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While you're thinking about your summer plans, I'll be looking at the beta software from dozens of companies. As you step up to bat for your softball league team, I'll be catching a pitch of a different sort. Sounds like my kind of summer as...

Suppose you’re a venture capitalist in San Francisco or Boston, and you’re on the verge of investing big bucks in a promising high-tech firm in Wisconsin. Everything looks right: The management team is in place, the business plan is tight, and the technology is novel....

A couple weeks ago, I asked, "Just what is this Web 2.0?" I'm not the only one who ponders the wide use of a phrase to label everything from start-ups ("Oh, that's a Web 2.0 company") to services ("Here's another Web 2.0 site") to...

In the interest of its own efficiency, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is proposing rule changes that would restrict the ability of patent applicants to file and prosecute multiple related applications — and would alter your approach to claiming your invention....

There are many municipalities around the Midwest looking for new ways to increase sales tax revenues. While many are trying traditional and somewhat complicated approaches, municipalities grasping for economic development ideas should simply look to updating their old ordinances....