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WisBusiness: The Podcast
Wisconsin's Business News Source
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July 02, 2018 12:45 PM PDT

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Paul Krupski, director of opioid initiatives for the state Department of Health Services.

He comments on the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent advisory on the importance of overdose reversal medication, and discusses the state’s ongoing effort to reduce opioid deaths and abuse.

“The state of Wisconsin, specifically the Department of Health Services, is taking a three-pronged approach to combat the opioid crisis in our state,” he said. “We are working to prevent opioid use, invest in treatment, and also support recovery.”

July 02, 2018 12:44 PM PDT

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Clay Burdelik, CEO for software startup YoEats.

He explains how this Madison-based startup is building out its platform with pilots at local restaurants, and gives an update for an ongoing fundraising round. The company provides a system which handles both ends of the restaurant sales operation, including point-of-sale on the restaurant side and an ordering app for customers.

“It’s way more convenient for the customer, for the server -- they don’t have to split a million bills,” he said. “The house gets this unprecedented data feedback in terms of rating each dish… We’re trying to optimize the experience for every single person in the restaurant.”

July 02, 2018 12:43 PM PDT

This week’s podcast features Mike Semmann, co-founder for Advancing AI Wisconsin and COO for the Wisconsin Bankers Association.

Advancing AI Wisconsin is a grassroots initiative formed about 18 months ago aimed at boosting awareness related to several disruptive innovations -- machine learning, artificial intelligence and other technologies.

The initiative is the brainchild of Semmann and co-founders Oliver Buechse and Kurt Hahlbeck. They came together after travelling the country and learning about the numerous applications of artificial intelligence and other tech.

“We need to raise the alarm to generate awareness, so these types of new digitally disruptive technologies can be available to companies,” Semmann said.

The initiative has over 80 members, and hundreds more have signed up to receive additional information.

“It’s a group of people seeking more information and want to help spread the word to assist and amplify the works being done on technology and how they can be applied in Wisconsin and in the Midwest,” he said.

July 02, 2018 12:42 PM PDT

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features Peter Menet, COO for Milwaukee-based drone services company Menet Aero.

He discusses cybersecurity in the drone world and explains why he’s developing a new open-source aircraft for infrastructure inspections and analysis.

“The open-source side has come so far from where it was in the last two years,” he said. “You have so many more options of what you can do and what you can integrate… we started designing an aircraft that really starts meeting our needs from a professional aviator background.”

May 04, 2018 02:35 PM PDT

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with Craig Davis, president and CEO of NovaScan.

This Milwaukee-based oncology diagnostics company uses a novel electrical technique for finding cancer in a patient’s body.

Davis sat down for a chat at the recent Wisconsin Tech Summit, held in Waukesha by the Wisconsin Technology Summit. This annual event lets early-stage startups like NovaScan meet representatives of some of the state’s biggest companies.

“We have a platform technology that’s not exclusive to skin cancer or breast cancer; its broadly applicable to cancer,” he said. “For the other applications -- and there are an enormous amount of them -- looking to partner with large device companies to carry those forward.”

May 04, 2018 02:35 PM PDT
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This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features a chat with Tom Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

He explains the academic origin of the council, which had over 160 companies participate in its Green Masters program in 2016, and talks about the push toward sustainability in Wisconsin.

“So you have all these pressures on companies to act in a sustainable way, then the question becomes: What does that mean? What are they doing?” Eggert said. “Supply chain sustainability right now I think is kind of the hot issue for businesses -- driven for a large part by WalMart and the pressures they are putting on.”

May 04, 2018 02:34 PM PDT

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” features a discussion with Don Stanley, CEO and co-founder of 3RhinoMedia and a lecturer on social media and digital marketing at UW-Madison.

He explains how he helps major companies, professional athletes and others better understand how to effectively communicate online, turning digital platforms into assets rather than liabilities.

“One of my friends says, if you want to be a successful fisherman, fish where the fish are,” he said. “You have to go where people you want to attract are, and digital is that space where people spend time.”

He talks about location-based marketing, also touching on the state’s talent attraction campaign, which features several digital marketing elements.

May 04, 2018 02:33 PM PDT

This week’s podcast is with Ryan Prellwitz, president of the Wisconsin Winery Association and owner of Vines and Rushes Winery in Ripon.

He discusses legislation recently approved by the Assembly to extend late-night hours for wineries. He also explains why the state’s three craft beverage silos -- wine, beer and distilled spirits -- are striving for simplification of Wisconsin’s alcohol industry laws.

“If we can move forward the industry as a whole, everybody benefits,” he said. “A rising tide floats all boats, so to speak.”

May 04, 2018 02:32 PM PDT

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with Maximilian Christman, sustainability specialist for UW Health.

He discusses the challenge of pushing for sustainability on a system-wide level, working within the unique constraints presented by the medical field.

“You want to obviously have materials and cleaning and disinfecting supplies that are environmentally responsible. But at the same time you can’t be increasing infection rates, you can’t be allowing antibiotic-resistant bacteria into your hospitals, your clinics,” Christman said.

May 04, 2018 02:31 PM PDT

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: The Podcast” is with Deb Thompson (pictured here) and Laura Berkner, co-founders of Stimmi.

This Madison-based startup is currently pilot-testing a website meant to be used by caregivers for people with autism and other disabilities.

These caregivers can input personalized care information on the site, then share it with loved ones and other caregivers. The site also supports instant messaging so everyone involved can be constantly in the loop.

“Often times, people who have special needs will have multiple caregivers in different agencies, and those people don’t have the community or platform to communicate together,” she said. “It really helps provide better care.”

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