated to promoting…


A decade in, still smarter than your average innovator

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three offices, 80-odd employees and one huge corporate takeover later – not to mention bragging rights on some of the cleverest commercial products in the land – Intelligent Product Solutions has completed its first decade of innovation. The Hauppauge-based product-design specialist with a penchant for the Internet of Things officially marks 10 years this winter, and it does so under the auspices of a new corporate parent: Florida-based global designer/distributor Forward…