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Competing for skilled talent is top challenge

by Santiago Jaramillo, Co-Founder & CEO, Emplify In his op-ed for Indianapolis Business Journal, Santiago unpacks how important company culture is to recruiting and engaging the best talent at tech firms around Indiana. Read the full story here.

Indiana’s Capital Access Challenge

by Tim Cook, CEO, KSM Location Advisors In his op-ed for Inside INdiana Business, Tim discusses the need for capital in Indiana to encourage growth in our tech ecosystem and offers suggestions on how Indiana can continue growing its resource pool and investing in its companies. Read the full story here.

Five universities partner to combat cybersecurity threats

Five Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions have partnered to help enhance the schools’ cybersecurity. Indiana University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced on Wednesday the launch of OmniSO, a sector-based cybersecurity operations center that provides cyber intelligence to its members. Read the full story here.

Group led by former Angie’s List CEO closes on sale of company campus

An investment group headed by a co-founder and former CEO of Angie’s List Inc. has closed on the sale of the company’s 17.5-acre campus east of downtown, the group announced Friday morning. IBJ reported on Feb. 12 that the group, led by former Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle, had struck a deal to buy the property. His team

Indy LPGA Event Seeking Volunteers

The Indy Women in Tech Championship returns to the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in August and needs volunteers. The full-field LPGA event is looking for over 700 volunteers to help with the event from August 13-19. Read the full story here.

McDowell Moving on From The Speak Easy

The Speak Easy in Indianapolis is searching for its next executive director. Danielle McDowell, who has led the nonprofit entrepreneurial organization for three years, has resigned but will remain in the position until April 13. In an exchange through Twitter, McDowell told Inside INdiana Business she’s “an entrepreneur at my core and I’m ready to build

Does Tech Need Silicon Valley?

Steve Case and Rise of the Rest left us in October but their interest in Indy’s tech ecosystem continues to shine through in rust belt stories like this one from California Sunday Magazine. Case-funded startup 120WaterAudit is included with The Speak Easy, TechPoint, Memory Ventures, and others who each contribute to the message of the

Counterpart’s Rebrand

For more than 25 years, Counterpart has built custom software, recently helping Long’s Bakery manage everything from recipes to inventory. One of the tech company’s partners talks about growing the business, innovation and a name change. Watch the full story here.

Using artificial intelligence to solve public health problems

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.6 million people die annually in the United States. Data suggests that about one-third of these deaths could be prevented through efforts such as population health programs. Read the full story here.

In Running Like A Startup, Nonprofits Find Success

When Y-Combinator included a nonprofit in its 2013 batch of startups, it was a first for the accelerator. The hypothesis was that many newly funded nonprofits could benefit from the same techniques it used to help startups. Since then, Mountain View, Calif.-based Y-Combinator has funded 25 nonprofit startups in diverse spaces including global health, poverty alleviation, democracy, and philanthropy itself.

Levementum Riding Indy’s Tech Wave

In this video segment, Levementum’s senior vice president Michael Burton shares the company’s exciting expansion plans, including adding 175 jobs by 2021 and finding a new office location after outgrowing their Union 525 space. Read the full story here.

Forget Austin or Toronto, Indianapolis Has What It Takes to Win HQ2

Xconomy digs into the factors that make Indianapolis a prime candidate for Amazon HQ2. With talent, space, government incentives and more, Indy has what Amazon is looking for. Read what Costello CEO Frank Dale and KSM Location Advisors CEO Tim Cook have to say about the HQ2 possibility. Read the full story here.

The 2018 Seven Small Jewels

Consulting Magazine annually releases The Seven Small Jewels, a list of small consulting businesses with top revenue growth numbers. CRM consultant Levementum received the distinction this year, posting 70 percent revenue growth in 2017. Read the full story here.

Costello Closing Deals

Frank Dale and Rod Feuer, co-founders of Costello, joined Gerry Dick on Inside INdiana business last week. They talked about the company’s launch and how its software helps sales teams be more effective. Read the full story here.

Let’s make an Amazonian commitment

In his op-ed for the Indianapolis Business Journal,  SupplyKick CEO Josh Owens takes inspiration from Amazon’s choice of Indianapolis as a finalist for HQ2 and challenges the Indy community to commit to making education, infrastructure, and supporting others top priorities. Read the full story here.

Software firm Bolstra raises $1.5M, adds veteran tech executive

Bolstra LLC, a Carmel-based software-as-a-service company, said Wednesday that it has received $1.5 million in a new round of seed funding and added veteran tech executive Steve Ehrlich as chief operating officer. Ehrlich previously held high-ranking positions for several high-growth Midwest tech companies. He was president of PolicyStat, senior vice president of operations for Aprimo

Online Tech Announces It Has Been Acquired by Schurz Communications Inc.

Online Tech, LLC announced today that it has been acquired by Schurz Communications Inc., a diversified media company. Online Tech plans to leverage the investment capabilities of Schurz to expand to new markets across the United States and expand their product offerings. In connection with the acquisition, Online Tech will add industry veterans, Brad Cheedle

SaaS Measure Seeks ‘Clarity and Parity’

A tech leader in Indiana believes Governor Eric Holcomb is “on the right track” in backing a measure to clarify Indiana’s policy on taxing Software as a Service companies. Legislation making its way through the Statehouse would exempt cloud- or subscription-based software from Indiana’s 7 percent sales tax. Read the full story here.

What Will Coworking Spaces Look Like in 2020?

In 2017, it’s projected that more than 1.1 million people went to work, backpacks and big ideas in tow, at 13,800 coworking spaces worldwide, according to the 2017 Global Coworking Survey. To put this in perspective, if every coworking space was owned by the same company, it would have more worldwide locations than Walmart. Coworking memberships have enjoyed

BOSTIC: Using AI to combat opioid abuse

Indiana, long known for world-class motorsports and big-time basketball, today is also known for something far less wholesome: one of the highest opioid-addiction rates in the country. In 2016, 785 Hoosiers died from opioid overdoses, triple the death rate from three years before, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. Read the full story

Indy to Host Largest State Robotics Competition

A robotics competition, said to be the largest of its kind in the country, will take place in Indianapolis in March. TechPoint Foundation For Youth says the inaugural Indiana VEX Robotics State Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium will feature 300 teams from K-12 schools throughout the state. Read the full story here.

Rose-Hulman Bequest to Boost Diversity in Computing

A Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology graduate has left the school a $1.1 million bequest to support diversity in its computer science programs. The institute says Richard Conn’s gift will also boost initiatives including expanding global experiences and increasing the number of computer science graduates. Read the full story here.

Health Analytics Firm Springbuk Closes $20M Round, Plans Hiring Spree

It’s been a great month for the Indianapolis innovation community. Indiana’s capital city made the list of 20 municipal finalists vying to become the location of Amazon’s second headquarters, and a spate of local tech startups have hit new milestones. One of those startups, Springbuk, announced last week that it has raised $20 million in

Technology Is A Driving Force In Indiana

When California’s Salesforce acquired ExactTarget in 2013, Indianapolis suddenly became the company’s second-largest hub. “It was significant for us being a major player in the high-tech industry—Salesforce defined the cloud and started the trend to it—making a major investment in a place like Indianapolis,” says Bob Stutz, CEO of Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Read the full

Indy Companies Among Best For Remote Jobs

Two Indianapolis-based companies are included in the “100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2018” from job search website Flexjobs. The companies are ranked based on the number of remote jobs listed in 2017. Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is ranked the highest-ranked Hoosier company on the list at number 26, followed by tech company Appirio at number

Committee passes bill to exempt Internet software from sales tax

For CEOs like Mike Langellier of Indianapolis’ TechPoint, removing Indiana’s sales tax on service-based software is a step in the right direction for the state’s growing technology industry. “The majority of the companies in our tech ecosystem here are smaller companies, younger companies that are in the process of growing right now,” Langellier said at

Indy software firm plans downtown expansion, 65 jobs

A fledgling Indianapolis-based software company co-founded by the former CEO of Compendium Software is planning a downtown expansion that is expected to create 65 jobs over the next four years, the firm announced Thursday. Costello Inc., which sells deal-management software for sales teams, said it plans to begin expanding its space in the Union 525

How to nail your next job interview, via text

Companies are increasingly using personal texts or text-based platforms to open a dialogue and speed up their interview process, in place of early-stage “phoners” or screening calls. By pushing the chat-based systems that function like Slack or Google Apps (eco-systems where so many employees happily co-exist in-house) to the outside of employment, recruiters can get

Indianapolis Airport Authority Selects OurHealth for Near-site Clinic Solution

OurHealth, Indiana’s leading provider of employer-sponsored primary care clinics, today announces a new partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), which owns and operates Indiana’s largest airport system in the metropolitan area, including the award-winning Indianapolis International Airport. The partnership grants IAA employees and their dependents convenient access to six primary care clinics in Indianapolis and

Hc1 Uses Artificial Intelligence to Uncover Opioid Crisis Insights

As the opioid crisis continues to wreak havoc on the nation’s health and productivity, an Indianapolis-based startup called hc1 is applying artificial intelligence to a vast array of datasets in an attempt to uncover insights aimed at decreasing opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction. Read the full story here.

The Bee Corp. Unveils New Technology

An ag-tech startup is spreading its wings to attack another issue facing beekeepers: hive theft. Bloomington-based The Bee Corp. has developed the QGPS Hive Theft Tracking System which can be used to provide real-time information to commercial beekeepers and police via a discreet inner-hive sensor. Read the full story here.

How Artificial Intelligence Could Change Attribution Tools

The marketing technology landscape is busy, but there isn’t a solution out there for everything. Multitouch attribution solutions that help marketers map their customers’ path to purchase, for example, are still scarce. Julie Lyle, chief revenue officer at acquisition marketing platform DemandJump, spoke with eMarketer’s Maria Minsker about how artificial intelligence (AI) could improve attribution

Where the software industry is growing outside Silicon Valley

Software companies are contributing an outsized share of growth to the U.S. economy — and not just in Silicon Valley. The software industry represented just 3 percent of gross domestic product in 2016 but 7 percent of GDP growth from 2014 to 2016, according to U.S. government data compiled by Software.org: the BSA Foundation, part of

Scale Computing Collaborates with Google Cloud to Remove Barriers to Cloud Computing

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Scale Computing, a market leader in hyperconverged solutions, announced that it is working with Google to develop a hybrid cloud solution that makes it easy for organizations, including channel partners and MSPS, to move application workloads freely in the cloud or on-premises. The new offering, called HC3 Cloud

Scammers working overtime trying to hack Hoosiers, security expert says

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Cyber thieves are working to hack into Hoosiers’ personal accounts. Rook Security, out of Carmel, showed CBS4 some of the new ways scammers are scheming. “I would say 99 percent of attacks come via email,” said Tom Gorup, who provides security operations worldwide. Read the full story here.

If Amazon chooses Indianapolis, here’s where H2Q should go

The dream of attracting a new Amazon headquarters, which has injected excitement into every large and not-so-large city in America, is on a collision course with reality: Few places have the real estate and amenities to compete for it. Indianapolis might — might — be an exception. And, if it is, an old industrial site could be the reason.

Rethink Class: New Ideas for High School Educators

Earlier this month, a star-studded telecast asked the public to rethink the American high school education experience. XQ Institute, which created the event with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, is a nonprofit that believes America’s public high school system needs to be improved to ensure all students are prepared for wherever life takes them, from college to career. Co-founded by a

Costello’s A.I.-Driven Software Aims to Improve Sales Rep Performance

Artificial intelligence technologies are evolving at a rapid pace, remaking everything from vehicles to video games. An Indianapolis startup called Costello, armed with $1 million in investment capital, is launching this month to bring A.I. to deal management software, which the company says will help to better prepare sales reps while also offering managers increased visibility

Langellier: Indy ‘Well-Positioned’ For Amazon

TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier says while Indianapolis is well-positioned to bid for Amazon.com Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) second headquarters, it will take “a giant, collective, creative, big thinking effort” to pull it off. Amazon says “HQ2” would be a $5 billion project creating 50,000 jobs over 15 years. “This is a once in a

South Bend Tech Company Trek10 Names CEO

South Bend-based Trek10 Inc. has named Shane Fimbel chief executive officer. The tech company says Fimbel, who most recently served as chief operating officer of Global Access Point LLC in South Bend, will lead the company’s scale-up efforts. Trek10 Founder and Board Chairman Andy Warzon had previously served as acting CEO. The company says, with

Indy startups, tech heavies line up for $100K Steve Case pitch competition

Indy-area startups and tech heavies are lining up for a competition that could pay $100,000 for just a few minutes of their time. This summer, AOL co-founder and tech investors Steve Case announced he would host pitch competitions in five cities—including Indianapolis—during his “Rise of the Rest” bus tour. The winner in each city would

Indianapolis named second-best city for jobs in America

A popular job search engine has named Indianapolis the second-best city in the country for jobs. In its “Best Cities for Jobs 2017” list, Glassdoor measured the hiring opportunity, cost of living and job satisfaction of the 50 most populated metro areas in the U.S. and graded each of them on a five-point scale. Read the full

TechPoint receives $5.7 million Lilly Endowment grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $5.7 million grant to Indianapolis-based TechPoint so that the not-for-profit can expand its programs for tech-minded college students. TechPoint, which is part of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, is an advocacy group that promotes Indiana’s tech industry. Talent attraction is one of its focus areas. The three-year Lilly Endowment

Big Grant Boosts TechPoint Talent Hunt

The state’s tech growth initiative has secured a $5.7 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support talent attraction and retention efforts. TechPoint, part of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, says the funds will boost its Xtern program, billed as “The Ultimate Tech Internship,” and Xtern Bootcamp, which was launched last year. The TechPointX programs, which

Indianapolis, Fishers mayors spearhead effort to attract Amazon HQ2

Central Indiana leaders, led by Indianapolis and Fishers, say they hope to “surprise a lot of people” and “turn some heads” in putting together a strong proposal to try to convince Amazon executives to locate its second U.S. headquarters here. That was the phrasing used by Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness as he spoke with Indianapolis Mayor

Under Daniels, Purdue unleashes surge of startups

Purdue University is becoming a powerhouse for producing startups. And that’s exactly what President Mitch Daniels wanted when he arrived in 2013. Before the former Indiana governor took the helm, the public university used its intellectual property to create about eight startups annually. The school has been averaging nearly three times that each year since,

First IWiT Championship In The Books

Florida native Lexi Thompson won this weekend’s inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. More than 140 players took part in the LPGA event, which included several events throughout the week supporting STEM education and showcasing the Indianapolis tech scene. The three-day stroke play tournament

SnapShyft Launches, Eyes Big Growth

The winner of last year’s inaugural Indy Startup Challenge has officially launched in what a co-founder calls a “perfect market.” Stephanie Corliss says SnapShyft is a gig economy platform connecting bars and restaurants with qualified workers looking for shifts. Corliss, from Silicon Valley, and Indianapolis native Thor Wood came up with the idea to help venues recover what

Indy Women in Tech host 3-day STEM event for students

Frankton students were invited to learn more about STEM using a hands-on approach during the Indy Women in Tech golf championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Though the event has brought golfing fans together, Indy Women in Tech focuses on raising awareness and money for STEM initiatives aimed at women and children. Read the full story

Time Zones Matter: Why Kronos Opened an Indy Tech Center

Kronos, a Lowell, MA-based company focused on workforce management software and services, has operations across the world. It serves customers in more than 100 countries, raking in over a billion dollars in revenue annually. Read the full story here.

