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The DeanBeat: Roblox’s kid developers make enough ‘robucks’ to pay for college

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Jackson Munsell, Brandon LaRouche and Alex Balfanz grew up in very different places. But they’re converging on San Jose, Calif., this weekend as developers of games in the world of Roblox, the blocky virtual world that is a cousin of Lego and Minecraft. These teenagers have grown up with Roblox, a place where young developers (both boys and, increasingly, girls) can create their own games and make “robucks,” or in-game currency from them. And as the online world surpasses 56 million monthly active users (up from ... Read More
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One man on a mission

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Presented by Intel “I love it when people are mad at me because it tells me that they care.” That’s a bold—and confident—statement from Sorob Raissi, self-described Founder, CEO, Artist, Developer, Designer, Biz Dev guy at Spread Shot Studios. Why does it have to be self-described? Because he’s a one-man studio, finding his way in the games industry with his first game, Space Jammers. Frankly, Raissi can title himself however he pleases given that, as the string of responsibilities suggests, Spread Shot Studios is his solo operation. You may have heard a seemingly similar story if you follow our Developer Spotlight series with the profile on Studio Canvas, but Raissi’s journey into the in... Read More
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Plexchat raises $7 million to provide mobile chat platform for gamers

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Plexchat has raised $7 million in venture capital to build chat platform for mobile gamers. It may not sound that exciting or new, but the features in the chat platform are thoughtful, conceived from a gamer’s perspective, and that enabled the company to impress potential investors. The money comes from Raine Ventures as well as First Round Capital, Dream Incubator, London Venture P... Read More
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Award-winning Re-Nuble lays waste to malnutrition

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By GREGORY ZELLER // An outer-borough biotech with a Long Island lineage is racing to the head of the organic-fertilizer field. Re-Nuble Inc., founded by scientifically oriented business IT specialist Tinia Pina, has snagged a 2017 American Entrepreneurship Award and the $25,000 interest-free loan that accompanies it – the latest feathers in the cap of a 2015 startup that transforms food waste into fresh produce. The American Entrepreneurship accola... Read More
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CEBIP battery barons inch toward 76West title

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook battery business with European roots has made the cut in a state clean-energy contest. StorEn Technologies, which is peddling a proprietary vanadium-flow battery for stationary energy storage, is one of eight finalists in the 76West Clean Energy Competition, which is spun out of Albany’s Southern Tier Soaring initiative – a $3.1 billion investment in business development and community growth across New York’s southernmost economic zones. The competition is focused exclusively on the Long Island, New ... Read More
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InXile gets $4.5 million investment from Gumi for an open-world survival RPG VR game

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The bard has a new story to sing at InXile thanks to an investment from Gumi, and the troubadour’s tale isn’t going to take the form of Torment: Tides of Numenera or Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius. What shape will this story take? How about an open-world survival role-playing game … in virtual reality. Today, Gumi VR, the Japanese publisher’s VR subsidiary, announced that it’s investing $4.5 million in InXile Entertainment. This bundle of e... Read More
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Ex-Activision veterans raise $7 million for Velan Studios game startup

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Velan Studios, a game studio founded by two brothers who made big games for Activision, has raised $7 million in venture capital as it launches an effort to prototype new types of games on emerging platforms. The amount of money suggests it’s still possible for seasoned teams to raise a big chunk of money from investors, particularly when the founders are putting in a lot of their own money. The biggest investor in the round is Velan Ventures, a fund started by Karthik and Guha Bala. In 1991, the brothers started Vicarious Visions, a studio that was acquired by Activision and grew to more than 150 employees. ... Read More
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What your company can learn from Google’s Area 120 model

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Big companies are too slow, too disorganized and too stuck under the weight of outdated playbooks and bad habits to benefit from opportunities to innovate. That’s the picture the latest report by accelerator 500 Startups paints after surveying over 100 corporate executives that oversee innovation, including collaborating or investing in startups. Rubbing shoulders with startups, collaborating with them in some way, or absorbing them altogether, may sound like a clever way for established companies to innovate. But the strategy doesn’t appear to be working, according to the 500 Startups report. The report... Read More
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Heartland tech weekly: What ‘the value of work’ means

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Here’s this week’s newsletter: Fourth of July celebrations took place across America yesterday, our nation’s Independence being one of the few things that everyone can agree on. Perhaps another is the importance of work — but not just work. Rather, a good-paying job that, aside from providing a wage, also offers less tangible rewards like meaning, a sense of pride, even beauty. In his landmark book Working, Studs Terkel captured the oral histories of ordinary... Read More
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Why Pay Day 2 game publisher Starbreeze made its crazy dive into VR hardware

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Sweden’s Starbreeze Studios made its name as the publisher of games such as Pay Day, Pay Day 2, Dead by Daylight, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. And now the company is also expanding into virtual reality hardware with its StarCade headset. Built in partnership with Acer, Starbreeze is providing high-end VR technology to IMAX, the high-end movie theater chain, for location-based VR entertainment centers at IMAX theaters. While other companies are becoming more cautious about VR because of the “... Read More
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Sony’s semi-smartwatch now has a smaller version and a leather strap with NFC

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Sony’s semi-smartwatch now has a smaller version and a leather strap with NFC - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.... Read More
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As Paris’ mega startup campus Station F opens its doors today, Silicon Valley has gone all in

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France’s most audacious attempt to turn itself into a startup capital will lift the curtain tonight when Paris’ Station F officially opens its doors to the world. The brainchild of telecom entrepreneur Xavier Niel, who footed the entire cost of the $267 million project, the giant startup campus will be home to incubators, venture capital firms, startups, and large corporate brands. After three years of construction, Station F will hold its grand opening Thursday night in a ceremony featuring President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Station F’s goal is to house 1,000 startups in a building that was formerly a historic train station on the east side of Paris. While it’s no shock that the leading lights ... Read More
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Hong Kong seeks to become Asia’s Silicon Valley

