Commentary

Nobody will ever admit to buying technology for technology’s sake. And yet a visiting space alien that is watching most companies acquire and deploy technology could be forgiven for believing that’s what most of us are doing. We put almost all our energy into specifying,...

Recently I read a provocative editorial in the New York Times by Giuliano Hazan, a cooking instructor and author, entitled, "You Are How You Eat". In it, he draws an intriguing contrast between how Italians view food and the eating rituals they follow versus Americans....

MADISON – Without technology innovators, would regulators have anything to do? Four events in the past week or so are a reminder that for every breakthrough in fields such as biotechnology and nanotechnology, another regulatory hurdle pops up to slow the sprint toward progress....

I confess: I'm a right-brain guy in a left-brain world. Images and visions are more real to me than abstractions, I see the future more easily than things that are right in front of my face....

What a difference a week makes. In last week's issue, I noted that while wireless communications were about to get dramatically better, data services for mobile phones were still rather uninspired. For all the hype around mobile data services, we were pretty much wallowing in...

The Dave Clark Five song “Bits and Pieces” is a good metaphor for the apparently holey (as in Swiss cheese) tapestry of Midwest VC seed and early stage financing efforts to get life science companies off the ground. ...