Indy lawyer could inspire more women to launch tech startups

In 2013, Haley Altman sat in her office after midnight surrounded by hundreds of documents, looking for the one needed to close a $30 million-dollar deal. Altman had spent 10 years working as a transactional lawyer, helping venture capital firms and businesses with funding, acquisitions and initial public offerings. Read the full story here.

Indianapolis has pros, cons as potential Amazon HQ2 contender

When it comes to Amazon’s search for a city to host its second headquarters, the Indianapolis metro area has some considerable advantages if state and city officials put it in contention. It’s also got some weaknesses that might weigh on its stock, business leaders and observers said. The Seattle-based tech giant announced Thursday that it’s looking for

Rising health care costs fuel Springbuk’s growth

For Indianapolis-based Springbuk Inc., growth has come quickly—especially in the past 12 months. The health-analytics-software firm, founded in January 2015, sells an HR tool for employers to track health care spending and outcomes. Since August 2016, its customer base has nearly tripled—from 310 clients in 35 states to 1,010 in all 50 states. Employment is up

STEM Giants Highlight IWiT Summit

The first African American woman in space is in Indianapolis today, touting early STEM education. Mae Jemison was the keynote speaker at today’s IWiT Summit, part of the LPGA’s Indy Women in Tech Championship week. In addition to reaching kids early, Jemison says STEM education “always has to be hands on…you have to do something.”

Tech educator draws more girls into computer science classes

Supplies for Julie Alano’s computer science principles class consist of pipe cleaners, construction paper, markers and straws. Students didn’t touch a computer during a recent visit to the Advanced Placement-level class, but they did tackle concepts Alano sees as essential for any technology field: problem-solving, teamwork and creative thinking. The principles class at Hamilton Southeastern

This tech leader is helping more women get into tech

UX design. Web design. UI design. Front-end development. Those were four of the topics Kristen Pairitz was most interested in when transitioning from a finance and management position into the tech industry. Luckily, Lindsay Siovaila, co-founder of Girl Develop It, was there to help. Read the full story here.

Southwest Airlines announces new flight from Indy to Austin, Texas

Southwest Airlines announced Monday it will soon add a seasonal nonstop flight to Austin, Texas to its Indy lineup. The nonstop flights to Austin will begin on April 8, 2018. Flights will depart on Sundays at 4:20 p.m. Austin was one of the Indianapolis International Airport’s top five unversed markets until recently. In May, Allegiant Airlines

How Marketers Can Connect with Technology Distracted Millennial Shoppers

Using ads and marketing tactics to capture the attention of millennial consumers can be trickier than many realize. It’s true that many of the people in this demographic use the internet and have multiple devices, but that can be a double-edged sword. A recent report showed why connecting with millennials can be so tough and

Viral Launch Details Ambitious Growth Plans

Indianapolis-based Viral Launch has announced $2.2 million expansion plans. The marketing technology company, which currently employs more than 20, says it could add up to 250 jobs by 2021. Viral Launch plans to move fast and hire 30 workers by the end of this year and double its current office space in downtown Indy by early 2018. During

Sigstr raises $5 million in venture capital from big names

Marketing-tech company Sigstr Inc. announced Tuesday that it raised $5 million from local and national investors, the second-largest venture capital haul in Indiana this year. The 3-year-old Indianapolis-based firm sells software that enables companies to leverage employee emails for subtle marketing. It has roughly 30 employees and more than 300 clients, including California Closets, Terminus

Purdue-Infosys Deal More Than Training

While a big focus of the recently-announced partnership between Indian tech giant Infosys and Purdue University is training, the five-year agreement will go much deeper. It calls for Purdue to train 10,000 future Infosys employees in the U.S., including 2,000 in Indiana. But it also calls for creation of an Infosys Solutions Center to address business challenges

‘Ignite Your Superpower’ Focuses on Girls in STEM

An event Thursday in Indianapolis will focus on sparking interest in science, technology, engineering and math for 600 middle school girls. Ignite Your Superpower! at the University of Indianapolis will include hands-on experiments, and appearances by industry role models including Pippa Mann and Sarah Fisher. During an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Indy Women in Tech

12 companies where you can get hired immediately

Searching for a new job can be stressful. Without the right connections, knowledge or resources, you can easily spend hours looking at different company websites only to find out that they have no open positions. That’s why job search platform Glassdoor has created its list of 12 companies that are hiring for a significant number of roles

United launches another flight from Indy to San Francisco

Four years ago, Indiana had to offer United Airlines a cash incentive to persuade it to start a nonstop flight from Indianapolis International Airport to San Francisco. These days, demand for the route is so strong that United is launching its second daily flight from Indy to San Francisco. And this time, nobody has to

Indiana Startup Answers Demand for Local, Organic Meat with Online Butcher Shop

In the U.S., six vertically-integrated brands control nearly all of the feeding, processing and distribution of livestock. To minimize costs, the farmers who work for these corporations frequently feed their animals corn and soy products, supplemented with growth hormones and antibiotics. “This is a very broken model,” said Catherine Compitello, the CEO of Indiana-based Tyner

Bloomington-based Cheddar raises $1.25M

A Bloomington-based billing technology company has received a $1.25 million round of funding. Cheddar, formerly known as CheddarGetter, says it is one of the first tech companies in Bloomington to secure venture capital from outside sources. Chief Executive Officer Mike Trotzke says the platform is tapping into the future of where billing is headed by

Social media analytics firm Fizziology acquired by California company

Fizziology LLC, a fast-growing social media research firm that is planning major growth at its headquarters in Indianapolis, has been acquired by a Los Angeles-based company. MarketCast LLC, a provider of data analytics to entertainment industry marketers and researchers, acquired Fizziology in a deal that closed Monday, the two companies announced. Financial terms were not

IMS revs up relationships with bevy of local tech firms

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway seems to like the local tech industry—and local tech likes it back. The motorsports-entertainment company, part of Hulman & Co., is a client of 13 tech firms that are either based in central Indiana or have a sizable office here—from online form builder Formstack to insurance-software developer MyCOI. That’s a lot given

Why High-Tech is Higher on the List for Meeting Planners

A lot of factors go into choosing the site of your association meetings. Is the airport well-connected to the rest of the country? Are there venues that will nicely fit the number of expected attendees? Is the city easy to navigate? Are there interesting things to do outside of the conference center or hotel? Here’s another question

N.C. firm wants to be in local tech scene

North Carolina-based Frontier Capital got its first taste of Indianapolis when it invested in the local health care IT company Healthx Inc. in 2012—buying a $22 million majority stake it successfully exited from in January. Now it wants more. The private equity firm, which targets late-stage high-growth tech companies, announced on Aug. 8 that it hired Mason McVerry as its

Tee Time Approaches For Women in Tech

A month ahead of the LPGA’s Indy Women in Tech Championship in Indianapolis, events surrounding the tournament are continuing to take shape. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel to space, will keynote the IWIT Summit on September 5 and discuss her experiences and obstacles in the science and technology fields. The week will

ExactTarget alums pick former haunt for Cheetah Digital’s local office

Some former ExactTarget execs are essentially moving home. A New York-based marketing tech company led by ExactTarget alums will move in September into the Guaranty Building on Monument Circle—the place ExactTarget was headquartered before Salesforce acquired it four years ago—taking about 7,500 square feet of space for its Indianapolis operations. Cheetah Digital—which spun off from Ireland-based

Tech activity driving downtown office demand

The Indianapolis-area office market continues to show signs of improvement and particularly in the large downtown submarket, where vacancy is steadily shrinking. Through the first six months of the year, office vacancy for the entire Indianapolis area stood at 14.5 percent. That’s down slightly from 14.8 percent at the end of 2016 and from 15.1

Techshot Joins Effort to Improve Plant Growth in Space

Greenville-based Techshot Inc. has joined with NASA and Florida-based Tupperware Brands Corp. (NYSE: TUP) to develop an improved system for growing plants on the International Space Station. The group’s goal is to improve upon existing technologies while reducing the amount of time required by crew members to care for the growing plants. Techshot and Tupperware

Comcast to launch enterprise IoT service in 12 U.S markets

Comcast’s enterprise IoT service was initially launched in October 2016 in Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area Comcast announced plans to expand its enterprise internet of things (IoT) service, dubbed machineQ, to 12 major U.S. markets. MachineQ is an enterprise IoT network service and platform that uses low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology

Roberts to Lead Innovation Efforts at IEDC

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has a new chief innovation officer. Dave Roberts, who previously served as president of the Battery Innovation Center at the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park, will oversee innovation and entrepreneurship efforts at the IEDC. He succeeds Ian Steff, who was appointed deputy assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing by the Trump Administration in March.

Hacking ‘Ninjas’ Represent High-Tech Future

TechPoint Foundation For Youth Executive Director Laura Dodds says Saturday’s inaugural CoderDojo Hackathon at DeveloperTown in Indianapolis is one more piece in building the state’s talent pipeline. She says the event is expected to attract 100 “ninjas” from throughout the state and believes participation could eventually grow five-fold. The foundation oversees 35 “dojos” in Indiana

Study: Indy tech labor force inexpensive, among best in country

When it comes to companies looking for tech talent, Indianapolis is the top bang-for-your-buck market in the country, according to a new report by real estate firm CBRE. In its “2017 Scoring Tech Talent report” published this week, CBRE found that only five out of 50 cities had both of these attributes: tech labor pools

Grading-software startup Mimir plans to add 102 workers by 2021

Mimir Corp., an Indianapolis-based developer of software used in computer science classrooms, announced on Thursday morning that it plans to expand its downtown headquarters and add up to 102 employees by 2021. Mimir currently has 14 full-time employees. The company’s founders created its flagship product, Mimir Classroom—which automates computer science grading and checks for plagiarism—while they

McCorkle: Talent is Job One

The new board chair for Indiana’s tech sector initiative says talent will be his initial focus. Scott McCorkle says working to develop and attract top talent is a continuation of TechPoint’s efforts to grow the tech scene in the state. The former Salesforce Marketing Cloud chief executive officer says he will work to expand TechPoint’s extern

TechPoint taps former Salesforce leader McCorkle as board chairman

TechPoint has named tech veteran Scott McCorkle as its executive chairman and appointed two other software executives to its board, the not-for-profit technology group announced Tuesday. McCorkle served as CEO of Salesforce Marketing Cloud from 2014 until he stepped down last August. Since then, he’s been investing and advising in the local startup ecosystem, assisting firms such

Nextech Gets Kids Interested in IT Careers Via Teacher Training

The challenge of finding skilled IT workers is a global one, but it’s arguably more acute in places like Indiana, where manufacturing brawn has historically trumped brainier sectors such as software development or biotech. As Rust Belt states strive to diversify their economies in the wake of the country’s declining industrial sector, there is simply

Reinvestment rockets Indianapolis’ rise in tech

Indianapolis’ skyline heralded it had arrived as a titan in marketing tech last April, when 17-foot tall letters of Salesforce.com replaced those of Chase atop a 48-story office tower. San Francisco-based Salesforce only a few years earlier bought Indianapolis-born ExactTarget for $2.5 billion, burnishing a Silicon Valley-on-the-prairie reputation for a Midwest city long known for manufacturing, insurance

Springbuk Touts Customer Milestone

An Indianapolis-based employer health data company says demand for its products is rising and it plans to add employees to keep up. Springbuk says its services are now used by 900 customers and it is looking to hire around 10 employees by year’s end. Read the full story here.

Salesforce is Hiring 150 Work-from-Home Employees with Full Benefits

As a cloud-computing company, Salesforce understands that many people have work-from-home jobs. Its services allow other companies to track sales and contracts from anywhere. This is also reflected in its own job listings: There are currently about 150 remote work opportunities available across the country. Read the full story here.

Indy Among First For New AT&T Tech

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is today launching “5G Evolution” service in parts of Indianapolis, making it the second market for the company’s newest high-speed internet service. AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards says the move is another step to creating a wider network that can accommodate autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things and related technology. At

Lessonly Celebrates 5 Years with Record-Breaking Quarter And Team Expansion

On the eve of the company’s 5 year anniversary, Lessonly announced a series of accelerated hiring initiatives. In response to increased demand for their leading team learning software, this expansion follows a year of quarter-on-quarter growth in both size and revenue. New team members will aid Lessonly in continuing to disrupt the learning, training, and

Indy Tech Town Hall: Focusing on Women in Tech

Two high-profile executives are sounding off on what it could take to tackle the issue of growing the presence of women in the Indianapolis technology work force. The first Inside INdiana Business Tech Town Hall featured a discussion with Found Search + Marketing Managing Partner Julie Warnecke and Angie’s List Inc. (NYSE: ANGI) Senior Vice

Indy Tech Town Hall: State of Venture Capital

Despite having the 17th largest state economy, Indiana ranked 27th in the amount of venture capital invested in 2016. Leadership from TechPoint and Elevate Ventures tell us how to be more competitive and attract more venture capital to grow Indianapolis as a tech hub.

3 Myths About Starting a Company in the Midwest

Indianapolis has historically had trouble shaking the “sleepy manufacturing town” image, much like neighboring cities Cincinnati and Cleveland. But, when Salesforce announced the $2.5-billion acquisition of Indianapolis-based ExactTarget in 2013, the business community began to reconsider the stereotype. Was innovation possible between the coasts? Read the full story here.

