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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

April 2014


Dairy innovation alive and well in Wisconsin as industry adapts to change

If you don’t think technology has been a part of Wisconsin’s dairy industry since its humble beginnings, consider the story of Professor Stephen M. Babcock and his butterfat test. You may know Babcock’s name if for no other reason than the iconic dairy store on the UW-Madison campus that is named in his honor.

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



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