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11 year old student wins young scientist challenge

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Do you remember what you were doing when you were 11 years old? Whatever it was, a 7th grader from Colorado probably has you beat. She recently won a young scientist challenge with a device that detects lead in water. CGTN's Hendrik Sybrandy reports.Detected Closed Captioning: Her Name Is Get Anjali Rao She's A seventh Grader At Stem School Highlands Ranch In Colorado Of All Of The High Achieving Students In Her Accelerated Science Class She's Managed To Stand Out I Had Just Been Interested In Science In General Um No Matter If It's Biology Chemistry Physics or Even Aerospace BlueBox She's Holding Recently Propelled Her Into The Limelight Introducing The Easy-to-use Fast Accurate Portabl... Read More
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Livible Announces Acquisition of Boston’s Fetch Storage, Readies for Years of Disruption to Self-Storage

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Seattle-Based Startup Overcomes Bids from 11 Competitors, Now Has Operations on Both East and West Coasts SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 17, 2017– Livible, a leading provider of full service storage and storage technology, today announced the acquisition of Fetch Storage. Founded in 2010, Fetch was the leading provider of full service storage in the Greater Boston market. All their full-time employees have joined Livible and the operation has already been rebranded. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171... Read More
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Women’s Startup Lab looks to change venture capitalist culture

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Serial tech startup founder Liesl Yearsley recalls attending her first game developer event in Silicon Valley. “I’m into gaming. I’ve been writing patents in virtual worlds and augmented reality, deep AI for like a decade. And you go to one of these events and you walk into a room and there will be 60 men, wall to wall. The only women were girls that had been hired that were on little stilts with rabbit fur all over them,” Liesl Yearsley, AI Life founder and CEO said. But in moving from Sydney to Silicon Valley, Yearsley’s transition was made far easier by having met Ari Horie, the founder of Women’s Startup Lab. CGTN's Mark Niu reports.Detected Closed Captioning: serial Tech ... Read More
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Heartland startup funding in 2017 shows a North-South divide

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While Silicon Valley is known as the heart of tech and home to the world’s top tier venture capital firms, other states and cities in the U.S. are beginning to show flourishing startup scenes — and VCs are noticing. Entrepreneurs in states like Texas, Colorado, Utah, and Ohio are quietly bootstrapping powerhouse companies. What’s more, the star-studded accelerator program Y Combinator has recently handpicked startups from states that include Missouri, Michigan, and Tennessee. With this trend in mind, VentureBeat sought to quantify just how much of an increase in VC funding startups outside of coasta... Read More
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How social robotics can more closely connect humans to machines

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For years, computer scientists, science-fiction fans and the general public have been fascinated by the premise of human-machine interactions. Oftentimes in the sci-fi film realm, the smart machines soon turn evil, contributing to the idea that computers are not only calculating and cold, but also uncaring. And recently there have been some real-world examples proving machine learning isn’t immune to social biases. For instance, Microsoft’s AI Chabot Tay was quickly taught about racism via social media. And there has been some evidence in AI-generated ads that machine learning innately contains our current societal imbalances.... Read More
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Inside the Race to Build a Brain-Machine Interface—and Outpace Evolution

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In an ordinary hospital room in Los Angeles, a young woman named Lauren Dickerson waits for her chance to make history. She’s 25 years old, a teacher’s assistant in a middle school, with warm eyes and computer cables emerging like futuristic dreadlocks from the bandages wrapped around her head. Three days earlier, a neurosurgeon drilled 11 holes through her skull, slid 11 wires the size of spaghetti into her brain, and connected the wires to a bank of computers. Now she’s caged in by bed rails, with plastic tubes snaking up her arm and medical monitors tracking her vital signs. She tries not to move. The room is packed. As a film crew prepares to... Read More
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LinkedIn launches Career Advice to connect you with a professional mentor

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LinkedIn is expanding its efforts across the Economic Graph to help its more than 530 million members maximize their professional relationships. On Wednesday, the company announced Career Advice, a peer-to-peer mentorship program. At launch, it’s going to be available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and India, but there are plans to expand globally in the coming months. While we all like to think we have a grasp on our professional careers, the truth is that many are looking for some sort of counsel in order to be a better marketer, salesperson, engineer, designer, chef, entrepreneur, business person, etc. But where exactly should... Read More
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New York and Toronto business leaders discuss an ‘east coast alliance’

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Silicon Valley may still be the most well-known tech hub in the United States, but startup leaders New York City and Toronto are betting that by building a super connected “east coast corridor” that they can lure more talent and money from the west coast. Earlier this month, New York accelerator Grand Central Tech announced that it was partnering with MaRS, a Toronto-based innovation hub, to offer support, services and physical workspace to Canadian technology ventures looking to expand to New York City. At an event on Tuesday hosted at Grand Central... Read More
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Startups look for investors at Dreampitch

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Digital-writing pro lends a hand to the caregivers

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A new alliance with a national caregiver-support network is among the biggest deals to date for digital-writing specialist FJD & Associates. The 2010 Westbury-based startup, which distributes high-tech document and data-capture solutions for paper and tablets, has announced a partnership with Caregiver Support Services, a Nebraska-based 501(c)3 dedicated to the wellbeing of personal and professional caregivers who look after homebound patients. Financial terms of the distribution deal were not disclosed, but according to FJD & A... Read More
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Ray Kurzweil on Turing Tests, Brain Extenders and AI Ethics

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Inventor and author Ray Kurzweil, who currently runs a group at Google writing automatic responses to your emails in cooperation with the Gmail team, recently talked with WIRED Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson at the Council on Foreign Relations. Here’s an edited transcript of that conversation. Nicholas Thompson: Let’s begin with you explaining the law of accelerating returns, which is one of the fundamental ideas underpinning your writing and your work. Ray Kurzweil: Halfway through the Human Genome Project, 1 percent of the genome had been collected after seven years. So mainstream critics said, "I told you this wasn't gonna work. You're at seven year... Read More
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The Tech Industry’s Gender-Discrimination Problem

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One day in 2013, AJ Vandermeyden drove to Tesla’s corporate headquarters, in Palo Alto, California, sat down on a bench outside the main entrance, and waited, in the hope of spotting someone who looked like a company employee. Vandermeyden, who was thirty years old, had been working as a pharmaceutical sales representative since shortly after college, but she wanted a different kind of job, in what seemed to her the center of the world—Silicon Valley. She knew that Tesla’s ambitious, eccentric co-founder Elon Musk was managing companies devoted to space flight and solar energy, in addition to running Tesla, which was producing electric cars, and she was inspired by his mission. Tesla... Read More
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Plugging Into the Gig Economy, From Home With a Headset