After Trump: Techies ‘boomerang’ to Midwest to spread wealth

Shaken by the outcome of the presidential election, Brian McClendon left his job at Uber and returned to the Midwest after three decades in Silicon Valley. His mission: to bring Silicon Valley-style job creation to Kansas, a state technology investors have long flown over, not into. The 53-year-old mapping executive, who made a big name for himself with Google

Determine Aims to Raise Millions With Stock Offering

A central Indiana tech company is looking to raise nearly $5 million with a common stock offering. Carmel-based Determine Inc. (Nasdaq: DTRM), which relocated from the Silicon Valley one year ago, says it plans to use proceeds from the sale for marketing, capital and corporate purposes. It has signed an agreement to offer close to 2.2 million

16 Tech innovation district gears up for work under new CEO

The 16 Tech innovation district, an ambitious economic development project in the works in Indianapolis for more than a decade, has hired a top executive whose goal is to turn the downtrodden area into a thriving center for entrepreneurship and innovation. Robert W. Coy Jr. was named president and CEO of the 16 Tech Community

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Woman-Owned Device Company on a Roll

Jeffersonville-based Inscope Medical Chief Executive Officer Maggie Galloway took top prize at the recent pitch competition at inX3 in Indianapolis. The startup develops controllable suction technology designed for breathing tube procedures. Galloway says the first device will be fully-launched in September with the goal of “getting this device in every hospital around the world.” In

ClearObject Secures Multi-Million Dollar Line of Credit from Silicon Valley Bank

ClearObject, an Internet of Things (IoT) Systems Innovator, announced today it has received a multi-million dollar line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and investors, to help support continued growth initiatives. ClearObject has achieved 50% year over year recurring revenue growth and doubled employee headcount over two years

Steve Case: Startup Momentum Building in Indianapolis

AOL co-founder Steve Case says there’s a “sense of possibility” surrounding the startup community in Indianapolis. The comment comes with Monday morning’s announcement that the city will be part of a Case-led national tour highlighting communities that receive less attention for their entrepreneurial prowess than traditional hubs like the Silicon Valley and Boston. Rise of

Fuzic Closes on $3.5 Million Seed Round, Plans to Expand Reach

Fuzic, the Indianapolis-based marketing tech startup, announced this week that it has closed on a $3 million seed funding round, bringing the total amount of money raised since inception to $3.5 million. Fuzic’s backers include High Alpha, Allos Ventures, and Hyde Park Venture Partners, as well as local angel investors. “We are very impressed with Fuzic’s growth and

Who Will Build the Next Big Tech Hub?

High-tech talent is a key driver of the wealth and competitiveness of cities. But it’s highly concentrated in places across the United States and the world, following a winner-take-all pattern and reinforcing the geographic inequality that underpins our broader economic and political divides. While all of America’s top-ranked tech cities have a highly-skilled and highly-educated

Fuzic Cues Up More Funding

Fishers-based Fuzic Inc. has received a $3 million round of funding. Investors in the music and messaging technology company include Indianapolis-based High Alpha, Allos Ventures in Carmel and Chicago-based Hyde Park Ventures. In an interview in March with Inside INdiana Business Television, co-founder Brent Oakley discussed his path from carwash owner to tech entrepreneur. Since

Digital wallet use means convenience for some and security concerns for others

Smartphones are changing our lives in so many ways. For most of us, it’s probably the most important thing with have with us during the day. It’s so important some people aren’t even carrying purses, wallets and money clips to pay for things. That’s because “digital wallets” are making life easier for many business owners

DemandJump Unveils First Traffic Cloud

Twenty-five entrepreneurs presented at this week’s Innovation Showcase Pitch Competition at inX3, including Indianapolis-based DemandJump. The marketing company showed what it calls a potential game-changer by introducing the world’s first traffic cloud for companies. Read the full story here.

Where Should You Start Your New Tech Company?

A good business idea is only the first step to success. Even the best ideas can sometimes fail if the conditions aren’t right. It falls to you to make sure that you run the business well and make the right decisions in the early stages. One of those decisions is the location of your business.

Torchlite Brings in Big Name Expertise, Funding

Indianapolis-based Torchlite has named two tech industry veterans to leadership roles and closed on a $2 million round of seed funding. Scott McCorkle, former chief executive officer of Salesforce Marketing Cloud, is now executive chairman and Jeffrey Rohrs, chief marketing officer of New York-based Yext (NYSE: YEXT) has been added to the board. Torchlite has now

Ur Hired: Canvas Helps Recruiters Interview Job Applicants Via Text

In the past decade, there has been plenty of handwringing in places like Indiana over the droves of talented young people leaving the state after graduation. Tech talent, in particular, tends to flee for the coasts as fast as possible, so it can be a challenge for homegrown companies to attract the attention of job

Apparatus alum rolls out text-based recruiting startup

There are many ways for recruiters to screen job candidates. Former Apparatus Inc. President Aman Brar thinks texting should be a prime channel, and he’s rolled out a company based on that outlook. The startup is called Canvas Talent Inc., and its software serves as a hub for recruiters to manage text conversations with multiple

Unprecedented push underway to advance women in tech

Efforts to increase and support the ranks of women in technology jobs are emerging in Indianapolis and helping put a spotlight on gender imbalance in the industry, just as a raft of tech employers looks to fill thousands of jobs here over the next several years. Ladies in SaaS, a monthly networking event for women

The 20 Hottest Cities for Tech Jobs Now

A diaspora of tech talent, driven by Silicon Valley’s tumbling job market and sky-high rents, has pushed tech job seekers to some surprising places. Job search site ZipRecruiter recently analyzed its database of more than 8 million active jobs, and ranked the 20 fastest-growing tech markets based on year-over-year data. Job growth for engineering, software, and IT roles may be

How an NBA team used email signatures to hold onto a sponsor

Basketball team the Indiana Pacers put a clickable banner in employees’ email signature lines, a strategy that helped convince supermarket chain Kroger to renew its opening night support by providing concrete results that underscored the value of its sponsorship. While email is most commonly utilized for providing information, sending promotional offers or conducting transactions, it

OurHealth has named Shelly Towns EVP of Marketing

OurHealth has named Shelly Towns executive vice president of marketing. In her new role, she will be responsible for developing and implementing a compelling marketing strategy that will propel brand awareness, increase customer acquisition and deepen engagement. Towns brings a strong background in senior leadership, with experience in marketing, product management, analytics and strategic planning. She

Startups are thriving in Indy, but where are all the women founders?

One sunny winter morning in 2015, Aimee Kandrac headed downtown to pitch her startup, WhatFriendsDo, to a couple of investors. Walking into an office in the Mile Square, she didn’t feel nervous. Rather, Kandrac was excited—eager to get feedback. Whenever she pitched an idea to a potential funder, she always made a point to note the

Quantifi Launches With A.I. Approach to Digital Marketing Strategy

A new marketing tech firm called Quantifi launched today out of startup studio High Alpha, complete with $2 million in seed funding from a handful of investors. The Indianapolis-based company seeks to offer digital marketers a research and development platform where they can test new products and strategies before committing to a specific kind of campaign. Read the

Nextech Launches Externship For Teachers

Indianapolis-based nonprofit Nextech is launching an initiative to connect teachers with leaders in the local tech sector. The Nextech Educator Externship will help middle and high school teachers connect their classroom curriculum to career opportunities and student interests. The five-day professional development program will take 18 computer science teachers from 17 Indiana schools and immerse

Indiana implements single sign-on, citizen record

In Indiana, the state’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) is in the “beginning stages” of rolling out Access Indiana (AI), a single sign-on project that will ultimately let visitors use the same login and password across multiple government applications, Stephanie Wilson, press secretary to Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, told Government Technology . It’s currently being used

Indianapolis-based Quantifi raises $2.3 million to improve digital ad testing

Quantifi looks to be an impressive startup. The company provides AI-powered software to help marketers better test their digital advertising campaigns. It just raised $2.3 million in seed funding from local VCs and angels, and it disclosed a short list of customers. Quantifi also happens to be the latest example of Indianapolis’s shift from manufacturing auto

High Alpha Launches Latest Spinoff

Indianapolis-based High Alpha’s latest spinoff has announced its public launch and an oversubscribed seed funding round of more than $2 million. Quantifi says its platform uses artificial intelligence to strengthen digital advertising. The company, whose clients include LIDS Sports Group, Butler University and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is led by former Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) and Geofeedia executive

Social media analytics firm Fizziology to hire up to 55

Fizziology, a social media research firm for the entertainment industry, said Monday that it plans a $555,000 expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters that will create up to 55 jobs by 2020. The firm, which has 22 full-time employees and dozens of freelancers, provides clients audience insights distilled from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other sources. Its

The quest to make Indiana an IoT hub

Last fall, Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness began noticing signs of an economy that’s undergoing slow but tectonic shifts. He saw a Twitter post that claimed some Amazon shipments see only about 20 seconds of human interaction, mostly because of automation. Separately, a friend at a think tank showed him a picture of a driverless semitrailer. Then

UberEATS starts delivery from Indy restaurants

The Uber car service that drives you home after one too many at the pub also will deliver your late-night munchies once you get there. Starting around 5 a.m. June 1, UberEATS joins the list of delivery services clamoring to bring food to your door in Indianapolis. The 24-hour UberEATS starts with 76 restaurants, but will

Campus Safety Platform Offers Emergency Data, Streamlines Reporting

Student engagement platform ClearScholar, with support from Butler University’s police, security and IT departments, launched a new platform that aims to enhance safety technology at colleges and universities. The ClearScholar mobile application works like a social media feed that students can customize to display campus news and events. Student can also use the app to

Indy looks to data to find ‘smart’ answers to big problems

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department wants to use data to help anticipate and prevent crime. City leaders believe transportation data could help connect affordable groceries to people without access to fresh food. A local water technology firm is trying to leverage sensors and software to improve distribution of the city’s drinking water and reduce the

STEM Team Winners to Enter Work Force That Needs Them

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says as future work force needs continue to trend toward STEM-related fields, it’s important to recognize student achievements. The state has introduced the winners of the 2017 Governor’s STEM Team awards, the program replacing the former Mr. and Miss Indiana Science and Math awards. McCormick says “success in

Mark Cuban-funded 3-D instant replay puts IU on cutting edge

Within weeks of its opening last fall, the Indiana University Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology began flexing its considerable technological muscle. Students and faculty running the center rolled out eye-popping virtual reality technology at the basketball teams’ opening practice Oct. 22—an event known as Midnight Madness. It gave fans the feeling they

Heart-Monitoring Device Scores Tech Award

A technology that could alert doctors that a patient is at risk of sudden cardiac death took a top prize at the recent 18th Annual Mira Awards, presented by Indiana’s tech initiative TechPoint. Arrhythmotech’s device detects which cardiology patients are in such life-threatening situations by simply attaching sensors to the skin. Awarded Innovation of the

OESTERLE: Indiana must recruit—yes, recruit—talented natives to come home

The Indianapolis Business Journal recently reported that Indiana’s annual population growth was at its lowest point in three decades—0.31 percent, or about 20,000 net new Hoosiers. Unfortunately, estimates from Indiana University have this downward trend continuing for decades. Against this population headwind, it is difficult to imagine what state and local governments in Indiana can

120WaterAudit Selected to Implement Water Sampling in Indiana Public Schools

120WaterAudit, a water quality technology and testing company, founded by Indianapolis tech veterans Megan Glover and Chris Baggott, along with David Kohl, of CWM Environmental, today announced the company was selected as the technology and laboratory coordination provider to help with drinking-water testing in more than 700 public schools throughout Indiana. 120WaterAudit will leverage its

Indy Tech Secret No More

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says recent major announcements from tech giants Salesforce and Infosys will mean more than jobs and investment for the Indy region. Hogsett believes it’s a coming of age for a city that has long flown under the technology radar screen. “I think in the span of one week, we’ve gone from

myCOI relocates to downtown, plans to add 185 new high-wage jobs

Indianapolis has landed another win in what has been a busy week for the city’s burgeoning tech industry. Software company myCOI has announced plans to expand its downtown Indianapolis headquarters and create up to 185 jobs by 2021. The company, whose cloud-based platform tracks and manages certificates of insurance, won last year’s Venture Club of

Tech consulting firm Galvin plans to add 37 jobs

Indianapolis-based Galvin Technologies, which helps its clients integrate the Salesforce platform into their operations, said on Thursday that it plans to invest $609,050 into an expansion that will create up to 37 jobs by 2022. The company, which has 12 employees at its 3,000-square-foot headquarters at 4622 W. 72nd St., said it plans to move

India-based Infosys to open tech hub at OneAmerica Tower

Less than a month after announcing it would open a technology hub in a yet-to-be-named Central Indiana city, India-based Infosys has made a quick decision. Infosys has leased 35,000 square feet at the 36-story OneAmerica Tower in Downtown Indianapolis, where it will open a technology center for up to 2,000 employees. Infosys revealed its decision Tuesday

Salesforce Marks Opening With New Work Force Commitment

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) has officially taken the wraps off its regional headquarters in Indiana’s tallest building. As part of the grand opening celebration of the Salesforce Tower in downtown Indianapolis, Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff said the company will add 500 new local apprentices by 2020. That is in addition to the tech giant’s previously-announced commitment for 800

Inside Salesforce Tower Renovation

The tallest building in the state has more than a new name. The interior of the 48-story structure is undergoing a major renovation. Salesforce currently occupies four floors in Salesforce Tower and has plans to renovate a total of six. Salesforce Executive Vice President of Global Real Estate Elizabeth Pinkham says each floor will adhere

Salesforce Exec Says Indy Nation’s Best Kept Secret

As Salesforce christened its new regional headquarters this weekend, company executives were not shy about letting people know what they think about Indianapolis. “It’s probably the best kept secret in the country,” said Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Officer Bob Stutz, who added he is “very confident” in the ability of the region to produce

Benioff: Why Salesforce is investing in Indy

In today’s global economy where everyone and everything is connected, technology companies can set up shop anywhere. The software company that I lead, Salesforce — which helps businesses manage their customer relationships — has operations in 25 countries, even as nearly all of our software is made in America, including here in Indianapolis. Salesforce came

GE Looks to ‘Balance The Equation’ For Women in Tech

GE, which has three manufacturing sites throughout the state, is launching an effort designed to get more women into its tech-driven work force. Balance the Equation is looking to attract 20,000 women into STEM fields by 2020 and boosting its representation of women and men in entry-level programs to a 50:50 ratio. Other facets of