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For years, Hong Kong has been trying to build its own tech industry to help spur economic growth. But it’s been overshadowed by its neighbor, Shenzhen, which is often referred to as China’s Silicon Valley. Can Hong Kong be an incubator for another Alibaba or Snapchat? CGTN’s Ge Yunfei reports.... Read More
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Introducing Heartland Tech Weekly: I want YOU to create tech jobs

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VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech Channel tracks the most important news and analysis about the technological and economic divide between Silicon Valley and the rest of America. Each week, we select the top stories and present them in a free newsletter. We include news stories by VentureBeat staff, guest articles from leading voices in this important conversation, and a number of posts from other outlets. We hope you enjoy the Heartland Tech newsletter. Kansas City, Missouri has its Big 5 initiative. Columbus, Ohio has a ... Read More
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You can now sign up for early access to Google’s wacky Area 120 app experiments

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You can now sign up for early access to Google’s wacky Area 120 app experiments - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};Choru... Read More
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A 3-point plan to create tech jobs in the heartland

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For Patrick McKenna, the 44:64 figure was the turning point. Shortly after President Donald Trump won the 2016 election, analysis of voter turnout showed that while Hillary Clinton captured only 44 percent of the electoral college, those votes represented 64 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. “That’s one picture,” McKenna said. “But then if you flip the numbers you see a very different picture. Only 36 percent of the national income was represented by 56 percent of the electoral college, and that’s the percent who elected Trump.”... Read More
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Uptime, an app that makes your YouTube videos interactive, is now available to the public

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Uptime, an app that makes your YouTube videos interactive, is now available to the public - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||... Read More
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Honda’s Self-Driving Approach Starts With the Acura NSX Supercar

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For all its prowess, there’s something weird about the NSX. Acura's supercar uses a quartet of motors—three electric, one gas—to put power to any given wheel just when you need it most, making the supercar explosive, agile, and confidence-inspiring. Here’s the odd part: As seamlessly as the NSX supports and elevates your driving skills, it’s hard to pin down how involved the car is. This is a common measuring stick for six-figure cars: Does it let you engage in and own your aggressions and mistak... Read More
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Pixeldash Studios diversifies to succeed

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Presented by Intel The state of Louisiana—the Pelican State, apparently—was not really considered a hotbed of game development when Jason Tate and Evan Smith were working for the only studio in Baton Rouge. When that company folded, it became a crossroads moment: move to the Bay Area or any other gaming hotbed, or stay where they were and make the best of the situation in their home state. “We opted to start our own company so we could make games, and stay in Louisiana,” says Tate, the co-founder and lead programmer, of the decision he made with Smith, who would act as Creative Director on the two-man team. This decision in 2011 was assisted by the state government’s efforts to build the games... Read More
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Ora Sound launches crowdfunding for new kind of graphene-based wireless headphones

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Ora Sound is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise money for its Ora GrapheneQ wireless headphones. The headphones use a new technology based on recent research on the nanotechnology properties of graphene. The headphones are on sale now for an early-bird price of $200 (compared to $500 at retail). Montreal-based Ora sound said it designed the Ora GrapheneQ Headphones with comfort and sound isolation in mind. Thanks to its graphene membranes, listeners will be able to hear one of the smoothest frequency responses recorded, zero disto... Read More
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Trump’s call for apprenticeships overlooks ‘opportunity gap’

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Some tech companies considering expansion to the heartland worry about finding local talent. That’s the skills gap. Meanwhile, many workers there, even if they were to acquire the skills sought by tech companies, don’t see ready demand for them. That’s the opportunity gap. And as the conversation around bridging the tech and economic divide progresses, it’s apparent that these vexing gaps are not only intertwined, but present a chicken and egg chal... Read More
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Walmart to acquire online men’s clothing retailer Bonobos

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Walmart is buying online men’s clothing retailer Bonobos for $310 million in cash, showing that its appetite for hip clothing brands shows no sign of abating as it looks for ways to gain on Amazon. It’s a sign of the aggressive direction Walmart is taking since buying Jet.com last year and keeping that company’s founder as head of its online division. Walmart has since bought clothing seller ModCloth, footwear retailer ShoeBuy.com and outdoor gear seller Moosejaw as it focuses on brands appealing to younger shoppers. Bonobos, which started out selling pants online, caters to male shoppers looking for help putting together a wardrobe. Targeting Bonobos is a good move for Walmart as it tries to compete with Amazo... Read More
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Challenger Center and New Matter Announce Partnership to Bring the Wonders of 3D Printing to Students and Educators across the Country

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Challenger Learning Centers to Implement New Matter MOD-t 3D Printers WASHINGTON & PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 16, 2017– Challenger Center, a leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education organization, and ... Read More
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‘Elysium’ Director Neill Blomkamp is Back, Doing What He Does Best: Being Weird

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[embedded content]Two years after the release of his last Hollywood movie—the nutso Chappie, featuring a sentient, gangsta robot and a mullet-sporting Hugh Jackman—director Neill Blomkamp is back with something even weirder. This time it’s via his new independent film incubator, Oats Studios, which is specifically dedicated to oddball and unconventional shorts. The studio’s first release, Blomkamp’s 20-minute alien-invasion film Rakka, stars Sigourney Weaver and can now be viewed for free on YouTube and Steam (or just above this very paragraph). Oats is “a strange experiment," Blomkamp says, "born out of wanting to be able to... Read More
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New partner, new test, big shot for Bonded Energy

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A new corporate partnership and a critical field test have pushed Bonded Energy Solutions to the brink of a commercial breakthrough. The cloud-based, wireless, automated, customizable steam-heat control system solutions provider, a client of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, has formed what CEO Jerritt Gluck called a “strategic alliance” with Massachusetts-based Tunstall Corp. that provides Bonded Energy Solutions with a key pipeline o... Read More
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Ethical Innovation Means Giving Society a Say