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While critics of the arrangement cite rising insecurity, some of Liveops’ star agents — like Emmett Jones in Chicago, who knows of his rivals primarily as numbers on a leader board — say the opportunity has been transformative. Interactive Feature ... Read More
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Zuman Announces New Chief Revenue Officer, Cary Rosenzweig

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PLEASANTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 10, 2017– Zuman, the leading premium single-source solution for human resources, payroll, and benefits administration today announced that Cary Rosenzweig has joined the company as its new Chief Revenue Officer. Effective immediately, Rosenzweig will oversee all aspects of Zuman’s revenue, marketing and sales teams. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: ... Read More
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No. 257: Kids at work, cereal milk and crack pie, doing the math and selling Dylan’s guitar

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A happy end of the week: Welcome once again to Friday, dear readers. While many of you are enjoying the start of a three-day weekend, please remember that doesn’t excuse you from sending complaints, compliments and hot story tips to editor@innovateli.com. Some of the best Innovate LI content this week came from our inbox. Who’s next? Day trader: It’s Nov 10, and that’s swell, but let’s skip ahead a day for a few interesting Veteran’s Day factoids. The holiday originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an... Read More
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AI Weekly: Digital assistants are changing business, but they still need human help

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It’s no secret that AI is being applied to virtually everything, but this was a big week for enterprise conversational AI. Salesforce’s Einstein debuted a platform for businesses to deploy bots on apps and websites, Facebook Messenger is coming to the web, and Microsoft Word now has a Resume Assistant imbued with intelligence from LinkedIn. Even ... Read More
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A co-working facility for mom and pop, literally

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By GREGORY ZELLER // From Albany’s corridors of power to the local co-working facility’s unassuming cubicle, there’s plenty of support for the little guy. Entrepreneurs can leverage the overhead-cutting benefits of a shared-office environment, the tax-cutting delights of a Startup NY-type incentives program and a dozen other concerted efforts designed specifically to boost their startups. But these socioeconomic engines largely stall when it comes to one fairly common truth about risk-taking business-starters: They’re often thirtysomething second-career types, and many have small children. This reality r... Read More
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Prominent Long Island Caterer Rhona Silver Dies

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Rhona Silver Rhona Silver, a prominent second-generation caterer and entrepreneur from Long Island best known for running the famed Huntington Townhouse, died on Monday. She was 66. Silver grew up in the Bronx, where she got her start in the catering business, before moving to LI and graduating from Hofstra School of Law. She owned the Huntington Townhouse—billed as the largest catering hall in the nation at one point—for a decade until she sold it in 2007, when Lowes demolished it to build a home improvement store. The sale sparked several lawsuits, including one in which she ... Read More
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Sean Parker questions Facebook’s impact

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Entrepreneur Sean Parker says he's not sure how much Facebook is benefiting society. Parker, who was Facebook's first president when it was founded over a decade ago, said social media companies are "exploiting vulnerabilities in human psychology" during a conversation with Axios. Listen to his comments.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: ... Read More
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Sean Parker on Facebook: ‘God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains’

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Sean Parker, of Napster fame and an early investor in Facebook, says the founders of the social networking site knew they were creating something people would become addicted to, reports Axios. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,” he said at an Axios event in Philadelphia, noting that he has become a “conscientious objector” on social media, even though he still maintains a presence on Twitter and Facebook. (He is currently the founder and chair of the Par... Read More
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Ex-Google exec Matt Dunne has a plan to create a string of tech hubs across rural America

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It’s no secret that while Silicon Valley is gaining jobs, rural America is losing them. A September report from the Economic Innovation Group found that nearly 90 percent of the ZIP codes in the U.S. that qualify as “economically distressed” have fewer than 50,000 people. There have been a number of publicized efforts this year from the big five tech companies — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Alphabet — to create more tech jobs in places outside of Silicon Valley. But many of them are tailored to metropolitan and suburban communities. An office that needs up to 50,000 ... Read More
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New program is like business boot camp for veterans

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Heartland Tech Weekly: 1 year after Silicon Valley’s wake-up call

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It’s now been one year since the 2016 election, which, if you believe the steady drumbeat of news articles in the months that followed, served as a “... Read More
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Robomed sees blockchain as a way to revolutionize health care contracts and payments

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Blockchain technologies are slowly seeping into every conceivable market. And if one Russian company succeeds, the health care industry will be the next to be feel the impact of this new technology. Robomed Network, a Moscow-based startup founded by health care entrepreneur Philipp Mironovich, has launched an initial coin offering using Ethereum to raise $30 million from investors. The company is riding the astonishing wave of ICOs this year that are rewriting the rules for which companies can raise money and where. Located about as far from Silicon Valley as one can get, Robomed is a pretty good example of how ICOs have opened new fundraising doors. But perhaps more critical... Read More
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In Startup World, No Shock Over Yuri Milner Role in Paradise Papers

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Venture-capital firms are famously secretive. They don’t disclose who their investors are, or the returns they earn. Top firms, including Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, even refuse to take investments from public-pension funds that are required to publish performance data. In other words, VCs really don’t want to show their work. As a result, most startups, and the rest of the world, don’t know whose money is really behind which companies. That’s why the venture world expressed little surprise at ... Read More
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No. 256: Historic places, earning potential, winning students and will.i.am doing customer service

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Good day, comrades: Take a bow this Nov. 8, dear readers, if you were around 100 years ago today, when Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin took over following Russia’s October Revolution of 1917. (Just, you know … bow carefully.) Welcome new readers Ted, Joseph, Diane and Daniel, and please share your thoughts at editor@innovateli.com. Story tips, corrections and back-pats gratefully accepted. Shed no tiers for them: Heartfelt congratulations to our friends at Uniondale law firm Farrell Fritz, which earned a ... Read More
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China’s first craft brewers talk entrepreneurship within the country

