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Biotech firm carves a large niche in tools for research

Biotech firm carves a large niche in tools for research

March 16, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

MINNEAPOLIS — More than 600,000 times, researchers have cited Bio-Techne Corp. in academic papers as a manufacturer of tools that helped in their search for new tests and treatments. The company, Minnesota’s biggest biotech company, makes tiny bits of biology plus analytical machines and kits used in...

Spooked by spike in cyber extortion, businesses are stockpiling bitcoin for payoffs

Spooked by spike in cyber extortion, businesses are stockpiling bitcoin for payoffs

February 21, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

By Tim Johnson McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. corporations that have long resisted bending to the demands of computer hackers who take their networks hostage are increasingly stockpiling bitcoin, the digital currency, so that they can quickly meet ransom demands rather than los...

Low-cost mobile carrier CEO finds his calling

Low-cost mobile carrier CEO finds his calling

February 16, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

By Ronald D. White Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The gig: David Glickman, 51, is co-founder and chief executive of Ultra Mobile, a prepaid mobile carrier that provides low-cost, no-contract SIM cards with a focus on immigrants living in the U.S. The company, headquartered outside Los Angeles, l...

Snapchat’s young users are at once its greatest asset and one of its biggest risks

Snapchat’s young users are at once its greatest asset and one of its biggest risks

February 9, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

By Tracey Lien and Samantha Masunaga Los Angeles Times (TNS) Kids don’t use email any more. Facebook is for Mom and Dad. And Yik Yak is so 2015. When it comes to communication in 2017, Snapchat is where it’s at. Snap Inc.’s ability to court a young demographic with its ephemeral photo and...

CEO of recruiting software company focuses on diversity

CEO of recruiting software company focuses on diversity

February 7, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) SAN FRANCISCO — At first glance, Jon Bischke would seem an unlikely spokesman for diversity. He’s white, 40, blonde — and the CEO of a tech company, an industry that’s been knocked for providing few opportunities for women, African-Americans and La...

Startup offers car washes on demand that save water, too

Startup offers car washes on demand that save water, too

January 31, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

By Nancy Dahlberg Miami Herald (TNS) MIAMI — Imagine telling your JPMorgan bosses you’re leaving a high-finance career to start a car-wash company. “They thought I was crazy,” Nathan Bekerman said. “But my years at JPMorgan taught me how to execute and run a business.” He and Tarek El Gamm...

Spectacles might get the buzz, but for investors Snapchat is all about the advertising

Spectacles might get the buzz, but for investors Snapchat is all about the advertising

January 26, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The company behind Snapchat has two offerings — that beloved, 5-year-old app for messaging and video streaming, and Spectacles, a months-old, $130 pair of sunglasses that double as a camcorder. The Los Angeles company has promised more gadgets ...

Nontraditional funding may have nearly killed e-sports video firm

Nontraditional funding may have nearly killed e-sports video firm

January 19, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology, Video Games

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Video games as a professional sport made no sense to Lars Windhorst, a European oil and agriculture investor, until a summer evening in Seoul. Before him lay an impressive sight: Thousands of kids in lawn chairs outdoors watching teams battle in the 20...

Savile Row tailor makes house calls in Philadelphia

Savile Row tailor makes house calls in Philadelphia

November 11, 2016


Filed under Business

By Elizabeth Wellington The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) PHILADELPHIA — Photographer Patrick Snook attended his first bespoke suit fitting late last month with an authentic Savile Row tailor — at the Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia. “Really nice. Really nice,” Snook said as he took in the full-len...

Why restaurants want you to order food on your phone

Why restaurants want you to order food on your phone

September 29, 2016


Filed under Business, Food, Technology

By Samantha Bomkamp Chicago Tribune (TNS) CHICAGO — Swipe, click, food. The ability to order food with the click of a few buttons on a smartphone is becoming widespread — even fast-food companies are getting in on the action. But the technology — which in some cases tracks a customer’s loca...

Startups in Target’s Techstars accelerator race to finish line

Startups in Target’s Techstars accelerator race to finish line

September 8, 2016


Filed under Business, Technology

By Kavita Kumar Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — Some of Target Corp.’s first class of Techstar startups are already running tests within the company. Others are in active talks about potential partnerships. In the last several weeks, many have zigged or zagged their original conce...

Music firm benefits with rights to big hits from Adele, ‘Star Wars’

Music firm benefits with rights to big hits from Adele, ‘Star Wars’

January 25, 2016


Filed under Business

By Rick Romell Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (TNS) MILWAUKEE — They’re jazzed over at Hal Leonard Corp. The firm already is the self-described biggest print music publisher in the world — $170 million in annual sales, 550 employees worldwide, and a Milwaukee headquarters team that includes 45...

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