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TechPoint and Venture Club of Indiana announce INX3

For two years, TechPoint’s Winners’ Circle event has invited out-of-state venture capitalists to meet Indiana’s scale-up tech companies with a goal of creating relationships that lead to future investments. This year, TechPoint has partnered with the Venture Club of Indiana to create INX3, a multi-day event series that brings together Venture Club’s Innovation Showcase with

INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding the agile marketing journey

As technology constantly causes shifts and disruptions in every industry, it’s no wonder tech companies have to adapt all parts of their businesses to reflect the pace and journey of the core tech product. This constant iteration in innovation has drastically disrupted marketing. Doug Karr, CEO of DK New Media, sees this shift first-hand. DK New

New ‘Agile Marketing + Coffee’ meetup finds its footing

Many tech product companies in Indianapolis provide a software-as-a-service product aimed at solving problems for businesses. No matter what the core emphasis is or industry they serve, there are similarities amongst all of these tech companies. Each has a tech stack of developers and engineers who produce a product, a sales team to bring in revenue, and

Kinney Group closes Series A round with Elevate Ventures and Plymouth Ventures

Kinney Group, Inc., a cloud solutions integrator serving the Global Fortune 2000, IT-centric mid-market companies, and US Public Sector organizations, announced today that it secured investment from Elevate Ventures. The participation from Elevate Ventures rounds out Kinney Group’s Series A growth funding raise when paired with the investment from Plymouth Ventures last fall, bringing the

Introducing the first Indiana IoT Labs Network

To succeed in today’s economy, we must understand that technology will disrupt most major industries. As Indiana becomes a landing pad for entrepreneurs and innovations, our true recipe for success is in how we integrate technology into our current economic hub of agriculture, life sciences and manufacturing. The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing and

Tech companies make Indiana Chamber 2017 Best Places to Work list

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has named the 100 companies that made the prestigious Best Places to Work list in 2017. The Best Companies Group, an independent research firm, manages the annual survey competition to determine which participants are the best employers. A two part process starts with an employer benefits and policies questionnaire completed

CEO Perspective: Defining tech’s many facets

When is a company considered a tech company? That’s a question we at TechPoint are frequently asked as more companies are innovating from within, creating tech products, and relying on technology to build and sustain their business. Our President and CEO Mike Langellier wrote a perspective for the Indianapolis Business Journal to answer the question

What It’s Like: Haley Altman on becoming a first-time CEO

There is no test, degree or experience that automatically qualifies you to become a chief executive officer. Whether you are working your way up the ladder or launching your own company, it takes a combination of grit, determination and a savvy leadership to be your own boss. Haley Altman, CEO and founder of Doxly, recently

Why tech companies need venture capital

It’s not uncommon to read a national or local business publication and see another startup or scale-up tech company announce a recent fundraise. But why is venture capital important for tech companies to grow and break into the market? TechPoint President and CEO Mike Langellier knows a few things about tech funding. In January 2011

The New York Times recognizes Indianapolis tech growth

It’s not every day that The New York Times publishes an article in their Square Feet section highlighting the Indianapolis tech community. Miranda Spivack, an award-winning journalist who is serving as a 2016-17 Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, penned the article after hearing over and over again

Indiana’s 2016 VC funding and acquisitions

Indiana’s startup, scale-up and enterprise technology companies had a banner year in 2016 in the way of venture capital funding and acquisitions. The latest PriceWaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree report indicates that 23 deals were made to Indiana tech companies for a combined $51.51 million in 2016, equating to an average deal size of $2.2 million. Thanks to

‘Ladies in SaaS’ gains momentum in Indianapolis

Building and sustaining a professional network is challenging, but it’s twice as hard when the kind of group you’re looking for simply doesn’t exist. That’s how Kristen Hamerstadt and Robyn Miley ended up starting Ladies in SaaS, a casual, community networking group for professional women in tech and software-as-a-service. More opportunity for everyone Kristen was

10 Most Viewed Stories of 2016

Each week, TechPoint shares news and stories that highlight Indiana tech companies and the people who start, build and support them. In 2016, we shared 229 local and national media stories to our Latest in Tech feed and published 196 original stories to our website, proving that our community is innovating, developing and building a lot worth

Indy’s new scale-up focused tech campus impresses

Tech companies at every stage have been known to create office space where form and function are one in the same. Young startups may choose open coworking spaces that allow for flexibility in use and increase team collaboration. Enterprise tech companies have the ability to build out an office building that suits their needs from