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Detected Closed Captioning: You Talked To An American Entrepreneur in Beijing About The Challenge Of starting A Business In China What Did He Tell You Well Son Often I Get To Do These Kinds Of Stories And I Really Enjoy Them When I Do I Got To Spend Some time At Great Leap Brewing Company Here In Beijing It Is The First Craft Brewery here In The City And It's The Story Of A Pair Of Married Entrepreneurs Who Essentially Works Hand In Hand With The Local Regulators To Make Sure That As They Brewed As They Crafted Their Brews they Also Crafted Regulations To Go Along With Their Entire Industry And They Are Really As A Result Defying The Stereotypes About How Difficult It Is To Do Business Here In China It's No accident That The... Read More
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Stephen Hawking Issues Foreboding Warning About Artificial Intelligence

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Detected Closed Captioning: [Music] When Stephen Hawking Has Something To Say People Around The World Stop And Listen Whether Or Not The Heat His advice Is Another Matter But One That Could In His Opinion Be A Fatal Mistake while Attending The Web Summit technology Conference In Portugal On November 6 The Renowned British Physicist Talked About Artificial Intelligence And What It Means For The Future Of Humankind He Said Quote Success In Creating Effective AI Could Be The Biggest Event In The History Of Our Civilization Or The Worst We Just Don't Know So We Cannot Know If We Will Be Infinitely helped By AI Or Ignored By It In sidelined Or Conceivably Destroyed By It Hawking Advised AI Engineers To Prepare for The Possibility... Read More
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Will.i.am’s startup raises $117 million and launches bot engine for enterprise market

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(Reuters) – I.am+, the tech startup founded by pop star and entrepreneur will.i.am, has raised $117 million in venture funding, the company told Reuters on Monday as it announced its entry into the corporate computing market with a voice assistant for customer service. The company, founded in 2012, initially focused on consumer electronics devices such as headphones. The new artificial intelligence product, similar to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, marks a sharp departure for the firm, which now employs about 300 people. Its most recent funding round, an $89 million investment by a group including Salesforce Ventures, closed in March but had not been previously announced. Will.i.am, who rose to promi... Read More
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The entrepreneurs behind a technology boom in Argentina

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Two years into the government of President Mauricio Macri, Argentina’s technology industry is experiencing huge growth. His pro-market and pro-business policies are aimed at opening up and modernizing the country’s economy.Some sectors have resisted President Macri’s changes. But others are benefiting such as tech start-ups. Correspondent Joel Richards met with some entrepreneurs in Buenos Aires who are creating a regional hub for innovative technology in a variety of fields. Argentina is expecting many more changes to the economy with labor and tax reform being discussed. But as the economy opens, so does competition from established international companies. Many Argentine compan... Read More
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Green Bank Observatory Embraces Its Alien-Hunting Future

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It’s a fallish day in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, the rural home of Green Bank Observatory and the world’s largest fully steerable telescope. Rippled clouds hang low over the site’s hulking 100-meter radio dish, itself undergirded and overhung by bright white scaffolding. The browning leaves are nearly gone. And the visitor center director, Sherry McCarty, has agreed to give me the astronomy center’s new SETI tour ($40, reservations required). McCarty leads us toward a Jeep Liberty—diesel, so spark plugs won’t create radio waves that interfere with the telescope’s observations—and hands me a hard hat. Learning about the history o... Read More
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An Upscale Hamlet Weighs Whether to Be a Village (or Not to Be)

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A recent tax reassessment in Greenburgh pushed the assessed values of Edgemont homes up by about 4 percent, effectively raising Edgemont’s share of Greenburgh’s taxes to 26 percent from 24 percent — even though Edgemont makes up just 17 percent of the population.If Edgemont’s 7,500 residents were removed from Greenburgh’s tax rolls, that could undermine the town’s finances, Greenburgh officials say. Edgemont’s median household income is $201,000, higher than that of the six existing villages in town.Paul J. Feiner, the Greenburgh town supervisor for more than 25 years, said s... Read More
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No. 255: Good boardrooms, better breast surgeries, best way to drink Scotch

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That’s a wrap: It’s Friday, friends, and the end of another busy week for the Long Island innovation economy. Welcome new readers Betty, Beth and Elizabeth – we assume that’s three people – and please remember to tell your friends all about us. Please also jeer us, revere us and otherwise keep us in the loop at editor@innovateli.com. Remember, it’s your innovation economy – we just chronicle it. Those were the days: It’s Nov. 3, the 25th anniversary – can you believe that? – of Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton’s 1992 win over one-term President George H.W. Bush. Fair to say presidential p... Read More
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Vantage Point crowdfunds a VR app to show how to deal with sexual assault

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The Harvey Weinstein harassment story has echoed through the world of business and entertainment for a few weeks, but the topic of sexual assault has been on the mind of Morgan Mercer for a long time. That is why the Los Angeles entrepreneur has started an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for Vantage Point, a virtual reality application that will train people how to combat sexual assault and harassment in both college and the workplace. Mercer said in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat that she is a victim of sexual violence, and that motivated her to do something to help others. She said she is willing to share this pub... Read More
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Business Incubators Grow In Brooklyn

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Entrepreneurs and craftsmen have new opportunities to get high-tech equipment help at business incubators in Brooklyn. Vanessa Murdock reports.Detected Closed Captioning: A MASSIVE MAKER SPACE THAT JUSTIFY OPENED IS DOORS IN BROOKLYN. VANESSA MURDOCK HAS MORE. FURNITURE MAKER CHARLES GRANTHAM HOPES HE IS CUTTING A PATH TO SUCCESS IN LOOK, BROOKLYN. A FEW YEARS BACK HE MADE HIS DECISION. NO ONE CAN AFFORD A 5000 SQUARE FOOT WORKSHOP IN NEW YORK. Reporter: ALL THE EQUIPMENT NEEDED STOOD AT THE READY. SUPER SMITH IS A BUSINESS INCUBATOR FOR CRAFTS MEN. WALK IN, YOU'LL MEET BONES THE DOG. NATALIE EXPLAINS WHY SHE SET UP SHOP BACK IN 2014. YOU COULD SORT OF HAVE A JOB AND BUY A HOUSE AND HAVE A MORTGAGE AND THERE WAS A ... Read More
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Tesla stock falls over Model 3 delays and biggest-ever quarterly loss

