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DoubleMap – culture built on trust, transparency and putting people first

If you keep up with awards programs and “fastest growing” lists, then you’ve heard of the transit technology scale-up company DoubleMap. They provide software that enhances the rider experience and improves operational efficiency  of transit systems at 150+ universities, municipalities, corporations, events, and airports worldwide, and their list of accrued honors is impressive. DoubleMap grew

Statwax brings transparency to digital advertising

This summer, digital advertising agency Statwax, a startup that grew out of top marketing firm BLASTmedia, was named one of the “Top 10 Fastest Growing Google Solution Providers” in the U.S. by tech-professional media site The Silicon Review. Statwax was the only company based in Indiana to make the list, and one of the youngest

How SmarterHQ has become the leader in behavioral marketing

SmarterHQ lives in a market that is growing faster than anything we’ve seen recently in economic terms. We’re talking smartphone adoption fast (but faster1), with triple-digit spending growth over the next three years in marketing analytics — quantitative data about customer behavior and marketplace activities. Beyond just capturing the data, SmarterHQ’s intelligent behavioral marketing platform

DemandJump’s Traffic Cloud is a ‘category killer’

Before the internet, marketing used to be a pretty straightforward discipline based on location. In fact, the popular real estate mantra of “location, location, location” applied to marketing as well — retailers built stores near populations who were interested in buying their products. Everything changed when the Internet came along, and the location-based approach gave

21 Indiana tech companies make Inc. 5000 ‘Fastest Growing’ list

Every year, Inc. magazine ranks “America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies” and this year 21 tech companies based in Indiana made the Inc. 5000 list. Thirteen of the 21 companies are past TechPoint Mira Award nominees and winners, including three top honorees from 2017: Tech Service of the Year: Fizziology Scale-up Company of the Year ($100K-$5M): DoubleMap Scale-up Company of

TechPoint Announces Class of 2017 Tech 25 Winners

TechPoint, the growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, is recognizing Indiana’s tech builders with the announcement of the third annual Tech 25 Class of 2017. In 2015, TechPoint launched the Tech 25 Awards, a prestigious selection of twenty-five individuals who are critical and exceptional performers helping to grow our community’s tech and tech-enabled companies, but

New BidPal CTO Mark McCorkle’s familiar AND surprising career (so far)

Last month, BidPal announced Mark McCorkle will be the mobile fundraising software company’s new chief technology officer. He’s charged with leading an accomplished team of technologists into the future of philanthropic giving — whatever it may bring. Since its founding in 2007, BidPal has helped thousands of nonprofit organizations raise more than $1 billion through

Winners’ Circle connects 35 venture capital firms with fundable Indiana tech companies

During what attendees are calling “the best Winners’ Circle yet,” TechPoint connected an unprecedented 35 venture capital and other investment firms with this year’s Mira Award winners and other select startup and scale-up companies, bringing together 75+ entrepreneurs and investors total at this unique event. Fundable, emerging Indiana start-ups and scale-ups, including this year’s award

VIDEO: Genesys President Tom Eggemeier talks Indy, tech talent and the future

Genesys completed its acquisition of homegrown competitor Interactive Intelligence in December, and the global customer experience software leader showed its appreciation for the community by bringing its signature international user conference to Indianapolis in May — CX17. Among the big news coming out of the four-day, jam-packed event, Genesys announced G-NINE, an innovation framework for the company’s leading omnichannel

SEP acquires software design and story mapping product CardBoard

Companies are searching for new ways to be innovative. Ninety-three percent of executives indicate that organic growth through innovation will drive the greater proportion of their revenue growth, according to 1,700+ executives surveyed in PriceWaterhouseCooper’s “Unleashing the Power of Innovation” study. Carmel, Ind.-based software product design and development company, Software Engineering Professionals (SEP), just made another

Production partners make ‘Tech’s Biggest Night’ an experience

TechPoint’s annual Mira Awards gala is an experience like no other because of our exceptional production partners! Annie Grinstead of Positive Energy Events and her team work tirelessly together with TechPoint staff to create Tech’s Biggest Night, Indiana’s best of tech celebration that recognizes the people, products, and companies that power our thriving tech community. Without the support of

PactSafe unveils ‘frictionless’ contract execution platform

If you still think about stacks of hard copy signed documents when you hear the word “contracts,” you’re probably more Boomer or GenX than Millennial, and you haven’t experienced the new PactSafe Contract Execution Platform. Fast-growing, Indianapolis-based PactSafe added 11 new employees last year (starting from just two), added 100 new customers for 2,000 percent revenue

TechPoint Mira Awards Honor ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’

MOBI, ClusterTruck, ClearObject, DoubleMap, One Click, DemandJump, Fizziology and Arrhythmotech Among Top Honorees TechPoint, the growth initiative for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, honored the successes and innovation of Indiana companies, entrepreneurs, educators, and other leaders at The Westin Indianapolis during the 18th annual Mira Awards gala presented by Angie’s List, Genesys, and Salesforce. A total of

MOBI Wins Tech Company of the Year Mira Award

MOBI, the industry-leading mobility management cloud software platform provider, received the Tech Company of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. In just seven years, MOBI grew from a fast-growing startup to the Gartner Magic Quadrant-recognized, industry-leading mobility management cloud software platform provider. MOBI enables enterprises

ClearObject Wins Scale-up Company of the Year Mira Award

ClearObject, an Internet of things (IoT) innovator and convener, received the Scale-up Company of the Year Award for companies with $5 million to $20 million in revenue during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. The Internet of Things, or IoT, is perhaps the biggest buzz word in tech right

DoubleMap wins Scale-up Company of the Year Mira Awards

Transit software provider DoubleMap received the Scale-up Company of the Year Award for companies with $100,000 to $5 million in revenue during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. DoubleMap provides transit software for universities, municipalities, corporations, and airports worldwide. The company’s products, such as mobile apps for catching the

ClusterTruck Wins New Startup of the Year Mira Award

ClusterTruck, a revolutionary new concept in food service using technology to improve virtually everything, received the New Startup of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. ClusterTruck has rebuilt the concept of food delivery from the ground up delivering restaurant-quality (locally sourced) food faster than anyone

One Click Wins Company Culture of the Year Mira Award

One Click, the people-focused eyewear e-tailer, received the Company Culture of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. When husband and wife entrepreneurs Randy and Angie Stocklin started One Click in Greenwood, Ind., in 2005, they had visions for the future of their innovative ecommerce company.

Angie Hicks Receives Trailblazer in Technology Mira Award

Angie Hicks, co-founder and CMO of Angie’s List, received the Investor of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. The Trailblazer Award recognizes visionaries whose contributions have had lasting and significant impact on our technology ecosystem and our state. “Angie’s personal story of taking a big

Mark Hill Receives Bridge Builder Meritorious Service Award

Mark Hill, a founding board member of the TechPoint Foundation for Youth and longtime supporter of education innovation, received the Bridge Builder Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana.  Mark was instrumental in launching TechPoint Foundation for Youth’s largest Greenhouse Initiative 10 years ago — New Tech High @

Fizziology wins Tech Service of the Year Mira Award

Fizziology, the leading social media research firm and digital consultancy for the entertainment industry, received the Tech Service of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Fizziology uses the real-time reactions of audiences in social media to help creators and marketers make things that people love.

DemandJump Wins Best New Tech Product Mira Award

DemandJump, maker of the Artificial Intelligence Marketing (AIM) platform now with Advanced Search, received the Best New Tech Product Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. After raising the bar with its Artificial Intelligence Marketing (AIM) platform and helping clients increase revenues by triple digits, DemandJump had a

Arrhythmotech Wins Innovation of the Year Mira Award

Arrhythmotech, a novel medical device and software platform, received the Innovation of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Arrhythmotech’s neuECG(TM) platform is capable of detecting sympathetic nerve signaling (fight-or-flight activity) non-invasively on the skin with greater accuracy than traditional methods. SKNA is a novel continuous

ClusterTruck wins Corporate Innovator of the Year Mira Award

ClusterTruck, a startup rebuilding the concept of food delivery from the ground up, received the Corporate Innovator of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. ClusterTruck is delivering restaurant-quality (locally sourced) food faster than anyone else can by using technology and data to streamline the whole

Jeff Barry Receives Investor of the Year Mira Award

Jeff Barry, partner with growth-stage venture capital firm Plymouth Growth Partners received the Investor of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Plymouth Growth Partners specializes in Midwest tech companies and has invested over $10 million in Indiana tech companies. Two large 2016 investments include

Joshua Driver Wins Community Champion of the Year Mira Award

Joshua Driver, founder of Open for Service, received the Community Champion of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Indiana endured world-wide backlash because of the 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which many perceived as a license to discriminate against people based on their sexual

Lindsay Siovaila Wins Rising Star Mira Award

Graphic designer turned self-taught software developer Lindsay Siovaila, received the Rising Star Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Lindsay Siovaila is a results-driven developer who has a passion for innovation, learning, and helping others achieve their technology goals. She is currently the Lead Solutions Developer at Salesforce

Angie’s List Co-founder Angie Hicks to Receive Trailblazer Award

TechPoint, the growth initiative for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, will recognize Angie’s List Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Angie Hicks with the Trailblazer Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards Gala on April 29, at The Westin Indianapolis. The Mira Awards recognize and celebrate the best of tech in Indiana each year, including people, products and

WGU Indiana is obsessed with student success

Thirty-seven million Americans have some college experience but no degree. In Indiana alone there are 750,000 people who were able to start on a path to a degree but for one reason or another weren’t able to finish college. “They are full-time employees, mothers and fathers, people just like you and me who value education

Nominees Announced for 18th Annual TechPoint Mira Awards

Honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’ From 180 applications, independent judging panels selected 90 companies, schools, organizations and individuals to advance as Mira Award Nominees Winners will be announced during a black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, April 29, at The Westin Indianapolis TechPoint, the growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem, has announced the

Winning a Mira Award gave DATTUS a boost with investors and customers

DATTUS is doing for manufacturers and industry what NEST has done for smart homes and Fitbit has done for personal health. For industry today, it’s a no-brainer to make your machines smart, which is exactly what DATTUS does. Through simplicity and a unique application-agnostic ‘Internet of Things’ platform, DATTUS transforms aging industrial machinery into smart-machines

Ivy Tech Community College is more than you think

In a world where one of the most innovative forces in the automobile, energy, transportation and even space exploration industries is the guy who invented PayPal (a complete outsider), the usual way of preparing students for tomorrow’s workforce needs to be challenged. Ivy Tech Community College, the single largest accredited statewide community college system in

NCAA develops game-changing enterprise software system

You’re familiar with the NCAA. National Collegiate Athletic Association tournaments in multiple sports are some of the most-watched television events every year, particularly the Men’s Final Four basketball championship in the spring. You may have even visited the Hall of Champions museum at White River State Park in Indianapolis next door to the NCAA national

Appirio accelerating growth, doubling hiring in Indianapolis

The Indianapolis tech scene experienced some high-profile M&A activity this past year — including the sales of Interactive Intelligence and T2 Systems — and the $500 million acquisition of global cloud services consultancy Appirio by India-based Wipro certainly belongs on that list. The big question that arises with any acquisition is how will it impact

SEP opens creative new software product design studio

A new storefront has opened up near the corner of 126th Street and S. Rangeline Road in Carmel, Ind., and it’s home to Software Engineering Professionals (SEP) new Product Design Studio. The unique space is an immersive, collaborative environment where SEP and its customers and partners will develop software and information systems for businesses. Director of Innovation

