Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still


Why ride-sharing apps frustrate government reach

In a city that prides itself on being among the nation’s most “techie,” there has been a decidedly un-techie reaction to the arrival of two ride-sharing companies that have challenged the status quo of traditional taxi services.

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With company life spans growing shorter, young firms help fill the gap

The increasingly dynamic nature of the economy means that while workers themselves may be living longer, companies are not. The average life span of a company listed in the S&P 500 index of leading U.S. companies has dropped by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to just 15 years today, according to Richard Foster, a Yale University professor and an emeritus director of McKinsey & Co.

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Getting behind the numbers on why new company creation is important

Two fresh statistics from the U.S. Labor Department underscore the importance of small business creation to the American economy. The feds reported last week that 192,000 jobs were added nationwide in March; meanwhile, the U.S. manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs for the month.

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Angels in the cornfields: Investing not just a big-city game

Inside the Nohr Art Gallery on the UW-Platteville campus, 15 or so people gathered last week to talk about a lot more than the paintings and photographs on the walls. The group included businesspeople from the region, which includes southwest Wisconsin and nearby Dubuque, who have succeeded in agriculture, communications, software, and engineering. It also included campus leaders who wanted to know more about how to channel student and faculty interest in entrepreneurism.

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Wisconsin and Midwest slowly finding way onto investors’ radar screens

Inside the sparkling new offices of Nordic Consulting, a firm that has grown from a handful of health information technology experts to 400 employees and more than 90 customers, three venture capitalists from Boston sat down recently to talk about what they’re seeing in Wisconsin.

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