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(Reuters) — Tesla Inc on Wednesday pushed back its target for volume production on its new Model 3 sedan by about three months, saying it was difficult to predict how long it would take to fix all production bottlenecks. The company also reported its biggest quarterly loss ever, sending shares down nearly 5 percent after hours as the loss was bigger than analysts had expected. Tesla, led by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elon Musk, faces a crucial test in its growth strategy as it ramps up production of the Model 3, its new sedan that starts at $35,000, about half the price of its flagship Model S. Although Tesla has made inroads among luxury car buyers with the advanced technology and innovative design in it... Read More
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Heartland Tech Weekly: Recruiting beyond the typical tech entrepreneur

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Last week, we republished a story on the Heartland Tech section about American Underground, a hub for tech programming in Durham, North Carolina and a partner organization of Google for Entrepreneurs. Phillipe Charles, the director of communications and member experience for American Underground, spoke with author Muriel Vega about the steps American Underground takes to ensure that its programming appeals to people who don’t fit the mold of the stereotypical young, white, male entrepreneur, and why it’s important to do so: We’re at an exciting point in the cit... Read More
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At Port Jeff comics shop, doing the time warp, again

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Holy old school! In a digital era decidedly defined by screens large and small, a forward-thinking entrepreneur is turning back the clock by inviting customers to turn actual pages. At a minimum, un-caped crusader Joshua Darbee is turning heads at Red Shirt Comics, a relative newcomer that’s already feeling right at home in downtown Port Jefferson. Since opening in May, the friendly neighborhood industrialist has made plenty of fans, attracted precisely by what Darbee envisioned as the 1,000-square-foot shop’s biggest draw: a large selection of real-world artworks customers can truly have and hold. “Digital is definitely ... Read More
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Intel get guide

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As the saying goes, you get what you give. It’s rewarding to see the joy a gift brings to loved ones, but it’s even better to witness how they use that gift to grow their passions. Whether you’re shopping for a curious filmmaker, aspiring actor, budding designer, or savvy entrepreneur, we’ve curated the best products and experiences to give to “get” them to the next level and enrich the whole family’s lives. Welcome to the Get Guide. ... Read More
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Berlin’s Ada Health raises $47 million for global expansion of its AI-driven medical app

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Using a mix of artificial intelligence and human doctors, Ada Health has seen a surge of users for its telemedicine app that has investors swooning and ready to bet big on the Berlin-based startup. Today, Ada Health announced it has raised $47 million in venture capital in a funding round led by Access Industries, June Fund, and Berlin-based Cumberland VC. In addition, the company said that William Tunstall-Pedoe, an AI entrepreneur who originally helped develop Amazon’s Alexa, also invested in the round. “The future of healthcare lies in a much more patient-centric model where individuals have actionable insights at their fingertips, and doctors and artificial intelligenc... Read More
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Critic’s Notebook: Politicians Are Bad at Podcasting

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There is plenty of like-minded confabbing — Mr. Sanders interviewing Elizabeth Warren, Mr. Duffy interviewing fellow Republican members of Congress — that makes everybody look right and good. And in “Chicago Stories,” with Mr. Emanuel, this combative mayor recasts himself as a kinder, gentler interlocutor of anodyne local figures, like brewery owners and spoken-word poets. It’s working. The Chicago Tribune has praised the podcast for showing “w... Read More
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‘I Forgot My PIN’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin

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The Trezor: January 4, 2016: 7.4 BTC = $3,000 In January 2016, I spent $3,000 to buy 7.4 bitcoins. At the time, it seemed an entirely worthwhile thing to do. I had recently started working as a research director at the Institute for the Future’s Blockchain Futures Lab, and I wanted firsthand experience with bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that uses a blockchain to record transactions on its network. I had no way of knowing that this transaction would lead to a white-knuckle scramble to avoid losing a small fortune. My experiments with bitcoin were fascinating. It was surprisingly easy to buy stuff with the cryptocurrency. I used the airBitz app to buy Starbucks credit. I used Purse.io to buy a wireless se... Read More
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Elon Musk shares first photo of Boring Company’s underground LA tunnel

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Elon Musk on Saturday shared the very first image of the Boring Company’s underground Los Angeles tunnel that is actively under construction. We’ve known for months now that Musk’s cleverly named tunnel-digging venture has been testing equipment and technology beneath SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California headquarters and elsewhere in the LA suburb, after the city granted the company a test permit back in August. But this is the first image Musk has shared of what looks like a fully built out underground syste... Read More
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Solve These Tough Data Problems and Watch Job Offers Roll In

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Late in 2015, Gilberto Titericz, an electrical engineer at Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras, told his boss he planned to resign, after seven years maintaining sensors and other hardware in oil plants. By devoting hundreds of hours of leisure time to the obscure world of competitive data analysis, Titericz had recently become the world’s top-ranked data scientist, by one reckoning. Silicon Valley was calling. “Only when I wanted to quit did they realize they had the number-one data scientist,” he says. Petrobras held on to its champ for a time by moving Titericz into a position that used his data skills. But since topping the rankings that October he’d received a stream of emails from r... Read More
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Syrian chocolatier sweetens Hungary’s job market

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One Syrian entrepreneur escaped Damascus, as the war forced him to close his business. Now he is bringing his two century-old family dessert making expertise to Budapest. CGTN's Nanuka Danelia reports.Detected Closed Captioning: These Handmade Chocolates Are Drawing Crowds To Hungary's Capital Budapest while The Craft Chocolate Boutique Opened Recently Its Story Stretches Back 200 Years It Belongs To A fourth-generation Syrian Confectioner Bassam Growi Who Had To Leave Damascus three Years Ago When The War Ruined His Business He Escaped To Europe And Took his Craft With Him Fine Chocolate Making Is Two Things Together It's It's An Art of Making Chocolate And It's The technology You Need Very Good Machines But You... Read More
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Some Black Americans Turn To Informal Economy In The Face Of Discrimination

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Loading... What happens when you're faced with a workforce that seems unwelcoming or even hostile? For people like Dennis Jackson, often the answer is to become your own boss. In Los Angeles, he is making the best of an October heat wave by selling solar panels. Jackson says he has essentially always been an entrepreneur. He started in landscaping and moved toward solar panel installation. The 40-year-old Detroit native says he chose those jobs because "there are not many black people in the industry. There's some black guys that are landscapers, and we look at each other as unicorns because there's not man... Read More
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American Underground seeks to build a more inclusive startup community in North Carolina

