Entrepreneurs

For all the concern about the compliance costs of Sarbanes-Oxley, the law has led to more independent boards of directors. At the recent University of Wisconsin-Madison Director's Summit, directors of several prominent corporate boards offered their advice about heading off the kind of trouble that...

James Barr III, the retiring president and CEO of TDS Telecom, believes the next 10 years in the telecommunication industry will be even more eventful than the past decade. As Barr passes the torch to the next generation, he recounts a few developments that were...

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it's hard to imagine life without Bayh-Dole, the landmark law that fueled technology transfer in university communities across the nation. Still, the law is under attack, even by some academicians, which has compelled former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, who co-authored...

The Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, in its first major drive for nationwide visibility, has accepted a contract to assess 255 patents from two major Delaware companies that could spur new products, companies, and intrastate collaboration. There is a strong possibility that CATI will...

Madison's Third Wave Technologies reported a smaller net loss during the third quarter of 2006 on higher revenues for its molecular diagnostics products. Third Wave's $5.2 million net loss was was an improvement over its net loss of $7.4 million for the same period of...

If you leave politics up to the people, what happens? A focus on the bread-and-butter issues that matter to them, writes Inside Wisconsin columnist Tom Still. A co-founder of the We The People/Wisconsin project, in which citizens had a chance to shape the questions put...

National venture investments declined during the third quarter of 2006, but remained above the $6 billion level for the third consecutive quarter, according to a MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Financial. For the first time,...

An electronic database that uses Web-based tools to connect privately held companies with board candidates has thus far been focused on Wisconsin, but sponsors of DirectorConnector have been approached about taking the service national. Since launching in 2004, the free service has connected 146 board...

So-called feature companies, derided by some because they present features rather than products at various conferences, deserve a more serious look from investors, writes DEMO Letter columnist Chris Shipley. Many entrepreneurial companies have presented features that went on to capture the market as products, but...

A joint U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy grant will enable Madison's Virent Energy Systems to partner with an Arkansas firm to increase production of a renewable chemical. Virent's goal is to provide a profitable market for glycerol, a co-product of the biodiesel...