Dave Duke has a thing for making customers happy

Dave Duke, Vice President of Customer Success for Sigstr, is thankful for his family, for his career in tech, and to be a part of the tech community in Indianapolis — especially since it all could have turned out very differently. From 2002-2004 as a recent Indiana University graduate with a degree in sports marketing,

Healthcare CRM hc1.com collecting awards, growth and momentum

When we last wrote about hc1.com a year ago, the leading cloud-based healthcare relationship management software company was focused on explaining the value of healthcare CRM (customer relationship management) in a post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare marketplace. As the company that literally coined the phrase and invented the first healthcare relationship management platform, it’s a

Winning a Mira Award helped MOBI attract top talent

Fast-growing managed mobility services (MMS) company MOBI had one of those years that business leaders dream of having. Double-digit sales growth and double digit employment expansion are two notable metrics of the company’s banner year that included an announcement about investing $11.5 million to grow its Indianapolis area operations and create hundreds of new jobs. Winning the

Omnisite: one of Indy’s coolest tech companies you haven’t heard of … yet

Just a couple streets away from Lucas Oil Stadium in a non-descript (but hip-looking) refurbished brick building tucked among family homes, a tech company you’ve probably never heard of is doing very cool things and ignoring conventional wisdom across several industries. Omnisite makes Internet of Things (IoT) enabled water monitors and controls — both the

Bluebridge sells divisions for $8 million to focus solely on employee engagement

One of Indianapolis’ most interesting startup-to-scale-up success stories just got an $8 million boost to fuel growth and create new jobs. Bluebridge, the venture capital-backed tech firm originally started in 2011 by then college student and ExactTarget intern Santiago Jaramillo, has sold off its church and tourism business units to focus solely on its Emplify

‘Finalist Day’ events match young talent with Indy companies

Close to 300 top-performing college students were in Indianapolis on Friday interviewing for coveted summer internships and two-year fellowships with 90 area companies. TechPoint’s Xtern and Indy Tech Fellowship Finalist Day events were happening at the Biltwell Event Center downtown while the Orr Fellowship Finalist Day was held at the Willows on Westfield on the

Plymouth Ventures invests millions in Indy-based Kinney Group

Cloud solutions integrator Kinney Group, Inc. is getting a multi-million dollar infusion of capital in a growth financing round led by Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Plymouth Ventures. Kinney Group counts Global 2000 public companies, IT-centric mid-market companies, and US Public Sector organizations among its clients, including being a leading integration partner for next-generation platform providers like Splunk,

‘Suite Speed Dating’ gives emerging tech firms a foot in the door

It’s been nearly 16 years since emerging technology firm ExactTarget (now Salesforce) inked early sales deals with electronics and appliances retailer HHGregg and shopping malls giant Simon Property Group — all Indianapolis-based companies at the time. According to a 2007 interview in the Indianapolis Business Journal with founder and CEO Scott Dorsey, ExactTarget was able

Upper Hand unveils unique new office space

Myles Grote and Kevin MacCauley, co-founders of Sports software company Upper Hand, invited me to tour their new offices on the third floor of the Morrison Opera Building in downtown Indianapolis. The historic building is home to Hard Rock Cafe, digital marketing firm Raidious, the new downtown Speak Easy, and now a unique sporting themed

Liquid expectations and microservices drive culture of innovation at Interactive Intelligence

Interactive Intelligence founder Don Brown is unassuming and fairly soft-spoken for an entrepreneur, except when you get him talking about technology — particularly those innovations developed by the company he founded that recently entered into a merger agreement to be acquired by Genesys for $1.4 billion. He often refers to the company’s customer engagement solutions as

PERQ is on a mission to improve big ticket online shopping

If you’ve been shopping online for a new car, a new apartment home, new furniture or other bigger ticket purchases, chances are pretty good that your online shopping experiences have been pretty bad. Amazon, Zappos and other expert online retailers may have revolutionized shopping for the smaller, less expensive and straightforward items that are shipped

Tech firms dominate ‘Indiana Companies to Watch’

Nine of the 14 companies honored last night by the state of Indiana as ‘Companies to Watch’ are tech firms innovating in growing Hoosier industries, including advanced manufacturing, life sciences, logistics and tech. The companies come from across the state representing Elkhart, Hamilton, Marion, Monroe, Posey, Steuben, St. Joseph, Vigo and Whitley counties. WATCH VIDEO and learn

Behind the scenes, Healthx is making healthcare easier for everyone

Health insurance companies and other healthcare payer organizations are going to spend nearly $550 million this year on technologies that help them compete in a changing marketplace — a marketplace that is finally becoming more consumer centric due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and new regulatory requirements. Indianapolis-based software developer Healthx is poised to capture

Pondurance is adding its name to the Indianapolis skyline

Just this week Gartner Inc. analysts announced that worldwide information security spending will increase 7.9 percent, reaching $81.6 billion by the end of the year, with security consulting and outsourcing capturing the largest shares of growth. Despite the increased security spending, high-profile data breaches keep happening in already highly regulated sectors like healthcare, financial services

Octiv is defining a complex and fragmented industry

The Indianapolis-based sales productivity software maker formerly known as TinderBox made a splash with its new brand name, Octiv, a couple weeks ago. Governor Pence even highlighted the tech company’s impressive growth in one of the largest job creation announcements of the year so far. It’s the “why” behind these major announcements and vision for

PAN has the solutions to big talent challenges

If you’ve interviewed for a job recently, it’s probable that you were asked to take a talent assessment or several tests as part of the hiring process. Organizations are recognizing that these assessments combined with structured interviews can significantly increase the likelihood of success on the job. Use of pre-hire assessment tests and popular personality instruments

Perceivant inks milestone deal with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Perceivant has closed a monumental deal with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that will touch nearly 5,000 students and faculty immediately, marking the first time a university has required the use of Perceivant driven courseware for every student. The Indianapolis-based technology firm provides educational tools and health technology platforms to a wide variety

What out-of-town investors think about Indy tech companies

Nineteen different venture capital firms, angel investors, and investment banks joined past and present Mira Award winners and other tech innovators at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on “Fast Friday” at the end of May for a special TechPoint Winners’ Circle celebration that included rapid-fire investable company pitches and speed-dating with investors. At the end of the

Upper Hand hits $1 million in seed capital with investment from former Finish Line execs

Serendipity keeps touching Upper Hand, the Indianapolis-based software company that simplifies front and back-end operations for sporting businesses like camps, athletic academies and individual coaches and trainers. The fast-growing scale-up has completed a $1 million seed financing round led by three former executives from Finish Line, the Indianapolis-based athletic shoes and apparel retail giant. It’s quite

Angie’s List just did something remarkable

Something remarkable is happening at Angie’s List. The team at Angie’s List announced that it would remove the paywall for home services provider reviews — data that was previously available only to paying members — and simultaneously replaced the company’s entire underlying technology platform. Why is this remarkable? That paywall was protecting $70 million dollars

TechPoint Honors ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’ at Mira Awards

Appirio, First Internet Bank, DemandJump, DATTUS, Geofeedia, pi lab, and MOBI Among Top Honorees TechPoint, the growth initiative for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, honored Indiana’s best companies, entrepreneurs, educators, and other leaders for their technology excellence and innovation at The Westin in downtown Indianapolis during the 17th annual Mira Awards gala presented by Angie’s List, Interactive

Appirio wins Tech Company of the Year Mira Award

Global cloud services provider Appirio received the Tech Company of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Though Appirio has been in the Indianapolis market since 2012, the company announced in August 2015 the designation of the Indianapolis office — the second largest of Appirio’s global

The Schneider Corporation wins Corporate Innovator of the Year Mira Award

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) e-government solutions provider The Schneider Corporation received the Corporate Innovator of the Year award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Last year, The Schneider Corporation saved taxpayers over 12 million trips to the courthouse and handled more than 450 million requests (up 400% over 2014) for

Geofeedia wins Scale-up Company of the Year ($5M-$20M) Mira Award

Location-based intelligence pioneer Geofeedia received the Scale-up Company of the Year ($5M-$20M) award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Geofeedia is the market leader in location-based intelligence and analysis for corporate security, public safety, education, and computer experience teams. Using Geofeedia, organizations can discover trends and patterns and stay

DemandJump wins New Startup of the Year Mira Award

Predictive marketing intelligence platform DemandJump received the New Startup of the Year award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Current marketing execution and automation tools, commonly known as dashboards,spreadsheets and scorecards, provide marketers with rearview or historical reporting on what a marketer did. They don’t allow marketers to see where

Monon Bioventures wins Innovation of the Year – Scientific Breakthrough Mira Award

Monon Bioventures, a hearing loss treatment innovator, received the Innovation of the Year – Scientific Breakthrough award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Monon Bioventures has revolutionized the world of hearing loss and the drugs and devices used to treat it by creating a new biotechnology that could have a

DATTUS wins Best New Tech Product Mira Award

Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and software provider DATTUS received the Best New Tech Product award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. DATTUS is doing for smart-machines what NEST has done for smart-homes and Fitbit has done for personal health. Through simplicity and a unique application-agnostic ‘Internet of things’ platform,

DemandJump wins Innovation of the Year Mira Award

Predictive marketing intelligence platform DemandJump received the Innovation of the Year award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Current marketing execution and automation tools, commonly known as dashboards,spreadsheets and scorecards, provide marketers with rearview or historical reporting on what a marketer did. They don’t allow marketers to see where they are

MOBI wins Company Culture of the Year Mira Award

Managed mobility services (MMS) provider MOBI received the Company Culture of the Year award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. MOBI is a fast-growing managed mobility services (MMS) company located in new 60,000 sq. ft. headquarters on the Northwest side of Indianapolis. They recently promoted 65 of their own software

Bill Godfrey wins Investor of the Year Mira Award

Today, long-time tech leader Bill Godfrey is managing director of 4G Ventures and focused on seed-stage angel investing in software-as-a-service companies in Central Indiana. He received the Investor of the Year award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Bill Godfrey was recognized with the Trailblazer in Technology Mira Award in 2012

IU’s Dr. Kylie Peppler wins Tech Educator of the Year Mira Award

Dr. Kylie Peppler, an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education at Indiana University — Bloomington, received the Tech Educator of the Year award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Dr. Peppler is incorporating artistic creativity into STEM fields immersion. Peppler has worked to understand

Marketer Teresa Becker wins Rising Star Mira Award

Teresa Becker, Owner, TKB Consulting, received the Rising Star Award during TechPoint’s 17th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Early in her career, Teresa was part of both the ExactTarget Catapult program and an Orr Fellow. She has grown her sole-proprietor consulting business incredibly fast on word-of-mouth alone. Teresa is a results-driven

Vennli invents customer ‘choice factor’ visualization platform, disrupts market research

The $40 billion global market research industry took a $1.4 billion dollar hit during the Great Recession as corporations slashed budgets and stockpiled cash due to uncertainty and continuing rising costs. Despite the fact that it’s more important to stay close to customers and maximize every sales opportunity during economic downturns, most companies chose to

Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO Scott McCorkle Named ‘Trailblazer in Technology’

TechPoint recognized Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO Scott McCorkle as Indiana’s 2016 Trailblazer in Technology during the 17th annual TechPoint Mira Awards on Saturday. The Mira Awards presented by Angie’s List, Interactive Intelligence, and Salesforce, recognize and celebrate the best of tech in Indiana each year. The TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology Award recognizes visionaries whose contributions

