Beth Ewen


Articles by Beth Ewen:


In a long career of editing and writing and, with Upsize, even co-founding a business publication, I have gotten a lot of feedback from readers. I enjoy every comment, which I keep in a special “hate mail/fan mail.” But I had never received a comment like this, from the CEO of a franchise company, who […] Continue Reading →

Get Out

That was the somewhat joking comment made by the moderator of a recent panel featuring four local entrepreneurs in digital publishing, who had interesting advice for business owners. Stephen Regenold of Minneapolis, founder of, was the entrepreneur in question. He was talking about the success his company is achieving since he quit doing absolutely […] Continue Reading →

Planting Seeds

When Dr. Rajiv Tandon was growing up in India, his father was a civil servant and every three years he would move the family from one place to another. Each time they moved to a new government bungalow in a new town, the first thing his father would do is plant papaya trees. “One day […] Continue Reading →

Letter from the Editor

“Thanks to the innovators,” reads the message on the video montage playing at Alpha Video headquarters in Eden Prairie, where we visited for this issue’s cover story. The people highlighted in that video are intriguing, as are those for whom various conference rooms are named, and we shared in the delight of CEO Kevin Groves […] Continue Reading →

Cover Story – To be or not to be

Kevin Groves faced a dilemma two years ago, when the majority partner at Alpha Video wanted out.   Although Groves could have sold his minority stake, too, for a nice payday at age 54, he decided to instead go for it. So he got a bank loan, bought the company and now is trying to […] Continue Reading →