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What does it take for an entrepreneur to go from an idea to a successful startup? Host Kathleen Gallagher talks with Wisconsin entrepreneurs about how — and why — they've succeeded.

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What does it take for an entrepreneur to go from an idea to a successful startup? Host Kathleen Gallagher talks with Wisconsin entrepreneurs about how — and why — they've succeeded.

    How Rock Mackie Improved Radiation Therapy And Grew Successful Companies

    How Rock Mackie Improved Radiation Therapy And Grew Successful Companies

    Rock Mackie is a medical physicist who invented a safer type of therapeutic radiation, called tomotherapy, that delivers less radiation with just as much effectiveness. It has saved many lives. During a 25-year tenure as a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor, Mackie taught radiation physics and dosimetry, wrote 185 peer-reviewed publications, secured more than 50 patents and supervised 42 Ph.D. students. But he also successfully made the difficult transition from academia to business.

    • 15 min
    How Glen Tullman Uses Digital Solutions To Address Health Care Challenges

    How Glen Tullman Uses Digital Solutions To Address Health Care Challenges

    Glen Tullman has an undergraduate degree in economics and psychology, spent a year in Oxford, England studying social anthropology, lived for a year with the Amish, and is a highly successful software entrepreneur. He's founded, grown or invested in more than 20 businesses. "Studying how cultures change is now about studying how we use different digital tools and electronic tools, and hopefully use them for good means as opposed to bad means," Tullman explains. During the 15 years he led

    • 17 min
    How Lori Cross Drove Innovation Inside Corporations By Thinking Big & Acting Small

    How Lori Cross Drove Innovation Inside Corporations By Thinking Big & Acting Small

    Lori Cross dropped out of her all-girls’ high school in Michigan because there wasn’t enough physics and math to keep her challenged. Technical college was a little better, but Cross found her place at Northwestern University, where she got a degree in chemical engineering and became the first woman to play ice hockey on a men’s NCAA team. Cross received her master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Then, she was recruited to be a systems engineer at Baxter

    • 17 min
    How John Splude Built A Software Company Out Of A Public Accounting Career

    How John Splude Built A Software Company Out Of A Public Accounting Career

    John Splude began his career in public accounting, auditing some of the biggest companies in the area. But he stayed involved with his firm’s smaller clients along with the Fortune 50 companies. And he became more and more interested in the operations side of the businesses. "When you work with smaller companies you really become part of their management team, and they come to you with issues involving their operations, decisions they need to make. And I really got a lot of pleasure out of that,

    • 18 min
    How Robert Jordan Went From Truck Driver To Entrepreneur

    How Robert Jordan Went From Truck Driver To Entrepreneur

    Robert Jordan spent 20 years as a trucker, driving loads of cheese and other dairy products across the country. Over the miles he educated himself by listening to books on tape and spent hours thinking about how to solve some of the problems he encountered on the road. One of those problems was the enormous cost and environmental damage related to idling, when truckers run their engines all night at truck stops and rest areas to warm or cool their cab while they sleep. “I felt I had some good

    • 16 min
    How Ralph Kauten Leans Into Life Sciences Market Trends

    How Ralph Kauten Leans Into Life Sciences Market Trends

    Ralph Kauten is a true serial entrepreneur. He co-founded two life sciences companies that sold for a combined $200-plus million and was involved very early in three more. The biggest of those, Promega , has about $450 million of revenue and operations around the world. Kauten’s entrepreneurial experience was built on a series of decisions that took him out of the comfort zone into the unknown. His inclination was to take calculated risks and his guiding philosophy was to understand where the

    • 17 min

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