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Headlines from Silicon Valley sometimes read like mythology, fantasy, or science fiction. “First human-pig ‘chimera’ created in milestone study” revives images of the Greek mythological beast (part lion, part goat, part serpent). “No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes on the Flying Car” describes the Kitty Hawk, whose name pays homage to the Wright brothers with a subtle nod to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And “... Read More
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An eye on changing (forever) how medicine is taken

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By GREGORY ZELLER // As a writer of mystery novels, Barry Libin understands the creative process. (His “The Mystery of the Milton Manuscript,” in fact, may be the vanguard of an entirely new genre: historical-poetry adventure). As a successful entrepreneur, he understands the touch-and-go world of business formation (he sold off a prior startup, Manhasset-based BML Pharmaceuticals, for a “significant” sum back in 2005). ... Read More
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In SBU’s incubators, it’s all about who you know

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By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Couldn’t Have Done It Without You file comes the 2017 Incubator Showcase, a victory lap for past and current products of Stony Brook University’s diverse economic-development ecosystem – many of whom say they’d have been nonstarters without the university’s help. Packed into a large conference space inside SBU’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, Thursday’s event was an impressive sight indeed: dozens of early-stage enterprises representing a wide spectrum of industries, from clean energy and craft beverages to nanotech and Big Data. Some of the presenters were barely out of the gate... Read More
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Romania’s indies chase the global market

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The history of the games industry is one of relentless globalization, both in terms of content consumption and increasingly in terms of content production. From epicenters in U.S., U.K. and Canada in the 1950s, game development spread to Japan and the rest of Western Europe in the 1970s. This was followed by a continuous march through Eastern Europe and Asia, culminating with the inexorable rise of the emerging markets. For example, today China is a leading light of the industry, a net innovator in business models and platforms, the largest games market in the world with  $26 billion in revenue and the home of the largest games publisher, Tencent. South Korea is a... Read More
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Delivery Hero plans a tasty $450 million IPO

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Following a shakeout that caused several startups to scale back or shut down in recent years, the survivors of the on-demand food-delivery sector are hoping to take a victory lap in the public markets. Last week, Blue Apron filed for an IPO on the NYSE. Now, Delivery Hero says it’s planning to do the same on the Frankfurt stock exchange. Rather than filing a formal prospectus, Delivery Hero released a statement outlining its plans to generate proceeds of as much as $450 million by selling new shares as ... Read More
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Got It debuts knowledge-as-a-service that uses AI to find you human experts

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Got It has a new use for artificial intelligence. The startup uses AI to find human experts who can help wit complex problems. Got It calls this an on-demand knowledge-as-a-service (KaaS). It helps professionals, learners, and consumers quickly and affordably get personalized, interactive solutions to their questions. You can think of it as a Google search, but one that is so complex that you really have to find an expert for it. Got It matches a user with an ExpertRank, or an expert who has bid in a real-time auction to solve the user’s problem in a one-on-one chat session, for a fixed time period, with a service guarantee. The Burlingame, Calif.-based company is the ... Read More
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No. 221: Gray matters, big bucks for bio and digitizing your Play Doh

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A good Tuesday to you: It’s June 6, on which Allied forces launched the invasion of France in 1944, a risky, weather-plagued assault on Normandy during which almost 4,500 Allied troops were killed. If you have a spare 178 minutes: “The Longest Day,” the 1962 film adaptation of Cornelius Ryan’s seminal D-Day book, stars everyone from Eddie Albert to Dominique Zardi. It remained the most expensive B&W film ever made until 1993’s “Schindler’s List.” Welcome new readers Neal, David, Sharon, Lance and EB. Visit us: Between newsletters, get breaking news at ... Read More
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No. 220:

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Viva le weekend: It’s Friday, June 2, National Doughnut Day, founded to honor Salvation Army volunteers who handed out coffee and crullers to World War I troops. Free fried dough for all at Dunkin, Krispy and others. Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is, gulp, 76. Fossil fool: President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord met with swift rebuke from local environmentalists, while Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and others said NY would soldier on. Launch partner:... Read More
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VR startups go into cockroach mode to survive barren consumer market

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The VR industry continues to ride out the trough of disillusionment, prodded by the big tech players like HTC that hope to jumpstart a market that is ultimately driven by genuine and organic consumer demand, but there’s no sign of this actually happening. There might be some traction that pundits base their optimistic forecasts on, but hardly any of that is organic. Rather, it’s a reflection of massive marketing dollars at play. Meanwhile VR startups with products or services that depend on consumer demand appearing sooner rather ... Read More
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Innovation’s past, present, future at SBU showcase

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is gearing up for its annual business-development victory lap. Hosted by the university’s Office of Economic Development, SBU’s second-annual Incubator Company Showcase is a chance for the multifaceted school to flex its innovation muscle – a joint presentation of its Centers of Excellence, Centers for Advanced Technology and myriad business incubators, designed to highlight the cutting-edge creativity and business acumen comprising SBU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. ... Read More
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The Viral Machine

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When Wolfgang Hammer talks about the future of entertainment, people listen. Hammer is the mastermind behind the American reboot of House of Cards, the guy with the unlikely idea of bringing together David Fincher and a forgotten BBC series. He produced two of CBS Films’ first prestige movies: the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. He’s had a charmed career: leap-frogging from a master’s degree at Stanford to an entry-level job at Media Rights Capital to eventually becoming the president of CBS’s fledgling films division. So when Hammer came to Turner with an ambitious concept, the cab... Read More
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Debrief: Keeping busy with Phil Rugile

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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 Hunti... Read More
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The Pot Startups Prepping for Jeff Sessions’ New War on Drugs

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Amid all the chaos and confusion of the Trump administration, one certainty abides: Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not like pot.The former Alabama senator once joked that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was “ok” until he found out they smoked weed. During a 2016 Senate hearing, he called marijuana a dangerous drug. He also didn’t shy away from Reefer Madness-era moralizing: “Good people,” he said, “don’t ... Read More
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No. 217: DiNapoli faceoff, a final flight and Dottie Herman’s doing just fine

