Commentary

There are seven sources of waste identified in lean thinking. Unnecessary Inventory is one of them and found in any company. On first thought it might be easy to say that there is no inventory in IT so this form of waste does...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has taken a welcome stance on controversial regulations, announcing last week that it would rescind rules enacted in 2007 that were viewed by many in the patent community as draconian. The move represents a desire by new Patent and...

What percent of your revenues come from products introduced in the last 3 years? Are you growing faster than the market you serve? What percent of your Patents and IP are actually being put to use? How many ideas did you generate per person last...

Chicago may have lost the vote, but it should not lose the will to improve the city. Go for fiber to get to the Gold. Olympics or no Olympics, Chicago has a long road ahead of it to build and re-build its infrastructure. ...

Forget the recession. Or perhaps, thrive in spite of it. That seemed to be the prevailing mindset at the AllThingsLifeSciences 2009 Venture Capital Forum held in Madison on October 1, 2009. Total funding sought by all 18 women-owned life science companies presenting at...

The purpose of effective risk assessment and governance protocols is to allow an entity to prepare for potential hazards. Over one year before the recent headlines: “Huron Shares Plummet Amid Accounting Scandal” Reuters (Mon, Aug 3) and concomitant class action lawsuits, Audit Integrity's proprietary AGR...

Many say we have “turned the corner” in the economy and the arguments rage from the Bulls and the Bears on Wall Street as they check their charts. They are both wrong. We are in a DONKEY market: A stubborn stock market that...

One way to characterize venture capital financings is by the number of investors; more specifically, is there more than one. If so, the investor group is typically called a “syndicate.” While working with a syndicate can pose challenges, before and after the closing,...

AeroInnovate kicked off on July 27, the opening day of EAA's AirVenture, as a forum to connect aerospace entrepreneurs and investors. Organized by the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network (WEN) and UW-Oshkosh, AeroInnovate showcased emerging companies, investment trends and entrepreneurs with cutting-edge technologies. ...