Rook Security monitoring online chatter for threats against IMS

A Carmel-based cybersecurity firm will assist the FBI and Department of Homeland Security this year at the Indianapolis 500 by monitoring online chatter for digital and physical threats. “Our objective is to protect people,” Rook Security Director of Security Operations Tom Gorup said.  “We will be monitoring dark web sites, hacker forums as well as social

Indiana Governor Holcomb Welcomes Infosys, Announces India Visit

Encouraged by Infosys’ decision to set up a tech center in his state and generate 2,000 jobs, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will lead a high-powered trade delegation to India later this year with the sole objective of attracting more Indian business, particularly IT companies. “I’m looking forward to traveling to India, probably in the fall,

Sigstr Launches Account-Based Marketing for Employee Email

Sigstr, a cloud platform for employee email personalization, announced today the launch of its new Account-Based Marketing (ABM) functionality. For the first time, marketers can tap into employee emails to deliver 1:1 targeted content to specific accounts, industries and regions. Using Sigstr Campaigns, the new ABM functionality allows customers to assign an email signature campaign to

Startup Ladies Founder Becomes CEO

An executive with Fishers-based Sticksnleaves is stepping down. Kristen Cooper, who served as vice president of operations and corporate development with the tech company, is leaving to become chief executive officer of The Startup Ladies, also based in Fishers. Cooper founded The Startup Ladies in 2014. The organization, located at Launch Fishers, aims to assist

Pondurance offers tips to protect from new global ransomwear attack

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new ransomware attack is being called the world’s largest cyber attack. It’s called “WannaCry” and it has hit more than 150 countries and gained 200,000 victims including large companies like FedEx and Nissan. A “stop trigger” put in place might slow down the process of the virus, but security experts say

For local and national services, Indianapolis delivers the goods

Indianapolis is becoming the latest hub for app-based and online delivery service companies, which are expanding here at a surprising rate. And it’s not just national companies such as Instacart that are turning their focus on the area: Homegrown companies such as Green Bean Delivery and ClusterTruck are also growing quickly. “Indianapolis has been experiencing

Rose-Hulman Growing Indy Footprint

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology says its new space in an emerging Indianapolis tech hub will help the school grow name recognition and keep connected with alumni. The Terre Haute school will in July open an office in The Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis. Rose-Hulman President Jim Conwell says many of the companies already located in

DeveloperTown has success helping larger firms innovate

DeveloperTown, a software consultancy near Broad Ripple, is starting to look like “DeveloperCity.” The company, which gives most of its workers tiny houses in lieu of desks, had about 20 employees in 2012. Headcount now exceeds 60. Officials think that can grow another 50 percent before DeveloperTown’s 22,000-square-foot hub, formerly a warehouse, runs out of room for

Structural Launches with Software to Unleash Employee Productivity

Structural is on a mission to unlock workplace data to help optimize the way offices function. The employee-management software startup—based in Indianapolis and St. Paul, MN, and backed by High Alpha—has set out to apply analytics and other technologies to produce workforce insights that were previously hiding in the raw data of Human Resources files.

IndyCar to Showcase Women in Tech Championship

An LPGA event this summer at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be promoted in a prominent place. AJ Foyt Racing’s No. 40 entry in this year’s Indianapolis 500 will feature a design showcasing the Indy Women in Tech Championship. As its name suggests, one of the event’s goals is to

Former Octiv CEO and founder follows new path

Dustin Sapp, who stepped down in January from his CEO post at software company Octiv, has joined another Indianapolis-based tech firm. But he’ll work there remotely from another state. Sapp, 38, has joined form-management software company Formstack as chief operating officer, a new position at the company. His start date was May 1. But Sapp,

The 6 Best Cities to Start a Business Right Now

Silicon Valley, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Austin and more have well-established and booming startup scenes complete with big companies and investors to impress. But all of those cities have another thing in common. They are pricey and the competition is steep. Many founders are looking for the next up-and-coming startup scene–a chance to

TechPoint’s Mira Awards: MOBI Wins Company of the Year

TechPoint, the organization dedicated to growing Indiana’s tech ecosystem, held its annual Mira Awards gala in front of a packed house on Saturday. Meant to recognize the success and innovation of the state’s tech companies, entrepreneurs, educators, and other leaders, the Miras have been awarded for the past 18 years. From the 180 nominating applications

New Jersey firm acquires Carmel-based PolicyStat

PolicyStat LLC, an 11-year-old Carmel-based software-as-a-service company, has been acquired by Bridgewater, New Jersey-based iContracts Inc. Terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not disclosed. PolicyStat, based at 550 Congressional Boulevard, has about 65 employees, with roughly half of those working part time. PolicyStat provides digital health care document-management services to hospitals, outpatient clinics, labs

Hackney: Building a tech pipeline in Indiana

In just two years, Indiana’s emphasis on robotics in education has grown exponentially. Last year, there were 73 robotics teams across the state; today there are 511. In fact, Indiana has the most robotics teams of any state in the country. This is not by accident. Six years ago, former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard made

HomeAdvisor Parent to Acquire Angie’s List

New York-based IAC (Nasdaq: IAC), the parent of HomeAdvisor, has announced plans to acquire Indianapolis-based Angie’s List Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) and combine the two entities into one publicly-traded company. The deal has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors and is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The new company, ANGI Homeservices Inc.,

India-based tech firm plans 2,000 jobs in Indianapolis area

In the biggest economic development agreement Indiana has reached in more than a decade, India-based technology consulting firm Infosys Ltd. on Tuesday announced plans to open an $8.7 million tech and innovation hub in the Indianapolis area that could employ as many as 2,000 high-skilled employees by the end of 2021. The deal marks the

MOBI, Clustertruck Among Top Mira Winners

Nearly 1,000 industry and business leaders came together to celebrate the best in tech in Indiana Saturday at the 18th Annual Mira Awards. Mobility management software provider MOBI won Tech Company of the Year, while ClusterTruck took home Corporate Innovator of the Year and New Startup of the Year honors. At the ceremony at The

Mobi named Mira’s Tech Company of the Year

Boone County-based Mobi Wireless Management took home the top honors at TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards ceremony Saturday night. Mobi, whose software centralizes management of mobile devices, beat out four other companies to be named Tech Company of the Year, the category for firms generating $20 million or more in annual revenue. Judges noted that

Tech Center: Indianapolis Dives Into Tech

Situated between Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, is more than just the capital of Indiana. Over the course of the last few years, Indianapolis has slowly built up its technology industry. Ian Nicolini, from the city’s economic development agency, Develop Indy, shared with The New York Times earlier this year that of the 3,700 jobs

TCC Plans to Expand Offerings After Acquiring Vertex, Triple Impact

TCC Software Solutions, an Indianapolis-based IT cloud-hosting company, announced this week that it has acquired two businesses: Vertex Solutions Group and Triple Impact. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jim Pangallo, principal partner at TCC, says the two companies came to TCC’s attention through Harborside Advisors, a Florida firm that arranged the acquisition.

Mira to Honor Top in Tech This Weekend

Nearly 1,000 technology, business and community leaders are expected at The Westin Indianapolis Saturday for The 18th Annual Mira Awards, honoring the best in technology. Honors to be awarded Saturday include Tech Company of the Year, Scale-up Company of the Year and Best New Tech Product. Inside INdiana Business Television will feature several of the

Next Level Indiana Fund Gets Thumbs-up From Tech Scene

The Indiana tech community is lauding the state’s backing of a measure in the two-year budget that could make more money available for high-growth companies. The Next Level Indiana Fund, successor to the Mitch Daniels-era Next Generation Trust Fund, will have a wider scope, opening the door to higher-risk investments. The fund’s potential pool is $250 million.

Rise in internet-connected devices creates new cybersecurity concerns

As the so-called “internet of things” continues to grow, so does the need for workers who can protect companies against a new wave of cyberintrusions. “Everybody knows that the demand for this talent is going to be strong,” said Bill Russell, executive director of global information security at Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins Inc. “I have to

Verizon Invests in IMS Technology

Verizon says it has installed the same technology it used to increase wireless capacity at this year’s presidential inauguration and Super Bowl at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The company has installed five matsing balls, each with 36-60 antennas, throughout the track ahead of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. Steve Van Dinter with Verizon says data

After Steady Growth, Greenlight.guru Plans New Office, More Hires

The Indianapolis-based startup Greenlight.guru, maker of quality management software for organizations in the medical device industry, plans to invest $651,022 in a new, 7,200-square-foot office at Union 525, a tech hub in the city’s downtown. The new office is part of an expansion plan now underway, and the company expects to create up to 120

Tech leaders say they’re pleased with Legislative session

With some help from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, local tech leaders launched a full-court press with their legislative agenda in the 2017 General Assembly. And, having walked away with a few wins in the budget bill that passed over the weekend, they say they’re mostly pleased with the outcome. Tech leaders, including those associated with

TCC Software Solutions Acquires Vertex Solutions Group and Triple Impact

TCC Software Solutions, a leader in designing high-value, cost-effective IT application and cloud technology solutions for the private and public sectors, announced today it has acquired Vertex Solutions Group (VSG) and Triple Impact (3I). The acquisition will enable TCC to enter the learning and development marketplace, embedding interactive learning technology into existing and new software

WATCH: IoT Hackathon Looks to ‘Energize’ Economy

More than 350 participants and dozens of companies are taking part in this weekend’s 24-hour AT&T Internet of Things Civic Hackathon. AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards says teams will have 24 hours to develop IoT technology designed to “energize Indiana’s economy.” He says the event at Launch Fishers will marry Indiana’s legacy economy of agriculture, manufacturing and

6 U.S. Cities to Watch in 2017

When it comes to American cities, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles dominate the market—and the conversation. Yet the Big Three continuing to grow more crowded (and more expensive) has proved advantageous to other cities across the country, which attract people with cheaper rents, space to create, and local cultural and culinary movements. And whether

TechPoint Board Member Eyes New Opportunity

Shelley Towns, a former journalist who helped create a formidable technology team at Angie’s List Inc., has left the home-services-review provider. Towns, formerly senior vice president of product, left Angie’s List on April 7, she confirmed to IBJ on Tuesday, ending a 12-year run at the Indianapolis-based company. Her position, which entailed orchestrating a 100-plus-person

Can Indiana Attract More Venture Capital?

A prominent Republican leader says Indiana “absolutely” has the potential to draw more venture capital dollars to Hoosier companies. The problem is figuring out how to do it, particularly when the issue is primarily a function of the private market. “It’s really not our business to run a business or to pick and choose winners and losers,”

KAR Auction acquires startup tech company for $43 million

Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. has acquired Chicago-based startup CarCo Technologies Inc. in a $43 million stock purchase, a move KAR says will beef up its data-analytics capabilities. The deal, announced Wednesday, closed on Friday. CarCo, which does business as Drivin, aggregates automotive retail, pricing, registration and other data, giving customers access to pricing information

3 Ways To Grow Indiana’s Economy By Investing In Tech

Slow-moving economies don’t often emerge as leaders. That’s a basic lesson anyone building a community or a business has learned. We’re seeing it play out today: Indiana’s tech and innovation community has a lot of momentum, and the ability to create more high-wage, tax-paying jobs – but not without more venture capital and connectivity to

Mira to Honor ‘Trailblazer’ Hicks

TechPoint has named Indianapolis-based Angie’s List (NYSE: ANGI) co-founder Angie Hicks the winner of its annual Trailblazer Award. The state’s tech initiative will honor Hicks during the 18th annual Mira Awards this month in Indianapolis. TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier says Hicks’ story of taking a big risk serves as “an inspiration to a

Angie’s List Co-Founder Talks Diversity and Building Tech Ecosystems

It’s a bit ironic that Angie Hicks, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Indianapolis-based Angie’s List, didn’t originally plan to be an entrepreneur. Before she helped found the business-listings  company 22 years ago, she was an intern at a venture capital firm with plans of becoming a consultant because, she says, that’s what economics majors

hc1.com(R) and Vivizer Healthcare Partner to Boost Service Levels, Growth

hc1.com, inventor of the world’s leading healthcare relationship management platform, announced a new strategic partnership with Vivizer Healthcare Consulting Group that empowers Post Acute Care (PAC) organizations to deliver amazing service and to grow profitably. Click to Tweet. Vivizer Healthcare, based in Carmel, Ind., is a healthcare consulting firm specializing in business development and operational

Ivy Tech adds new ethical hacking certificate

Some college students in Indiana will soon be better prepared to stop hackers from infiltrating large companies and stealing people’s private information. Ivy Tech Community College recently announced a new partnership with The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants. As part of the partnership, the college will soon start offering certified ethical hacking and computer hacking

Carmel Tech Company The Brookfield Group Expanding

Carmel-based The Brookfield Group LLC has announced plans to invest $7 million to enhance its headquarters and downtown Indianapolis data center. The tech company says the expansion will result in the creation of up to 31 high-wage jobs by 2021. The Brookfield Group says the expansion is fueled by growing demand for the company’s IT products,

Music-marketing startup catches ear of customers, investors

High-end car wash chain executive Brent Oakley used to have trouble getting customers’ attention with visual messages amid an oversaturated marketing environment. So last summer he figured he’d cut through the noise with custom audio messages for customers sitting in his Prime Car Wash lobbies. Over the ensuing months, his concept materialized into a startup

Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Commerce

Artificial intelligence is now touching all industries, from healthcare and advertising to entertainment and ed tech. The retail space in particular is buzzing with news, thanks to plans for an “Amazon Go Store,” where shoppers can grab items off shelves and walk out, bypassing a long line at check out. Computer vision algorithms will track

Tech firms dominate highest-paying companies list

Once again, technology companies and consultancies have taken the top spots in the latest list of employers with the highest median compensation in the United States. While familiar names, including Facebook Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc., and LinkedIn Corp., can be found on Glassdoor’s annual survey, some lesser-known companies have landed on the honor roll

ExactTarget Alum Expanding Analytics Company

Indianapolis-based 250ok LLC is planning to add more than 50 jobs by 2021. The email marketing analytics provider, run by a former employee of ExactTarget, says it will invest nearly $1.6 million into its expansion. 250ok currently has 15 employees, most of which are in Indiana. Read full story here.

