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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

March 2014


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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American TV’s demise offers lessons about competing in new economic climate

With 11 stores and more than 1,000 employees spread over three states, American TV & Appliance stood as an iconic homegrown billboard for “too big to fail.” But fail it has, after a run that spanned 60 years, in part because the innovation that characterized American in its “Crazy TV Lenny” days faded into static on a black-and-white picture tube.

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Amid debate over Common Core standards, STEM consensus offers lesson

Although it’s a safe bet most people in Wisconsin know little if anything about the debate over nationwide academic standards, the so-called “Common Core” guidelines under fire in the Legislature, they’ve probably heard of STEM education.

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Wisconsin part of tech-based innovation trend

As the Wisconsin Legislature rolls toward a spring wrap-up of its work, economic development items on its agenda range from protecting intellectual property from “patent trolls” to setting the stage for more classified research to rethinking the state’s sore-thumb tax on capital raised by many young companies.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.



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