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: Why handouts are a bad way for state to help companies

Not every company adding high-skill jobs gets any attention from Gov. Mark Dayton.In December, the governor helped announce Price Mechanical’s...

Updated: January 11, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Sometimes, a little anger can push a new business

Maybe nothing fuels entrepreneurship quite like anger.Mark Lazarchic sure doesn’t bother masking the fact that anger is driving him. “I...

Updated: January 04, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Personal finance need not be complicated

The most notable personal finance writing of 2013 wasn’t in a book by a Wall Street celebrity; it was a...

Updated: December 28, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Transition for the Nerdery complicated by history

Selecting a new president was more than a simple business decision -- because of the memory of the last executive who held that job.

Updated: December 21, 2013, - 05:20 PM

Schafer: MNsure boss' exit driven by politics

At first glance it would appear that the end of April Todd-Malmlov’s tenure as head of MNsure was a straightforward...

Updated: December 18, 2013, - 08:33 PM

Schafer: Glory days of Target's youth may be history

There won’t be any real news on the holiday retailing season for a while, but it seems safe to assume...

Updated: December 15, 2013, - 06:45 AM

Schafer: Software firm lines up financing it doesn't need

JAMF Software of Minneapolis just closed on $30 million of venture financing, and what’s interesting is that both the big...

Updated: December 09, 2013, - 10:18 PM

Schafer: PolyMet mine report has a giant hole in it

Mark Twain’s explanation that “a mine is just a hole in the ground with a liar standing next to it”...

Updated: December 07, 2013, - 05:19 PM

Schafer: Frugality at home carries to the corner office, too

The savviest boards looking for a new CEO should consider adding a step to the screening process — and send...

Updated: December 04, 2013, - 02:25 PM

Schafer: Financial adviser gives tough love – and hope

Those curious about what’s really happening in the American economy could do worse than listen to a few hours of...

Updated: November 30, 2013, - 02:00 PM

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