Geofeedia expands its role in pioneering location-based intelligence

Geofeedia burst onto the Indianapolis tech scene in 2014 with a couple of employees opening a satellite office for the then three-year-old Chicago-headquartered location-based intelligence company. Just 15 months later, 38 of the company’s 63 employees are based in Indianapolis playing pivotal roles in Geofeedia’s rapid growth, the development and launch of new software products,

Rose-Hulman student Tim Balz takes top honors at “Meet the Mira Nominees” event

Forty-seven rapid-fire elevator pitches highlighted the diversity and passion of the Indiana tech sector during TechPoint’s “Meet the Mira Nominees” event sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels and hosted by Eleven Fifty Academy and Eleven Fifty Consulting. This fun, fast-paced showcase featured about half of the companies, startups, schools, organizations, teams and individuals competing for the state’s

PactSafe is transforming the way software-as-a-service companies use contracts

Let’s face it, business-to-business (B2B) contracts are a hassle. Despite their necessity, problems with contracts are the reason about one out of every 10 deals deals falls apart due to inefficiencies, legal reasons or other friction throughout the contracting process. And forget about analytics; accessing contract data is a manual process that makes getting a

Bluebridge rallies its mobile app success to disrupt employee engagement market

Since smartphone sales eclipsed personal computers in 2011, entrepreneur Santiago Jaramillo has been obsessed with finding better ways to communicate and engage with people under the mobile-first mantra. He founded a company called Bluebridge, surrounded himself with passionate fellow entrepreneurs, and quickly gained traction as a pioneer of mobile-apps-as-a-service — a flat-fee platform that provides

Some of the world’s biggest brands use inSourceCode behind the scenes

Digital agencies like Indianapolis-based inSourceCode rarely get the spotlight. Most digital agencies place the emphasis on their clients and accept behind-the-scenes accolades for their extraordinary behind-the-scenes work. Even if you’ve never heard of inSourceCode, you’re probably familiar with enterprise-level WordPress development and digital marketing they’ve done on the national stage for major media platforms including

Indianapolis Ranks #2 Among Cities Secretly Great for Tech Grads

Indianapolis is one of the 10 “sneaky-great cities all college seniors should consider if they want to work in tech.” That’s the conclusion DataFox made in a new rankings report released today putting Indianapolis in second place behind Reston, Va. 2. Indianapolis, IN Like Reston, Indianapolis offers a vibrant community that’s affordable with an entry-level tech

Rook Security grows 2000+ percent, defines security landscape

Since Rook Security relocated from Silicon Valley to Indianapolis in 2010, the global IT security company has grown an astonishing 2,100 percent and now employs 55 people at its downtown and Carmel offices. Rook has doubled or nearly doubled its revenue every year in Indy, finally slowing to double-digit growth last year as the company

SmarterHQ stakes its claim as contextual marketing technology

SmarterHQ is TechPoint’s “Featured Company of the Week.” Learn about the program below. Shopping innovators like Amazon and Apple have permanently altered consumer expectations. Today, if you’re not delivering a personalized shopping experience, you don’t have to worry about competitors out-performing you — your customers are going to leave you anyway. 54% of consumers would

TinderBox cracked the code on B2B customer-behavior, sales productivity

TinderBox is TechPoint’s “Featured Company of the Week.” Learn about the program below. Business-to-business sales professionals have been trying to crack the code of customer behavior for as long as companies have sold products and services to one another. Understanding customer behavior is one driving factor for why companies around the world have spent $100

Roust is ready for your (potentially polarizing) opinions

Five months ago we published our first story about a new Indy-based software startup that was in beta at the time called Roust — the social network for connecting with others to discuss tough topics like politics, religion, and social matters. Now, just in time for the November 3 election, Roust co-founders Mark LaFay and

Tech is top-of-mind for Indy mayoral candidates

When it comes to the economy, tech is top-of-mind for both Indianapolis mayoral candidates. In its Election 2015 coverage on Sunday, The Indianapolis Star asked Republican Chuck Brewer and Democrat Joe Hogsett five questions about the economy — the first two questions were about key tech community issues. Here is an excerpt from The Star:

1,546 new tech jobs announced in 60 last days

During just the past 60 days, nine Indiana tech companies and tech-enabled companies have announced plans to invest more than $71 million in this state and create up to 1,546 new computer-related jobs. The largest deal in terms of the number of jobs is from Appirio, the cloud services provider that has been growing in

Two legacy Indiana tech companies acquired by private equity firms

Two of Indiana’s earliest software companies — companies that blazed tech trails and attracted and nurtured some of the state’s very first tech talent — have both been acquired by private equity firms. Carmel, Ind.-based loan-origination and portfolio-management software company Baker Hill was sold by former acquirer Experian for $100 million to The Riverside Co., a

7 Tech Blogs to Bookmark Today

We all have our favorite tech blogs — those go-to sources for daily tech news. But our team wanted to go a layer deeper and compile a list of the insightful, the captivating and the galvanizing tech news sources from those closest to the action. Of course, we invite you to bookmark techpoint.org too! In

Bill Godfrey’s five criteria for angel investing

When he was 30 years old, Bill Godfrey told his wife that he didn’t like the feeling of “having a job” and that he wanted to do something different. If his life were a television sitcom, this would be the moment when his wife gives him an “if-looks-could-kill” stare that puts an end to Bill’s

From Impulse and Internship to Choosing Indy

An impulse college choice and a chance internship with an alternative weekly newspaper have earned Indianapolis’ workforce two more creative class millennials in Liz and Mitch Greene! Since young professionals choose where they want to live first and then consider career options, strong industry communities — like Indy’s tech scene — and gripping cultural amenities

Gen Con could spur growth for local businesses

WISH-TV’s Eric Halvorson reported on TechPoint’s League of Extraordinary Programmers event on Friday evening at the height of Gen Con, the original, longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world! Gen Con attendees are also some of the world’s top tech talent, so TechPoint took the chance while they were in town to introduce them to Indy’s

LightBound was there at the beginning.

When consumers were just starting with their Internet experience in the mid-1990s, LightBound was there. Ten years ago, when businesses were exploring voice, video and other messaging options over the Internet (SIP technology), LightBound was there. And just a few years ago, in 2013, when marketing software maker ExactTarget was acquired by Salesforce for $2.5 billion,

How to impress investors at start-up events

The tech and startup scenes of Indiana will converge at Dallara Indycar Factory this week for Innovation Showcase — one of the largest gatherings of fundable companies, capital sources, and entrepreneurial energy in the state. Whether you’re exhibiting, attending, or just hoping to someday meet up with investors at an event like this, you should

CELEBRATION: Even if you haven’t yet built it, they will come.

This week is all about entrepreneurs in the state of Indiana. At events across the state, entrepreneurs are being recognized and celebrated for turning their passions into reality and igniting Indiana’s economy. Nearly 1.2 million Hoosiers are employed by a small business and more than 97 percent of all Indiana businesses are classified as small. Indiana Entrepreneurship Week celebrates all

VIDEO: Teradata’s Tommy Richardson on the CTO role and risk-taking

Just before giving the presentation during a very special TechPoint Tech Thursday in conjunction with Indiana’s Entrepreneurship Week Celebration, Teradata Marketing Applications CTO Tommy Richardson sat down with  us for an interview. We talked about the changing role of the CTO throughout his career, which started as a computer specialist in the Army National Guard leading

Everybody’s talking about High Alpha

The big news in tech last week (and I’m sure in weeks to come) for Indianapolis was High Alpha. Four well-known Indy entrepreneurs — Scott Dorsey, Mike Fitzgerald, Eric Tobias, and Kristian Andersen — all banded together with venture capital firms from the East and West Coasts and the Midwest, as well as strategic angel investors,

Mitch Daniels answers 8 questions about innovation, entrepreneurship & more

Interactive Intelligence made headlines this week when they announced that their newest board member is Mitch Daniels — the former businessman, Indiana governor and current president of Purdue University. Interactive Intelligence, a NASDAQ publicly traded company, is a global provider of collaboration, communications and customer engagement software and cloud services that employs more than 2,250 people globally —

Indy’s DoubleMap makes Inc. 30 Under 30 World’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs list

Inc. magazine has a habit of picking startup winners as part of their annual “30 Under 30 World’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs” list. Santiago Jaramillo and his Fishers, Ind.-based mobile apps company Bluebridge made the list before announcing $2.8 million in investments and major expansion plans, including a new headquarters and up to 199 new jobs.

Winning Father/Son Hackathon Team Generates Media Buzz

The story of Hoosier John Schevola and his 17-year-old son, Isaiah, winning the Indiana vs. Texas Civic Hackathon first broke in April, but the inspiring story is still making waves and generating buzz. In addition to coverage in Indy media, John’s employer ran a story in the AT&T Insider; his college WGU Indiana ran two stories; and

9 Mira Award Runners-Up Too Special to Miss

You probably heard a lot about the 2015 TechPoint Mira Award winners during the past two weeks, and we’re happy to see so much excitement about and coverage of our winners. They deserve it. We don’t want you to completely overlook, however, the nine runners-up who helped make it very difficult for the independent judging

TechPoint Honors the Best of Tech in Indiana at 2015 Mira Awards

Apparatus, AniDyn, TinderBox and Lesson.ly, Among Top Honorees TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, honored Indiana’s best companies, entrepreneurs, educators, and other leaders for their technology excellence and innovation at the 16th annual Mira Awards gala presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Among those taking home top honors were

Tech Visionary Chris Baggott Named Trailblazer in Technology

TechPoint has named serial entrepreneur and tech visionary Chris Baggott as Indiana’s 2015 Trailblazer in Technology. Chris accepted the award on May 2 at the JW Marriott during the 16th annual TechPoint Mira Awards, which recognize and celebrate the best of tech in Indiana each year.     The TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology Award recognizes visionaries whose contributions

Apparatus Wins Tech Company of the Year

Indianapolis based Apparatus received the Tech Company of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Apparatus strives to simplify every point of interaction with technology for its clients by making sure it works when and how it needs to.     Apparatus specializes in durable, scalable managed

TinderBox Wins Emerging Tech Company of the Year

Indianapolis based TinderBox received the Emerging Tech Company of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. TinderBox makes it faster to create and deliver sales proposals, contracts and even presentations entirely online.     TinderBox transforms how companies sell with a cloud-based sales productivity suite that powers

Lesson.ly Wins Tech Startup of the Year

Indianapolis based Lesson.ly received the Tech Startup of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Lesson.ly is focused on unlocking human potential by creating the most user-friendly way to build, share, and track training materials for your team. Lesson.ly, the team-training software company, was co-founded by

DoubleMap Co-founder Ilya Rekhter Wins Tech Rising Star Award

Ilya Rekhter, CEO and c0-founder of DoubleMap, received the Tech Rising Star Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Ilya co-founded transportation technologies company DoubleMap in 2011 and has since grown it to include more than 90 clients worldwide.     DoubleMap has created 34 jobs (22 in Indiana),

Geofeedia Wins Marketing Tech Award

Geofeedia received the Marketing Tech Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Geofeedia provides location-based social media monitoring, intelligence and analysis for corporate security, public safety, media/journalism and marketing teams.     Geofeedia is the market leader in location-based social media monitoring, intelligence and analysis for corporate security,