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In the early 1900s, downtown Durham’s Parrish Street was a thriving entrepreneurial hub for African American-owned businesses and financial services — so much so that it earned the name “Black Wall Street.” Today, with the help of players in the Triangle area’s startup community, that legacy has come back to life. Raleigh and Durham have been earning recent accolades as one of the country’s emerging technology centers. Behind the scenes, Google for Entrepreneurs tech hub American Underground... Read More
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No. 253: Joe Ficalora’s brighter bottom lines, nerds and nurses, Mark Twain and the man in the moon

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You did it: Welcome to Friday, readers old and new, and great work making it this far. It’s been another busy week for Long Island innovation, but before we get to all that, a quick reminder: Our weekend is never complete without your comments, concerns and hot story tips. So, tell us all about it at editor@innovateli.com. Back in black: This Oct. 27 marks the 20th anniversary of Wall Street’s 1997 Black Monday “mini-crash,” wherein the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 554 points and regulators closed U.S. stock markets for the first time since Reagan “forgot to duck” in 1981. ... Read More
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Neil deGrasse Tyson tries Soylent and talks future of food with CEO Rob Rhinehart

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Watch the whole series: https://www.facebook.com/RisingStarsWithNeildeGrasseTyson/ Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sai FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider TWITTER: https://twitter.com/techinsider INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/tech_insider/Detected Closed Captioning: For Science! Hi, I'm Neil DeGrasse Tyson And This Is "Rising Stars." Today, We're Featuring Rob Rhinehart, Who's Founder And CEO Of Soylent, A Meal Replacement Product That's All The Rage In The Tech Universe. Rob, Welcome. Thank You Very Much For Having Me. Soylent! How Old Were You When You Started This? 24. Your Company's Now Valued At $100 Million That Was A Few Years Ago. We've Grown Substantially Since Then. - That's ... Read More
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In first, DIUx hands off cyber pilot project to Army

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s commercial technology hub has successfully transitioned a program from pilot to full-blown contract, a milestone for the 2-year-old office. The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, moved a pilot program with commercial cybersecurity firm Tanium into a $750 million, five-year contract with the U.S. Army. That contract was signed Sept. 26. Tanium provides endpoint (think laptops or desktops) cy... Read More
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Cyber company gets first contract from Pentagon Silicon Valley office

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s commercial technology hub has successfully transitioned a program from pilot to full-blown contract, a milestone for the 2-year-old office. The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, moved a pilot program with commercial cybersecurity firm Tanium into a $750 million, five-year contract with the U.S. Army. That contract was signed Sept. 26. Tanium provides endpoint (think laptops or desktops) cy... Read More
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In first, Pentagon’s Silicon Valley office transitions program into service

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s commercial technology hub has successfully transitioned a program from pilot to full-blown contract, a milestone for the 2-year-old office. The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, moved a pilot program with commercial cybersecurity firm Tanium into a $750 million, five-year contract with the U.S. Army. That contract was signed Sept. 26. Tanium provides endpoint (think laptops or desktops) cy... Read More
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Blockchain will transform the business of gaming

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The gaming industry has been experiencing major shifts for a decade now. First came broadband internet, then the rise of Steam. Before long, these developments quickly gave way to the biggest gaming disruption of the last decade: digital gaming. And with the rise of digital games, the console model that had dominated the industry since the 1980s was challenged by the now-ubiquitous “free to play” model.Today, digital gaming accounts for 87 percent of the industry’s $108.9 billion annual revenue, a true disruptor. But as we all know, new technology never stays “new” for long. Th... Read More
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Global honor for Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship

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Hofstra University’s Center for Entrepreneurship has snagged a prestigious international honor. The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, an international collaboration of more than 225 university-centered entrepreneurship programs, has named the Hempstead-based university’s two-year-old center one of its two 2017 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Centers. The award is bestowed annually to the best university-based entrepreneurship hub in operation fewer than five years. The GCEC judges split the award this year between Hofstra ... Read More
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Billboard Touts New York As Refuge From Silicon Valley Tech Culture

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New York City, home of Wall Street, the mafia’s Five Families, Donald Trump, Martin Shkreli and Harvey Weinstein, is also home to a burgeoning technology industry. Thanks to a recent string of notable tech startups, an influx of venture investment, and some heavy cheerleading from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Big Apple is now second only to Silicon Valley in terms of venture capital raised by startups. But now, with a backlash growing toward the tech industry’s overwhelming power and wealth, one New Yorker is trying to capitalize on the opportunity. Andrew Rasiej, founder of New York-based community organization Civic Hall, has purchased a billboard on US 101, the main thoroughfare connecting ... Read More
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Cisco and Google Find Mutual Interest in Cloud Computing

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Cisco has also faced stiffening competition from rivals like the software maker VMware, which announced a partnership with Amazon last year.Cisco and Google executives vowed to offer something different. They said companies have been struggling with the fact that they need separate tools to manage software on their own premises and those running in the cloud, a situation that sometimes causes security problems. By combining Google programming technology and Cisco networking and security software, they said, tech managers can create and manage ... Read More
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Surviving the unknown: Funomena’s five-year journey to create Luna

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Presented by Intel  Some developers commemorate the release of their game with a big bash, or if they’re lucky, they get to take some much-needed time off. For the release of her latest game, Funomena CEO Robin Hunicke did something a little more extravagant: she got two diving swallow tattoos, one for each arm. The birds’ significance is a reference to the tattoos that old sailors used to get, from a time when the oceans were still largely undiscovered. Before embarking on long, grueling expeditions, sailors would often get a swallow on one side of their chest. If they perished during the voyage, they believed that the swallow would help guide their souls to heaven. But if they survived, they’d ... Read More
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Apple buys New Zealand-based wireless charging company PowerbyProxi

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Apple has acquired a little-known wireless charging company called PowerbyProxi for an undisclosed sum, according to a report from New Zealand-based news site Stuff.co.nz. The company, founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Fady Mishriki as a spin-out venture from the University of Auckland, specializes in small, Qi standard-compliant modules that allow wireless power transfer to larger devices like robots, drones, and medical equipment. Apple confirmed the acquisition to Stuff.co.nz in a rare move for the iPhone maker, which typically issues a recycled statement that neither confirms nor denies a... Read More
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TV news ‘hack’ sees bitcoins swiped

