Entrepreneurs

Robert Merrill, a columnist and software entrepreneur, discusses the ins and outs of software development. About a decade ago, a major upheaval began in the software development community about the most efficient development process. There are two basic approaches, Waterfall and Agile. Today, both are...

MADISON - The Department of Commerce welcomed Nell Merlino, the founder and CEO of Count Me In For Women’s Economic Independence, for the Wisconsin launch event of the Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE (M3 RACE) on February 16 in Madison. ...

Google recently set the blogosphere abuzz by announcing that it was pulling the plug on several products. The victims included Lively, a virtual world that was Google’s answer to Second Life; Dodgeball, a cellphone service aimed at young bar-hoppers who wanted to let their friends know...

One of the very first questions that many entrepreneurs and start-ups ask is: what form should my company take? This is an obvious candidate for an “early” question, since forming your company is one of the earliest “early-stage” things you will do. Prior columns have...

Spending Wisconsin's share of the $800-million-plus economic stimulus package is shaping up to be heavy lifting. It appears the longer Congress debates how, where and how much to spend on blunting the recession, the less policymakers in individual states such as Wisconsin know exactly what to...

Forward Wisconsin, which uses public and private funds to promote the state for business expansions, is ending 25 years of selling Wisconsin to out-of-state executives. Forward will transfer its marketing functions to the state Department of Commerce, which can do it more efficiently, Commerce Secretary Richard...

Technology entrepreneurs are having a devil of a time finding angels. Angel investors are the optimistic financiers who give entrepreneurs their crucial first infusion of cash to bring their ideas to life. Now, in the midst of a punishing economic downturn that is sparing few companies,...