Extension Healthcare Wins Health Tech Award

Fort Wayne, Indiana based Extension Healthcare received the Health Tech Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Extension Healthcare combines alarm management middleware with a text messaging solution, optimizing the clinical event response workflow.     Extension Healthcare’s Engage software helps hospitals provide better patient care by improving communication among

SPEAK MODalities Wins Education Tech Award

SPEAK MODalities received the Education Tech Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. SPEAK MODalities is giving communication to children with autism and related disabilities with a set of tablet software apps used to teach speech and language skills.     SPEAK MODalities provides tablet apps that help

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division Wins Tech Educators of the Year Award

Southern Indiana based Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division received the Tech Educators of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. NSWC Crane STEM program goals are to ignite interest in STEM in its surrounding community to build a stronger pipeline of world-class STEM talent.     The Naval Surface

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard Named TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder

TechPoint Foundation for Youth selected Gregory A. Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis, as the 2015 Bridge Builder Award recipient. The Bridge Builder Award is given to an individual, program, or organization that has transformed technology education for Indiana’s students who are typically underrepresented in STEM fields, including girls, minorities, and students from low-income backgrounds.     “The

WebLink International Wins Tech Sales and Marketing Award

Indianapolis based WebLink International received the Tech Sales and Marketing Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. WebLink International is the provider of WebLink Connect, the insightful, innovative and easy-to-use association management software.     WebLink is a software as a service company that provides membership management solutions to

Vennli Wins Tech Services Award for IT to Support Go-to-Market

Vennli received the Tech Services Award for IT to Support Go-to-Market during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Vennli provides business strategy software that fuels company growth by revealing how to differentiate in a competitive market.     Vennli is a software-as-a-service platform that harnesses real-time customer insights —

Animated Dynamics (AniDyn) Wins Tech Innovation of the Year

West Lafayette, Indiana based Animated Dynamics, or AniDyn, received the Tech Innovation of the YearAward during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Animated Dynamics, Inc. (AniDyn) is a biotechnology start-up that uses a breakthrough technology, called BioDynamic Imaging, to look inside living samples of patient biopsies to measure how

pi lab Wins Mobile Tech Award for Edwin the Duck

Carmel, Indiana based pi lab received the Mobile Tech Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. From napkin sketch to creation, the pi lab team are experts in the steps necessary to produce special and engaging tech-enabled consumer products.     Edwin® the Duck is the first product by

Mind the Gap: New Central Indiana Tech Workforce Study Released

TechPoint and  EmployIndy released a new Central Indiana Tech Workforce Study this morning during a symposium produced by the Indianapolis Business Journal called “Mind the Gap.” The event included a panel discussion on future challenges to develop, hire and retain tech-savvy workers; and Mark Muro, senior fellow and policy director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution, delivered the keynote. DOWNLOADS

Studio Science Q&A with Kristian Andersen

If you missed the fireside chat with Kristian Andersen during the Verge Studio Science Launch Party last month, you might still be wondering what the deal is with KA+A changing its name after a decade of building up a sterling reputation as a top-notch design and innovation shop — especially in the Indianapolis tech community.

Introducing the Indiana Tech Companies List

Indiana’s Tech Companies List — the interactive directory found here — is a great new resource that makes it easier to find, buy from, and invest in Indiana tech companies! “The List,” as we’ve been calling it, is organized into broad tech categories like Big Data/Analytics, Cloud/Hosting, E-Commerce, Education, Transportation, Ag Tech, Financial, Business Productivity

TechPoint to Honor ‘Tech 25’ Technology Builders

TechPoint to Honor ‘Tech 25’ Class of Tech Product and Company Builders During May 2 Mira Awards TechPoint, the voice and catalyst of Indiana’s tech ecosystem, will recognize unsung contributors to Indiana’s thriving tech sector leading up to and during the May 2, Mira Awards Gala presented by BKD CPAs and Advisors. “The ‘Tech 25’

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10 Cool Things to Know About the May 2nd Mira Awards

The Mira Awards — Indiana’s technology Oscars — are coming up the first weekend in May!  Here are some cool things to know about this year’s “Best of Tech in Indiana.” Nearly 2/3rds of the Nominees this year didn’t even exist as companies five years ago. Out of the 31 companies competing for the Tech,

Networking. Craft Brews. Great Food. Final Four.

Indianapolis is definitely the place to be next week. Indy is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four host city, and cloud and colocation hosting services provider Online Tech has a way for you to get up close and personal on the tournament action. Online Tech is having a Final Four IT networking event on Friday,

Health tech startup greenlight.guru secures $1.25MM, launches QMS software

It was just over a year ago that greenlight.guru launched the Alpha version of its quality management system (QMS) software specifically designed for medical device companies. Today, greenlight.guru has emerged from a 4-month Beta with paying customers subscribed to its now fully launched core software product, and the fast-growing startup has closed on an oversubscribed

Emerging Threats acquired by Proofpoint: Investor Reactions

In an open letter to his customers last week, Emerging Threats CEO Ken Gramley broke the good news that the malware security and compliance company was being acquired by Proofpoint, Inc. for $40 million in cash and stock. Proofpoint is a publicly traded NASDAQ company that also specializes in security and compliance like Emerging Threats.

Meet the Hack Indiana challenge winners

The Indiana winners of the Indiana vs. Texas Hackathon Challenge were revealed last night at The Speak Easy in Indianapolis. This first-of-its-kind competition pits the two states against one another as a fun way to draw people together to tackle some community problems and spark entrepreneurship and talent development. The two winning Hoosier teams will

The survey that sparked Indy’s tech talent movement

Eighteen months ago, TechPoint conducted a workforce survey that sparked a talent movement in Indianapolis. After confirming long-assumed challenges shared by 26 key tech employers and learning valuable insights into their talent recruitment needs, TechPoint developed two tech workforce reports and launched its Xpat and Xtern talent attraction and retention initiatives that are changing minds

Finally, an award for tech builders

Every community seems to have the same problem. We do a good job of recognizing the rising stars and the trailblazing lifetime achievers, but nobody ever does much to celebrate the exceptional people in the middle — the actual tech builders and creators. Well, TechPoint is about to remedy that for the tech sector in

Startup financial projections just got easier

Search “I hate financial projections” in Google and you get more than 72 million results. It’s because the most common spreadsheet templates are complex and confusing with dozens of tabs and thousands of variable inputs. Many entrepreneurs take one look at this kind of Excel madness and give up. The good news is that ProjectionHub,

Super Bowl champ Ryan Diem is proud of his inner nerd.

How cool would it be to have a Super Bowl champion on your board of directors? That’s exactly what they have at CloudOne, the fast-growing tech firm in Indianapolis that specializes in bringing enterprise software applications to the cloud. Former Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Ryan Diem is on the board. Ryan was part of the

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Nominees Announced for 16th Annual TechPoint Mira Awards Honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’

100  companies, schools and startups, and 10 individuals selected by independent judging panels as the 2015 class of Mira Award Nominees NEW EVENT DATE: Winners will be announced during a masquerade-themed, black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, May 2, at the JW Marriott   TechPoint, the voice and catalyst of Indiana’s tech ecosystem, has

#tbt The Speak Easy opens as clubhouse for entrepreneurs to create, collaborate, and learn

Indy’s Speak Easy opened its doors in February 2012, as the first collaborative workspace serving entrepreneurs in the Central Indiana startup ecosystem. The founders believed in providing a place for education, conversation and “manufactured serendipity.” Aaron Aders described it as a Moose Lodge for startups in Inc. magazine back in 2012. Now it’s hard to imagine

Our most engaging stories of 2014

Techpoint.org really took off in 2014. There’s so much momentum leading into 2015 and so many stories to tell about Indiana’s fast-growing tech scene that it’s only going to get better! We are looking forward to another year of shining a spotlight on Indiana tech companies, startups, tech jobs, tech community events, and the remarkable

TechPoint Seeks Nominations, Applications for Mira Awards

Social Net Watcher, last year’s Education Tech Mira Award winner, secured more than $250,000 in venture capital from four new investors as a result of exposure from the Mira Awards. The nomination and application deadline for TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors is Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Anyone can nominate

App creation software company App Press secures investment

App development blossomed into a $68 billion global industry last year, and analysts at app-economy research firm VisionMobile believe it could more than double over the next two years. It puts into perspective a fully subscribed seed investment round led by Elevate Ventures with participation by VisionTech Angels and several individual angel investors in App

Is Indianapolis America’s Most Surprising City?

It’s official! Indianapolis has been named “America’s Most Surprising City” by travel site Lonely Planet. Just days apart, the site also ranked Indianapolis sixth on its list of the top 10 American destinations primed for a visit in 2015. You can check out the Lonely Planet rankings here and here. It’s opportune timing for these lifestyle

Indy media buzzing about tech workforce report

Indy’s appetite for tech news is growing, and Indy media have served up some tasty tech news entrees over the past week! Inside Indiana Business, the Indianapolis Business Journal and WIBC-Radio all covered the release of TechPoint’s second Workforce Report, which highlights the tech skills that are most in demand among tech employers and the continuing

Collaborative wedding planning tool ‘Plan the day’ helps brides create memories, not stress

Matt and Cristina Goebel faced the same challenges many couples face during their own wedding last year. The wedding planning process is overwhelming, and a lot can get lost in translation with information stored in different notebooks and emails or contracts. Additionally, brides (and their grooms and families) are constantly asked the same questions over and

Forbes event touts Indiana as a center of Innovation, highlights Hoosier innovators

In a piece about the Forbes Reinventing America event for Centric, Indy’s innovation advocacy group, Jason Williams draws a line in the sand and dares doubters of Indiana’s innovation credentials to cross it. Forbes’ Reinventing America event helped validate what we’ve known all along. Indiana is a center of innovation that demands global attention. Leaders throughout

Angie Hicks and Mark Hill talk startups, lessons learned and life

Imagine packing a sixteen-week, graduate-level startup masterclass into one hour. That’s kind of what it was like listening to a very broad and candid entrepreneurship discussion with Angie’s List co-founder and CMO Angie Hicks, and Baker Hill co-founder and prolific angel investor Mark Hill. Tom Walsh, intellectual property attorney and partner with Ice Miller, moderated

Communities need placemaking resources to help win the talent battle

From economic development focused on tech to arts districts, downtown revitalization and neighborhood stabilization efforts; and from parks and trails improvements to new entertainment venues and enhanced education programs — Indiana communities are are stepping up to improve the quality of life for their residents, which ultimately helps to attract people and jobs. This is

Startup Lessons Learned: How past failures shaped the way Dustin Sapp runs fast-growing Tinderbox

Dustin Sapp never expected to be a serial entrepreneur. He is as surprised as anybody to be the co-founder and CEO of sales automation software startup Tinderbox. The plan after graduating from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was to marry his high school sweetheart and begin the long journey to upper-middle management at one of those huge

hc1.com needs your ‘applause’ for Harvard Health Acceleration Challenge

“What proven innovation have you created that would enhance health care value in the U.S. if broadly disseminated?” That is THE question driving the Harvard Business School Healthcare Innovation Challenge, an open forum competition held jointly with Harvard Medical School that is seeking healthcare innovations like health information technology that are ready to scale up

Tech business disasters are outages, not just acts-of-God

In the Midwest, we don’t have to worry about acts-of-God happening as frequently as our friends on the coasts do. But disasters affecting tech businesses don’t have to be natural disasters to be equally as devastating to the bottom line. September is National Disaster Preparedness month, so take a few moments to reassess and perhaps reinvigorate

ExactTarget Marketing Cloud puts customer on pedestal at Connections 14 digital marketing conference

ExactTarget Marketing Cloud’s Connections digital marketing conference gets bigger and better every year. So much bigger and better that the whole event had to be moved to the Indiana Convention Center this year for Connections 2014. Keynotes and entertainment from will.i.am, The Script, and Mindy Kaling, and 100+ breakout sessions were all kicked off with an opening

PrecisionHawk unmanned aerial vehicles closes on $10 million in Series B startup funding

Indiana-based PrecisionHawk, maker of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and cloud-based data collection software, has closed on a $10 million Series B startup funding round led by New York City-based investor Millennium Technology Value Partners with Bob Young, co-founder of RedHat, and The Innovate Indiana Fund. PrecisionHawk will double its workforce, open a new office and launch new software for

Get your FREE Connections 2014 Keynote & EXPO Hall Pass and discount code. Plus 5 Lucky winners will receive a Full 3-Day Conference Pass!