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Two French hackers used their computer skills to reconstruct a blurred-out code on TV and claim bitcoins worth $1,000 (£760).Michel Sassano and Clement Storck had seen an interview with entrepreneur Roger Ver on French television.Mr Ver had offered $1,000 to viewers - but a QR code needed to claim the money had been blurred out.The duo analysed a small part of the code that was visible, however, and managed to access the funds. When the France 2 channel broadcast its interview with Mr Ver earlier this month, he promised the money - just over three bitcoin cash coins, worth $1,000 - t... Read More
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How Sand Hill Road Became the Main Street of Venture Capital

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Like Hollywood, Sand Hill Road is a metonym for an industry based on dreams: VCs gathered in low-slung office buildings funding startups that aim to change the world (sometimes they even succeed). Like Chernobyl, though, it’s also a proxy for some cataclysmic flameouts. Here’s how a sleepy 5.6-mile stretch of roadway in Menlo Park, California, became a genuine rock star. Grant Heidrich: I visited Stanford University in high school with [Stanfo... Read More
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds dev invests in gaming capital firm ESDF

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Bluehole is hard at work trying to get PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds out of Early Access on Steam and on Microsoft’s Xbox One console, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t juggling other ventures. The studio is actually one... Read More
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AI and quantum algorithms together can compute a better world

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We are in a race for quantum supremacy. Google, IBM, and researchers across the globe are working on solving the most complex of computations, computations that could only be solved by the most advanced quantum computers. Quantum computers are very similar to the computers in households today — only much more powerful. So powerful, in fact, that they can s... Read More
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3 ways to make the most of your subcontract [Commentary]

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Are two businesses better than one? For many small businesses, teaming with a larger and more-established government contractor as a subcontractor may be a great way to gain experience and build a reputation with government agencies. Despite the many advantages of teaming, subcontractors can sometimes find themselves out in the cold if they don’t take the proper steps to assure inclusion once the contract is awarded. In fact, accor... Read More
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4 advantages small states have over big-city business hubs

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When launching a business, not all startup hubs are created equal. For those entering Silicon Valley, New York City, or other notable startup hubs, finding a location that fits your company’s specific needs can mean the difference between swimming and sinking. To succeed — particularly for those developing breakthrough technologies — entrepreneurs must have a keen eye for costs of doing business, entrepreneurial resources, talent availability, and network options. Without these key ingredients, you might as well get out of the kitchen. When starting my business, I found a smaller business climate was integral to success and expansion. Here’s why I chose Vermont — a place that may be known for its cows and maple syrup, bu... Read More
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The Family That Built an Empire of Pain

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The north wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a vast, airy enclosure featuring a banked wall of glass and the Temple of Dendur, a sandstone monument that was constructed beside the Nile two millennia ago and transported to the Met, brick by brick, as a gift from the Egyptian government. The space, which opened in 1978 and is known as the Sackler Wing, is also itself a monument, to one of America’s great philanthropic dynasties. The Brooklyn-born brothers Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler, all physicians, donated lavishly during their lifetimes to an astounding range of institutions, many of which today bear the family name: the Sackler Gallery, in Washington; the Sackler Museum... Read More
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Don’t Surrender, Reinvent: The New Mantra Of Small Biz In Puerto Rico

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Enlarge this image Puerto Rican chef Jose Sanchez inside his restaurant Pera Maraya. "Everything was going perfect," says Sanchez, 28. "Then the storm hit." Christina Cala/NPR hide caption toggle caption Christina Cala/NPR ... Read More
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Feature: How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World’s Alphabets

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Now a computational linguist and motivated by a desire to put his historical knowledge to use, Pandey knows how to get obscure alphabets into the Unicode standard. Since 2005, he has done so for 19 writing systems (and he’s currently working to add another eight). With Noor’s help, and some financial support from a research center at the University of California, Berkeley, he drew up the basic set of letters and defined how they combine, what rules govern punctuation and whether spaces exist between words, then submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, the organization that maintains the standards for digital scripts. In 2... Read More
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No. 251: Passing the healthy breast test, the Island’s jobs need work and the Piano Man has a good life

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It’s Friday: A happy end to the week, everyone, and a warm Indian Summer welcome to new readers Blanche, Jermaine, Marc, Ellen, and Ted. Happy to have you with us. It’s National Mammography Day, observed annually on the third Friday in October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense is early detection. Remember to look up tonight: The annual Orionid Meteor Shower peaks after midnight. Needs work: The number of private-sector jobs on Long Island in September increased by about 8,500 over jobs reported in September 201... Read More
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Why VCs shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Heartland startups

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A doctor in Boston touches a screen to assess a patient’s infection risk. A banker in New York wires $1 million to London with a few keystrokes. A student in San Francisco cracks her first quadratic equation on a tablet. And they all did it with software from … Wisconsin. Most people are surprised when we mention these examples of high tech from the Heartland, because the story of American entrepreneurship has shifted overwhelmingly to the coastal tech hotbeds in California, Massachusetts, and New York. But Wisconsin — home to banking software giant Fiserv, hospital electronic medical record innovator Epic Systems, and academic software leader Renaissance Learning — reminds us that the Heartland of our countr... Read More
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Kelloley, the startup that finally saw the light

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Some innovators are born knowing what they’re meant to do. Some figure it out along the way. And some require a little divine intervention. There was never any doubt Stacey Foley would run her own business, at least not for Stacey Foley. But what kind of business? Even the entrepreneur didn’t know. Her path was illuminated, somewhat, by the Swarovski Crystal craze of the last decade. A big fan of the sparkly products, Foley started crafting her own crystalline jewelry – and motive quickly met opportunity. “Owning a business was something I always wanted,” she told Innovate LI. “And I really... Read More
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Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers pour $10 million into Wisconsin innovation hub

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Today, Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers football team announced that each organization will be investing $5 million, doled out over the course of the next five years, to fund the creation of an accelerator, an early-stage VC fund, and a business development lab in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The building, called Titletown Tech, is tentatively scheduled to open next fall, and will be housed in Titletown District, an approximately 45-acre business and recreational development west of Lambeau Field that’s largely ... Read More
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Heartland Tech Weekly: Spreading the word about startups beyond your backyard

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Last week, I attended the first stop on ... Read More
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Moonlighter is opening up shop and slaying monsters on Nintendo Switch

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Digital Sun’s debut game Moonlighter is all about pulling a double shift in a fantasy role-playing world. As a shopkeeper by day and an adventurer by night, you’ll be slaying creatures, selling wares, and getting those gold pieces. It’s published by 11 Bit Studios, and it’ll be coming to Nintendo Switch along with PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It’s slated for a Q1 release in 2018. Moonlighter takes inspiration from such games as Carpe Fulgur’s Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, which had a similar concept. However, it... Read More
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How VR reinvigorated the theme park capital of the world

