Zack Seward http://wrvo.org en Philly Turns Skyscraper Into Video Game Screen For Tech Week http://wrvo.org/post/philly-turns-skyscraper-video-game-screen-tech-week <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5DL_bdhlW0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnIK54dCbqI</p> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 21:14:00 +0000 Zack Seward 36568 at http://wrvo.org Philly Turns Skyscraper Into Video Game Screen For Tech Week New nonprofit venture fund aims to boost Rochester area businesses http://wrvo.org/post/new-nonprofit-venture-fund-aims-boost-rochester-area-businesses <p>The brand new <a href="http://venturejobs.org/" target="_blank">Venture Jobs Foundation</a> is just like any other charity.</p><p>&quot;This one just happens to be providing early stage capital,&quot; says Denny DeLeo, the foundation&#39;s president and director.</p><p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:46:57 +0000 Zack Seward 20952 at http://wrvo.org New nonprofit venture fund aims to boost Rochester area businesses New York paid developers $1B to improve brownfields http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-paid-developers-1b-improve-brownfields <p>A new report from a statewide environmental group says New York&#39;s brownfield remediation program is broken. Advocates say too few sites are being redeveloped -- at too high a cost.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:47:32 +0000 Zack Seward 20725 at http://wrvo.org INDUETIME: How a "Death App" won Rochester's Startup Weekend http://wrvo.org/post/induetime-how-death-app-won-rochesters-startup-weekend <p>It started out as &ldquo;The Death App.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I called it that because I couldn&rsquo;t think of anything else,&rdquo; says&nbsp;Tony Di&nbsp;Pietro.</p><p>Di Pietro&rsquo;s&nbsp;&ldquo;Death&nbsp;App&rdquo; was the kernel of what became the winner of <a href="http://rochester.startupweekend.org/" target="_blank">Rochester&rsquo;s first Startup Weekend</a>.</p><p> Sat, 09 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Zack Seward 20657 at http://wrvo.org INDUETIME: How a "Death App" won Rochester's Startup Weekend IBM taps U of R for ideas to put Watson to work http://wrvo.org/post/ibm-taps-u-r-ideas-put-watson-work <p>IBM&#39;s Watson already has <em>Jeopardy!</em> under its belt. Now Big Blue is turning to the University of Rochester&#39;s Simon School of Business for ideas on what to do next.</p><p><a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/manojsaxena" target="_blank">Manoj Saxena</a>, the general manager of IBM&#39;s Watson Solutions unit, says the goal is finding ideas that will &quot;take Watson from a Jeopardy-playing machine to a business-grade decision support&nbsp;system.&quot;</p><p>Twenty-five Simon MBA students were the first in the nation to partner with IBM on tackling that charge.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 21:04:40 +0000 Zack Seward 19767 at http://wrvo.org IBM taps U of R for ideas to put Watson to work Rochester after Kodak http://wrvo.org/post/rochester-after-kodak <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="272" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p9B3BxUw3HE" width="440"></iframe></p><p>With Kodak embarking on a restructuring effort under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the future of the imaging icon remains unclear.</p><p>But one aspect of Kodak&#39;s legacy is already deeply imprinted onto the Rochester community.</p><p>Even as Rochester&#39;s most famous company struggled mightily to reinvent itself, the Rochester region steadily fought back - <a href="http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20120119/BUSINESS/120119029" target="_blank">leading the state in job growth</a>&nbsp;in recent years and <a href="http://www.policy-wonk.org/kent-gardner/rochester-economy-optimism-for-2012/" target="_blank">outpacing its upstate peers</a> in economic vitality.</p><p>One key reason: A long history of top-notch human capital flung into the community - willingly or not - as Kodak&#39;s fortunes withered.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:06:52 +0000 Zack Seward 13140 at http://wrvo.org Hard Day's Delight: A School Of Rock, At The Office http://wrvo.org/post/hard-days-delight-school-rock-office It's 4 o'clock on a Thursday, and instead of sitting in front of computer screens, a group of software engineers and customer service reps from M5 Networks is in the middle of band practice.<p>M5 is a telecom company based in New York City that offers Internet phone services. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Zack Seward 12507 at http://wrvo.org Hard Day's Delight: A School Of Rock, At The Office Making the business case for "doing good" http://wrvo.org/post/making-business-case-doing-good <p>From&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/environment/2010-10-27-1Atube27_ST_N.htm" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px; color: rgb(0, 82, 155); " target="_blank">toilet paper</a>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.refresheverything.com/" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px; color: rgb(0, 82, 155); " target="_blank">soda pop</a>, more and more companies are testing whether &quot;doing good&quot; can be good for the bottom line.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px; "> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 12:54:11 +0000 Zack Seward 11058 at http://wrvo.org Making the business case for "doing good" Kodak Shifts Focus, Zooms In On Commercial Printing http://wrvo.org/post/kodak-shifts-focus-zooms-commercial-printing The photography pioneer Kodak has been dogged by bankruptcy rumors, its stock has tumbled, and its cash reserves have shrunk. But the company says it expects a strong fourth quarter as it fights toward profitability in 2012.<p>"I grew up in a Kodak family — aunts, uncles, father, brother-in-law," says Linda Nau. Her connection to the company is similar to that of a lot of native Rochesterians. Nau herself even worked at Kodak.<p>As a college kid in the late '60s, she was paid $10 an hour for a summer job making sure film canisters didn't let in light. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:01:00 +0000 Zack Seward 11042 at http://wrvo.org Kodak Shifts Focus, Zooms In On Commercial Printing DEC extends public comment period on hydrofracking http://wrvo.org/post/dec-extends-public-comment-period-hydrofracking <p>Bowing to pressure from environmental groups and the public, the state&#39;s&nbsp;Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is extending the public comment period on its draft hydrofracking regulations.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px; "> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 13:06:37 +0000 Zack Seward 10342 at http://wrvo.org Hundreds show up at hydrofracking hearing Wednesday, bigger crowd expected today http://wrvo.org/post/hundreds-show-hydrofracking-hearing-wednesday-bigger-crowd-expected-today <p>The Department of Environmental Conservation held the first of four public hearings on hydrofracking Wednesday.More than 800 people descended on the vacant Dansville Middle School to rally both for and against the controversial natural gas drilling technique.</p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 11:45:49 +0000 Zack Seward 9585 at http://wrvo.org A New Muesli Maker's Quest For The Cereal Aisle http://wrvo.org/post/new-muesli-makers-quest-cereal-aisle Small businesses are often called the backbone of the U.S. economy; they employ about half of the nation's private sector employees. But in many cases, small companies start out with a workforce of just one — like cereal entrepreneur Ian Szalinski in Rochester, N.Y., who's trying to stake a claim to the breakfast market.<p>Almost every day for years, Szalinski ate muesli cereal for breakfast. Sometimes he'd eat it with milk, sometimes with yogurt or cooked hot like oatmeal. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 04:01:00 +0000 Zack Seward 7747 at http://wrvo.org A New Muesli Maker's Quest For The Cereal Aisle