The 8th annual Connections digital marketing conference brought to you by Salesforce.com’s ExactTarget Marketing Cloud is coming up September 23-25 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Connections is three days jam-packed with inspirational keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions and world class entertainment. TechPoint and ExactTarget have partnered to bring the Indiana tech community three

New hc1.com chief revenue officer: ‘Indianapolis is the place for people who want to build something’

As the newly created chief revenue officer for Indianapolis-based hc1.com, Fairfield, Connecticut native Jeff Lautenbach is experiencing for the first time what it’s like to work for a company with fewer than 10,000 employees. He’s no stranger to building a business, though, and after several months immersed in hc1.com’s smaller startup environment, the smile on

Tech Pros: Enter ‘Indy’s Best and Brightest’ Awards for 40 and Under (technology awards)

Junior Achievement is accepting nominations for its 11th Annual Indy’s Best and Brightest event, and one of the categories is technology. Indy’s Best and Brightest honors 100 of Central Indiana’s outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, who are making their mark in and around Indianapolis. This event was created by Junior Achievement to recognize

Tech Growth Initiative Gains Fortune 15 Donor: AT&T Indiana Becomes TechPoint Pillar Partner

Bill Soards, President, AT&T Indiana, Joins TechPoint Board of Directors AT&T Indiana has signed on as a TechPoint Pillar Partner, joining the ranks of donors who contribute $25,000 or more annually to the state’s private, nonprofit tech sector growth initiative. AT&T Indiana cited recruitment of tech talent and promoting Indiana’s thriving tech sector as key

Indiana-based HALO Investor Group Surpasses $20 Million Invested in Hoosier Startups Milestone

TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, has announced that the angel funding organization HALO Investor Group surpassed the $20 million mark for investments in Hoosier tech startups over the past five years. The group reached this significant milestone with four investments totaling nearly $1.5 million during the first two quarters of 2014. HALO Investor Group is

18,000 reasons Indiana tech employers should pay attention to Microsoft layoffs

Last Thursday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the Redmond, Washington-based “world’s largest software developer” will be laying off 18,000 people over the next six months — 12,500 from recently acquired Nokia. While no hospitable Hoosier would ever delight in someone losing his or her job, it’s prudent for every Indiana tech employer to recognize Microsoft’s

Tech firms dominate Indiana’s ‘Companies to Watch’ awards

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann yesterday announced that 27 companies have earned a place in Indiana’s seventh annual class of ‘Companies to Watch’ program. Eleven of these fast-growing companies — that's 40.7 percent of the award winners — are tech firms specializing in software development, mobile apps, cloud computing, digital learning, health information technology, digital security,

Co-working spaces mirror growth of tech and startup communities

As Innovation Showcase highlighted last week, Indy's tech sector and startup communities are thriving. The growth we're seeing in new firms and technologies and young new talent is driving creation of new co-working spaces with more set to open yet this year. Both the Indianapolis Business Journal and Indiana Chamber BizVoice magazine have run feature

REVEAL: University Technologies event highlights powerful startup pipelines

On the eve of Innovation Showcase, Indy's premier event for fundable companies and capital, a new pre-party event called REVEAL: University Technologies celebrated the best startup technologies and investment opportunities coming out of three of Indiana's most prolific research and development institutions — Indiana University, Purdue University and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division. Frankly, the

‘Net Neutrality’ a complex issue, but is robust government regulation the best solution?

The biggest takeaway for me from today’s New Economy New Rules panel discussion about Net Neutrality wasn’t clarity on which camp’s regulation demands are better. What I walked away with was a question about whether or not government intervention would untangle the complexity, make it worse, or create a new universe of unintended consequences. Our

‘Buy Local’ tech list is the start of something big

Convincing Indiana CIOs to buy technology from Indiana tech companies isn't as difficult as it once was. In fact, many CIOs are eager to "buy local" and put their money where their mouth is as long as the products and services are equal to or superior than out-of-state tech. The biggest obstacle to buying local

RepuCare Onsite acquisition highlights value of big data, need for tech-skilled workforce

RepuCare Onsite, a, Indianapolis-based health and wellness company that also operates onsite health clinics for employers, announced yesterday that they bought Spectrum Health Services, a company that provides complementary services and also operates clinics. The interesting tech connection, says deal advisor Brian Modiano, is that combining Spectrum's 17 years of data with RepuCare's 18 years

10 Things You Should Know about Millennials as Customers

Insights from the Interactive Intelligence Interactions Conference event — Meet Your New Customer: Panel Discussion with Millennial Aged Consumers  Now that half of all Millennials (born 1980-2000) have reached the magical 24-year-old consumer demographic, they are rapidly displacing Baby Boomers in buying power in probably every category except health care and retirement services. What this means

Interactive Intelligence draws 2,000 customer experience pros from 50 countries for Interactions conference

Interactive Intelligence CEO Don Brown’s passion for the company he founded was palpable as he welcomed 2,000 customer service professionals from 50 countries to Indianapolis at the company’s annual Interactions global conference. In his usual irreverent (but very likable) style, Don talked about “giving fits to the big guys out there” and the large, attentive

Eli Lilly and Company Invests in Tech Growth Initiative

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Mike Meadows Joins TechPoint Board of Directors  TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, announced today that Eli Lilly and Company has invested in the nonprofit economic development organization, joining its Pillar Partner donors who contribute $25,000 or more annually. Lilly is one of the largest employers of highly skilled computer-related workers

Givelify app makes it easier to donate and raises more money for charities

A profound passion to help charities do more and the supportive tech community in Indianapolis inspired and enabled founders Walle Mafolasire and Tayo Ademuyiwa, M.D. to create the charitable donation app Givelify. Since launching the public beta a couple of months ago, Givelify has raised nearly  $1 million for about 200 churches across the nation,

Indy wins national competition and funding for STEM mentoring

CAPTION: President Obama speaks at the White House Science Fair where US2020 announced the seven winning cities of a national competition to create multi-year campaigns to boost STEM mentorship across the country. (Inset Photos: Laura Dodds, executive director, TechPoint Foundation for Youth met entrepreneur and US2020 champion Dean Kamen, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and

VOTE for Richmond, Indiana-based Skates US to win national competition and $25,000 grand prize

Rally, Indy! We have four days to help Richmond, Indiana-based Skates US collect the most votes and win the Comcast Business Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs national competition that rewards entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to enhance customer and employee experiences. Skates US is the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor for the world's three top brands of competitive ice skates

Entrepreneurs say free WI-FI for customers earns more sales

If you want to draw new customers and repeat buyers to your small business, offer them free WI-FI and heavily promote the perk. New and repeat customers are just two of the rewards entrepreneurs and IT decision-makers say they have reaped by making WI-FI a free amenity, according to results from the Small Business WI-FI

#FightForSmall launching Hoosier small-business revolution

Although I work in customer service and marketing, I’m also a social justice activist. That’s probably why the word “fight” drew me to the #FightForSmall launch party. That’s not an understatement. Hoosier businesses have a fight on our hands. In an evolve-or-die world, 53 percent of Hoosier small businesses do not even have a website.

IU School of Informatics and Computing enrollment doubled, research funding tripled under Trailblazer in Technology Award winner Bobby Schnabel

Bobby Schnabel, dean of the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, was honored with the Trailblazer in Technology Award during TechPoint’s 15th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. The award recognizes individuals whose vision and efforts in advancing technology have made a lasting and significant impact on Indiana. Since Bobby

Bridge Builder Award winner Robert Kizer helps students graduate high school and attend college through Starfish Initiative

Robert Kizer, president and CEO of Starfish Initiative, received the TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. The Starfish Initiative, one of the most successful college access mentoring programs in the country, matches students with college-educated, volunteer adult mentors who help “walk”

Tech Company of the Year Interactive Intelligence grew 34 percent while the global contact center market declined

Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ININ) accepted the Tech Company of the Year Award for the second year in a row during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Indianapolis-based Interactive Intelligence provides software and services that unify every aspect of a business’ interactions with its customers, which reduces

Emerging Tech Company of the Year Ticketracker helping schools in all 50 states boost revenues and increase accountability

Ticketracker, based in Anderson, Ind., received the Emerging Tech Company of the Year Award for its comprehensive software-as-a-service solution during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. The software allows schools to replace high-risk cash and paper-ticket processes that often rely on the “honor system,” with secure, online credit

Tech Startup of the Year DoubleMap improves public transit systems for riders and authorities

Indianapolis-based DoubleMap received the Tech Startup of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 15th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. DoubleMap is an online bus-tracking application delivering real-time information for both riders and transit authorities, allowing communities to get the most out of their public transit system. DoubleMap provides a web application

Marketing Tech Award winner PERQ helps customers increase sales with FATWIN gaming technology

Indianapolis-based marketing technology and promotions company, PERQ, received the Marketing Tech Award for its FATWIN incentive gaming technology during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. The technology collects valuable consumer information for future marketing efforts, while consumers become more familiar with promoted brands and they have fun while

Tech Educator of the Year Jonathan Blake Huer pushes boundaries of traditional education, opens students to digital frontier

Jonathan Blake Huer is an award winning app developer and filmmaker, an Apple Distinguished Educator, Adobe Education Leader, Campus Technology Innovator, an author who just published his first book, and now he is Tech Educator of the Year. Jonathan received the award during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in

Education Tech Award winner Social Net Watcher software scans social media to prevent school bullying and violence

Plainfield, Indiana-based cloud software firm Social Net Watcher received the Education Tech Award for its innovative scanning algorithm during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. The technology monitors students’ social media posts and alerts teachers and parents to potential cyberbullying, suicide or violent threats. Once phrases are identified,

Tech Sales and Marketing Award winner Teradata earned eight-digit revenue bump from integrated content marketing campaign

A small Indianapolis-based team within Teradata’s Integrated Marketing Management unit (including the acquired Indianapolis-based company Aprimo) received the Tech Sales and Marketing Award for their highly effective integrated content marketing campaign during TechPoint’s 15th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. This team perfectly executed an integrated content marketing campaign that yielded

Health Tech Award winner PolicyStat changes the way organizations capture and disseminate knowledge for better outcomes

Carmel, Indiana-based health information technology company PolicyStat received the Health Tech Award for its policy and procedure management software-as-a-service during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. The software was created in 2006 to meet the need for a better way to handle policies and procedures in healthcare organizations;

Tech Services Award winner The Schneider Corporation helping to reduce the size and cost of government

