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: Being a good board member just requires some common sense

Recent scandals may give the impression that the nonprofit community is out of control, but the basic financial oversight of nonprofits seems to be improving.

Updated: December 20, 2014, - 04:57 PM

Schafer: Innovation culture is inherently Midwestern

Business professor Anne Marie Knott looked at her state-by-state data on innovation and couldn’t easily explain why Minnesota ranked just...

Updated: December 13, 2014, - 09:59 PM

Schafer: College grads aren't immune to stagnant wages

Monday is the deadline to apply to the University of Minnesota for admission next fall. That’s also the day early...

Updated: December 12, 2014, - 08:12 PM

Cheapest place to live is one that you own

The Zillow home value index for the Twin Cities is up nearly 25 percent from the postrecession bottom, but Zillow economist Skylar Olsen said in a conversation last week that the housing market appears to be entering a period of price stability.

Updated: December 06, 2014, - 04:31 PM

Schafer: Activist shareholders' demands now a fact of life

The e-mails a month or so ago were unfailingly polite and very insistent. The principals of Spear Point Capital Partners...

Updated: December 03, 2014, - 11:39 PM

Schafer: Millennials would like Twin Cities if they considered it

The Twin Cities has gotten some prominent national publicity lately all but ordering young professionals to move here.There’s no reason...

Updated: November 29, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Success is about more than what you own

One of the thicker files here at the office is a well-used folder labeled simply “Happiness.”There’s nothing in it from...

Updated: November 26, 2014, - 06:50 PM

Schafer: Starved for returns, investors turn to real estate

The last time prices like these were paid for investment real estate was just before the Great Recession.

Updated: November 22, 2014, - 08:03 PM

Schafer: Global ties fuel regional success

It turns out the Twin Cities may be a lot more like Tokyo than New York.Sure, both are a lot...

Updated: November 18, 2014, - 10:11 PM

Schafer: Killing tax on devices won't bring back jobs

One of the most reviled taxes in recent memory, the medical device excise tax, seems to be near the end...

Updated: November 15, 2014, - 05:15 PM

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