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TECHNOLOGY

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
 Madison Vines: The new mini-video platform already has its stars

What's a Vine? It's a six-second video that lives mostly in the world of mobile devices like iPhones. Download and open the free app, touch the screen to start recording a video " a cat stretching in a sunbeam, a friend dunking a basketball, a stupendous steel drummer " then publish with a push of a button. >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
 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
 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
 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 Humanities Hackathon leads the UW's entry into digital humanities

If a paperback on your summer reading list was published anonymously, you'd probably notice. But if this article lacked a byline, or tonight's episode of Wilfred didn't credit a writer, you might not bat an eyelash. Mark Vareschi, assistant professor of English at UW-Madison, wants to know why, and also how anonymous publication affects the way we interpret published or performed works. To help him get closer to the answers, he turned to computers. >More
 Nathan Lustig takes his talent abroad

It's revealing how often Nathan Lustig uses the pronoun "we" when he discusses the tightly connected world of Madison's tech entrepreneurs. Just a tender 27 years old, Lustig ran two celebrated Madison enterprises as a UW-Madison undergraduate. ExchangeHut.com enabled sellers and buyers of UW football tickets to do their business online. And with Jesse Davis, Lustig launched Entrustet, a digital will that allowed people to transfer and delete online accounts upon death and their passage to the no-service hereafter. >More
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