Commentary

Corporate America is currently facing major government-mandated change as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (Sarbox). While the act requires near real-time reporting and companies to continually evaluate their financial controls and regulatory compliance, it is not explicit as to the technology requirements and information...

CHICAGO – Michigan has an ancient and proud history of interstate sports rivalries (especially with Ohio, Illinois and other Midwest states). Sometimes, like this past New Year’s Day, the rivalry generates nasty taunts such as: “What do the Michigan Wolverines and marijuana have in common?...

Social networking is a tech bubble that I fear is about to burst. Months ago, venture investors and entrepreneurs jumped on the pump and began inflating the idea that there was money to be made by exploiting so-called six degrees of separation....

CHICAGO – They’re back. In its forecast of the top 10 entrepreneurial trends for 2004, Red Herring magazine recently proclaimed: “Angel investors are back – funding the small start-ups that will be tomorrow’s giants.” Angels, of course, are an important source of venture financing. ...

CHICAGO – Watching the Midwest technology job market these days is an exercise in faith. Every day, more and more job openings show up, giving hope that things are truly turning around. ...

Though the news from last week’s H&Q conference in San Francisco is still seeping out (even though press releases were rampant, no “breaking news” made the Wall Street Journal), the overall sentiment from the meeting seems to be one of optimism. ...