Break into tech! Apply for the January 2017 Sales Bootcamp

TechPoint is launching our second session of Sales Bootcamp, a six-week program for new grads and career changers, in January 2017.  Applications are now live at http://techpoint.org/sales-bootcamp/.   The Application Deadline is January 2, 2017. This past summer, we launched the inaugural Sales Bootcamp experience with 17 new grads and career changers who wanted a

Hanna Bennett puts down roots at Pondurance

For many Millennials, the opportunity to work remotely and travel the country is not an unreachable dream. Hanna Bennett considers herself an adventurer and is constantly looking for new places to visit and explore. She always wanted to move away from her hometown, a small city outside of Detroit, where most people are born, raised and

Alexis Fink puts career emphasis on people first

When it comes to choosing a career, Alexis Fink puts the emphasis on people first. Growing up in the suburbs of Carmel, Ind., did not mean that Alexis was automatically going to choose Indiana as a home after graduation. Her computer science degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology would position her to work in our country’s

What it’s like to be a TechPoint talent host company

Internships are becoming increasingly important and often required for college students in nearly all degree programs. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, sixty-five percent of bachelor’s degree graduates from the Class of 2015 participated in an internship, the highest percentage recorded since data started being collected in 2007. Due to the increased interest

Q3 Recap: Catch up on ‘Featured Company of the Week’ stories

Indiana technology companies continued to scale during the third quarter of 2016. Our Featured Company of the Week profiles highlight an exciting roster of innovations, announcements and growth amongst rapidly emerging companies. The biggest headline went to Interactive Intelligence and the announcement of their pending acquisition by Genesys, a customer experience and contact center solutions company,

Teacher TechConnect helps students prepare for high tech jobs

Many of us can recall a teacher that impacted our career path through encouragement, recognizing aptitudes and supporting our goals and dreams. Today’s teachers can help their students create more successful career paths due to the vast opportunities available, but keeping up with the current and future opportunities – especially in technology – can be

VIDEO: Health analytics company Springbuk releases wellness study with Fitbit

Health analytics company Springbuk was featured on Inside INdiana Business this weekend to discuss the findings of their corporate wellness study. Titled “Wearable Technology: Unlocking ROI of Workplace Wellness,” Springbuk partnered with Fitbit to evaluate health care claims and wearable device data for a self-insured employers over a three-year period. The Springbuk Health Intelligence platform was

Don Brown shares insight into Indiana’s technology community

The pending acquisition of Indianapolis-based Interactive Intelligence by Genesys at $1.4 billion will be the second largest acquisition of a technology company in Indiana’s history should the deal close, which is expected by December. With such big news, speculation arose about what the sale would mean for the future of Indiana’s technology scene, and all eyes turned to

Sigstr introduces new Dynamic Campaigns product for employee engagement

Indianapolis-based email signature marketing company Sigstr is capitalizing on the amount of emails employees send – roughly 1 million by every 100 employees –  to create a unique employee engagement opportunity. The company has launched its new Dynamic Campaigns product that offers an internal communication channel with the click of every “compose” button. Think about the

Central Indiana Corporate Partnership unveils new workforce initiative

On October 25, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) unveiled the new brand, focus and fundraising efforts for its regional workforce development initiative – Ascend Indiana. This cross-sector, industry-led organization collaborates with corporate, education, and community partners to identify and address challenges within the talent pipeline. Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided a grant of $5 million to

Q3 2016 Investments for Indiana Technology Companies

The third quarter of 2016 saw a spike in the value of Indiana technology funding deals with a national acquisition and high-value raises from capital sources across the U.S. We compiled a list of funding deals announcements to highlight the Indiana technology companies and those that have invested in or acquired them. Mobile app software company Bluebridge

Realync expanding, moving headquarters to Indianapolis

Realync, the first cloud-based platform to enable live virtual property tours and open houses for the real estate industry, today announces the completion of a $1.1 million round of seed funding led by Meridian Street Capital, with participation from VisionTech Partners, M25 Group and Charmides Capital. Realync Real Time Touring Product Demo from Realync on Vimeo. Founded in

Scott McCorkle’s five tenets of modern software

“Everyone knows Scott McCorkle,” said Eric Prugh, Co-Founder and COO of PactSafe, as he introduced the start of Indy Executive Roundtable, a conversation and discussion event hosted by PactSafe on September 8, 2016. Prugh and McCorkle go way back to their days together at ExactTarget. Prugh got his start at ExactTarget in 2008 and stayed

Doxly accelerates legal transactions, unlocks data intelligence

Legal transaction software company Doxly raises $2.2M

Doxly, an Indianapolis technology software company that launched out of High Alpha this past July, today announced they have closed a $2.2 million Series Seed funding round and added Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, as a customer. Doxly will use the capital to scale its technology platform and fuel hiring in product development, engineering, sales and marketing.

