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Fifteen memorable 2014 concerts in Madison and its Midwestern neighbors

Maybe it was happenstance. Maybe it was the surge line of a big trend. Either way, 2014 was the Year of the Woman for the more than 60 concerts I saw. >More
 Epic Systems backs down on noncompete clause

Dane County's fledgling health IT industry has dodged a bullet, but more may be headed its way. The usual Epic paradox was at work: The Verona-based worldwide leader in electronic health records looms over Dane County as both creator/nurturer and sometimes potential killer of the local health IT scene. >More
 Epic Systems makes strategic next moves for expansion

What do you do after you've won the gold rush? When you've claimed the richest veins of ore? That's the big question for Epic Systems, the medical software giant that has become Dane County's signature company with 8,000 or so employees at its fairyland campus in Verona. >More
 You want jobs, Wisconsin? They're in tech, stupid!

At lunchtime on March 18, Rachel Keranen walked the two blocks from the Bendyworks office at 106 E. Doty St. to the Madison Club, the traditional gathering spot of Madison powerbrokers for 100-plus years. Keranen, 25, is part of the new wave of leaders transforming Dane County and perhaps Wisconsin. >More
 Tech leaders get little help from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

This is a problem. The state's most powerful business voice has conspicuously little contact with Wisconsin's rising technology industry. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which claims more than 3,500 businesses as members, brags that "the success of the WMC government relations team in projecting and accomplishing a proactive business agenda has been second to none." >More
 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
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