Plymouth Growth Partners Earns Mira Investment Award

An important funding partner of two growing Indianapolis tech companies will be honored this month at the 18th annual TechPoint Mira Awards. Ann Arbor-based Plymouth Growth Partners and Partner Jeff Barry will be recognized as Investor of the Year at the April 29 event in Indianapolis. The firm last year closed on more than $5.7 million

Calling All Coders: Civic Hackathon Seeks to Harness IoT Tech

For most of its 200-year existence, Indiana’s economy has depended on three industries: manufacturing, logistics, and agriculture. Bill Soards, president of AT&T Indiana, says all of these sectors are “huge consumers” of Internet of Things technologies. Later this month, his company is hosting a civic hackathon in order to convene teams and get to work

‘Women in Tech’ Event Announces Big Sponsorship

An LPGA event promoting women in tech is advertising itself on one of the state’s biggest stages. The Indy Women in Tech Championship, which will take place in September at the IMS’ Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, will be the primary sponsor of Zach Veach’s car at this year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. Harry

Curvo Labs Aims to Help Hospitals Make Better Purchasing Decisions

Throughout his career working in the hospital supply chain, Curvo Labs CEO Andy Perry has seen a lot of changes. In the past decade, in particular, the rise of value-based reimbursement policies and new technologies have altered the way hospitals make purchases. In the past, it was up to the sales people at innovative medical

Carmel to Open State’s Next Coworking Space

A new coworking space is opening this week in Carmel. Platform 24 is a partnership between Indianapolis-based The Speak Easy and The Brookfield Group in Carmel. The facility has open areas for up to 60, adjustable desks to seat 30 and eight offices. The cofounders of the space are Brookfield Group Chief Technology Officer Daniel

Tech groups ally for venture capital event

Some of Indiana’s most acclaimed technology and entrepreneurial events are joining forces for a multi-day June conference, an effort aimed at boosting venture capital in a state that struggles to draw it. The conference is called INX3, which stands for “inspire, innovate and invest.” It will feature Innovation Showcase, a Venture Club of Indiana event that

Salesforce spends $6M to help close wage gap

Salesforce spent about $3 million this weekend to help close gender and racial wage gaps among its employees, the second consecutive year the cloud computing giant has made such a move. The company, whose name will soon adorn Indianapolis’ tallest building, planned to formally make the announcement today on “Equal Pay Day.” Read full story here.

Med Tech Company Greenlight.guru Growing in Indy

An Indianapolis-based quality management software company has moved into the Union 525 building and plans to add up to 120 jobs by 2020. Greenlight.guru, which aims to help medical device companies bring products to market faster, is investing more than $650,000 to make the move. The company says its revenue has grown by more than 350

Fuzic Combines Music and On-Demand Marketing to Engage Customers

Before Brent Oakley co-founded Fuzic, an Indianapolis-based marketing technology startup, he owned carwashes. He wanted to make his customers happy, so he installed cafes in his carwashes, hoping that he’d be able to chat with his patrons while they sipped beverages and learn more about what they wanted out of a carwash. When that didn’t

Funding to Fuel Kinney Group’s ‘Explosive’ Growth

Indianapolis-based Kinney Group Inc. has announced a round of funding it says will more than double the cloud technology company’s footprint by 2019. The investment from Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures and Michigan’s Plymouth Ventures totals $6 million. Chief Executive Officer and Founder Jim Kinney tells Inside INdiana Business customers are joining a “cloud-first movement” that makes

ClearScholar Laser-Focused on Colleges

The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based ClearScholar believes his college engagement technology’s “very targeted” approach could potentially tap into the country’s population of 20 million students. In just over a year, ClearScholar has partnered with nearly 100 colleges and universities to make up what Jason Konesco calls a “vast pipeline.” The company today upon a previously-announced

Female founders still face discrimination, but these women flipped the script

Fundraising in a venture capital world dominated by middle-aged white men can be difficult for women, but some are finding ways around biases to get their tech companies funded. The event featured dozens of speakers sharing stories and advice with an audience that was diverse in ethnicity and age. Those included keynoter Angie Hicks, cofounder of

Indy ranked best city for wireless networks

Think “speed” and Indianapolis, and there’s a good chance you’ll conjure up the Indiana city’s famous speedway, which has been hosting motor sports for 108 years. Who knew Indianapolis also took the checkered flag for best mobile network coverage of any US city in the last half of 2016? Read full story here.

Cyber-security firm ditches downtown office for suburbs

Rook Security LLC, a privately held firm that offers cyber-security software and services, has relocated to Carmel from downtown Indianapolis, CEO JJ Thompson told IBJ Monday. The company, which is made IBJ’s Fast 25 list in 2016, had been operating in about 6,000 square feet in the 61-year-old, 14-story Burton Building at 120 E. Market

Letters: Act now to make Indiana a tech capital

Central Indiana is gaining national attention for its emerging status as a magnet for tech jobs. In less than a week, Forbes recognized the region as a top-five metro area for employment growth in the technology sector, and Governing magazine highlighted the Indianapolis area as an island of tech job growth while other regions nationwide

ClearObject CEO Appointed to Purdue Polytechnic’s Dean’s Council

ohn McDonald has been appointed to Purdue Polytechnic Institute’s Dean’s Council. He is chief executive officer of ClearObject (formerly CloudOne). The Purdue Polytechnic Institute, previously named the College of Technology, is one of 10 colleges at Purdue offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. The academic programs combine theory-based applied learning, team-based projects, integrated humanities studies, competency-based credentialing,

Tech-consulting firm Kinney Group lands $6M in VC

Indianapolis-based Kinney Group raised $6 million in equity funding, the company announced Tuesday, a cash infusion that the company plans to use to boost headcount and expand its office space. The funding came from two investors—Michigan-based Plymouth Ventures and Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures—over the past five months, marking the first venture capital haul in the firm’s

Report: Indy women in tech earn more than men

Indy is one of the best cities in the country to be a woman working in tech, according to a new report from financial tools website SmartAsset. Specifically, the report looked at census data on men and women working in computer and math fields in the 59 largest cities in the U.S. It ranked those

McCorkle Joins Indy Tech Startup

One of the biggest names in Indiana’s tech sector is joining Indianapolis-based marketing technology startup Fuzic Inc. Former Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Officer Scott McCorkle will serve as executive chairman of the custom audio advertising company. Fuzic co-founder Brent Oakley says the company was “born from my need as a business owner to have an

TechPoint Foundation for Youth receives grant from Salesforce

The TechPoint Foundation for Youth (TPF4Y) today announced it has received a $75,000 grant from the philanthropic arm of Salesforce to further STEM education in Indiana. Established in 2001, the TPF4Y focuses on diversifying the STEM workforce pipeline through outreach to underrepresented students. As part of that effort, the foundation oversees the city of Indianapolis’s

Hoosier inventor’s foundation gives UIndy $5M to start engineering school

With a $5 million donation, the University of Indianapolis on Tuesday announced plans to launch a school of engineering named after the late Indiana inventor Robert B. Annis. The new R.B. Annis School of Engineering, inside University of Indianapolis’ Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences, “will advance the university’s strategy to address Indiana’s increasing demand

TechPoint Names People’s Choice Mira Award Winners

Indianapolis-based TechPoint has named the winners of its inaugural People’s Choice Mira Awards. The winners in the Best Tech Event, Best Tech Space and Best Tech T-Shirt or Swag categories will be recognized at the annual Mira Awards ceremony at The Westin Indianapolis on April 29. Read full story here.

Tech Founder Ditches College For Amazon-Centered Startup

The co-founder of an Indianapolis-based tech startup says his entrepreneurial path started when the traditional, college-centered route to the business world wasn’t the “most relevant” for him. Viral Launch Chief Executive Officer Casey Gauss, a former student-athlete at Indiana Wesleyan University says he spent his nights learning coding before dropping out of college and eventually

27-year-old is rising star in artificial intelligence field

Two-year-old DemandJump Inc. is one of the area’s hottest startups—and it had a 2016 that many startups would kill for. Last year, the Indianapolis-based company won two TechPoint Mira awards (often called the Oscars of Indiana tech), was a finalist for the prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Global award, added former Wal-Mart marketing chief Julie Lyle to its team,

Is Indianapolis Becoming the Silicon Valley of the Midwest?

When most people think of the hottest areas for the tech sector, Indianapolis probably doesn’t immediately come to mind. But in recent years, the metro area has landed thousands of new tech jobs and its digital service sector is among the fastest-growing in the nation, nearly doubling in size since 2010. Late last year, Salesforce

Collaboration, capital needed to advance ‘internet of things’ in Indiana

In February, Fishers launched the state’s first “internet of things” lab to serve as a collaboration hub for companies, entrepreneurs, developers and others interested in connecting products to the internet that historically haven’t been linked. The idea of connected products—whether a diesel engine, a hotel room door or a washing machine—is proliferating across various industries,

Indy Ranked For Creating Tech Jobs

Indianapolis is being recognized on Forbes’ list of “Cities Creating the Most Tech Jobs 2017.” The list ranks the 53 largest metropolitan areas in the country by employment growth in tech industries and STEM jobs from 2006 to 2016. The cities were also ranked based on growth from 2014 to 2016 “to give credit for current momentum.”

Passport to Hi-Tech Aims to Promote STEM Among Girls

An event Saturday focused on STEM at Conner Prairie in Fishers is expected to attract more than 1,500 girls ages 7-12. Passport to Hi-Tech aims to connect young girls with women in STEM fields. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Women & Hi Tech President Tiffany White says the event allows girls to take

Sigstr Aims to Unlock the Marketing Potential of E-mail Signatures

Bryan Wade, the new CEO of Indianapolis-based startup Sigstr, says e-mail is the next great marketing frontier. This insight comes after having spent more than a decade as a digital marketer, including a stint serving as the chief product officer for Salesforce Marketing Cloud just before taking the reins at Sigstr. The average business, he

Indy tech leaders make splash at South by Southwest

Several local companies and people presented at South by Southwest in Texas this week, sharing their Hoosier experiences and products to a variety of audiences at the world-renowned tech and arts confab. Attorneys at Indianapolis-based law firm Barnes & Thornburg hosted a panel discussion—their third at the event in four years—and had Angie’s List Senior

Holcomb, McCormick Launch Governor’s STEM Team

Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick have launched a program designed to highlight achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics among high school students. The Governor’s STEM Team will include four students each year. Holcomb’s office says the students will be honored for their “exemplary performance in one of the

CloudOne Expects New Collaborative Opportunities at Fishers IoT Lab

Last month, CloudOne, the Fishers, IN-based startup focused on building, operating, and integrating cloud-based technologies, changed its name to ClearObject. John McDonald, ClearObject CEO, says the new name reflects the company’s evolution beyond cloud provider to “Internet of Things innovator”—an evolution further solidified by ClearObject’s decision to be the founding member of a new IoT

Indy grows share of national tech jobs

A lot of cities have been growing tech jobs over the past several years. But Indianapolis is among a small cohort that actually has increased its share of U.S. tech jobs. In a report published this week, the Brookings Institution compared the share of tech jobs held by 100 U.S. metropolitan areas in 2010 and

Indy Airport Racks up Another Nonstop to San Fran

For the second time this week, Indianapolis International Airport is announcing an additional nonstop flight. Alaska Airlines says it will offer daily service to San Francisco International Airport starting in September. Frontier Airlines added a Las Vegas nonstop earlier this week. In August, Alaska Airlines announced its new presence in Indy with nonstop service to

Downtown tech firm planning to add 20 software developers

Indianapolis software firm Inverse-Square on Tuesday announced plans for an expansion in downtown Indianapolis that is expected to create 20 jobs over the next four years. The company, which makes custom data-tracking software for its clients, plans to move into a bigger office space in the Stutz Business Center within the next six months, giving

Evansville Tech Company Attracts More Investment

Evansville-based Curvo Labs Inc. has landed $900,000 in funding. The support comes from a group that includes two recently-appointed advisors and Elevate Ventures. The tech company has raised $2.1 million since its founding in 2012. Curvo develops software for health care supply chain management professionals. Officials say annual recurring revenue jumped five-fold in 2016 and

Indianapolis Is America’s Best City For Renters In 2017

 Indianapolis tops our list of the best cities for renters this year thanks to astonishingly low average monthly rents and astonishingly high levels of affordability. The average Indianapolis rent is just $806, eating up a mere 17% of the median household income for the city. That makes Indianapolis the cheapest place to rent of the

TechConnect Bringing Teachers, Tech Leaders Together

An event being held this afternoon at Pike High School in Indianapolis aims to connect teachers with tech leaders from central Indiana to help identify a broad range of tech opportunities for students. Diana Nolting with Indianapolis-based Bluelock says the Pike Teacher TechConnect event will help teachers stay up to speed with what’s going on

On Heels of State’s $1B Commitment, Indiana Hails Startup Growth

Last July, former Gov. Mike Pence issued an executive order integrating the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship into the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), with the goal of aligning and strengthening Indiana’s efforts to encourage the growth of startups and entrepreneurship. The order included a $1 billion investment over 10 years to help make the state

E-commerce service firm Viral Launch ready for next step

Viral Launch is going viral, at least as measured by its fast-growing client roster. The Indianapolis firm sells software and services that help e-commerce outfits boost sales on online marketplaces, principally Amazon.com. It has racked up 2,500 customers in just over two years in business and is starting to get attention from tech observers in

Record Yield For Rose-Hulman, IURTC Partnership

The head of Rose-Hulman Ventures says 2016 was a record year for a partnership with the Indiana University Research Technology Corp. It involves Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students developing prototypes for researchers at the IURTC. RHIT Vice President of Corporate Engagement Elizabeth Hagerman says students get “something tangible” from the collaboration and IURTC Senior Technology

IUPUI Researchers Developing App to Increase Empathy in Doctors

Going to the doctor is rarely fun, but the experience is infinitely more pleasant and productive when physicians and patients are communicating well and feel mutually respected. With such common goals, one might be tempted to think the doctor-patient relationship is a no-brainer, but that does not seem to be the case. According to a

Sigstr signs ex-Salesforce executive as CEO

A former Salesforce.com executive is assuming the top job at Sigstr Inc., the Indianapolis-based email-marketing company announced Tuesday. Bryan Wade, who spent more than a decade at ExactTarget and Salesforce in Indianapolis, is set to become CEO of Sigstr on April 10. His last day at Salesforce was Feb. 28. Sigstr co-founder and CEO Dan

Software firm gains traction since HQ move to Carmel

Determine Inc., a 22-year-old software firm that had been struggling with a low stock price for years, moved to Carmel from Silicon Valley last summer as part of its effort to turn over a new leaf. That effort is starting to show some signs of success. Read full story here.  

