Commentary

MADISON – The only thing standing between Wisconsin and a blackout as widespread as last week’s Northeast power outage is our still-sluggish economy. If more people were working and businesses were operating near peak capacity, as they were in the late 1990s, Wisconsin’s overtaxed transmission...

It took thirteen years for the federally funded Human Genome Project to fully identify all 30,000 genes in human DNA. Now comes the challenge of analyzing and making sense of all the data that was generated from the lengthy study....

Congratulations, Knucklehead! You did it; you brought Bill Gates to his tender knees. Oh, yes, you could hear the cries ringing throughout the Microsoft campus. 'Curses, you worm writer, you!"...

One of the critical qualities that separates good business executives from excellent ones is the ability to have vision. The American Heritage Dictionary defines vision as unusual competence in discernment or perception, or intelligent foresight. Many people claim to be visionaries, and history has proven...

This week, I want to test a theory. In short, aspects of the economy and shifts in technology are conspiring to cause the migration of technology-centric and savvy professionals from traditional technology centers such as Silicon Valley and Boston to smaller communities and even remote...

Software and political expertise motivates Wisconsin’s State Senator to trim state government and grow the economy using technology tools and services....

In my last column of this series, I’m going to follow my own advice and stick to my core competency: evaluating angel investment opportunities. More specifically, I’m going to provide some basic thoughts on how to avoid bad investments. After all, I often explain my...