Guest Columns

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In November at the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) gala (in which Minnesota Business magazine was a media partner) the Minneapolis nonprofit awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Jan Jordet. She retired at the end of the year from her position as Senior Director of Consulting Solutions. Read More

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Many people who are well read on technology and entrepreneurship are familiar with the traditional dynamics of a startup pitch to investors. Any casual fan of Shark Tank knows there is a basic set of questions to answer about the product, the market, the team and its traction. Read More

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I usually get the attention of my ECON 101 students when I tell them that Tina Turner was really talking about the American business model when she belted out her pop hit, “What’s love got to do with it?” The traditional supply-and-demand model of the market system, if it worked the way it was supposed to, ultimately brought the rational players of the market into the promised land of efficient Read More


Vugo Invited to Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS)
Automobili-D Program MN Cup’s 2016 High Tech Division winner, Vugo, was nominated as one of 50 startups to participate in the Automobili-D program.
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I reached out to Susan Denk, owner of White Crane Construction, because I’ve known her in many capacities over the years and have always been impressed by her leadership abilities. Read More
Could women be the root cause of the gender pay gap? I’m no economist, but I am a business woman and media insider who has seen a lot, interviewed thousands and studied the effects of payment conversations on women — both as buyers and sellers. Read More

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As I was watching the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning megahit “Hamilton” on PBS, I was powerfully reminded that the vast majority of us are immigrants in this country. Read More
[This is the fourth in a series of articles from Amanda Brinkman. Click here to read the previous article.] Read More
If you have ever had the opportunity to meet Studio/E member Vikas Narula, even in passing, you likely remember it. He’s a community member you want to know not just because he’s nice to be around, but because he has fascinating insight into how connections and relationships work. Read More
We spent our first minutes with some formalities and before long, we were laughing in the throw-your-head-back-roaring way, punctuated by eyebobs Founder and President Julie Allinson’s unmistakable cackle. Read More