Entrepreneurs

Dr. Jay Kouba, president and CEO of Metabolix, Inc., has joined the board of directors of Virent Energy Systems. He brings 25 years of experience in the chemical and petroleum industries to the Madison company, which is developing ways to convert biomass into energy....

The shopping dance known as online retailing keeps adding and modifying steps, making it hard for partners to find their rhythm, according to columnist Paul Gibler. In this edition of Buzz Networks, he describes the retail transformation taking place through a range of Internet...

All signs point to Aruna Biomedical, an Athens, Georgia-based maker of neural stem cell kits for researchers, remaining in Georgia despite efforts to lure it to Wisconsin. Dick Leazer, a principal in Wisconsin Investment Partners, believes the company has found the equity investment it needs...

Have failed information technology implementations caused CIOs to lose authority within business organizations? A Wisconsin attorney who focuses on information technology believes technologists are losing authoritative ground to chief financial officers, but CIOs are likely to protect their turf if they make thoroughly vetted business...

In the age of digital everything, a creative website offers proof that print still captures the imagination of consumers, even the most loyal devotees of the Internet. In this edition of DEMO Letter, columnist Chris Shipley toasts Eileen Gittens, the founder of Blurb, the book-creation...

Techware, a broadband wireless Internet provider, will begin to deliver high-speed broadband service and citywide wireless technologies to consumers and business users in Butler. The company intends to build a wireless broadband network in communities throughout Milwaukee, Washington, Waukesha, and Ozaukee counties....

The biofuels revolution is not only beneficial for agriculture, natural resources, and national security, it could potentially have a reform dimension, according to columnist Tom Still. Touting a bill introduced by Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind, he writes in this edition of Inside Wisconsin that biofuels...

Three bioenergy research centers, including one led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are part of a $375 million Department of Energy program to advance renewable energy. The establishment of the centers culminates a six-year effort by DOE's Office of Science to lay the foundation for...

Early-stage companies can benefit from having an Advisory Board of people who have “been there and done that,” but the trick is using their expertise effectively. In this guest column on building a team of advisors, Michael Best and Friedrich attorney William Robinson shares some...