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TECHNOLOGY

Second thoughts over the StartingBlock tech incubator for Madison

Let's give the skeptics their say. Sure, they acknowledge, the StartingBlock Madison proposal seems like a powerful idea that, in theory, could galvanize the downtown tech scene. It would gather in one place, at the old Mautz paint warehouse at 925 E. Washington Ave., the seeming ingredients of a successful startup community. >More
 UW-Madison campus tech pursuits on upswing

Well, this is a big breakthrough for young Madison techies. A New York venture capital firm is pledging to invest up to $500,000 over the next three years in early-stage UW-Madison startups. >More
 Mark Bugher urges Wisconsin Legislature to avoid criminalizing stem cell research

You'd be surprised at what Mark Bugher, the retiring director of the University Research Park, tells state lawmakers when they ask what they can do to help. Bugher doesn't cite any big spending programs or new construction projects to help the UW commercialize its huge research program for the benefit of the Wisconsin economy. >More
 Madison tech evangelist Kevin Jones reminds developers to design for the blind

For most of us, smartphones make life more convenient and fun. We route trips, game, buy things and share ideas on the go. But for blind users, smartphones can be survival tools. An app or web page that's not accessible is more than an annoyance " it disconnects and disorients. Kevin Jones is one such user. >More
 Capitalist with a soul: Bill Linton's unconventional vision for biotech company Promega

Such excitement! It's palpable in the bright, clean laboratory as Madison-area elementary school kids conduct an experiment at Promega's BioPharmaceutical Technical Center in Fitchburg. >More
 Little Green Pencil makes the golf course a smaller, more convivial place

The group golf outing: the networking habitué's summertime habitat. A chance to swing clubs, sip cocktails, bolster professional ties and maybe even fundraise. Madison Magnet is one community organization that hosts "an afternoon of golf, networking and fun" each year in Madison. >More
 Former Rep. Kelda Helen Roys launches online startup OpenHomes

Kelda Helen Roys proves there is life after the Legislature. The former two-term state representative from Madison's north side and its suburban neighbors has thrown herself into a web startup rather than following the usual arc of ex-pols. You know, cashing in on old connections through lobbying and other backstage wheedling. >More
 The Art Commission raises nearly $1 million in venture capital

The always-upbeat entrepreneur Toni Sikes was even more buoyant than usual when I caught up with her driving back to Madison from a Minneapolis board meeting. The cause of her good cheer wasn't just that her latest startup, the Art Commission, has raised $950,000 in venture capital; it was that the business model had already morphed into something bigger. >More
 Madison Children's Museum puts on Girls Only SCRATCH programmng class

Women are rarely found in the tech and entrepreneurial worlds. This is a problem with a complicated answer. But if you have a daughter between 9 and 13, you can do your part. >More
 Cresa Madison and 100 State coworking spaces launch downtown

The rise of coworking spaces downtown is solid evidence of Madison's growing tech scene. I wrote about the phenomenon this winter. Now, two more downtown spots are offering the low-cost shared space for techies who want to leave their coffee-shop offices. >More
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