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TG it’s Friday: Been a week, no? Today’s May 19, on which the Star Trek production team settled on the character name James T. Kirk, after rejecting 15 others, including Hannibal, Timber, Flagg and Raintree. Jack Lord was originally offered the role, but demanded 50 percent ownership of the project. He later made a fortune with the line, “Book him, Danno. Murder One.” WHAT’S NEWS Best brews: Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown and the Roscoe NY Beer Co. tied for first in the state’s inaugural craft brewing challenge, judged Wednesday by celeb chef Mario Batali and Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas. Jobs: The Island ... Read More
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One Candidate’s Plan to Resist Trump by Teaching Kids to Code

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Alec Ross knows Trump country well. The former Obama administration staffer hails from the heart of coal country in Charleston, West Virginia. He grew up alongside the very people that President Trump likes to say Washington has left behind.As with Trump, Ross believes that government needs to do a better job lifting up these “forgotten men and women.” Unlike Trump, Ross believes accomplishing that goal has little to do with sealing off the borders or reviving the coal industry at the expense of the world’s climate. Instead, Ross argues the key to a more inclusive economy depends on a simple promise: ensuring all students have access to a computer science education. It’s not exactly the kind of lock-her-up-and-buil... Read More
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Discord’s voice communications app for gamers quadruples to 45 million users

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On its second anniversary, Discord is announcing that it has reached more than 45 million users for its popular voice communications app for gamers. By comparison, the company had 11 million users in July 2016. That means it quadrupled its growth in less than a year. The Discord community now exchanges 200 million messages a day, and it has reached a peak of 4 million concurrent users. The app generates about 6 billion messages a month, and its largest server has 77,000 members. And it has 8.9 million daily active users. ... Read More
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Can Google’s 20% time really work for your startup?

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Google’s 20 percent time is one of the most famous, and arguably successful, management practices of all time. In their 2004 IPO letter, Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin revealed that the policy of allowing employees to take time out of their core jobs to be creative and experimental had led to some of the company’s most successful products. AdSense, which now accounts for about 25 percent of Google’s total revenue, Gmail, Google Transit and Google News were all born out of 20 percent time. Facebook, LinkedIn and Apple have all implemented their own versions of 20 percent time, but as huge and highly successful technology companies ... Read More
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Outgoing French president will move his foundation to Paris’ Station F mega-campus

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New French president Emmanuel Macron will take office this weekend. But the country’s soon-to-be-former-president, François Hollande, apparently isn’t going far. Hollande, whose administration launched La French Tech program to accelerate France’s startup economy, has announced he will move his foundation to Paris’ Station F, the startup campus that will open this summer as a home for more than 1,000 startups. Hollande’s foundation, ... Read More
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Backed by Andy Rubin, Lighthouse raises $17 million for its AI home assistant

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A new intelligent assistant makes its debut today to compete with the likes of Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant. Lighthouse distinguishes itself from its competitors by using computer vision to detect and monitor activity within a home. Until now, Lighthouse has operated in stealth since 2015. Today, the company also announced the close of a $17 million funding round, led by Eclipse Ventures with participation from Playground Ventures. Lighthouse and its 30 employees are based at Playground Ventures. Android co-creator Andy Rub... Read More
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Sanford’s $5M gift ignites LIU entrepreneurship

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BY GREGORY ZELLER // A $5 million grant from a distinguished philanthropist has Long Island University riding high atop the regional innovation wave. With a boost from celebrated entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, LIU has cut the ribbon on the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. The university officially celebrated the opening of Phase I of the project – covering 3,935 square feet of newly renovated space inside Bush-Brown Hall, adjacent to the LIU Post campus in Brookville – in a May 5 ceremony. ... Read More
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LIU-Post Unveils Start-Up Institute

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LIU-Post on Friday unveiled the first phase of an aggressive strategy to bring innovative minds, possibly the next Jobs or Zuckerberg, to its campus. While technology giant Apple was conceived out of a California garage and Facebook in a Harvard dorm, the Brookville university is following in the direction of other universities that are hoping to foster innovation right on campus. The university’s mission is to attract creative minds to its T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, named after the billionaire philanthropist who contributed a $5 million grant to help fund the project. The goal is to put young minds, educators, and successful leaders of industry together under one roof to spearhead innov... Read More
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No. 213: Celebrating suffrage, a cool Harry Chapin flick and vote your favorite craft brewery

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TG it’s Friday: Hope you’re wrapping up a great week. Today’s May 5, on which Mary Kies became the first woman awarded a patent, this in 1809, for the weaving process joining straw and silk thread to make hats. Still time to buy a boater: May 15 is straw hat day. Monday marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II combat in Europe. Please find a moment to reflect. (It’s a national holiday in France.) Just in: Chris Kempner, former chief of Riverhead’s Community Development Corp., has been ... Read More
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New director for busy Business Incubator at Calverton

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s Business Incubator at Calverton has a new head honcho. Chris Kempner, a former executive director of the Town of Riverhead’s Community Development Agency, will take over as associate director of the Calverton incubator as of May 15, SBU announced Thursday. ... Read More
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Business Incubator at Calverton Names New Associate Director

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Chris Kempner, former Executive Director for the Town of Riverhead Community Development Agency (CDA), has been named Associate Director of Stony Brook University's Business Incubator at Calverton, effective May 15, 2017. Selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates, Kempner will oversee the operations of a large R&D facility that provides an optimal environment for the development of emerging business ventures compatible with the unique setting of Long Island's East End for its agricultural, aquaculture, environmental and high-tech industries.... Read More
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Business Incubator at Calverton Names New Executive Director

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Business Incubator at Calverton Names New Executive DirectorChris Kempner, a leader of economic and community development initiatives in Riverhead for 25 years, set to expand momentum of business ventures and economic development on East End Chris Kempner has been named Associate Director of Stony Brook University’s Business Incubator at Calverton STONY BROOK, N.Y., May 4, 2017 – Chris Kempner, former Executive Director for the Town of Riverhead Community ... Read More
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OYOclass act: Kids get with the programming

