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Hot Shots - Immigrant nation

Apprenda co-founder Abraham Sultan talks immigration, recruiting tech talent

by Chelsea Diana Abraham Sultan

ALBANY—Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute brought Abraham Sultan, co-founder and vice president of engineering at Apprenda, to the area in 2000, during a tumultuous time in Venezuelan politics.

The idea of someday growing a business like Apprenda made him stay in the U.S. and fight to get a green card.

After graduating from Rensselaer, he worked with a Saratoga Springs software company and for  ...

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Startups - Silicon Nation: Buffalo

Startups find unlikely partner in nonprofit agency serving the blind

by Dan Miner Olmsted Center for Sight

BUFFALO—The Olmsted Center for Sight has found an unusual way to support its mission of finding employment for visually impaired Western New Yorkers.

The Buffalo-based nonprofit has become an approved zone for companies in the Start-Up NY tax breaks program and is working with three local start-up companies on various facets of their business.

The goal is to take part in the local awakening  ...

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Loot - Silicon Nation: Boston

Bain-backed software provider to corporate bigs could exceed $100M revenue

by Sara Castellanos

BOSTON—Fresh off a significant investment from Bain Capital Ventures, 10-year-old software firm SevOne has officially moved its headquarters to Boston from Delaware and expects to exceed $100 million in annual revenue this year.

The digital infrastructure tech firm offers performance management software that is used by high-profile clients including Time Warner Cable, Comcast, eBay, Nasdaq and  ...

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Innovation - Old dogs, new tricks

Brands like Tory Burch, Nike and Lululemon adopt Mass. firm's sew-free tech

by Sara Castellanos

BOSTON—A 105-year-old Shirley, Mass., firm's adhesive technology is being used in apparel and luxury goods products made by some of the top world's top brands, including Tory Burch, Nike, Coach and LuluLemon Athletica, among others.

Bemis Associates, founded in 1910, is a family-operated business that manufactures sew-free products and adhesive technology that designers can use to create a slew  ...

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Startups - Silicon Nation: Phoenix

Justin Timberlake-backed startup launches Kickstarter for TV audio device

by Hayley Ringle AfterMaster Audio

PHOENIX—AfterMaster Audio Labs has set out to reinvent television audio with a unique device, and is seeking the public’s help to fund production.

The Scottsdale-based company’s prototype product, AfterMaster TV, helps dialogue stand out louder and clearer among loud music and other sounds, while improving the overall audio.

After connecting the AfterMaster TV via an HDMI cable between the  ...

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Innovation - To space and back

Bezos makes history with launch, landing of reusable rocket

by Steve Wilhelm Blue Origin

PUGET SOUND—Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company announced an historic event that took place Monday — it landed a spent rocket intact on solid ground.

The test marks a milestone in the quest to build reusable rockets, a key to the cost-effective exploration of space.

Kent-based Blue Origin said its reusable New Shepard vehicle flew a suborbital test mission to 333,000 feet,  ...

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Startups - Working with wearables

Can Jawbone survive Apple's expanding fitness wearable business?

by Gina Hall CES 2015

SILICON VALLEY—Can Jawbone survive Apple moving in on its turf?

The San Francisco-based fitness wearable company is shuttering its New York office and reducing operations in its Sunnyvale and Pittsburgh locations. The company will lay off 60 employees, about 15 percent of its staff, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The move comes as Jawbone is seeing increased competition from Apple, which  ...

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