Entrepreneurs

The acquisition of First Data, a credit-card processing company, by the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. means there will be $29 billion less for the capital markets, according to MedTech Futures columnist Ogan Gurel. But under the current paradigm, investors are shying...

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has upheld challenges to three stem cell patents held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and consumer groups that have filed the challenges are urging WARF not to challenge the ruling. WARF Managing Director Carl Gulbrandsen stood by...

Laurie Benson, CEO of Inacom Information Systems, does not lose much sleep over information technology, but that doesn't mean her executive life is free from concern. In this Visions interview with WTN, she champions the Make Mine A Million campaign, and explains her company's approach...

Project engineer Les Ciciora has been named director of operations for the new Sharon Ethanol plant outside of Whitewater. The plant, which should be oeprational in late 2008, is expected to produce 120 million gallons of ethanol per year and employ 55 full-time people....

Barnstorming may not be the precise word, but advocates of stem cell research, representing the confederation known as Wisconsin Edge, have been touring the state to educate citizens about stem cell research and its benefits. While the core message is that stem cell research has...

In a cost-cutting move that anticipates another round of venture funding, the Madison-based OpGen Technologies has let go of an unspecified number of employees. The company, which provides DNA analysis technology to researchers, also said former CEO Joe Shaw now is serving as a consultant...

Mad City Broadband will add access points inside of apartment buildings to improve the signal reliability and speed of its wireless Internet service. During the initial months of the service, weak signals and slow speeds have been a frequent complaint of would-be customers in multi-tenant...

With annual sales of $174 million, GE healthcare has achieved the number one market share position in the compact ultrasound industry. The company, which has a major facility in Waukesha, was listed as No. 1 by Klein Biomedical Consultants, which tracks ultrasound market trends. ...

New companies struggle to raise capital, often because they don't understand the legal complexities of doing so, writes columnist Joe Boucher. Anytime an entrepreneur sells an ownership interest in an entity, that share of ownership is considered a security. So in this ninth installment of...

Many real estate developments are technologically obsolete, and therefore diminished in value, writes columnist James Carlini. Do their appraisals even reflect this? Not always, and that's why due diligence must be performed on the power and connectivity issues. ...