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By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Never Too Young To Start file comes OYOclass.com, an innovative computer-programming platform that embraces project-based learning principles to help even the youngest students leapfrog into the future. Just ask the Long Island 9-year-old who earns paychecks modifying source code to create covers for “Minecraft” novels, or the nine Island middle-schoolers who this week are taking state AP Computer Science exams – usually reserved for high school juniors and seniors – for actual college credits. Kids as young as 5, in fact, are learning to code through extracurricular camps or classroom-based learning ... Read More
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Corporate CEOs have failed to engage with startups

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It’s time for corporate boards to add “startup engagement” to their CEOs’ job descriptions. CEOs know it’s important to engage with startups, but startlingly few seem to do it themselves. Too often this critical responsibility is shrugged off to other company departments, including innovation, business development, marketing, and PR. This is just not enough. Startup engagement needs to be taken seriously at the very highest levels of every corporate organization. Why corporates need to collaborate with startups Engaging with tech startups is no longer an optional nicety for corporates – if it ever has been. It is literally a case of work with tech startups or die. Many CEOs will say they a... Read More
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HTC Vive will get a $220 plug-and-play eye-tracking aGlass device in May

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Eye tracking is one feature that could could benefit the performance and affordability of high-end virtual reality headsets. The HTC Vive should become the first mainstream headset to put that theory to the test. A Chinese startup known as 7invensun (pronounced seven-in-ven-sun) is announcing it will be releasing  a new eye tracking module for the Vive next month. The module is called the aGlass and it will be available for “limited pre-order sales” next month, according to HTC. The company is referring to this first roll-out as a developer kit, but preorders are open to anyone. According to HTC, the system will cost about $220 and will ... Read More
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GamesBeat Summit’s lightning round will focus on disruption

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It’s time to introduce our lightning round session at our upcoming GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic. This session will feature five speakers talking in lightning-fast five-minute sessions. GamesBeat Summit 2017 will take place on May 1-2 at the historic Claremont resort hotel in Berkeley, Calif., just a short distance from San Francisco. You can secure your seat here. Register today and rec... Read More
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Commercial Service Officers travel through Northern California spreading the word about export opportunities in Asia

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Susan Crawford is a Communications Specialist for the Pacific North Region at the International Trade Administration  Do you know which Asia-Pacific nation has experienced 25 consecutive years of growth? Or which one has the world’s highest R&D investment per capita? Can you name the Asian powerhouse that recently liberalized its energy sector? If you are an exporter from Northern California, and met a few of our senior commercial officers at one of several events last month, chances are you know the answers to these questions. Australia. Korea. Japan. Asia is a such an important export market that the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) offices in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area jumped on the ... Read More
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No. 211: Real facts, a robotic dog and cloning the Star Trek tricorder

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It’s Friday out there: Looking back, April was not the cruelest month. Pretty wet, though. The 2 millionth American patent was issued this week in 1935. It went to automotive engineer Joseph Ledwinka for a wheel design. Classic car enthusiasts remember Ledwinka as the designer of the 1929 Ruxton, the first front-wheel-drive American car. (Four still known to exist.) Happy birthday Alice Waters. But first, this: Collect enough data, the saying goes, and you can prove anything. That’s not quite the charter of ... Read More
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Bitkraft Esports Ventures will invest in esports startups

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Bitkraft Esports Ventures, an early stage investor and incubator exclusively focused on the esports sector, has launched what it calls the world’s first esports-specific fund. Esports will generate as much as $696 million in revenues this year, according to a market report from intelligence firm Newzoo. Based in Berlin and Los Angeles, Bitkraft Esports Ventures has raised €18 million, or $19.6 million to invest in and incubate esports startups. The company hopes to hit a final close of €30 million, or $33 million, and it will invest €100,000 to ... Read More
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Two Pore Guys Raises $24.5 Million in Series A Financing

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Investment Led by Khosla Ventures with Eye on Developing an Industry for Diagnostics Based on the 2PG Platform SANTA CRUZ, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2017– Two Pore Guys, Inc. (2PG), today announced the close of a Series A venture financing round in the amount of $24.5 million, led by Khosla Ventures. The new funding will be used to scale up manufacturing of 2PG’s hand-held, point-of-use testing system, which works like a glucose monitor, though its disposable test strips can detect virtually any kind of molecule with very high sensitivity. The financing will also enable the company to expand its executive team and further advance its two-pore technology for whole gen... Read More
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This App Lets Iranians Swipe Past Political Propaganda

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Maziar Bahari’s mother rustled him awake a little before 8 am. It was on June 21st, 2009, and four men had just arrived at Bahari’s home in the Iranian capital of Tehran. They searched Bahari’s belongings before leading him out the door, where five unmarked cars waited outside. They drove him without explanation to the notorious Evin Prison in northwestern Tehran, where he would spend the next four months locked in a 20-square-foot cell. He was interrogated, brutally beaten, and charged with espionage. The foreign intelligence group he was accused of spying for? Newsweek.Bahari, who recounted the story of his 118 days in jail in his 2011 memoir and in a Newsweek ... Read More
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No. 2010: Best frites, a carbon milestone and Aaron Foss has a million hangups

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TG it’s T: A happy Tuesday, everybody and welcome new readers Rich, Kellie, Brian, Ian, T and asgardempire89. Happy to have you aboard. Today is April 25, on which in 1850 German entrepreneur Paul Julius von Reuter launched his financial news empire using carrier pigeons, which were significantly faster than the local trains. Among other firsts, the service broke the Lincoln assassination story on the Continent. It’s now part of information behemoth Thomson Reuters. Happy birthday: Paul Fleishman and Hillary Topper. You can’t afford to miss: Pivotal, the coming EisnerAmper techapalooza.... Read More
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Composite deposit unites ThermoLift, CPC