Indianapolis-based Schneider Corporation’s software-as-a-service e-government solutions seek to change the very nature of how citizens interact with local governments, improving constituent service while lowering costs. Schneider accepted the Tech Services Award for IT to Support Go-to-Market during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Last year, Schneider saved taxpayers

Indiana University’s One.IU ‘app store’ wins Tech Services Award for IT to Support the Business

In four months time, the One.IU development team brought consumerism to Indiana University’s web services and turned their, “Search, Click, Done.” into a reality for students and faculty across eight campuses. One.IU was rewarded for their accomplishments with the Tech Services Award for IT to Support the Business during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards

Tech Innovation of the Year LumenCache brings lighting and power distribution to rural communities through energy microgrids

McCordsville, Indiana-based energy innovator, LumenCache, received the Tech Innovation of the Year Award for its Legacy line of high efficiency lighting and power distribution technology during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. The technology replaces the last 1000 feet of the old 110 Volt AC power distribution in

Mobile Tech Award winner DoubleMap makes the unpredictable predictable for transit businesses and consumers

Intelligent transportation system and service provider, DoubleMap, received the Mobile Tech Award for its online bus tracking application during the 15th annual TechPoint Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. The Indianapolis-based startup company allows riders to track the exact location of a bus in real-time. DoubleMap provides a web application accessible through

Emerging Threats fights malware and malicious online attacks with intelligence

The cyber Security research organization, Emerging Threats, has quickly grown from an online open source community, to a world-leading provider of malware and malicious threat intelligence with its commercialized products — ETPro Ruleset and IQRisk Suite. Backed by Indiana-based HALO Capital Group and Elevate Ventures, Emerging Threats is helping enterprises protect private and public networks

Nominations for Indy’s fastest growing companies end this Friday

Last year, BidPal and Exacq Technologies were the tech firms topping the list of the Indianapolis Business Journal's annual "Fastest Growing Companies" list (numbers two and nine respectively). There were a handful of other tech and tech-enabled companies on the list, but there could have been more. To be in the running, companies must have

Nominees Announced for 15th Annual TechPoint Mira Awards Honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’

Eighty-eight companies, schools and startups, and 25 individuals selected by independent judging panels from record-breaking number of applicants Winners will be announced during “Gatsby-themed,” black-tie awards ceremony and gala on May 3, at the JW Marriott DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE   DOWNLOAD DIGITAL BADGE   TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, has announced the nominees for the 15th annual

Barnes & Thornburg Hosting Indy Meetup at SXSW Interactive

South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, kicks off this Friday in Austin, Texas. Many of the best and brightest tech minds from Indiana attend every year and this year, Indianapolis-based Herff Jones is a finalist for "Best Educational App" in the events' Interactive

Tech Sector Sets New Record with 170 Applications for TechPoint’s 15th Annual Mira Awards

Today, TechPoint is announcing that we received a record-breaking 170 applications for this year's 15th annual Mira Awards program — 50 more than last year — totaling a 40 percent increase over the previous record.   Also of note, nearly half of the applications this year came from first-time companies, schools, organizations and individuals who

Indiana Consolidating Small Business and Entrepreneurship Initiatives and Organizations into Single, Streamlined Office

In a press release today, Indiana House Republicans announced that several small business and entrepreneurship initiatives and organizations will be combined into just one office called OSBE — the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.   from the press release: State Representative Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) authored legislation regarding the promotion of entrepreneurship in young Hoosiers,

Indy-Based Herff Jones is a Finalist for ‘Best Educational App’ at SXSW

Indianapolis-based Herff Jones' iPad app called StrataLogica — interactive maps, globes, atlases, and charts — has been named a finalist for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Awards in the educational resource category.   The SXSW Interactive Awards highlight the coolest projects from the Interactive community, including mobile and tablet apps, platforms, games, kiosks/installations, digital campaigns, websites

Interactive Intelligence Climbs Above Twitter and Google on Mashable “Best Tech Companies to Work For” List

Interactive Intelligence has once again topped a list of the best places to work. This time it was a story on the front page of Mashable today, listing Interactive Intelligence above both Twitter and Google. Earlier this year, Interactive Intelligence made two other high-profile lists: Glassdoor Employee’s Choice BEST PLACES TO WORK 2014 Forbes’ The

TechPoint’s 2014 Mira Awards presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors

       ABOUT THE AWARDS   The Mira Awards Gala and Awards Ceremony is one of the tech sector’s most anticipated annual events. The evening includes cocktails and an interactive dining experience before the awards ceremony, followed by an after party with live music and entertainment. This year's theme is "Gatsby," a Roaring Twenties, Jazz Age

How To Turn ‘Awards Season’ into Sales & Marketing Success

The Golden Globes recently kicked off the entertainment industry’s awards season and sparked the typical feeding frenzy over red carpet hits and misses that will last through the Academy Awards in March. It’s the business of awards season that caught my attention as TechPoint prepares for our own “Oscars of technology and entrepreneurship” – the

PROFILE: Apprentice University Offers Alternative to Four-Year Degree

(Previously titled ‘College is broken.’ Apprentice University Takes on the 11th Commandment) Ron Brumbarger and Joel Moran didn’t shy away from controversy during their presentation about Apprentice University at Tech Thursday last week. They were unapologetic in their claim that “college is broken,” citing troubling statistics and rebuking what they called the 11th Commandment —

Call for Entries: 6 Reasons to Nominate for the Mira Awards

TechPoint has issued a call for entries for our 15th annual Mira Awards presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors. Considering Indiana's eventful year in tech — IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, startup activity, and new jobs and investment — this anniversary event will be a celebration of many tech community milestones as we recognize achievement of

‘SnowpocaGIVE’ Raises $40,000+ in Pledges for Wheeler Mission

    Amidst the flurry of Snowpocalypse last weekend, Indianapolis responded to a creative giving challenge originated by personal finance guru and media personality Peter Dunn to pledge a dollar amount to Wheeler Mission homeless ministries based on how many inches of snow fell at the Indianapolis International Airport.   I'm donating $100 per inch

Rose-Hulman Academic VP Testifying with Dean Kamen before Congress about S.T.E.M. Future

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Vice President for Academic Affairs Phillip J. Cornwell, PhD, testified today at a congressional hearing on STEM engagement and retention issues with  world-renowned innovator Dean Kamen. Kamen is best known for inventing the Segway and the world’s first wearable infusion pump. He also founded FIRST Robotics, which is closely tied with IndianaFIRST

Bluebridge Digital Investing, Growing & Proving Co-Working Startup Model

Included in today’s record-breaking economic development results for 2013, Governor Mike Pence announced that mobile app developer Bluebridge Digital will invest approximately $311,000 to lease 4,500 square feet of office space in Fishers and add up to 199 new jobs by 2022. Tech companies Perceivant and Gruuv Technologies were also included in today’s announcement of

Indy-based Interactive Intelligence Tops Google, Apple, Intel and Many Others in Best Places to Work Awards

Success breeds success, and the greater Indianapolis area has experienced a great deal of success in 2013. In what is hopefully a positive omen for the coming New Year, Interactive Intelligence has received a Glassdoor Employee’s Choice Award as one of the Best Places to Work in the U.S. Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ),

Indianapolis Media Reporting Launch of IndyX Talent Attraction and Retention Pilot

  Indianapolis news outlets — The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Business Journal and Inside Indiana Business, including its Inside Edge Newsletter (lead story) so far — are covering today's unveiling of TechPoint's IndyX talent attraction and retention initiative. TechPoint president and CEO Mike Langellier was also interviewed by Network Indiana's Taylor Bennett, so IndyX stories

IndyX: TechPoint Pilots Talent Attraction and Retention Initiative For Tech Sector

TechPoint has launched IndyX, a tech talent attraction and retention pilot program that organizers call the first step toward an effective and long-lasting solution to the high-tech worker shortage in Indianapolis. PHOTO CREDIT: Indianapolis downtown photo courtesy of Banayote Photography (www.banayote.com).   First-of-its-kind IndyX initiative to combat shortage of qualified workers for high-tech jobs (INDIANAPOLIS,

Startup Communities Depend on Luck and Coffee Shops more than Anything Else

Chris Baggott, co-founder and CEO of Compendium & co-founder of ExactTarget; and Permjot Valia, founder of MentorCamp.ca and co-founder of London-based fund manager Flight and Partners; share a laugh over their unique introductions during TechPoint’s New Economy New Rules panel discussion Nov. 8. Kristian Andersen, founder of KA+A, also served on the panel. TechPoint President

CreateIT Wins 2nd Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge for Mobile Pregnancy App Reducing Infant Mortality

  CreateIT Healthcare Solutions has won top honors from the second annual Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge. The CreateIT mobile application fights to reduce the high infant mortality rate in Indiana by pushing educational materials to expectant mothers where they live.   According to Census Bureau data, even among mothers living in poverty, 80.9 percent of

Curvo Labs **LIVE Blog** from ALHIT Mini-Conference

Great speakers @ALHIT_Indiana on how SaaS, big data and analytics are re-shaping the cost of healthcare. Thx @TechPointInd @icemillerLLP — Jim Bartek (@JimBTek) November 12, 2013   WOW! @CurvoLabs has 64 hospitals and surgery centers under contract and they have only existed since February 2013! #startup #healthIT — TechPoint (@TechPointInd) November 12, 2013   Hospitals

Healthx **LIVE Blog** from ALHIT Mini-Conference

Today at TechPoint's ALHIT Mini-Conference presented by Ice Miller, Healthx Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder Win Norton shared insights into where Healthx sees major opportunities in the health IT sector. An interesting highlight from his presentation is that Healthx just finished its most profitable quarter ever due to increases from the Obamacare exchanges.   Indy's

More Signs of Tech Sector Strength, Impact on Commercial Real Estate

Jason Tolliver, regional vice president for commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley, says he see signs that Indiana is becoming a hub for e-commerce. Tolliver was a guest on the TV news program Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick this weekend. Though the story online specifically mentions e-commerce, Tolliver and Gerry Dick talked about the

Influential Urban Analyst Cheers Indy’s Marketing Tech Cluster Movement

    THE MAGIC OF MICROCLUSTERS: Top urban affairs blog praises Indianapolis' strategy of focusing on distinct marketing technology sub-specialty.      Aaron Renn, an influential economic development thought leader and author of The Urbanophile (America's number one urban affairs blog), believes Indianapolis is on the right track with it's focus on marketing technology. He

Oracle Buys Compendium: Adds Leading Content Marketing Platform to Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud

Oracle Buys Compendium: Adds Leading Content Marketing Platform to Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud from TechPointInd NEWS FACTS: Oracle today announced that it has acquired Compendium, a cloud-based content marketing provider that helps companies plan, produce and deliver engaging content across multiple channels throughout their customers’ lifecycle. Compendium’s data-driven approach aligns relevant content with customer data

How a Classics Degree Turned into a Career in Tech

  Just because you didn't graduate with a degree in computer science, that doesn't mean you can’t have a successful career in the fast-growing technology sector. The trick to making a leap from wherever you’re working now to a tech firm might be a little bit of knowledge, some skill at solving problems and knowing

Local Startups and Executives Will Learn High-Growth Strategies at Oct. 11th Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Recent tech sector IPOs and acquisitions in Indianapolis — like the $2.5 billion acquisition of Exacttarget — have created at least a half-billion dollars in liquidity that might be reinvested into area startups if they are prepared to overcome the challenges and obstacles of the entrepreneurial growth stage.   TechPoint, Indiana’s tech growth initiative, will

