Lee Schafer

Columnist | Business
Phone: 612-673-4302
Lee Schafer came to the Star Tribune after 15 years as a corporate officer, consultant and investment banker in the Twin Cities. He has been a columnist for Twin Cities Business magazine and was senior editor for Corporate Report Minnesota.

Recent content from Lee Schafer

Schafer: Minnesota loses when tech firms head west

Zach Supalla hasn’t always found it easy to explain why the high-­potential little company he founded, Spark Labs, just quit...

Updated: July 30, 2014, - 10:07 AM

Lee Schafer: For a new approach on pay, look to Switzerland

All the things that have been tried in the United States to slow the growth in executive pay haven’t accomplished...

Updated: July 26, 2014, - 08:53 PM

Schafer: High rents reflect shift in living patterns

The William apartment in the new Nic on Fifth building is what’s called an alcove, meaning it’s a bit more...

Updated: July 22, 2014, - 09:00 PM

Schafer: St. Jude stays course after rival's huge deal

If Medtronic wants to create a more broadly diversified company that rivals Johnson & Johnson’s medical device business in size, well, St. Jude executives aren’t planning to try to match it.

Updated: July 19, 2014, - 04:20 PM

Schafer: Students lose out from death of Corinthian Colleges

The Obama administration just mortally wounded Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit higher education company, and the reaction was predictable.Corinthian had “finally...

Updated: July 15, 2014, - 08:46 PM

Schafer: Medtronic follows tax trail pioneered by Tyco

Had it not been for a notorious American executive named L. Dennis Kozlowski, the merger deal that would move Medtronic’s...

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Retailing's new reality spawns a new metric

A Wall Street study that looked closely at sales per square foot(print) ranked Best Buy Co. close to the top.How...

Updated: July 08, 2014, - 08:38 PM

Schafer: Global strategy, not taxes, drove Medtronic's merger with Covidien

It’s become easy to miss all the smart thinking that went into Medtronic’s decision to buy Covidien for $42.9 billion.And...

Updated: July 05, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Glen Taylor sees money to be made at the Star Tribune

To understand why Glen Taylor is buying the Star Tribune, one suggestion is to pick up a classic Harvard Business...

Updated: July 03, 2014, - 11:41 AM

Schafer: Minnesota offers economic lessons for struggling Michigan

Sometimes it’s helpful to be reminded of how good we have it here in Minnesota — and maybe why.A think...

Updated: June 28, 2014, - 02:00 PM

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