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TECHNOLOGY

Epic opportunity: The software giant is positioning Dane County for an economic breakthrough

This is the big question: How far can Dane County ride Epic's success? Done right, we're talking about the foundation for Dane County's 21st-century economy being built on the medical software industry: lots of good-paying information technology jobs that fuel an expanding housing market, a glittering downtown with hip restaurants and music clubs, a rising tax base to fund new community services and a lot more resources to deal with the serious problems of poverty. >More
 Business accelerator gener8tor moves -- temporarily -- to 30 on the Square

It has everything to do with more open space and natural light, and not a thing to do with abandoning StartingBlock Madison, the proposed coworking space for startups. Gener8tor co-founder Troy Vosseller clarified this right away, discussing the business accelerator's Jan. 6 relocation across the Capitol Square -- from 1 E. Main St., over Starbucks, to 30 W. Mifflin St., on the fifth floor above the Veterans Museum. >More
 Madison takes steps to improve its digital infrastructure

The city of Madison is recruiting applicants for a new Digital Technology Committee, tasked with advising Mayor Paul Soglin and the Common Council on ways to make high-speed Internet more accessible to residents and businesses, with a focus on low-income areas. >More
 Mautz property owners move forward on site plan for StartingBlock Madison

Early reports in July on the StartingBlock Madison proposal were unclear on who would develop the startup complex at the Kleuter Building, located on a sizable chunk of the old Mautz paint factory site on East Washington Avenue. >More
 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
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