Navidar Review of ExactTarget Acquisition by Salesforce.com Reveals Courage, Limitless Potential for Community

Navidar Review of salesforce.com’s Acquisition of ExactTarget from TechPointInd Last quarter, Indiana experienced a watershed event that will forever mark time in the history of Hoosier business. The acquisition of ExactTarget by Salesforce.com will be viewed as the genesis of a new era in the tech sector, much like the IBM acquisition of Software Artistry has been referred to as the starting point

Why Direct Flights are Critical for Tech Sector Growth

  How long do you usually wait for a web page to load? Seven seconds … 10 seconds at the most, right? Research shows that visitors start getting frustrated at just four seconds. These are the norms of our personal and professional lives — we are living in a world where seconds can make the

Tech Community Staking Its Claim as ‘Marketing Tech Capital of the World’ with Sept. 19th Showcase Event

INDIANAPOLIS (August 19, 2013: Photo courtesy of Banayote Photography) — Marketing technology is one of the fastest growing high-tech business clusters in Indianapolis, with four recent IPOs or acquisitions alone representing 3,100 local jobs and $4.26 billion in market value. M-TECH organizers are targeting CMOs and marketing professionals to introduce them to the sales engine

Priceline.com and VentureCamp Cofounder Jeff Hoffman to Speak at Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Serial Entrepreneur and Internationally Recognized Innovator Writes Column for Inc. Magazine and Works with White House Supporting Business, Economy     Startups attending TechPoint's Entrepreneur Bootcamp presented by Ice Miller will have the rare opportunity to hear directly from Priceline.com and uBid.com Cofounder Jeff Hoffman. He regularly visits Indianapolis during taping and operations of VentureCamp,

‘Startupland’ Documentary Series is a Hoosier Enterprise in Washington D.C.

If you follow Indiana’s tech sector, you likely have heard about VentureCamp currently filming at the renowned Kessler Mansion in Indianapolis. Local entrepreneur and business leader Jenny Vance, co-founder and president of LeadJen, is one of the 12 “campers.” However, there’s more than one high-tech startup documentary series with strong Indiana ties gaining momentum this

TechPoint’s Entrepreneur Bootcamp Will Help 100 Early-Stage to Seed-Stage Startups Launch Their Businesses

On July 26, a dozen startup experts will help equip 100 early-stage to seed-stage entrepreneurs with the skills and information they need to be successful, and catalyze the next wave of startup activity in Indiana. Entrepreneurs will also have a chance to compete for thousands of dollars in investment and services. The day’s agenda is

Reasons to Celebrate The ExactTarget Acquisition

AS SEEN ON INSIDEINDIANABUSINESS.com PERSPECTIVES By Mike Langellier – President and CEO, TechPoint – Indiana’s Technology Growth Initiative Salesforce.com purchased Indianapolis-based cloud marketing platform ExactTarget for $2.5 billion this week. On its face, we are losing an important Indianapolis headquarters, which begets speculation about the impact on local jobs or real estate. Before we presuppose

Cumulative Energy Equals Bigger, Bolder Indiana Tech Community

Inside Indiana Business (IIB) "INsiders Panel" Calls Attention to Rising Tide and Real Momentum Building in Indiana Tech Sector IIB Creator and Host Gerry Dick interviewed TinderBox President and Co-founder Dustin Sapp, VERGE President/Social Reactor Vice President Matt Hunckler, and TechPoint President and CEO Mike Langellier focusing on recent events and trends in the tech sector.

Innovation Showcase Is Hands-on Sales, Marketing and Branding ‘Boot Camp’ for Startups

Exposure in front of 50-60 capital sources and more than $60,000 in cash and prizes add high-stakes to high-energy entrepreneurial showcase Deadline to Participate This Year as an Exhibitor is Friday, May 31st Innovation Showcase, an entrepreneurial trade show that brings fundable companies and capital sources together, is one of the best opportunities for local

Creative Production Partners Took Mira Awards to Higher Level

When Mike Langellier took over as president and CEO of TechPoint in December, he brought with him a vision for the Mira Awards that would infuse energy and excitement into the event while remaining authentic and credible. Together with Positive Energy Events' Annie Grinstead and Leslie Young (www.positiveenergyevents.com), Mike and the TechPoint staff delivered the largest —

TechPoint Honors The Best of Tech in Indiana at The Mira Awards

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — TechPoint President and CEO Mike Langellier served as master of ceremonies for the 14th annual Mira Awards recognizing and celebrating tech excellence and innovation in Indiana. Interactive Intelligence, Indigo BioSystems, BidPal and Smarter Remarketer Among Top Honorees INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 20, 2013) — TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, honored Indiana’s

Maya Glenn Accepts the TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award (DREAM Alive)

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — D.R.E.A.M. Alive Co-founder Maya Glenn accepts the TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award for significant and lasting contributions in transforming the lives of underserved Indiana students. Glenn and her husband, former Indianapolis Colts Pro-Bowl offensive tackle Tarik Glenn, founded DREAM Alive in 2001. On April 16, the TechPoint Foundation for

Interactive Intelligence Wins Tech Company of the Year Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — Advanced Technology Evangelist Joe Adams accepts the Mira Award for Tech Company of the Year during TechPoint's 14th annual awards program at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Tech Company of the Year (Interactive Intelligence): Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ) is a global provider of contact center, unified communications

BidPal Wins Emerging Tech Company of the Year Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — James Rischar, vice president event operations & IT at BidPal, accepts the Mira Award for Emerging Tech Company of the Year during the TechPoint Mira Awards at the JW Marriott. Emerging Technology Company of the Year (BidPal, Inc.): Indianapolis-based BidPal, Inc. improves charitable fundraising by helping nonprofits use technology to

Smarter Remarketer Wins Tech Startup of the Year Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — Angel Morales displayed great joy receiving the Tech Startup of the Year Mira Award with his business partner Howard Bates during the 14th annual TechPoint awards program. Photos courtesy of Banayote Photography (www.banayote.com). Tech Startup of the Year (Smarter Remarketer): Smarter Remarketer provides a Software-as-a-Service email marketing automation and segmentation

BlueBridge Digital Founder Santiago Jaramillo Wins Young Professional of the Year Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — Santiago Jaramillo says he humbly stands on the shoulders of giants as he accepts the TechPoint Young Professional of the Year Award during the 14th annual Mira Awards. TechPoint Young Professional of the Year Award (Santiago Jaramillo, founder and CEO of BlueBridge Digital):  Santiago Jaramillo is a true entrepreneur. From

CurriculumLoft Wins Technology in Education (K-12) Excellence & Innovation Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20. 2013) — Dottie Coven, vice president of business development at CurriculumLoft accepts the Technology in Education Excellence & Innovation Mira Award with Greg Rexing of BKD and TechPoint President and CEO Mike Langellier. Technology in Education Excellence & Innovation Award: CurriculumLoft – Elementary and Secondary: Indianapolis-based CurriculumLoft is a mobile learning solution providing curriculum

IUanyWare Wins Technology in Education (Post Secondary) Excellence & Innovation Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — Sue Workman, associate vice president client services and support at Indiana University, celebrates winning the Mira Award for Technology in Education Excellence & Innovation (Post Secondary) on behalf of the IU Client Virtualization Team. Technology in Education Excellence & Innovation Award: Indiana University Client Virtualization Team: IUanyWare – Post Secondary: IUanyWare is

Angie’s List Wins Marketing Technology Excellence & Innovation Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 201, 2013) — Shelly Towns, marketing director at Angie’s List, accepts the Marketing Technology Excellence & Innovation Mira Award during the 14th annual TechPoint awards program at the JW Marriott. Marketing Technology Excellence & Innovation Award (Angie’s List): Indianapolis-based Angie’s List, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) was founded as a call center of one –

LeadJen Wins IT/Tech Service Excellence & Innovation Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — Jenny Vance, president and co-founder at LeadJen, accepts the Mira Award for IT/Tech Service Excellence & Innovation during the 14th annual TechPoint Mira Awards celebrating the best of tech in Indiana. IT/Tech Service Excellence & Innovation Award (LeadJen): Jenny Vance is one of the leading women entrepreneurs in lead generation.

hc1.com Wins Health Information Technology Excellence & Innovation Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — Chris Brown, chief operating officer at hc1.com, accepts the Health Information Technology Excellence & Innovation Mira Award during the TechPoint awards program at the JW Marriott. Health Information Technology Excellence & Innovation Award (Hc1.com): The hc1.com customer relationship management (CRM) solution is transforming the way healthcare entities optimize their patient

Hill-Rom Wins Corporate IT Excellence & Innovation Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — Barb Kew, vice president of information technology and CIO at Hill-Rom, accepts the Mira award for Corporate IT Excellence & Innovation during the TechPoint awards program celebrating the best of tech in Indiana. Corporate IT Excellence & Innovation (Hill-Rom): Batesville-based Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) is a leading worldwide manufacturer and

BidPal Wins Mobile Technology Excellence & Innovation Award

INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2013) — Rachel Clark, vice president of product & technology at BidPal, holds the TechPoint Mira Award for Mobile Technology Excellence & Innovation with (left to right) Greg Rexing of BKD and TechPoint President and CEO Mike Langellier. Mobile Technology Excellence & Innovation Award (BidPal, Inc.): Indianapolis-based BidPal, Inc. improves charitable fundraising by

BlueBridge Digital & Emerging Threats Receive Honorable Mentions for Tech Startup of the Year Award

Tech Startup of the Year Honorable Mention – BlueBridge Digital: The Indianapolis-based company was created to provide an easier, smarter way for businesses to harness the power of the mobile revolution. Founded by Santiago Jaramillo in his dorm room, BlueBridge Digital is a pioneer in the field of Mobile Apps as a Service. They create

Mira Event Details & Other Quick References

Agenda for the Evening: 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM – Winners Circle Reception – Special Invite Only, Sponsored by Ice Miller 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Registration 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Cocktails & Interactive Dinner  7:45 PM – Bars Close Until Celebration & Afterparty 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM – MIRA Awards

Welcome to the New TechPoint.org!