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A pair of modest research grants will help one of the shining examples of Stony Brook University’s innovation ecosystem incorporate cutting-edge materials into its mechanical design, with the assistance of the Composite Prototyping Center. The nonprofit, Plainview-based CPC – a manufacturing mecca specializing in carbon fibers, aramid, fiberglass, ceramics and other non-traditional building blocks – is lending its expertise to ThermoLift Inc., the Stony Brook-based startup developing a revolutionary natural gas-powered air-conditioner and heat-pum... Read More
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Tumblr launches Cabana so you can video chat with up to 5 friends while watching YouTube

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Remember Tumblr? The popular blogging platform acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion way back in 2013? Well, amidst all the hullabaloo at Yahoo regarding its own acquisition by Verizon, you could be forgiven for letting Tumblr slip from your consciousness. But Tumblr has some notable news today — it’s launching its first ever standalone app. Arriving first for iPhone, with Android following within a few weeks, Cabana is touted as an app for “hanging out with friends and watching videos,” according to a statement issued by... Read More
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No. 207: Molecular Orbitals, Scooby Doo and why small business doesn’t like full employment

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TG it’s F: A great Friday, everybody. If you’re an observant Christian, enjoy your collations. Howard Taft became the first president to throw out an Opening Day baseball on this date in 1910. Chief execs tossed the ball from their seats until 1984, when Ronald Reagan took to the mound. Bill Clinton was the first president who managed to get a throw all the way to the catcher on the fly. Yikes: Brat Packer Anthony Michael Hall is 49 today. And HB2U, Ronald Stair. But first, this: The Federal Reserve was out with its annual survey of small businesses this week, and the numbers look good. More than 60 percent said they expect higher revenues this year and four of 10 small ... Read More
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Futurists want to transform Black Mirror’s dystopia into something better

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Netflilx’s Black Mirror has the tech world worried about the dystopian future that the science fiction show depicts. To counter that, a group of futurists, creators, and hackers are gathering in Los Angeles to envision a “White Mirror,” or a society where technology can inspire us instead. About 100 people will gather in Los Angeles for the project, dubbed #OnceUponAFuture, and the first edition is called #WhiteMirror, as an homage to the TV series, which features shocking stories about technology addiction, surveillance, mind control, and hacking. Their mission is to reboot Black Mirror... Read More
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Companies from 15 Countries Expanded in Oakland County, Michigan in the Metro Detroit Region in 2016

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More than 40 percent of total job-supporting investment came from foreign-owned firms. This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and economic growth across the United States, and how SelectUSA partners with EDOs to support economic development. Located in the heart of the Metro Detroit region, Oakland County, Michigan, has long been a community open and inviting to foreign direct invest (FDI) from around the world. This investment supports nearly 6.4 million U.S. jobs, and over 200,000 jobs in Michigan, making it a great driver of growth in our state.... Read More
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Meanwhile, Albany tells science: We’ve got your back

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Even as the Trump Administration levels its big guns at national funding for scientific research, New York State is doubling down on its commitment to life sciences. Leaders of business and medical-research organizations across the state are hailing Albany’s 10-year, $620 million plan to turn New York into one big life-sciences cluster. The economic-development strategy was championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and adopted by the state Legislature this week as part of the 2017-18 state budget. Also part of the state budget package: $5 million in funding for state-run incubators and startup-f... Read More
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Donald Trump, Long Island and the war on science

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By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s worry, if not panic, among the scientists at the heart of the Long Island innovation economy. Certainly, none are surprised that President Donald Trump, in his first proposed budget, took square aim at the federal funding that is the lifeblood of the nation’s scientific research programs. This is, after all, a president who calls climate change a hoax, champions coal and selected a former ExxonMobil CEO as his secretary of state; who wrote that renewable-energy research is “an expensive way of making the tree-huggers feel good about themselves;” who has repeatedly, ignorantly suggested that measles and mumps vaccinations cause autism; who chose an Environmental Protection Agency... Read More
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High tech in the heartland

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High Tech in the Heartland is an occasional series exploring the relationship between Silicon Valley and the rest of America. The 2016 presidential election laid bare a chasm between technology companies and the rest of the country, namely the so-called flyover states and the region often derided as the Rust Belt. Last summer, more than 140 tech executives penned an open letter stating that Do... Read More
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The Mastermind Behind Coachella

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Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, and Thom Yorke’s Radiohead headline Coachella ’17.CreditIllustration by Cynthia Kittler ... Read More
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Innovations, advice abound in SBU’s 2017 Boot Camp

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By GREGORY ZELLER // These boots are made for talking – and now, several enterprising innovators have a firmer grasp on what to say, and how to say it, when it’s time to commercialize the Next Big Thing. Eight “idea champions” with entrepreneurial aspirations have completed Stony Brook University’s 2017 Innovation Boot Camp, a commercialization crash course that might not carry ideas directly to the promised land, but does give those inventors – mostly science types with little to no business acumen – a clearer picture of what it takes to go from the drawing board to the board room. The 10th-annual camp, a three-day exercise that culminated March 30 with the idea champions pitching their products and ... Read More
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ODG unveils hardened AR smartglasses for hazardous jobs

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Osterhout Design Group has launched new augmented reality smartglasses that are certified for hazardous locations. San Francisco-based ODG has been shipping its R-7 AR glasses for professional users for $2,750. Now it is adding a $3,500 version, the R-7HL, as a rugged version of the glasses that will meet requirements for workplaces such as construction sites. “We’ve taken the R-7 and its features and made a another version of it for hazardous locations,” said Pete Jameson, chief operating officer at ODG, in an interview with GamesBeat. “It’s a ruggedization of our technology.” Customers can order the glasses today via its web site or through its... Read More
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No. 204: $40K Hofstra challenge, Mojo Workin’ and a border wall deadline

