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: Rewards plan at Delta never made much sense

It’s about time that Delta Air Lines established a rational frequent-flier program.It took three years of focus group discussions and...

Updated: March 05, 2014, - 08:57 AM

Schafer: WhatsApp deal shows rewards are out of whack

There have always been ­winners and losers in a dynamic market economy, but deals like this make the game look more and more like a giant lottery.

Updated: March 01, 2014, - 05:08 PM

Schafer: Innovator finds her niche amid big cereal companies

Hannah Barnstable is determined to achieve what shouldn’t even be possible — bootstrap a new breakfast cereal company.She has jumped...

Updated: February 27, 2014, - 08:55 PM

Schafer: Target turns its focus back to business

The only surprise out of the first investor conference call Target’s executives have held since disclosing one of the biggest...

Updated: February 27, 2014, - 09:56 AM

Schafer: Wells Fargo returns to subprime lending: Good or bad?

The small change in underwriting standards it has made is the kind of change that makes the market for residential housing finance a little healthier and modestly expands access to credit.

Updated: February 23, 2014, - 06:43 AM

Schafer: Stadium’s bond sale generated purple buzz

If you think the municipal bond business only gets exciting when a big issue goes into default, you need to...

Updated: February 19, 2014, - 09:34 PM

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

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