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: Promise of power storage still lacks payoff

Based on the pile of press clippings, it would be hard to guess that Silent Power Inc. had a payroll...

Updated: February 15, 2014, - 08:58 PM

Schafer: Cluster strategy could work with water

A collection of water technology businesses in the Twin Cities is here only because of serendipity and certainly not strategy,...

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 08:25 PM

Schafer: Sherco's fate is tricky to call, but let's decide soon

On a cold morning’s drive from Minneapolis to the Sherco Generating Station in Becker, Minn., it soon became obvious that...

Updated: February 09, 2014, - 05:55 AM

Schafer: Lying to get a job is a sign of the times

Scroll through a discussion of long-term unemployment on the social news website Reddit and you’re likely to see a suggestion...

Updated: February 04, 2014, - 08:09 PM

Schafer: In N.J., Wilfs' simple legal dispute goes haywire

A quick Google search of “Zygi Wilf” with the word “evil” turns up a lot of hits, and for this...

Updated: February 01, 2014, - 06:08 PM

Schafer: What makes a region an incubator of prosperity?

A major new study of income mobility nationwide asks, “Where is the land of opportunity?”One great answer is the area...

Updated: January 28, 2014, - 09:41 PM

Schafer: Punch Pizza is happy with slow, steady growth

A land rush is starting in fast-casual pizza, and the two owners of Punch Pizza have already come up with...

Updated: January 25, 2014, - 04:22 PM

Schafer: Medtronic’s $1B fumble could chill risk-taking

The recent collapse of Medtronic’s clinical trial for a blood pressure treatment device marks another watershed as the era of...

Updated: January 23, 2014, - 08:56 PM

Schafer: Target's layoffs reflect need to cut costs

The timing of Wednesday’s layoffs at Target Corp. had more to do with the accounting calendar than with anything connected...

Updated: January 22, 2014, - 07:51 PM

Schafer: Target's response was too slow, too cautious

Among the things still unknown about the loss of customer data at Target, one of the most puzzling is Target’s...

Updated: January 19, 2014, - 06:35 AM

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