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Happy Tuesday, everybody: And welcome new readers, including Vinny, Barry, Andrew, Brian, Gavin and Jim. Happy Birthday Debra Halpert and Steve Davies. Also born on this day: Muddy Waters, who took southern bottleneck blues guitar to Chicago, electrified it and went on to inspire everyone from Keith Richards to Eric Clapton and Johnny Winter. Rolling Stone magazine, which, like Richards’ band, took its name from a Waters tune, has billed him as the seventeenth greatest performer of all time. He died in 1983. Here, a 1966 look at Got My Mojo Workin.’ And now, this: The FDA has been making chan... Read More
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‘The Rain Gods’ – The Start Up Revolution Building Better Government

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“Is government good enough? We don’t think so. Today we are calling on entrepreneurs to join the revolution for better government.” LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 3, 2017– Timothy Barnes, founder of The Rain Gods Ltd, has issued a rallying cry to entrepreneurs who want to use their skills to build better government in the UK and around the world. The company operates the Rain Cloud Victoria start-up incubator in Westminster, located just a few minutes walk from all of the main UK government departments as well as major local government institutions. The Rain Cloud programme has been in what Barnes describes as a “beta stage” since quietly accepting its first members in S... Read More
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Estonia’s Funderbeam to expand its blockchain-powered startup financing platform to Asia

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Estonian startup Funderbeam has announced that it’s taking its crowdfunding service for startups outside of Europe for the first time. Speaking at the Slush conference in Japan this week, Funderbeam CEO Kaidi Ruusalepp said the company had raised $2.15 million from Japanese investor and incubator Mistletoe to fund the expansion. “Our vision has always been to become the global stock exchange for startups,” said Ruusalepp on the stage. “We’ve built the world’s first blockchain-powered always-open exchange, and now it’s time to scale outside of Europe.” Funderbeam operates essentially like a private stock exchange for startups. A company that joins Funderbeam can give shares to investors, who can the... Read More
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Bonded Energy’s new solution: Compatability

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Bonded Energy Solutions is throwing a BYOT party – as in, bring your own thermostat. The Stony Brook-based energy-efficiency startup’s high-tech devices, which work with apartment building-based steam-heat systems dating back centuries, in some cases, have “evolved” to work with third-party temperature gauges – an advance that could dramatically widen the market for the 21st century temperature-control systems, according to CEO Jerritt Gluck. ... Read More
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High-Tech Hope for the Hard of Hearing

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The ear’s mechanism is exquisitely sensitive and much damage is irreversible.CreditIllustration by Sarah Illenberger ... Read More
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Ars Nova’s Brilliant Career

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Ars Nova’s artistic director, Jason Eagan, and its managing director, Renee Blinkwolt. CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY HANJIE CHOW ... Read More
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For this niche chef, the bright ideas keep coming

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By GREGORY ZELLER // The lightbulb moment was clear. But the lightbulb? That was more happenstance. Entrepreneurial chef Alaila-Lee Lawrence can trace the branches of her Clovesz beverage line straight through her family tree: her grandfather, the Orlando restaurateur; her cousin, the Canadian caterer; her grandmother, the matriarch who migrated from Jamaica to England to the United States to find a better life for her family. ... Read More
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At AERTC, expansion (maybe) and the winds of war

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By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s an overload at the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. With demand edging supply and its incubators overflowing, Stony Brook University’s hub of academia, research and commercial energy production is looking to expand. The AERTC’s incubator programs now host eight tenants with next-level energy-efficiency aspirations – and they’d like to welcome more, according to AERTC Chairman Robert Catell, who this week teased the possibility of future constructon. ... Read More
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Mapstr now reminds you when you’re near your favorite places

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French mapping startup Mapstr is continuing its mission to help people organize all their favorite places with an update that alerts users whenever they pass one of their previously bookmarked locations. Founded in 2014 by Sébastien Caron, Mapstr has raised around $1.4 million in investment since its inception, and today’s update comes two months after the company was selected to join Facebook’s inaugural cohort of startups at its ... Read More
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Here’s to the winners

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Hundreds of Long Island’s top business and science minds gathered Tuesday for the 2017 Innovator of the Year Awards. Man of the hour Robert Catell (above); Mazars USA Partner — and Food & Beverage award presenter — Lou Biscotti (below). Including Master of Innovation Robert Catell, the former KeySpan and National Grid USA chairman, some 36 top innov... Read More
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Wal-Mart launches incubator lab to house startups

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(AP) -- Wal-Mart is launching an incubator lab focused on projects in robotics, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence as it aims to compete more aggressively with Amazon. The so-called Store No. 8 will be located in Silicon Valley and marks the latest attempt by the company's new head of e-commerce operations, Marc Lore, to speed up innovation at the company. Wal-Mart... Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in ... Read More
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Walmart is bringing a tech incubator to Silicon Valley

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Walmart wants to drastically speed up its development of retail tech. To do that, the discount retailer announced on Monday it was launching Store No 8, an innovation cluster whose entrepreneurs will be free from the diktats of its Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters and Wall Street’s short attention span, to develop the retail tech Walmart needs in order to modernize over the next five to ten years. And, more crucially, the ... Read More
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Bacteria Are Brewing Up the Next Generation of Antivenoms

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Daniel Dempsey was a grad student stationed in the jungles of Monteverde, Costa Rica when he first encountered the danger of a snakebite. The biologist was walking through the forest one day, catching bats to study them for malaria, when he almost stepped on the black, arrow-shaped head of an enormous pit viper—a fer-de-lance. That night as he described his encounter to the local family he was staying with, they began to tear up. They told him that earlier that year a “terciopelo,” what Costa Ricans call their country’s deadliest snake, had bitten the family’s five year-old niece. The hospital, a few hours drive away, didn’t have any antivenom in their stocks. She didn’t make it.It was Dempsey’s memory of that lit... Read More
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Why the startup accelerator is failing robotics

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Just like humans, companies have life cycles and undergo distinct developmental phases. While every company is unique, almost all go through certain stages with specific challenges and needs. As a result, organizations such as incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces have been established to help entrepreneurs nurture and scale their companies. For less capital-intensive organizations, such as software and app startups like AirBnB, Dropbox, and Uber, this incubator-to-accelerator-to co-working space model has proven to be extremely effective. But for “tough tech” startups like robotics ... Read More
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Why U.S. hardware startups will start moving to China

