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: Impatience was a virtue for Target on Canada

Brian Cornell explained just after he took the top job at Target that a deep analysis of the retailer’s struggling...

Updated: January 18, 2015, - 06:23 AM

Schafer: Should state be helping us plan our retirement?

Of course it’s possible. It’s even easy. But do we want the state to jump into a market already served by the likes of Securian and Ameriprise?

Updated: January 13, 2015, - 08:16 PM

Schafer: The new sharing looks just like renting

Not many things in business are hotter than start-ups in “the sharing economy.”The headlines are grabbed by the likes of...

Updated: January 10, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Medtronic/Covidien deal sends the wrong message

“Be in favor of what’s going to happen,” is an old bit of wisdom in politics. Don’t look like a...

Updated: January 05, 2015, - 07:11 PM

Schafer: Zipnosis had a great idea, wrong customer

The Minneapolis start-up company Zipnosis, now six years old, at first struggled when it brought an online diagnostic service to...

Updated: January 03, 2015, - 05:08 PM

Schafer: For utilities, it's all about managing uncertainty

Great River Energy has decided changes in carbon emissions rules may make its biggest coal-fired power plants in North Dakota worth nothing by 2028.

Updated: December 27, 2014, - 05:31 PM

Schafer: Empty or full, 80-story tower would be a talker

It seems a little early in the current real estate development upturn in the Twin Cities to see a beautiful...

Updated: December 22, 2014, - 11:23 PM

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 21, 2014, - 06:57 AM

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

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