hbNORTH HAVEN: HB Communications, founded in 1946 is an audiovisual communication solutions company, has opened the doors to its newly renovated headquarters.

The company says its new headquarters is “a state-of-the-art example of the next generation of communication technology. The big idea: building out HB's new space as if it were its own client, applying decades of knowledge about experience design, technology, standardization, and simplicity and blending it all into a comfortable environment to achieve better collaboration, communication, and brand experience for the company.”

5 Research Drive SheltonSHELTON, Dark Field Technologies has relocated their headquarters from Orange to Shelton, according to Jon Angel, president of Angel Commercial, L.L.C. in 5,785 square feet of space at 5 Research Drive.

“5 Research Dr. is an 84,000 square foot office building near Route. 8 that is owned and managed by R.D. Scinto, Inc.,” said Angel who was the sole broker in this transaction. “Tenants in this building have access to the plethora of amenities available at the nearby Enterprise Corporate Park, which include a private fitness club, cafés, a 200-person auditorium, daycare center, airport limo/shuttle service, salon & spa, and tennis and basketball courts.”

Screen Shot 2018 05 17 at 2.37.23 PMNEW HAVEN, LOS ANGELES: New Haven based Pickard Chilton working with Arup, Corgan, and The Beck Group was selected as one of six leading architecture and engineering firms to showcase the first designs at Uber’s 2nd Elevate Summit, for uberAIR Skyports. These conceptual designs mark the first steps from industrial leaders to create infrastructure for high-volume operations of uberAIR networks in and around cities.

According to a release from Pickard Chilton, dozens of submissions, were whittled down to six concepts were selected which demonstrate a high degree of realism and technical feasibility. Finalists include: Gannett Fleming, BOKA Powell, Humphreys & Partners Architects, Pickard Chilton working with Arup, Corgan, and The Beck Group.

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ROCKY HILL: Connecticut Innovations (CI), Connecticut’s venture capital arm and what they say is the “leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies”, invested $9.4 million through 43 investment transactions during the three months ending December 31, 2017.

The transactions leveraged an additional $29.4 million of investments in Connecticut early-stage companies. Of the $9.4 million, CI invested $3.6 million in bioscience technologies, $3.4 million in information technology companies, and $2.4 million in other Connecticut-based companies.

foxFAIRFIELD: TVEyes, Inc. has lost in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to Fox News Network, LLC, a decision preventing the company from allowing its users to watch video clips excerpted from programming on Fox News. The company had claimed that the clips were not protected by the copyright and available under the fair use doctrine.

TVEyes records television broadcasts and creates a-searchable transcript database. Users pay for TVEyes’s and can view video clips up to ten minutes in length which contain their search terms. TVEyes’s also allows users to download the videos, and even email the clips.

The District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the search and view service was fair use but enabling clients to download and email videos was a violation.

Connecticut McCooe Horiz 300x200By Matthew McCooe, Connecticut Innovations

Think back to where Connecticut was 20 years ago.

A National Hockey League franchise had just left the state, it was one of the only places in the country where incomes were actually falling and we were known more for David Letterman’s speeding tickets than anything resembling innovation.

On the national economic stage, Connecticut was a punchline.

Yet, since then, Connecticut has steadily flown under the radar, evolving from a state that most investors would bypass to a place that saw exits for two homegrown unicorns — startups valued at more than $1 billion — in the past few months.

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Logan: "Entrepreneurs can do more than offer rewards to backers."

PLANTSVILLE: Two Connecticut entrepreneurs are taking on the crowd funding and crowdsorcing “space” with a new company Umergence, at umergence.com.

CEO and co-founder David Logan previously served as director of technology at the University of Connecticut, and CFO and co-founder, Jeff Ciarcia was an international trader and portfolio manager at First New York Securities.

The company has just finished its alpha testing, and says it is a one-stop-shop where aspiring entrepreneurs can test, grow, fund and ultimately build their ideas.”

redfinFAIRFIELD: Connecticut has a new real estate company that is hoping that their expertise in software and digital marketing will allow them to disrupt the traditional real estate sales model.

Redfin [NASDAQ: RDFN] is a Seattle, WA based pubic company with $2.6 billion market cap they call themselves “the next-generation real estate brokerage”. The company says it “pairs personal service from Redfin agents with technology to create a better home-buying and selling experience that costs less.”

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NEW HAVEN: In December 2014, digital media entrepreneurs David Salinas and Peter Sena founders of Digital Surgeons a New Haven digital marketing firm with 45 employees were seeking a new location.

Like many other growing New Haven companies they needed a lot of space and parking. DS was growing at 1175 State Street, the Robby Len [Swimsuit factory] Building, first constructed to house Trolleys in the early part of the last century, but they weren’t happy with the status and condition of the building and wanted to own and control their own space.

The pair criss-crossed Greater New Haven looking for a new nest for the fast growing company, but nothing was coming that met their specs.

Email ScamsNEW HAVEN: John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that Adeyemi Odufuye, also known as “Micky,” “Micky Bricks,” “Yemi,” “GMB,” “Bawz,” and “Jefe,” 31, a citizen of Nigeria, pleaded guilty today before Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to fraud and identity theft offenses stemming from a business e-mail compromise scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the FBI has been investigating a business compromise scheme in which Odufuye and others targeted CEOs, CFOs, controllers and others at U.S. businesses using sophisticated cyber techniques to defraud the businesses of millions of dollars. As part of this scheme, in late 2015, Odufuye and others sent or caused to be sent dozens of e-mails to the controller of a company in Torrington, Connecticut.

cococLeaders in Core and Compliance Management Services Working Together to Expand the Deployment of the Unified Compliance Management Model in the Northeast

NEW HAVEN, SOUTHINGTON: Continuity based in New Haven is a leader in the development and deployment of Unified Compliance Management Systems (UCMS), today announced a joint marketing agreement with COCC, a regional core solutions providers in the community banking industry.

Continuity helps financial institutions manage their regulatory responsibilities and has been one of the fastest growing tech companies in Connecticut. The CT Technology Council, recognized Continuity in the organization’s 2017 Tech Top 40 Awards.

According to the companies the agreement will allow COCC “to market the Continuity UCMS platform to its significant client base in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey.”

Launched in 1967, COCC based in Southington, is a client-owned financial technology company servicing financial institutions throughout the Northeastern United States. According to COCC its “unique cooperative structure has set COCC apart from the competition and is one of the driving forces behind their success.” The company says that COCC is the “fastest growing financial data processing company in the United States.”

“We are very happy to have formalized a marketing relationship with COCC,” said Mike Nicastro, Chief Executive Officer of Continuity. Mr. Nicastro continued, “The Unified Compliance Management System model is growing rapidly, and with the strategic and important influence of the elite core providers such as COCC, that adoption rate will grow even faster.”

“We look forward to working with Continuity in order to provide this unique platform for our clients,” said Joe Trafton, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer of COCC. “With strong compliance being such an essential part of a financial institution’s strategy, it only allows us to better serve and support our clients.”