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Madison's MdotLabs could make a fortune by ferreting out fake clicks

Timur Yarnall describes it as a "near-death experience." This was mid-2012, when the Madison entrepreneur worried he would lose his company, Broadcast Interactive Media, to web fraud. The episode both scared and angered him, and he took the lessons to heart in launching a fraud-fighting company. >More
 The offbeat Bioethics Forum at Promega explores the nature of life

Imagine a serious discussion about LSD. Not "oh wow" accounts from nostalgic baby boomers or "oh hell" accounts from cops and mental health professionals. But something measured yet edgy about how the hallucinogen expands consciousness. That's what the 270 attendees heard last April at the 12th annual International Bioethics Forum in Fitchburg. >More
 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
 Thirty 2013 concerts to remember -- and a few to forget -- from Madison and beyond

Leonard Cohen was old -- 33 -- when he released his first album in late 1967. A respected Canadian poet and fiction writer, he put aside a proper literary career at a critical cultural moment. This was risky. Many of his musical compatriots from the groovy "Summer of Love" were a good decade and a full generation younger. Forty-six years later, I saw Cohen perform in Milwaukee, and it was easily my favorite show of 2013. >More
 The FDA looks into Quincy Bioscience's claims for Prevagen

Quincy Bioscience, the fast-growing Madison brain supplement maker, has all but settled its problems with the federal Food and Drug Administration, says Quincy president Mark Underwood. "To make a long story short, we're in a fine place with the FDA," says Underwood. >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
 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
 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
 Why are there so few women in academia working on information technology?

So what could be cooler than being a young techie in Madison? These prototypical urbanistas " bike-riders, app-writers, coffee-shop habitués and craft beer aficionados " are the exemplars of the young innovators populating the downtown and maybe building Dane County's 2lst-century economy. All the more reason for a gray-bearded reporter to sit in on the groundbreaking "Starting a Software Company" class in UW-Madison's Computer Science program last December. >More
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