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While the world may know Orlando for its theme parks, what they don’t know is that tech predates tourism in the region. The Central Florida region was responsible for sending the first man to the moon — and since then, innovation hasn’t slowed down in Orlando. Today, the Orlando region is a hotbed for creating and testing new technologies ranging from game development to smart sensor research. These technology clusters, along with the city’s ideal conditions for entrepreneurial ventures, have set Orlando up for success in virtual reality innovation. To fully understand why tech, and now VR, is taking off in Orlando, look back at the regi... Read More
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Women who own businesses find bank loans harder to get

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Getting a bank loan is still a struggle for many women who own businesses. Kirsten Curry has had three rejections in the past six months and is waiting to hear from a fourth bank. Curry, owner of Seattle-based Leading Retirement Solutions, has applied to national banks, a regional bank and a credit union. The problem is that her 8-year-old retirement advisory firm lost money last year as it invested in technology to help it expand. Although revenue has consistently risen and her company has no debt, her expenses last year were a red flag. “Though we know we’re going to see growth, it’s not necessarily guaranteed,” Curry says. A survey of businesses conducted this summer and released Wednesday found that 30 pe... Read More
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Getting power without a power grid

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More people today lack power than when electricity was first invented, and expanding electrical grids can be time-consuming and costly. One entrepreneur is solving the problem by going straight to the sun.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: ... Read More
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RxAdvance Honored by Goldman Sachs for Entrepreneurship

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Ravi Ika, President/CEO Among 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at 2017 Builders + Innovators Summit SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 18, 2017– Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) is recognizing RxAdvance President and CEO Ravi Ika as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2017 at its Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, California. Goldman Sachs selected Ravi as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event. A noted entrepreneur and an innovator of disruptive business solutions, Ravi Ika founded RxAdvance in 2013 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the full-service pharmacy benefit management (... Read More
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Data rights are the new IP rights

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As more sophisticated resources for developers become widely available, copycat products can now be launched in a matter of hours. Software patents provided some limited protection, but feature wars rage on. Software without data is now a commodity. These pressures make AI and the data that feed it more valuable than ever. There is no usable AI without data; AIs need data to train to minimum algorithmic performance (MAP) before they can demonstrate value to potential users and attract customers. New customers bring in more data, which is used to improve the algorithm’s performance, which attracts new customers, and so on. Each iteration of this feedback loop  digs a deeper competitive moat. Continued access to ... Read More
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Torch 3D raises $3.5 million for AR and VR prototyping platform

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Torch 3D has raised $3.5 million to build its augmented and virtual reality prototyping platform. The idea, which came from a couple of Magic Leap alumni, is to make it fast and easy for teams to build, share, and iterate on 3D concepts. Portland, Oregon-based Torch 3D wants to make it possible for any designer to develop and design in 3D for immersive VR environments almost instantly, with no prior knowledge of game or software development. And it wants to enable those teams to iterate on prototypes across teams, on any platform or device, in real time. The VR Fund and Silicon Valley Data Capital led the investment round. Additional investo... Read More
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Does Long Island Have What Amazon Wants?

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An Amazon warehouse in 2015. (Photo by Scott Lewis). In 1994, Jeff Bezos left his Wall Street job and moved to Seattle, launching a retail startup that abandoned brick and mortar in favor of electronic sales. Bezos named the disruption Amazon, after a dictionary search revealed the Amazon River was the biggest on the planet. Bezos envisioned making his new store the biggest in the world. Famously, he has succeeded. Amazon passed Wal-Mart two years ago as the world’s biggest retailer by market value. Today it ranks among the largest companies in the world. More even than its neighbor Microsoft, Amazon has established Seattle as a fulcrum of economic activity. Bezos now inte... Read More
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Richard Branson’s Virgin and Hyperloop One Transit Pods Become Fast Friends

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Virgin Group companies include Virgin Trains, a railroad operator in Britain, and Virgin Galactic, which is dedicated to commercial spaceflight.Hyperloop One employees do not call their project a train — after all, it does not use tracks. Instead, magnetically levitating passenger pods use electric propulsion to zip through low-pressure... Read More
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The founder of the hamdog wants to crowdfund a restaurant in New York City

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The hamdog, the ingenious hamburger / hot dog hybrid made the rounds last year when Australian entrepreneur Mark Murray announced he was looking for participants to invest in the franchise to sell his patented hamdogs around the globe. Now Mark plans to open up the first ever hamdog restaurant in the heart of midtown Manhattan. “Walking the streets of New York City in the last few days and being in Times Square and looking at the volume of foot traffic there, we’re like ‘we’ve got to have our first store here,” Murray te... Read More
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Why we are underestimating the impact of automation and AI

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Azeem Azhar, product entrepreneur and curator of weekly tech newsletter, Exponential View, discusses how AI can deliver real value for businesses and considers the risks related to the emerging technology AI is a very odd nomenclature. It has a competing technical definition even amongst its real practitioners (mostly in labs). We can agree, however, that it includes some tools such as machine learning, natural language processing, and a product or business quality. In short, it’s a system that learns from experience, or a system that uses any of the aforementioned tools. Two famous examples of firms using AI for profit are Google and Facebook. Take money machine Facebook: its ad business is entirely dri... Read More
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Down syndrome entrepreneur sews successful six-figure sock empire

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John Cronin, a 21-year-old entrepreneur with Down syndrome has one motto “socks, socks and more socks!” Go inside John's $1.3 million sock empire, John’s Crazy Socks, and learn about his mission to overcome challenges and hire people with disabilities.No Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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How blockchain promises to speed up tech evolution

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The blockchain space has been innovating at an incredible pace over the past year. The total number of initial coin offerings (ICOs) was probably less than 10. If someone had told you that insurance company AIG was conducting a multi-country smart contract test, you’d have thought they were crazy. Certainly, the idea of putting an Arkansas chicken farm on a blockchain would have seemed ludicrous. The question of when ... Read More
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Randi Zuckerberg: ‘Smaller cities are paving the way for entrepreneurs’