TechPoint’s Mira Awards to Honor Indiana’s Top Tech Companies

TechPoint, the industry-led non-profit organization supporting Indiana’s tech ecosystem, has announced the nominees for the 18th annual Mira Awards, which celebrate the state’s most promising technology companies. This year, 50 independent judges combed through 180 applications to choose the nominees for awards honoring the sector’s best people, products, and companies. Later this month, all nominees

Salesforce unveils sign design for namesake tower

Salesforce.com Inc. on Tuesday filed permit drawings with the city of Indianapolis for its Salesforce Tower signage—finally giving an image to the vision the company set last May when it said it would assume naming rights on the state’s tallest building. Salesforce submitted the renderings to the city’s Department of Metropolitan Development for approval. Read

Health Care Payment Tech Business Growing

An Indianapolis-based medical payment technology startup is planning to increase its headcount ten-fold. Freedom Healthworks LLC is looking to add a total of 64 jobs over the next five years as it grows the customer base for its cash-medicine business platform. The technology is a year old and provides a direct pay pricing structure for

Ag-bio startups harvest more funding

magine growing vegetables as if making a cup of coffee. But instead of popping a K-cup into a Keurig machine, you insert a pod containing seeds of an heirloom tomato into a tube that’s bathed in grow lights. Purdue University startup Hydro Grow LLC envisions its refrigerator-sized automated growing device could someday become commonplace in

Amazon outage affects local software buyers, sellers

A massive outage of the popular Amazon Web Services on Tuesday caused business disruptions for several Indianapolis firms that buy and sell software—and it prompted at least one local school to cancel online classes. AWS, a goliath Amazon-run platform in the cloud-services industry, hosts data and applications used by companies, not-for-profits and other institutions the world over.

AWS Failure Provides Reality Check For Public Cloud Networks

Amazon Web Services (AWS), providing internet access to roughly 40 percent of the U.S. market, crashed on Tuesday afternoon for about five hours, unplugging millions of business websites that serve tens of millions of clients. Online Tech CEO Yan Ness said chief information officers are still picking up the pieces today, and are also trying to

Levementum’s Indy Expansion Plans

Another startup is helping beef up Indy’s tech scene with the addition of 175 high-wage jobs. CRM and business consulting firm Levementum executives talk about what’s driving the growth. Read full story here.

Former Salesforce leader to join Lessonly after Boston stint

On March 1, former ExactTarget Inc./Salesforce.com Inc. Director Kyle Lacy will join Indianapolis-based Lessonly Inc. as vice president of marketing. The move comes after Lacy spent two years at Boston-based OpenView Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. The 32-year-old Anderson University alumnus and 2010 IBJ Forty Under 40 honoree spoke with IBJ about why he

Appirio Still Committed to Indy Growth

Executives from Appirio say growth in Indianapolis will continue with the support of the technology company’s new Indian owners. The cloud services provider, which relocated its headquarters from San Francisco in 2015 and was acquired by Wipro in November for $500 million, currently employs more than 150 in Indianapolis and is targeting a headcount of

Seeking Talent, Levementum Plans Indy Expansion to The Union

In 2005, Arizona-based digital marketing firm Levementum was conceived over drinks in Paris. The company officially launched the following year, and today, it announced plans to continue its growth trajectory in Indiana one year after opening an office in Indianapolis. At an event with Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett this afternoon, Levementum

Moser Consulting Acquires Fishers Firm

Indianapolis-based Moser Consulting Inc. has acquired Fishers-based corporate training firm Russell Martin & Associates. Financial details were not disclosed and Moser did not immediately state if any jobs would be affected by the deal. Moser says the acquisition will boost its business and leadership training capabilities for the tech communities in both Indianapolis and Baltimore. President

Lessonly named to Entrepreneur’s Top Company Culture List

For the second year, Entrepreneur partnered with CultureIQ to find the best office cultures in America. For more companies, tips and profiles, check out the rest of 2017’s Top Company Cultures package. No matter the size of your business, company culture is something that can make or break its success. For startups and established businesses alike, a high-performing company culture

Massive Indiana IoT lab brings innovation space to the Midwest

The Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem in Indiana is about to get a big boost. The Indiana IoT Lab-Fishers, announced on Tuesday, will act as a space for businesses to research, innovate, and collaborate on projects in the expanding field. The Indiana IoT Lab-Fishers will be housed in a 24,562 square foot flex space in

Scale Computing shows record growth, moves to The Union

Scale Computing today announced that it is increasing its presence in Indianapolis with a move to a new office space in downtown Indianapolis. Their new home, The Union, is a newly reopened building focused on housing technology companies at 525 South Meridian. Scale Computing had a record 68 percent revenue increase in 2016, thanks to

Want To Inspire A Millennial Driven Workplace, Let Them Travel

The lack of employee engagement is a real issue in today’s workforce. Smart companies are finding unique ways to drive engagement and reinforce culture. In three short years millennials will make up 51% of the workforce. Millennials have different expectations about the world of work. And by 2025, the group will make up 75% of the

Launch Indy Seen as More Than Tech Win

While news of coworking space Launch Indy is being heralded as another sign of the Indiana tech sector’s momentum, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says he sees another important takeaway: regional cooperation. Launch Indy is the result of a move by Launch Fishers to expand outside of Hamilton County, by acquiring space in The Union 525,

Digital Health Solutions’ Software Helps Docs Screen Patients

Outpatient general pediatric clinics can be crowded, chaotic places. Electronic health records (EHR) technology—software that puts a patient’s charts and health information online so doctors can access it, ostensibly leading to better, more efficient care while facilitating communication—has so far not lived up to its potential. Tammy Dugan, co-founder and chief technology officer at Indianapolis-based

Fizziology Talks Attracting, Keeping Millennial Talent

The co-creators of a social media research firm based in Indianapolis are taking innovative approaches to attracting and retaining young talent to work with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and retail industries. Fizziology was launched in 2009 and has a presence in Los Angeles, Nashville and Louisville. Nearly all of the small company’s

From Big Law Partner to Legal Tech Founder

As readers of Big Law Business know, women remain underrepresented in the partnership ranks of Big Law, and many women lawyers pursue alternative career tracks within the legal industry because they feel frustrated by a lack of growth opportunities or equal pay. But that’s not always the case. At this year’s Legalweek conference in New

Data center company LightBound eyes $80 million expansion

LightBound LLC, an Indianapolis-based data center and telecommunication services firm, is gearing up to double its footprint—an expansion that could run $80 million. The company has about 80,000 square feet of space across two buildings a few blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium. They’re nearing capacity, Lightbound founder and CEO Jack Carr said in an interview, so

Why One Indy Tech-Industry Player Supports Refugee Resettlement

Aman Brar’s parents hustled their way to the American Dream. They emigrated from India with little more than familial ties and a no-quit work ethic, which they passed on to their children. Born in California and raised in Indiana, Brar studied economics and religion at Wabash College and earned an MBA from IU’s Kelley School

The United States Of Startups: The Most Well-Funded Tech Startup In Every US State

The tech boom has diffused beyond the traditional hotbeds of California, New York, and Massachusetts, across the the entire United States. Other states are home to well-funded and well-known startups, including Magic Leap (Florida), Draft Kings (Massachusetts), and the satellite company OneWeb (Virginia), among others. The less well-known include Idaho-based 4G LTE network solutions company CradlePoint,

Mira Nominee Talks Program’s Importance

A first-time Mira Award nominee says the recognition gives him a platform to show how his product can help people. Purdue-based Hydro Grow, which is developing an automated device allowing consumers to grow their own vegetables at home, is a nominee in the Best New Tech Product category. Chief Executive Officer Scott Massey says the

6 Internet of Things companies to watch

Network World increasingly has been writing about companies transforming their businesses via the Internet of Things rather than just tracking the latest IoT vendor announcements. But after taking a spin through our ongoing and interactive startup funding timeline, we figured it was a good time to round up some of the latest startups to rein

How to protect your family, business computers from ransomware

At Big Guy Signs in Indianapolis, the printer is usually humming. “We do a lot of signs, interior, exterior and vehicle wraps. I tell everybody from a desk top sign to a billboard sign and everything in between,” said owner Asher Collins. About the only thing that could put the brakes on this business is

CEO PERSPECTIVE: Defining tech’s many facets

If you’ve been reading the Indianapolis Business Journal, you’ve likely found it hard to ignore the number of stories about Indiana’s rapidly growing technology industry. Interactive Intelligence sold for $1.4 billion late last year to Genesys, making it the largest tech-company acquisition since ExactTarget sold in 2013 for $2.5 billion to Salesforce. Those are two

Email signature marketer Sigstr develops tool for employee engagement

Indianapolis email signature marketing firm Sigstr came on the scene in 2015 with a clever idea. Its software allows a company to append a clickable call-to-action at the end of an employees’ email signature, promoting company initiatives such as an upcoming event, new digital resource or service offering. Given that each employee sends roughly 10,000 emails

Bolstra Scores $1.5M in Funding

Carmel-based tech company Bolstra has closed on a $1.5 million round of seed funding. Chief Executive Officer Haresh Gangwani says the customer success management platform will use the funding to fuel growth of its product, as well as sales and marketing efforts. The round was co-led by Fishers-based Allos Ventures and 4G Ventures in Indianapolis with

Scale Computing secures new digs downtown

Scale Computing Inc. is finally getting a new home. The fast-growing IT company, which has been a top destination for venture capital, is assuming about 6,200 square feet of space in The Union 525, the flexible-lease space in the former Harry E. Wood High School downtown. The move-in date for its roughly local 45 employees is

Ed-tech firm makes splash on campuses with self-assessment courseware

An education technology company that produces software and analytics for higher education has expanded its roster of university clients, accelerating a data-driven and holistic approach to delivering a college education. Arizona State University, Ohio State University and Western University of Health Sciences started using Perceivant LLC’s Bearface courseware in January, according to the Indianapolis-based firm.

Torchlite Helps Businesses Access, Manage Marketing Freelancers

Susan Marshall, founder and CEO of digital marketing startup Torchlite, has been working in the technology sector for about 25 years. Her experience is mostly in product development and marketing, and she’s worked for some of the most innovative companies in the world, including Apple, Salesforce, and Adobe. With Indianapolis-based Torchlite, Marshall has set her

House panel exempts Tesla from state ban on direct auto sales

Indiana lawmakers advanced a compromise bill Thursday morning that would prohibit direct sales from auto manufacturers to consumers—but the measure now includes language that would exempt electric car maker Tesla Inc. from the rule following an outpouring of support for the company. The House Roads and Transportation Committee voted 12-1 on the bill, which started

Indianapolis is a test market for AT&T’s new 5G network

AT&T says Indianapolis will be one of two test markets for its 5G wireless network, which could offer peak speeds of 400 megabits per second. The technology is expected to launch in “the coming months” in Indianapolis and Austin, Texas, a news release said. AT&T will offer dedicated indoor and outdoor 5G locations. It will test signal coverage

Perceivant Using Edtech to Bring Health and Wellness to College Kids

In 2012, after Brian Rowe sold the analytics company he co-owned, iGoDigital, to ExactTarget for $21 million, he knew he wanted to move on to a new adventure in the startup realm. He just wasn’t sure what it would be. “I wanted to do something where I could use my strong analytics background, but I

IoT Company CloudOne Rebrands

Fishers-based CloudOne is changing its name to ClearObject as part of a corporate rebranding initiative. The Internet of Things systems provider says the new brand reflects “the company’s evolution as more than just a cloud services company.” ClearObject launched in 2010 as a Software-as-a-Service provider of cloud services. Since then, the company says it has

Local tech industry concerned about immigration policies

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Some Indianapolis company presidents are joining the growing chorus of tech leaders expressing dissatisfaction with President Trump’s executive order on immigrants. Tech CEOs have been some of the most vocal opponents of the ban on all refugees for 120 days and citizens of seven other countries for 90 days. Read full story

Purdue Foundry Helps University-Bred Startups Find Path to Market

Greg Deason, the Purdue Foundry’s senior vice president and director of innovation and entrepreneurship, has been in the technology transfer business a long time. Before coming to the Foundry, which is the entity tasked with ushering startups spun out of the university’s research and inventions to market, Deason spent 20 years building Purdue’s  five research

Growing Demand for Tech Talent

Whether it’s in a hospital, manufacturing or education setting, the demand for IT talent in Indiana continues to grow. Leadership from TechPoint and Ivy Tech discuss the kinds of tech jobs available, and who’s providing the training and skills need to fill the positions. Watch video here.

The United States Of Artificial Intelligence Startups

Deals to AI startups reached a record high last year, from 160 deals in 2012 to 658 in 2016. Although non-US deal share has been increasing over the time period, well over a majority of deals, around 70%, went to startups in the US in the last 5 years. The top 3 states for deals

Lawmakers propose bill to expand venture capital tax credit

Two Indiana lawmakers have introduced a bill that would revamp the state’s Venture Capital Investment Tax Credit program to make it more attractive and flexible. The program, which began in 2004, allows corporate or individual investors to reap up to $1 million in state tax credits in return for pumping equity or debt capital into

Indiana is no Silicon Prairie

Mike Pence said something last year that, I’ll admit, caused me to roll my eyes. The new vice president and former Indiana governor in June announced that Determine Inc, a technology company, was moving to Indiana. That didn’t prompt the eye roll. This did: Speaking in Carmel, Pence said the company would “create high-paying jobs right here

Job training tax credits gain steam in Legislature

Indiana employers would be able to claim tax credits to offset costs associated with training and credentialing their employees under legislation being considered by the Indiana General Assembly. Business leaders and supporters of the tax credits say the goal is to ease the state’s workforce development woes—that claiming a tax credit to train new or

New Tech Startup Reaches Campus

Move over traditional student ID cards, there’s a new app in town. The CEO of young startup ClearScholar shares details on a new round of funding, and how the new technology has made its way to the Butler campus. Read full story here.

Donation-app firm Givelify plans 40-job expansion downtown

Indianapolis-based Givelify LLC, which developed and markets a mobile donation app for churches and other not-for-profits, said Thursday that it is expanding its downtown Indianapolis headquarters and adding up to 40 jobs by 2020. The company, based in The Majestic Building at 47 S. Meridian St., has grown rapidly since launching in December 2013 and now

10 Tech Companies Everyone Should Strive to Work For

Whether embarking on a new tech career or having plenty of experience and training under your belt, there are a number of companies that continually rank highest as being desirable workplaces. Company benefits, opportunities for advancement and camaraderie are some of the characteristics that make these organizations popular. Read full story here. 