TechPoint is focused on telling stories that validate Indiana's tech sector successes and the companies we grow here. In order to make our mission a reality, TechPoint partnered with Compendium to create a new techpoint.org — an advanced content marketing site designed for maxiumum marketing impact and community engagement. So much more than a blog,

Women & Hi Tech Presents “Be a Rainmaker in your Networking”

Nikki Lewallen will be speaking at our April Executive Women's Forum. Nikki is the Executive Director of Rainmakers and a passionate public speaker and facilitator. Nikki has been an integral part of Rainmakers' explosive growth over the past six years, seeing membership triple and market expansion from Indianapolis throughout the Midwest and Australia. Nikki currently

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s New President is Announced — A Global Engineering Executive and Engineering Educator

  The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Board of Trustees has named global engineering executive and former engineering educator James C. Conwell, Ph.D., PE, as the institute’s new president, according to an announcement today by Board of Trustees Chairman William Fenoglio. Conwell will begin his role as the institute’s 15th president on May 1, 2013. Conwell

WGU ranked as one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies

  Indiana’s eighth state university recognized with Nike, Apple and Coca-Cola INDIANAPOLIS (March 4, 2013) – Since its inception in June 2010, WGU Indiana has become known for its innovative model and approach to educating Hoosier adults, and it now has the ranking to substantiate it. In this month’s issue of Fast Company magazine, Western

Mira Award Winners Parlay Industry Recognition into New Business and Increased Sales, Nominations Extended to Next Wednesday, Jan. 30th

Winning a Mira Award from TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, can be very good for business. Joe Melton, sales director for inbound marketing company, Slingshot SEO, can tie 4 new client sales and over $1 million in new business to their winning the 2011 Mira Award for Tech Company of the Year. Just as impressive,

Stock Options: Critical for Growing Companies but Know What You’re Doing

Observations from TechPoint’s December 13th CFO Roundtable presented by CliftonLarsonAllen While each speaker had a unique story and perspective, the three panelists leading the discussion at TechPoint’s December 13th CFO Roundtable agreed that stock options are an exceptional tool to have in your overall compensation arsenal, and that the advice of a knowledgeable lawyer is

Mike Langellier Selected to Lead Indiana’s Technology Growth Initiative, Accelerate Connections and Collaboration

Former Orr Fellow who cofounded and sold his own software company last year is now taking the helm at TechPoint, charged with ‘bridging the gaps’ and unifying the tech sector WATCH VIDEO Indianapolis (November 15, 2012) — TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, has a new leader – Mike Langellier. The 30-year-old Depauw University graduate and former Orr

Four More Rapid-Fire Theatre Presenters Announced for TechPoint’s Innovation Summit & EXPO

'Leave At Your Own Risk' Rapid-Fire Environment Features Local Innovators & Leaders Sharing Their Experiences & Insights During High-Impact Eight-Minute/Five-Slide Presentations The "Rapid-Fire Theatre" at Innovation Summit features eight-minute, five-slide presentations by different presenters or presentation teams. These high-energy, short presentations are being developed by thought leaders and innovators who have breakthroughs, business models, funding

Technology & Entrepreneurship Themed ComedySportz Improv Show Planned for Innovation EXPO, Plus Chair Massages

Afternoon "Power Networking Hour" Throughout Innovation EXPO features Indy's Own ComedySportz Interactive Improv Experience Bring your best tech and entrepreneur suggestions and let the hilarity ensue as ComedySportz invades the Innovation EXPO with its fast-paced improv show that’s fun for everyone! ComedySportz is team competitive improvisation;  think "Who’s Line is it Anyway" with a sporting twist. Two

Join Us in the Startup Garden at Innovation Summit & EXPO

40 x 40 Startup Garden Dedicated to Networking, Idea Sharing, Connecting Startups with Funding Sources & More … New this year at TechPoint's Innovation Summit & EXPO is the Startup Garden, a space dedicated to all things startup and then some! Startup companies that wish to participate in the Startup Garden will receive name badge

Former Google AdWords Evangelist, Innovator Frederick Vallaeys to Deliver Opening Keynote at TechPoint’s Innovation Summit

Opening keynote “Google’s Rules for Innovation” is sponsored by Indianapolis-based FoundSM, a search marketing agency created by former Google employees Vallaeys, an early Google employee, was instrumental in developing AdWords and other Google innovations, he recently founded new venture TopTier Inc. and Top Tier Tools One of Silicon Valley’s foremost online marketing thinkers and former

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Tell Indiana’s Tech Sector Success Stories

Governor Daniels Interview Validates TechPoint Four-Pillar Strategy for Accelerating Indiana’s Tech Sector By Jim Jay, President and CEO of TechPoint In an interview on Inside Indiana Business this weekend, Governor Mitch Daniels said he didn’t expect the recent growth of Indiana’s software and IT sector. He was expecting to see positive results from historically strong

WGU Indiana’s 2nd Anniversary: Celebrating early success helping Hoosiers complete their college degrees

In Indiana, we have set a goal of reaching higher in building a well-educated workforce. With growing national and international competition, the economic well-being of our citizens and our state is increasingly tied to this goal. Yet, unfortunately, Indiana ranks a dismal 40th in terms of college attainment, according to the Lumina Foundation. This is

Silicon Valley Bank Asset Management’s Chief Investment Officer to Deliver Innovation Economy Keynote at TechPoint Innovation Summit & EXPO

Joe Morgan Will Discuss the ‘Lay of the Land’ in the Economy and the Innovation Space TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, is bringing the Chief Investment Officer of Silicon Valley Bank’s Asset Management business, Joe Morgan, to Indianapolis to deliver a keynote address on the economy’s impact on the innovation sector during the 14th annual

Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge Finalists Announced

           Cross-sector collaboration results in solutions to resolve health IT challenges Freedom Solutions, Diagnotes, and CreateIT are the top three finalists in the first-ever Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge. The three organizations submitted solution proposals to address three information technology challenges that were first revealed at the Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge event held

SCOTUS Ruling: Do you think Twitter will crash on Thursday?

Quipol SCOTUS Ruling: Do you think Twitter will crash on Thursday? The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Affordable Care Act this Thursday and media observers are predicting it will be one of the highest traffic days on Twitter since the microblogging site launched for public use in 2006. So our question

Bill Godfrey is TechPoint’s 2012 Trailblazer in Technology

Indiana technology leader will receive award at TechPoint Mira Awards Gala presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors at JW Marriott Indianapolis on May 12th INDIANAPOLIS (April 24, 2011) — TechPoint is pleased to announce that Aprimo Co-founder Bill Godfrey is the initiative’s 2012 Trailblazer in Technology Award recipient for significant and lasting contributions to the

Is Indiana’s economy picking up? What Say You?

Quipol Is Indiana's economy picking up? A Ball State University economist believes the state's January employment report suggests a faster recovery in Indiana, compared to the rest of the nation. From a tech sector perspective, do you agree? Economist Believes Hoosier Job Creation is Picking up InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report A Ball State University economist believes the

TechPoint Venture’s HALO Capital Group Reaches $18 Million Invested in Technology Based Indiana Startups

More than 20 current and former Fortune 500 company executives and entrepreneurs continue to seek investment opportunities with Indiana startups HALO Capital Group, a TechPoint Ventures early stage funding organization, meets every 60 days to formally consider two startups for potential investment. Selected plans that are screened in advance through the Halo deal selection process,

Indiana Technology and Entrepreneurship News

Visit http://www.techpoint.org/industry-news for these and more stories about the people, technologies and businesses that make up Indiana's thriving technology sector.     Bloomington Launches Tech Talent Attraction Tool The Bloomington Technology Partnership (BTP) announced today the launch of a new web-based social media and talent attraction portal designed to promote Bloomington?s emerging technology community and

FEEDBACK: Who Should Emcee the 2012 TechPoint Mira Awards?

Quipol   Should we have a celebrity Master of Ceremonies for the Mira Awards Gala? In the past, TechPoint has invited television news anchors and meterologists to serve as emcee for the Mira Awards Gala. Do you think we should have a celebrity Master of Ceremonies this year? Whether you vote Thumbs UP or Thumbs

Why should you attend TechPoint’s Innovation Summit?

We posed the question of why Indiana technology and business professionals should attend TechPoint’s Innovation Summit and a few other questions to three Hoosier experts. These three individuals are at the top of their game and they also happen to be presenters on panels for the event (so they know a little something about the

Nearly Half of the IEDC’s 2010 Companies to Watch Are Technology Focused

Last week, executives from 41 Hoosier "Companies to Watch" were honored at a gala dinner at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), Purdue University, and the Edward Lowe Foundation, the "Companies to Watch" program recognizes the state’s fast-growing, high-potential firms among businesses with up to 150 employees and

Mira Awards Ceremony Video, Chairman’s Perspective

Mira Awards Celebrate Tech Sector’s Progress During Economic Turmoilby Mark Hill Last month, more than 600 of Indiana’s technology executives, opinion leaders and policymakers, educators and economic developers gathered at the annual TechPoint Mira Awards gala in downtown Indianapolis to celebrate more Hoosier high-tech success stories.  For more than a decade, the Mira Awards have

Video and Photos from the 2010 TechPoint Mira Awards

If you were a little bit late to the Mira Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 15, (or if, [GASP!] you couldn’t make it) you may have missed the funny video at the very beginning that asked the question: "What if Indiana’s tech companies didn’t exist?"   Inside Indiana Business, Thrive Michiana, The Indianapolis Star and

Bob Compton Recognized as TechPoint’s 2010 Technology Trailblazer

Legendary Indiana investor and filmmaker will receive award at TechPoint Mira Awards Gala event May 15 TechPoint is pleased to announce that legendary investor and innovator  Robert Compton is its 2010 Trailblazer Award recipient for significant and lasting contributions to Indiana’s high-tech economy. The Trailblazer Award is part of TechPoint’s annual Mira Awards program recognizing

TechPoint Video Digest, December 2009

Loading… Your browser does not support Javascript. Please use the following links to view the video(s) you were looking for. Videos TechPoint Tech Thursday Holiday Edition, December 10 Description: Bobby Schnabel, dean of the Indiana University School of Informatics presented to a “standing room only” crowd during TechPoint's Tech Thursday event presented by IQuest and

Aprimo’s GM Robert Boehnlein to Speak at Next Tech Thursday

Robert C. Boehnlein, General Manager of Aprimo’s Enterprise Business Unit will be the guest speaker at TechPoint’s Tech Thursday on November 19. Not familiar with Tech Thursday? Watch this short video: Tech Thursday is sponsored by IQuest Internet and hosted at Baker & Daniels – Indianapolis North. Each month, Tech Thursday is an opportunity for

AIT Labs’ VP & CIO Ron Thieme to Speak at Next Tech Thursday

Ron Thieme, Ph.D., Vice President and CIO for AIT Laboratories will be the guest speaker at TechPoint’s Tech Thursday on September 17. Not familiar with Tech Thursday? Watch this short video: Tech Thursday is sponsored by IQuest Internet and hosted at Baker & Daniels – Indianapolis North. Each month, Tech Thursday is an opportunity for

Share Your Innovation Summit Experiences

What did you think about Innovation Summit? Please complete the official Innovation Summit Survey, but feel free to start some back and forth here, too. We’re particularly eager to get some new ideas for next year’s Keynote Speaker!

Bob Compton to Premiere New Documentary Film Win in China at TechPoint’s Innovation Summit

New film from businessman Bob Compton examines entrepreneurship in China and the country’s rise to a global superpower INDIANAPOLIS (September 14, 2009) — The Indiana premiere of Win in China, Bob Compton’s new documentary on the explosion of entrepreneurship and new venture creation in China, will be part of TechPoint’s Innovation Summit at the Indiana

Next Tech Thursday: Lilly VP of Discovery Chemistry Research & Tech

Alan D. Palkowitz, Ph.D., Vice President of Discovery Chemistry Research & Technologies for Lilly Research Laboratories at Eli Lilly & Company (Phew! Now that’s a title …) will be the guest speaker at TechPoint’s Tech Thursday on September 17.  Not familiar with Tech Thursday? Watch this short video:  Tech Thursday is sponsored by IQuest Internet

TechPoint Releases NEW Innovation Summit ’09 Video

TechPoint’s Innovation Summit is less than three weeks away and now you can learn more about what’s planned in a new video just released. Innovation in technology across multiple industry sectors is the theme of this year’s Summit — the 11th year for this TechPoint event. The Indiana Tech Sector is much broader than information technology

Innovation Summit Ticket Prices Go Up on Sept. 22

TechPoint’s Innovation Summit is coming up quickly and business professionals should buy their tickets soon because the price increases from $150 per ticket to $175 after September 22. According to Kristee Stewart, TechPoint’s director of programming and events, this is the first year for the early-bird pricing, but it will help the organization save a