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Randi Zuckerberg, the technology executive and entrepreneur behind Zuckerberg Media, doesn’t do things in the traditional way. A strong advocate for STEM education, particularly for females, Zuckerberg has firsthand experienced being an outlier — she describes how, in her early days in Silicon Valley, she was often the only woman in a room full of tech executives or investors. She’s since launched a slew of endeavors, including a book and TV show, aimed at getting young girls interested in science or technology. True to form, when it c... Read More
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No. 248: Cancer, flu and Alzheimer’s progress, less Time and please squeeze from the bottom

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Happy Wednesday: Welcome new readers Bob, Craig, Gita, Phil and Elissa. Happy to have you all aboard. John Rand received a patent for the collapsible toothpaste tube on this day in 1841. “Saturday Night Live” premiered in 1975 with George Carlin as guest host. Happy birthday Henry John “57 Flavors” Heinz. Leave the driving to them: Entrepreneur Kevin Bowker was schlepping a vanload of pals to a craft beer event one day, when inspiration hit. Transportation. Today, Bowker’s Tapped Enterprises runs a growing fleet of buses that get beer and wine tourists there and safely back again. (Sure ... Read More

Con Jobs: From Inmate to Entrepreneur (with Catherine Hoke)

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Catherine Hoke, CEO of Defy Ventures, joins Preet for a conversation about the challenges that incarcerated people face when reentering society, the businesses that formerly incarcerated folks have started through her program, and the Shark Tank-like process that gets them there.... Read More
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Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center celebrates two-year anniversary as Guy Kawasaki rings the bell remotely

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The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center celebrated its two-year anniversary today, marking the occasion by inviting ex-Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki to ring the bell remotely. The center also hosted the fourth graduating class of its “Milestone Makers” program, which pairs founders with coaches and business mentors over a period of three months. The San Francisco-based center claims to have built a community of more than 7,500 entrepreneurs, who have either participated in the “Milestone Makers” program or attended classes and lectures over the past two years. According to their statistics, the community is made up of 49 percent women and 61... Read More
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In Full Bloom: A Conversation With 1-800-Flowers CEO Chris McCann

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1-800-Flowers CEO Chris McCann (Photo by Bob Giglione/Long Island Press) When Chris McCann’s big brother Jim bought his first flower shop in Manhattan in 1976, Chris, then 15, helped out on weekends, learning the floral business even as the older McCann began to transform it. Chris was named chief executive in July 2016; Jim continues as executive chairman. Contributing Editor Warren Strugatch caught up with Chris to find out what it’s like to succeed one of America’s iconic marketers. Long Island Press: I’d love to have been a fly on the wall when you and Jim discussed your promotion. What was that conversation like? Chris McCann:... Read More
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Lightspeed Venture Partners brings on Tara-Nicholle Nelson as new entrepreneur in residence

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Venture capital firms in Silicon Valley don’t just pour cash into hot startups — they also enjoy incubating promising endeavors and building long-term relationships. With that in mind, Lightspeed Venture Partners announced that it is bringing on marketing and spiritual guru Tara-Nicholle Nelson as an entrepreneur in residence (EIR) to work on her next big project: a startup that brings spirituality into the digital sphere. Nelson gave VentureBeat exclusive details about her new role and work in progress. According to the pug-loving entrepreneur, there is an epidemic of aimlessness, depression, fear, and anxiety in today’s world that has been exacer... Read More
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Allume raises $3 million for its on-demand personal shopping service

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Allume wants to change the way women shop online and announced today that is has raised a $3 million seed round to launch its product out of beta. True Ventures led the investment, with participation from several angel investors. Clients begin their sartorial journey by taking an online quiz on the Allume website. The startup then uses the data to match each customer to a personal stylist with similar tastes — and no, it’s not a bot, it’s an actual human being who helps you shop. Stylists consult directly with each client over text messaging to better understand... Read More
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Steve Case looks to buoy the Rust Belt with latest ‘Rise of the Rest’ tour

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If Steve Case has his way, the next generation of workers will know the Upper Midwest not as the Rust Belt, but the Startup Belt. Today, former AOL cofounder Case kicked off the sixth iteration of his “Rise of the Rest” tour in the Central Pennsylvania cities of Harrisburg, York, and Lancaster. On each Rise of the Rest tour, Case travels to various cities across the U.S. that have traditionally been overlooked by investors, ranging from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Charleston, South Carolina, to highlight existing startup activity. This year, Case and his team are traveling to five differe... Read More
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Tech companies will help push automakers to full autonomy

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The race to roll out reliable self-driving cars in the mainstream market continues apace. The U.S. Senate has signified its approval of a deal that enables automakers to put self-driving cars on public roadways. The only stipulation is the driverless technology must save lives, improve mobility (particularly for people with disabilities), and create new jobs. If those stipulations are met, driverless cars could be ready to go full throttle in the years ahead. Do you have an AI strategy — or hoping to get one? Check out ... Read More
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They were brew-tours before brew-tours were cool

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Before everyone and their brother was offering bus tours of Long Island’s brew pubs and vineyards, there was Tapped Enterprises. The Ronkonkoma-based brainchild of President Kevin Bowker actually launched in 2008, first as a purveyor of what the founder called “dorm décor” – posters, flags and other beer-themed accouterments for the college set. But by 2012, still years before leave-the-driving-to-us tours of Long Island’s craft-beverage scene were in vogue, the enterprise had tapped a whole new vertical. Bowker, a Bryant University gra... Read More
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Celsius aims to disrupt the consumer credit industry using blockchain

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The worldwide consumer credit industry is primarily controlled by a few organizations, who profit from the process of lending and — according to many — are responsible for the state of consumer and student debt. In fact, in the U.S., $1.1 trillion — one-half of all the consumer credit issued — is currently controlled by six of the largest banks. Today Celsius — an Ethereum-based lending platform — has announced its plans to disrupt this indust... Read More
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Cheaper cities provide a more even playing field for new entrepreneurs

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There was a specific type of neighborhood I always envisioned my kids growing up in. There would be tree-lined streets. I would walk or ride my bike to stores and restaurants. My children would be part of a mob of kids wandering through the neighborhood. I would know those kids too, and they would think of our home as their home — and though I would complain about it, I really wouldn’t have it any other way. Almost five years ago my family and I moved to St. Charles, Missouri, which is part of the St. Louis metropolitan area. In Phoenix, where we moved from, buying a home in a tree-lined neighborhood would have set us back at least $500,000 — and it isn’t like Phoenix is known for a high cost of living. I just looked on Z... Read More