Roundup: 2016 VC Activity, Expansions, Hiring News

Here’s a look at innovation news from around Indiana: —According to an analysis by TechPoint, a nonprofit organization promoting and accelerating the growth of Indiana’s tech industry, the latest PriceWaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree report indicates the state had a “banner year” in 2016 in terms of venture capital funding and acquisitions. The report found that 23 deals were

Tech Insider: Venture Capital Investment Key In 2017

One Indiana Tech insider says 2016 will be remembered for big acquisitions and the largest number of venture capital investment the state has seen in recent history. TechPoint CEO Mike Langellier says for investment and growth  to continue, Indiana needs to focus on four main ingredients: “talent, capital, companies and opportunity growth, and connectedness.” Watch

How Indianapolis Is Luring Tech Talent

When Ashley Zegiestowsky, a computer sciences major at Butler University, was hunting for a technology job during her senior year, she took a close look at Silicon Valley, the promised land for young engineers eager to be part of the next big thing. “It sounded really glamorous,” said Ms. Zegiestowsky, 22, who is from Nashville.

The 15 cities where you can live really well on $60,000

Looking to do better in the year ahead? That may simply boil down to where you choose to live. The best places are likely the ones where you can find a job, earn a good salary and buy a nice home. In a 2016 report, job-hunting site Glassdoor calculated the top spots where your pay

Angie’s List boasts 5 million members, growth

Indianapolis-based Angie’s List ended 2016 with more than 5 million members, the company announced in a press release today. This is a membership gain of more than 50 percent from one year ago. Angie’s List is a website that helps consumers find qualified professionals to complete home improvement projects. It was founded in 1995 by William

Reports on Indiana VC activity differ starkly

Around this time last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers published a report stating Hoosier companies landed $55 million in venture capital on 16 deals in 2015. The figures came from its quarterly MoneyTree report, which, at the time, was based on data from Thomson Reuters. For its newest report out this week, PwC pulled data from its newest

Indy fund manager elevating entrepreneurship across Indiana

Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures in 2016 dispensed more than $16 million, burnishing its portfolio of promising companies from CloudOne to Springbuk. But Elevate CEO Christopher LaMothe said he’s particularly stoked about progress in forging deeper ties with communities around Indiana, to cultivate and fund entrepreneurism. Such partnerships “hopefully will generate a lot more interest in entrepreneurship,

Indy Touts Job Growth in 2016

The economic development division of the Indy Chamber is joining the city of Indianapolis in celebrating the creation and retention of jobs in 2016. The annual report from Develop Indy says 49 companies announced relocation or expansion projects in Indianapolis last year, leading to about 4,500 new jobs and keeping another 6,800 in the city. The

9 SaaS Solutions You Didn’t Know You Needed for 2017

The software-as-a-service market is currently worth a whopping $4.7 billion, according to Gartner, with no signs of slowing. With SaaS growing as much as 20 percent year over year, new solutions are launched every day. So, how can your small business capitalize on software innovations to make more money in 2017? Below are 10 SaaS

Indiana venture capital deal activity hits 16-year high

High-growth Indiana companies captured nearly $80 million on 31 venture capital deals in 2016, according to a new report—reaching a 16-year-high for deal activity that underscores Indiana’s growing variety of companies ripe for venture investments. Local and national investors deployed $77.2 million to Hoosier firms in 2016, according to The PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree Report released

Salesforce exhibit for kids opens at Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

A new exhibit at Junior Achievement of Central Indiana spotlights Indy-based Salesforce. A Junior Achievement BizTown experience opened Monday to show kids what it’s like to work at Salesforce, a software company with over 1,000 employees in the Indianapolis area and more than 20,000 employees worldwide. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to unveil the

McDonald: State Can Be More Tech-Friendly

Indianapolis-based CloudOne Inc. Chief Executive Officer John McDonald says he hopes the Holcomb administration will put a focus on making Indiana friendly to technology-focused and entrepreneurial businesses, and not just business in general. John McDonald says the industry’s biggest potential threat is inaction, specifically in the area of the Internet of Things, which he calls

Is your Amazon Echo always listening?

It’s one of the hottest growing services, and maybe you received one over the holidays. We’re talking about the voice-activated personal assistant. Whether it’s the Amazon Echo or the Google Assistant, it has started a conversation about everyday convenience – at the expense of your personal privacy. The question that users are raising include: Does

‘Moving Forward’ deploys technology to break cycle of poverty in Indiana

A consortium of unlikely partners is adapting technology to provide affordable housing and transportation — with the goal of eliminating the cycle of poverty. The ambitious Moving Forward project will begin to take shape this spring in the form of apartment developments in Bloomington and Fort Wayne. And two additional partners have joined the effort

IoT company Blue Pillar lands $10M

Maryland-based Blue Pillar Inc., which has an office in Indianapolis, has secured $10 million from investors. The latest funding round is from a group that includes Elevate Ventures and Carmel-based Allos Venture Management Co. Ltd. The rest of the investors include Great Plains Energy Inc.-affiliate GXP Investments, EnerTech Capital, Allos Ventures, Arsenal Venture Partners and

Southwest adding new nonstop flights from Indy to the coasts

Southwest Airlines soon will begin offering new nonstop service from Indianapolis to both California and New York. The airline announced Thursday the start of seasonal nonstop service between San Diego and Indianapolis beginning June 4. There also will be seasonal direct flights between San Diego and Newark, N.J., and San Deigo and Spokane, Wa.. June

Co-working company buys downtown’s Circle Tower

A company dedicated to creating co-working spaces has purchased the historic Circle Tower downtown and plans to renovate part of it into communal work areas and private offices for members. Chicago-based Level Office announced Thursday that it had acquired the 14-story, art deco building at 55 Monument Circle from locally based Ambrose Property Group. Level Office

Mimir co-founders make Forbes 30 under 30 list

The co-founders of a startup affiliated with Purdue University are included in a high-profile list for entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Mimir, which develops cloud-based technology for automated coursework grading and plagiarism detection, is being recognized in the education portion of this year’s “30 Under 30” from Forbes. Prahasith Veluvolu, Jacobi Petrucciani and Colton

Healthx Receives Strategic Growth Investment From JMI Equity

Healthx, Inc., the leader in cloud-based digital engagement solutions for healthcare payers and other stakeholders, today announced that it has received a strategic growth investment from JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies. Founded in 1998, Healthx connects healthcare payers with members and providers through digital portals, helping stakeholders

ClearScholar raises $1.25M from investors, including Simon family members

ClearScholar Inc., an education-tech startup and High Alpha Studio portfolio company, announced Thursday that it raised $1.25 million from investors, including members of the Simon family. The capital raise is the second for ClearScholar, which launched in June 2015 with $500,000 from High Alpha Capital and Butler University. The latest fundraising round includes those two

Hyper collaboration emerges as a trend in software development

At first glance, Software Engineering Professionals’ new, off-site design studio looks like a day care center. Bins tucked into cubbies wear labels for paper, tape and Post-it notes. There are scissors, glue and crayons. “The tools you’re introduced to in kindergarten are sometimes the best tools to foster that kind of thinking,” Chris Shinkle, SEP’s

SmarterHQ raises $13 million, eyes new markets

Marketing software maker SmarterHQ Inc. has raised $13 million to expand operations, the Indianapolis-based company announced Wednesday, marking one of the area’s largest venture capital hauls in recent years. Boston-based Spring Lake Equity Partners, whose past investments include Shoebuy.com and Wired Ventures Inc., led the round. Battery Ventures and Simon Venture Group—the investment arm of

Many tech firms would be better off here

2016 was the year TechPoint bolstered its identity, as new programs took shape and initiatives gained traction. The not-for-profit, which aims to strengthen Indiana’s tech sector, created three talent-cultivation programs outside its flagship Xtern Program, and ramped up efforts to help fast-growing tech firms. CEO Mike Langellier, who took the helm four years ago, said

First Internet Bank raises $23.4M with new stock offering

First Internet Bank announced Tuesday that it raised $23.4 million in a new stock offering, money the online-only bank plans to use to support its growing loan business. The Fishers-based bank said it sold 945,000 shares of common stock at $26.50 a share in a sale that closed Dec. 14. It’s the third equity offering

Rook Security Is Determined To Keep Your Company From Getting Hacked

J.J. Thompson, founder and CEO of Rook Security, has a grim message about the state of the IT security industry: “Right now, security is waving the white flag and saying, ‘We’re all going to get hacked. Just look at everybody else.’ Anthem spent $35 million a year on it, Target spent all this money on

Short-term leases help small firms grow

The short-term-leasing trend is picking up steam in Indianapolis. Certain companies, especially high-growth tech firms, don’t like committing to the usual five-year-or-longer leases, because they’re not comfortable predicting how much space they’ll need that far in the future. So real estate operators are increasingly offering lease terms that are as short as a few months.

Launch Terre Haute Toasts First Anniversary

The executive director of Launch Terre Haute says with less than a year under its belt, the coworking space is growing the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Shelley Klingerman tells Inside INdiana Business Launch Terre Haute has reached its first-year target of 60 members and has also connected on more than two dozen corporate partnerships. Read full story here.

After Kentucky test drive, Eleven Fifty mulls bigger expansion

In a few weeks, Carmel-based coding academy Eleven Fifty Academy will wrap up a training program in the middle of Kentucky’s coal country. It marks the first time the not-for-profit has had its instructors teach computer programming curriculum outside of Indiana, but it probably won’t be the last. “We’ve been approached by many states interested

Former Salesforce Exec Named Doxly COO

Indianapolis-based Doxly has added another former Salesforce and ExactTarget executive to its team. D. Wayne Poole, who previously served as executive vice president of global sales strategy and operations at Salesforce, has joined the tech startup as chief operating officer. Read full story here.

BidPal Receives $6M Boost

Indianapolis-based BidPal Inc. says a new $6 million round of funding will help “aggressively expand its business.” The mobile fundraising platform received more than half the funding from MK Capital of Chicago and Launch Fishers-based Allos Ventures. Pacific Western Bank division Square 1 Bank is providing $2.5 million in credit. The company says the funds will

Tech entrepreneur Don Brown donating $30M to IU School of Medicine

Indianapolis millionaire and tech entrepreneur Don Brown is donating $30 million to the Indiana University School of Medicine to speed up research in one of the fastest-moving and competitive areas of medicine: finding ways to use the body’s own immune system to fight cancer and other ravaging diseases. The gift, announced Tuesday, is the second

Zipline’s Video-Editing App is Live

When Zipline CEO Aaron Peabody was a student at Indiana Wesleyan University, he decided it would be fun to create an app. He was sitting in his dorm room one night a few years ago when he had a flash of inspiration, so Peabody called Keven Tillman, a buddy who lived on the same floor,

Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund Crosses $1M Mark

The Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund has reached a milestone. The Purdue Foundation says total funding issued through the program since it launched in 2014 has surpassed the $1 million mark. Nearly four dozen Purdue-affiliated startups have received funding in that timeframe. Read full story here.

Zionsville software firm Clear Software planning new office, 190 hires

Zionsville-based Clear Software LLC is planning a major expansion that could transform it from a small startup into large tech firm with almost 200 workers. According to an incentives contract recently signed with the Indiana Economic Development Corp., Clear Software plans to spend about $700,000 to open a new headquarters in downtown Zionsville, where it

IU Researchers Create Tools to Track and Combat Fake News

We’re now living in an era where, thanks to the Internet, we have easier access to more raw information than at any other time in the planet’s history. Yet, despite these reams of data, the presence of facts has seemingly never mattered less in public discourse. Now, a team at Indiana University is hard at

Entrepreneur Don Brown launches new biotech company

Indianapolis-based tech entrepreneur Don Brown just ended his 22-year tenure with Interactive Intelligence Group, the company he sold for $1.4 billion only a week ago, but he’s already heavily involved in another venture. Read full story here.

Competition heats up in Indy-area auto auction market

They’re 2.5 miles apart, along North Meridian Street. To the north, in Carmel, is the headquarters of KAR Auction Services, whose ADESA unit is the nation’s second-largest wholesale auto auction chain. To the south, at 10333 N. Meridian St., is relative newcomer XLerate Group, a wholesale auto auction led by former ADESA executive Cam Hitchcock. They

Salesforce makes ‘Best Places to Work’ list

Major Indianapolis employer Salesforce.com Inc. has landed on a new list of the best places to work in the U.S. Glassdoor, a job listing and recruiting website, lists Salesforce at No. 17 on its 2017 Employees’ Choice “50 Best Places to Work” list. Read full story here.

Hour of Code Aims to Spark STEM Interest

Students from throughout the state are participating in events this week designed to “demystify” the world of computer programming. The Hour of Code is connected to 2016 Computer Science Education Week, a grassroots movement that kicks off nationally Monday. The Indianapolis-based TechPoint Foundation For Youth has deployed more than 60 volunteers who are working with

Indiana Chamber Adds to Board

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has added 29 business leaders from throughout the state to its board of directors. The organization announced last month that Vectren Executive Vice President of External Affairs Ron Christian would be its new chairman of the board. The board is made up 100 members, which the chamber says includes presidents,

A tech scene grows in Indy

Fleeing the high costs of the coasts and the Valley, tech firms are setting up shop in the city where start-ups are thriving Read full story here.

New Indianapolis Tech Space “The Union” to Open Q1 2017

The Union, a building focused on housing scale-up technology companies, will officially open Q1 2017 in The Brougher Building. The former Eli Lilly property is located at 525 South Meridian on the south side of downtown Indianapolis. It features over 122,000 square feet of turnkey office space with short-term one to three year leases. Health

‘Flexible’ lease space for tech firms to open downtown next year

A group of investors have launched a real-estate operation that allows adolescent tech companies to sign 1-, 2-, and 3-year office leases—as opposed to the longer-term deals that often cause headaches for these often highly unpredictable companies. John Hurley, CEO of software firm SmartFile, and three real estate investors said they’ve invested more than $10

How I Built This: Angie Hicks, Angie’s List

In 1996, Angie Hicks spent hours reading contractor reviews to members over the phone. Today, the online review and referral service, Angie’s List, is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Listen to the podcast here.