$100 million fund launched for code school diversity scholarships

The Iron Yard, the largest immersive code school in the U.S., has launched the Tech Opportunity Fund. It’s a collaboration with Code Fellows and Operation HOPE to increase diversity in the tech industry. The idea is that by removing financial barriers and increasing access to tech education for all through core financial literacy and entrepreneurship training. Over the next five years,

Fast-growing MOBI to add more than 500 jobs by 2020

Fast-growing managed mobility services (MMS) company MOBI just announced plans to create up to 521 new jobs by 2020. Founded in 2009, the Indiana-based company is experiencing growing demand for its software that centralizes the management of mobile devices, increasing both recurring revenue by 67.8 percent and devices under management by 41 percent in 2015. MOBI will

Building our tech community’s talent pipeline

You’ve read the headlines — technology companies in Indiana are growing rapidly and talent is in high demand. We heard the distress signal and we answered by providing four unique talent programs in 2016 that brought nearly 200 college students, new grads and career changers to jobs in tech in Indiana. “Indiana’s tech community is

Nonstop flights to Seattle fuel Indy tech growth

First it was Los Angeles, then it was San Francisco in 2014, and now – Seattle. The latest news of nonstop flights from Indianapolis to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport via Alaska Airlines adds fuel to the already bustling engines that propel Indy’s business community. Thanks to dedicated efforts from the Indianapolis Airport Authority and community

Delivra recognized for investing in employee health

Indianapolis based email marketing company Delivra was recently named one of 48 fit-friendly worksites in Indiana by the American Heart Association for promoting health and physical activity in the workplace. This comes on the heels of a 2016 Mira Award nomination for Company Culture of the Year. Delivra’s CEO Neil Berman is the brains — or

Torchlite upgrades platform, reaches new milestones

Torchlite is seeing the success of its freelancer platform that matches digital marketers with businesses. The software-as-a-service company has just announced the launch of a new platform upgrade coupled with talent and revenue milestones. In March, Torchlite officially launched the first-ever digital marketing platform powered by an on-demand talent marketplace. Businesses use the platform to tap into on-demand, highly

Q2 2016 Investments for Indiana Technology Companies

Indiana technology companies continue to close successful seed funding, equity and venture rounds in the second quarter of 2016. In comparison to Q1 2016, Q2 has seen larger investments across a wide range of tech industries. We compiled a list of public announcements to highlight the activity and interest. Cloud and hosting technology company CloudOne

AT&T brings ultra-fast Internet speeds to Indianapolis

Starting today, AT&T is launching ultra-fast internet service in parts of Indianapolis and the surrounding communities. Speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second will be available in homes, apartments and businesses on the AT&T Gigapower and AT&T Business Fiber networks. For consumers, these 100% fiber networks offer instant access to online movies and games, a faster

TechPoint Welcomes Seven Executives to Board

2016 has already proved to be a year of scale and growth for TechPoint. From hosting a sold out Mira Awards gala to launching new talent programs, we continue to answer the needs of Indiana technology companies. Today we announced seven executives who joined TechPoint’s Board of Directors in support of our mission. Raj Acharya, Rudy Professor of

Quiz: How well do you know Indy tech?

Do you work at a tech company in Indiana, or know someone who does? Maybe you are curious about the different types of tech companies in our region and how they make an impact nationwide. Take our 10-question multiple choice Indy Tech Quiz to quickly find out how much you know (or don’t know) about

Video Interview: Meet Jenny Vance, Executive Vice President of Sales at PERQ

Jenny Vance is an entrepreneur who well-respected for her experience in tech sales and lead generation in the Indianapolis technology community and beyond. She co-founded LeadJen, a lead generation company, which under her leadership was recognized twice on the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies, and in 2013 with a TechPoint Mira Award for IT/Tech Service

Springbuk Secures $3.75M in Series A Funding

Springbuk, a health analytics platform, announced a Series A funding raise of $3.75 million led by Lewis & Clark Ventures. The Springbuk platform is currently used by nearly 500 employers that represent 500,000 individuals. The capital will be used to fuel strategic hiring and product innovation. “In 2015, we launched a platform to help employers

