In this age of not knowing what to believe or trust from the media, politicians and other “experts,” this site focuses on perspective from those in the thick of it, and from what is now old-fashioned: honestly objective fundamental analysis, exploration, learning and sharing of findings.

This site is produced by former Twin Cities Business Editor in Chief Dale Kurschner, an award-winning editor and writer, speaker and on-air commentator, and executive consultant with The Platinum Group, which for nearly 40 years has been known as the firm to go to for help when your business needs it most. Dale’s background includes starting and leading PR, crisis communications and internal communications within publicly traded UnitedHealth Group and internal communications for Lawson Software, and launching and running a venture capital and small-cap stock analysis, publishing and events firm. He serves on various boards and also as an elected official in Excelsior, MN.

Through October 2018, most of these stories were first discussed live with John Hines on WCCO-AM, Mondays at 10:35 a.m. and occasionally on KARE-11 TV. John retired in September 2018 and as he left, so did the segment that used this content. Since then, stories are still occasionally posted, and every so often, they are due to to stories first shared on TV or on WCCO-AM with new mid-morning host Cory Hepola, such as with this report.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s affect on our economy and the waves of challenges coming that are beyond anything any of us have experienced (including the oil embargo recession of the 1970s, stock market crash of 1987, tech-bubble burst, 9-11 recession and the “great recession” of 2008-10), this site was re-energized in May 2020 to publish “One Take” CEO Interviews: one CEO’s take on the most pressing issues of the day, recorded in one take with no editing. Given the first episodes were done with host and CEO talking to each other from within their homes via Zoom, they’re unpolished. But they’re authentic, straight from the CEO discussions we hope other leaders can benefit from by seeing and hearing (the interviews are available on YouTube and on Spotify).

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