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: Holding CEO accountable is sign of a strong company

Don’t look at the departure of Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel and conclude it’s just another symptom of very sick company....

Updated: May 06, 2014, - 08:44 AM

Schafer: Tracking teens yields investment insights

Among high school kids these days what’s cool is being unique. Stepping off the school bus wearing more or less...

Updated: May 03, 2014, - 04:16 PM

Schafer: Shareholder grumbling over TCF execs' pay is justified

Here’s the way it’s supposed to work — when shareholders in large numbers vote against the way you pay your...

Updated: April 29, 2014, - 08:35 PM

Schafer: Start-ups need money, not expensive advice

Pam York said her first six months leading a foundation- and taxpayer-funded economic development start-up called AccelerateMSP “hasn’t been fun.”She’s...

Updated: April 26, 2014, - 03:45 PM

Schafer: General Mills botched rollout of a routine policy

“YOUR CEO AND LAWYERS ARE SCUM” begins one online response to new legal terms that General Mills recently introduced for...

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 08:49 AM

Schafer: They vote Republican in the land of equality

Income inequality has become one of the nation’s hottest political issues, but it probably isn’t talked about as much in...

Updated: April 19, 2014, - 04:22 PM

Schafer: Yelp fosters suspicion among small businesses

Lymarie Jimenez opened Sugar Love Bakery in Woodbury in January, and so far she’s doing well.She even caught a break...

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 01:09 PM

Schafer: Private equity is in the business of growth

The Minnetonka company Shock Doctor has just passed into the hands of its third private equity owner in the past...

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

Schafer: High-speed traders are symptom of Wall Street's ills

The new book by bestselling author Michael Lewis, “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,” has provoked a debate over high-frequency...

Updated: April 11, 2014, - 10:56 AM

Schafer: New Blue Cross leader wants to move faster

Among health benefits brokers and other market observers in the Twin Cities, Blue Cross is known for being a step or two slow in its marketing and plan design.

Updated: April 05, 2014, - 05:07 PM

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