Announcing Salesforce Tower Indianapolis

Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world’s #1 CRM company, today announced it will invest more than $40 million over the next 10 years to expand its regional headquarters in Indianapolis. As part of the new investment, Salesforce plans to add 800 new jobs over the next five years. The company also announced it will

Michael Hockerman chose incredible Indy over West Coast wow

Michael Hockerman was at Purdue University when he applied to Xtern, TechPoint’s highly-competitive 10-week summer internship program that pairs tech-skilled college students with technology companies in the Indianapolis-Carmel area. At the time he knew little about what technology companies exist in Indianapolis, making it a challenge to see the city as a potential landing pad after

TechPoint Foundation for Youth raises $60,000 at the Mira Awards to launch CoderDojo Indiana

Over $30,000 in individual donations were raised for TechPoint Foundation for Youth to bring computer programming clubs for kids called “CoderDojos” to Indiana during the 17th annual TechPoint Mira Awards gala. Mira Awards presenting sponsors Angie’s List, Interactive Intelligence, and Salesforce matched those donations, resulting in a grand total of $60,000 in support. Laura Dodds, executive

IndyStar’s Top Workplaces 2016 recognizes Indianapolis technology companies

Several Indianapolis technology companies received recognition from the Indianapolis Star’s Top Workplaces for 2016 survey. A total of 90 companies received recognition this year, up five from the previous year. PERQ is an engagement technology company providing solutions that connect consumers to brands. They combine their engagement technology and advertising services to help businesses motivate consumers through promotions;

Indiana’s technology companies close first quarter with big venture funding deals

Several Indiana technology companies closed funding rounds at the end of Q1 2016 with seed funding, venture funding, and individual investments. Learning automation software company Lesson.ly closed their Series A round at the end of March with $5 million raised from Allos Ventures, High Alpha and OpenView Venture Partners. Lesson.ly’s initial $1.1 million in seed funding

CloudOne Secures $9M in Series E Funding

CloudOne, a Fishers-based Internet of Things (IoT) firm, announced a Series E venture funding raise of $9 million. Founded in 2010, this raise brings total equity investment in CloudOne to $21.9 million. Plymouth Ventures of Ann Arbor, Mich. led the funding round with primary participation by Hercules Technology Growth Capital of Palo Alto, Calif. Existing investors participating in

Lesson.ly announces $5 million Series A funding round

Learning automation software company Lesson.ly today announced a $5 million Series A funding round led by OpenView, with participation from High Alpha Capital and Allos Ventures. “In 2013 our first client created their first lesson, and today more than 200,000 employees are learning with Lesson.ly,” said Max Yoder, Lesson.ly’s co-founder and CEO. “This investment brings

IBJ asks local entrepreneurs and investors what’s next for Indy tech

Can Indy meet the growing need for tech talent? What trends are emerging in the Indianapolis technology community? These questions and more were posed by panel moderator and technology reporter Jared Council at the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Power Breakfast Series on Thursday, March 10. The expert panel was comprised of Indy’s own entrepreneurs, investors and educators: Kristian Andersen

Torchlite officially launches first-of-its-kind digital marketing platform

Torchlite, a software-as-a-service based marketplace that connects businesses to experts who build, manage and optimize digital marketing campaigns, launches the first-ever digital marketing platform powered by an on-demand talent marketplace. On March 22, the company released significant updates to its platform based on months of conversations with clients, account managers and “Torchliters” — the company’s vetted

SaaS data management platform Formstack celebrates 10-year anniversary

Between 80 and 90 percent of startups fail, so the odds are stacked against you as a start-up company. Despite such a bleak statistic, Indianapolis-based software-as-a-service data management platform Formstack and its nearly 80 employees are celebrating 10 years in business this week with the company’s 500,000 users in 110 countries! Initially created to provide a

Can Indiana get healthier through technology?

The amount of information about you, your habits and your health that is stored by various places you visit might surprise you. Whether it’s the grocery store, gym, bike-share service, family doctor or pharmacy, databases around town could offer you a remarkably clear picture of your personal health — IF they were unified. Could Indy

PactSafe announces launch of Transact, new eSignature platform

PactSafe announced today the launch of Transact, a new eSignature platform that aims to accelerate and transform the way businesses send, negotiate, and sign contracts.   Transact speeds up the painful process of getting contracts signed with the fastest eSignature solution available. PactSafe’s proprietary “click-to-sign” eSignature technology is combined with Transact’s easy to use contract