Commentary

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. ...

If the economy isn't coming back, you couldn't tell it by the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. Mountains of product releases, a near-electric buzz among attendees, and cab lines. Cab lines like you haven't seen at a technology tradeshow in recent years....