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Hardware startups seem to be “in” one minute and “out” the next in Silicon Valley. For years, venture capitalists wouldn’t go near hardware startups. They were, as Wired put it, “the ugly stepchild of venture capital.” This started to shift a couple years ago thanks to cheaper parts, rapid prototyping, and crowdfunding. However, the tide is turning once again. VC investments in hardware now seem to be slowing. We’re seeing a drop in funding to IoT, for example, and ... Read More
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At SXSW, Tech Reckons With the Problems It Helped Create

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Hangovers are a fixture of South by Southwest. Free branded booze abounds, turning late nights into too-early mornings filled with product demos and repetitive panels. But determined marketers and wide-eyed founders pitch on through the pain, in the unbridled belief they might just be SXSW’s next breakout star. Or at the very least, its next Meerkat.But this year, the conference itself feels a lot like a hangover. It’s as if the coastal elites who attend each year finally woke up with a serious case of the Sunday scaries, realizing that the many apps, platforms, and doodads SXSW has launched and glorified over the years haven’t really made the world a better place. In fact, they’ve often come with wildly destructive and da... Read More
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The Cool Kids Behind Opening Ceremony

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To show its spring, 2017, line, Opening Ceremony collaborated with the choreographer Justin Peck on a ballet called “The Times Are Racing,” which was performed at Lincoln Center.... Read More
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SoftBank Ventures Korea Invests in Artificial Intelligence Company ObEN

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SoftBank Ventures Korea furthers its AI vision by investing in ObEN: a company that builds virtual identities to represent consumers in the digital world SEOUL, South Korea & PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 14, 2017– Today, SoftBank Ventures Korea announced that its SB Next Media Innovation Fund has invested in ObEN, Inc. (ObEN), an artificial intelligence (AI) company. This funding continues ObEN’s recent momentum and follows the company’s $7.7 million ... Read More
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Top 10 U.S. mobile agencies in 2017

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Presented by Sailthru Finding an agency to build an app for your business can seem like an overwhelming challenge. You want stunning UX design and rock-solid development, of course. But wouldn’t it also be nice to find a shop that understood strategy — one that could help you envision the best possible app before spending loads of money on the launch and ongoing audience development? One industry source ranks 1,734 mobile... Read More
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Dhruva’s Rajesh Rao is still bullish on India’s game market — after two decades

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Rajesh Rao is one of the founding fathers of India’s game industry. He started Dhruva Interactive in Bangalore almost 20 years ago. Dhruva was a pioneering company that went through various cycles. It started with work-for-hire, making games for Infogrames. Then it began making cars for Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport games. Dhruva also made original games for the Indian market and started an incubator for Indian ... Read More
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WhatsApp reportedly testing business chat tools

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article (Reuters) — WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service used by more than 1 billion people worldwide, is testing a system that would let businesses talk directly to WhatsApp users for the first time, according to communications about the project seen by Reuters. The tests, which are being conducted with a handful of companies that are part of the Y Combinator startup incubator, are an important signal of how WhatsApp plans to m... Read More
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Airbnb announces travel partnership with France’s Station F startup campus

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Station F today unveiled a new partnership with Airbnb, the latest Silicon Valley name to get involved with the $265 million startup campus set to open later this spring in the heart of Paris. During a tour that was followed by a press conference, Airbnb cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk announced that the company will provide travel vouchers for 3,000 entrepreneurs located at Station F. The value starts at $50, b... Read More
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No. 196: Katy Cole, Herman Berliner, Ray Farrell and a halt on H-1Bs

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article TGIT: A great Tuesday everybody and welcome new readers John, Christina, Mark, Tom, Jody and 47 spambots from the first serious attack on our mail system. If you don’t receive this, they’re why. There are 11 seats left for the March 21 Innovator of the Year awards. (Unless we add tables, which we’re perfectly willing to do. Get yours here.) Is your startup struggling? It’s National Free Pancakes at IHOP Day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Your two-minute economic lowdown: The futures market p... Read More
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Energy, life sciences pace 2017 Innovation Boot Camp

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article By GREGORY ZELLER // Several innovators sitting on potentially game-changing technologies have been selected for one of Long Island’s most effective commercialization crash courses. Stony Brook University has announced the eight teams participating in the 10th annual Innovation Boot Camp, a three-day exercise that surrounds researchers, engineers and other rookie entrepreneurs with customized teams of commercialization experts to help them explore the rigors of business development. This year’s boot campers represent a d... Read More
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The VR industry needs better content, turns to accelerators

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article The VR industry finds itself positioned this year somewhere in what Gartner’s Hype Cycle refers to as the trough of disillusionment. This is a time where, as it gains momentum, the industry needs to rally together and push its ecosystem to the next stage of market adoption. The established hardware players like HTC, Oculus, Google, and Samsung have the most at stake and the most to lose, but it’s th... Read More
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The Government’s Green Energy Incubator Fights for Survival in the Age of Trump

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Like many federal employees, Eric Rohlfing will be watching President Trump on Tuesday night as he addresses a joint session of Congress. Specifically, the chemist will be listening carefully for clues to his future employment status. Rohlfing is the leader of a unique science and technology start-up agency tucked inside the Department of Energy, and he and his staff have been trying to convince the new administration to keep it alive.The Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, or ARPA-E, provides seed money for hundreds of... Read More
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Shedding Soviet history, Estonia aims to be world’s most pro-tech nation

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Karoli Hindriks is old enough to remember when the last Soviet tanks and soldiers filed out of Estonia in 1991, not long after the country declared its independence from the USSR. The joyful celebration that followed decades of occupation was quickly replaced by reality. Tucked into the northeastern corner of Europe, with a population of 1.3 million, no natural resources, and no major economic engine, residents looked around and wondered: Now what? Hindriks, 3... Read More