Cybersecurity, big data top priorities for state’s IT chief

Dewand Neely is the chief information officer for the state of Indiana, overseeing a 300-plus employee operation that is the sole provider of IT services to about 100 state agencies. He’s been at the Indiana Office of Technology since its inception in 2005 (agencies previously had their own IT teams and resources), and he assumed

Cyber Monday: From Protecting Personal Information to Finding the Deals

Black Friday deals can be found in the stores. And the online deals, can be found on Cyber Monday. Co-Founder Landon Lewis with Pondurance, an Indianapolis-based IT Security and Compliance Company has a few tips on how to keep you and your identity safe from hackers while you’re surfing the web as you find the

PERQ Adds Capital, Continues Growth

Marketing technology provider PERQ is on a roll… picking up a $1.7 million round of investment from 4G Ventures. The company is on track to hire 30 new people and says it has landed more than 200 clients this year. Watch video here.

Torchlite Adds to Team

Torchlite has named Curt Olson vice president of enterprise and channel sales. He previously spent 13 years with Salesforce, formerly ExactTarget. Olson is a 20-year veteran of the SaaS industry with deep experience in software sales, services and product. The firm also named Leigh Hamer senior director of professional services. She brings 10 years of experience in journalism, public

Bluebridge sells businesses to focus on employee engagement app

A Fishers tech company is dropping its core businesses to focus exclusively on a product it created last year. Bluebridge Digital Inc. has sold its church and tourism businesses for a combined $8 million, the company announced Wednesday. CEO Santiago Jaramillo built Bluebridge by selling a platform that creates mobile apps for churches and tourism bureaus. Now, the

Indy tops Seattle in tech job growth

Seattle has been consistently ranked as one of the best tech markets in the country recently, but by at least one metric, the Emerald City isn’t at the top of the heap. A recent report from real estate company CBRE ranked the top 30 tech cities in terms of job growth and office rents, and Seattle

Indy outpost fuels big growth for Silicon Valley firm

Before 2014, California-based Prysm Inc. only manufactured display screens for businesses, the kind often found in conference rooms. But the Silicon Valley company felt that hardware wasn’t enough, that it needed software to embed in those screens. It realized businesses were increasingly seeking interactive screens that allowed for collaboration across multiple locations—not just a simple display for

BidPal’s Online Tools Help Nonprofits on Giving Tuesday and Beyond

BidPal, the Indianapolis-based startup behind mobile bidding and fundraising software for nonprofits, has established an online resource center just in time for upcoming #GivingTuesday campaigns. (More on Giving Tuesday below.) Since its inception in 2008, the company has helped 2,800 organizations connect with more than 1 million donors to raise more than $1 billion. Karrie

Indiana Launches Predictive Crash Tool for Citizens, First Responders

Indiana has unveiled a new online resource to assist drivers and first responders with predicting and avoiding traffic accidents based on a range of available data: the Crash Prediction Website. The website, announced late Nov. 14, is a coordinated effort between the Indiana State Police and the Management and Performance Hub (MPH) — an undertaking

Hoosier Tech Companies Make ‘Fast 500’ List

Three central Indiana tech companies have been included on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list, which ranks the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies. Each company was ranked based on fiscal year revenue growth from 2012 to 2015. Fishers-based CloudOne ranked the highest among Hoosier companies at 190. Chief Executive Officer

hc1.com(R) Partners with ELLKAY

hc1.com, inventor of the world’s leading healthcare relationship management platform, has partnered with healthcare connectivity provider ELLKAY. ELLKAY’s 25+ years of connectivity experience coupled with hc1’s platform capabilities enables health systems and labs to unify and leverage data to personalize the healthcare experience faster than ever before. Read full story here.

Carmel-based KAR Auction buys Michigan firm for $76M

Carmel-based vehicle auctioneer KAR Auction Services has acquired a Michigan-based firm for $76 million, KAR announced Tuesday. Flint Auto Auction is a fully automated, eight-lane auction facility that occupies 60 acres in Flint, Michigan. The site also includes full-service vehicle reconditioning facilities, including body and mechanical shops. It has a 63-year history and serves customers

Plymouth Ventures Leads Kinney Group’s Growth Funding Round

Indiana has become a hotbed of venture-backed startups developing technology to make businesses run smoother, whether that’s a social network for blue collar workers, or an automated training tool, or cloud optimization software. Last week, cloud software integrator Kinney Group, another Indianapolis-based startup working to improve business processes, announced it had raised a “multi-million growth

For tech sector, a mix of optimism, concern about Trump presidency

Following Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the U.S. presidential race, several local technology executives and investors said they’re encouraged there’s going to be an entrepreneur in the White House. But many of those same leaders expressed concern about the potential for Trump rhetoric or policies that would marginalize women and minorities. Trump has had a few

Xtern Day Showcases Next Wave of Tech Talent

More than 150 top tech college students are in Indianapolis today, hoping to score an internship through a program that TechPoint says can be a life-changing experience. Xtern Finalist Day aims to match the students, who were chosen from more than 1,300 applicants from throughout the country, with Indianapolis companies for full-time, paid summer internships. College-to-Career

Denver Hutt Legacy Foundation to support entrepreneurism

Friends and family members close to the late Denver Hutt have established a foundation in her honor, and its goal is to support two things the lively 28-year-old supported before her passing: young professionals and entrepreneurship. The Denver Hutt Legacy Foundation has been several months in the making, but it finalized its strategic goals earlier

Perq raises $1.7 million in first venture capital haul

Perq LLC, an Indianapolis marketing technology and advertising company, announced Friday that it raised $1.7 million in venture capital, and it plans to use it to fuel a year-old software product that’s become the company’s flagship offering. Founded in 2001, Perq had never raised outside financing before, but it could hardly resist doing so to

Cyber ‘SWAT’ teams gird for Election Day trouble

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials, government workers and cyber-security professionals are preparing to swoop in, track and hopefully block anyone attempting a cyberattack aimed at destabilizing the U.S. presidential election. The possibility is slight, with risks lessened by the fractured, pre-digital nature of the national voting apparatus. Still, fears that hackers — perhaps from Russia —  could instill doubts about

WorkHere Aims to Be LinkedIn for Non-Cubicle Dwellers

In the current era, it’s almost a given that people working in so-called white collar jobs will maintain a LinkedIn account. Whether for the purpose of storing a resume, communicating with potential employers, or connecting to one’s professional network for help finding a job, LinkedIn has become the default online network for cubicle dwellers across

Report: Indy ranks fifth in tech-job growth

Indianapolis saw tech jobs grow nearly 30 percent between 2013 and 2015, according to a new report from real estate tracking firm CBRE, the fifth-highest rank among the 30 cities surveyed. In the firm’s annual “Tech Thirty Report”—which is based on U.S. Department of Labor statistics and the firm’s proprietary research—the tech labor pool in

Lessonly’s Automated Learning Tool Helps Optimize Business Processes

In 2012, three Indianapolis entrepreneurs with IT backgrounds and ties to ExactTarget had the idea to create “an easy learning platform,” says Zach McFarlen, Lessonly’s director of brand and messaging. Co-founder Mike Fitzgerald, who was an ExactTarget executive before the company’s 2013 acquisition by Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), had been looking for a tool to create

Indianapolis tech firms seek customer relationships in speed dating

For all the success of Central Indiana’s tech industry, including $7 billion in initial public offerings and acquisitions in the last decade, there’s at least one area where it still falls short. A Kauffman Foundation study last year found that the region lagged behind other parts of the country in relationships between scale-up tech firms

PactSafe Wants To Keep Your Company From Getting “Lawyer Hacked”

All of us agree to a variety of digital Terms of Service (TOS) agreements every year. If you’re wondering, a TOS agreement is that box that pops up when you sign up for a service and asks you to agree to their usage terms. These digital versions of popup TOS agreements are called “clickwraps”. Even

Cybersecurity experts to keep close watch over Election Day

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – When the votes are cast and counted Election Day, for the first time a new set of eyes will be looking for trouble. Eyewitness News has learned that private cybersecurity experts will be looking for hackers attempting to disrupt or rig the election. Read full story here.

Three Indiana engineers open Centerpoint Brewery

“Our appeal to the more casual beer drinker makes us different.” Robinson said. “We try to make beers that are well-balanced and easy-drinking. We’re not making the hoppiest IPAs or the highest-alcohol beers.” Argiris and Robinson have both been homebrewers for a number of years but only began seriously thinking about opening a brewery in 2012. “I didn’t really have

Emarsys North America parent lands $22.3M investment

Marketing software firm Emarsys has landed $22.3 million in funding from an affiliate of global private investment firm TPG, the company announced Monday. Austria-based Emarsys is the parent of Emarsys North America Inc., which established its headquartersin Indianapolis in mid-2015. Read full story here.

How CloudOne uses IBM’s cognitive computing tools

Having taken up the torch for cognitive computing, IBM Corp. is one tech behemoth investing heavily in the emerging Internet of Things market. Recognizing innovation and thought leaders, IBM’s Champion program recognizes IT professionals, business leaders, developers and educators who influence and mentor others. The ultimate goal is to help these innovators make the best use of

Salesforce Tower Rebranding ‘Coming Soon’

Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Angela Smith Jones says the timeline for rebranding the downtown Chase Tower to Salesforce Tower is “pure engineering at this stage in the game.” She says designers are trying to figure out how large of a logo the tower can structurally support. Smith Jones also says the EmployIndy initiative will help “train up” Indianapolis

Mayor Greg Ballard’s new cause — women in tech

Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard may have vacated the City-County Building last year, trading in his tie for a golf shirt, but his desire and drive to put Indy on the map doesn’t appear to have dimmed. Ballard is working behind the scenes to bolster the region’s standing in the science and technology industries —

Tech firm DemandJump prepares move into new downtown offices

DemandJump, which sells artificial intelligence marketing software, plans to move into new space in MarketTower in the coming weeks. The tech firm, founded in 2015, had spent much of its life in office space near 106th and Meridian streets but moved into temporary space downtown in August. The build-out of its new digs, on the

Why IT Services Giant Wipro Is Snapping Up Appirio for $500 Million

It has something to do with Salesforce.com and Workday, among other business apps. Wipro, a Bangalore-based IT services power with global reach, is buying Appirio for $500 million to raise its profile in business software services. Ten-year old Appirio made its name helping business customers set up and run popular online applications—first from Salesforce and

Can wearable fitness devices lower healthcare costs?

A study by a healthcare analytics firm that tracks corporate wellness efforts found that employees using wearable fitness monitoring devices had lower healthcare costs over a two-year period. Indianapolis-based Springbuk Inc. evaluated medical-related claims of those using the devices at a healthcare company with 20,000 employees. The study comes at a time when most of

Fort Wayne opens new coworking space Atrium

A northeast Indiana nonprofit focused on entrepreneurship is slated to officially open the doors Monday on a new coworking space. Start Fort Wayne says Atrium offers monthly memberships for access to conference, training, desk and office space. Read full story here.

Are Women Getting Tech Respect?

As Indiana’s technology scene continues to gain momentum, some suggest the spotlight has largely been left off of prominent women leaders. Angie’s List Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) Senior Vice President of Technology Robin Fleming and Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative Vice President of Talent Sally Reasoner say they are working to change that. Fleming says mentoring

SaaS Optimization Platform Zylo Secures $3.3M in Seed Funding

Zylo, a SaaS optimization platform, today announces $3.3 million in seed funding. The round included a variety of institutional and individual investors, including: High Alpha Capital, GGV Capital, SV Angel and SaaS industry leaders Interactive Intelligence founder and CEO Don Brown, ExactTarget co-founder Peter McCormick and former Baker Hill co-founder and President Mark Hill. Read

Healthx Launches Analytics Solution in Partnership with QualMetrix

Healthx, Inc., the leader in cloud-based portal and digital engagement solutions for healthcare payers and other stakeholders, and QualMetrix, a population health management company that enables actionable intelligence, today announced at theCalifornia Association of Health Plans Annual Conference a partnership to offer healthcare analytics on the Healthx member engagement platform. This relationship is the latest

Smart tech toys for your children

Now that it’s officially fall, the chilly days of autumn are creeping in, outdoor playtime is waning, and the push for the hottest holiday toys is starting to really heat up. Yep, nearly a full month before Halloween even. Sigh. Before the “I’ve been such a good kid this year,” even starts to go down,

Brackets For Good Partners with AT&T

A high-profile Hoosier charity event is going national. Brackets For Good has announced a partnership with AT&T Inc. to launch its first national nonprofit fundraising tournament. Brackets For Good held its first contest in Indianapolis in 2012, and has since expanded to Ann Arbor, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Louisville. The national tournament will begin in February. The winning organization

Indy EMS analyzes data to spot, share trends in public health

Before the epidemic of opioid overdoses started making national headlines, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services—the city’s ambulance service—saw the trend emerging locally. Around late 2013, IEMS officials started noticing an increase in its use of naloxone, an emergency medication that reverses the effects of those potentially fatal opioid overdoses. So it began ordering larger supplies of

Mentors see untapped potential for women in tech careers

Robin Fleming was good at science in high school and remembers when, during her junior year, her school introduced a computer science program. But in college, during the 1980s, the Arkansas native studied communications. “I was one of those young women who didn’t think I was good enough for technology,” Fleming recalled. “I didn’t think

Realync Unveils Big Indy Plans

Chicago-based real estate software platform Realync has wrapped up a $1.1 million round of funding to fuel an expansion. The company, which has developed a platform for live virtual property tours and open houses, will establish a new headquarters on the city’s northeast side and add more than 40 jobs by 2020. Chief Executive Officer Matt

Hoosier Schools Among ‘World’s Most Innovative’

Two Indiana schools have been ranked among the “World’s Most Innovative Universities,” according to Reuters. The news service used several metrics to determine the rankings, including patent volume, patent success and industry article citation impact. Read full story here.

Indy-based T2 Systems acquired by private equity firm

A private-equity firm has acquired T2 Systems Inc., an Indianapolis-based provider of parking management software that serves more than 1,100 customers worldwide. Thoma Bravo LLC did not disclose financial details of the deal, in which it said it will purchase T2 from Pamlico Capital, a venture capital firm that initially invested $28 million in the

Pro golf tournament at IMS to highlight women in tech industry

Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard estimates an LPGA Tournament at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will generate millions for the local economy, but he’s more excited about the impact the event could have on young students. LPGA leaders announced plans to hold the Indy Women in Tech Championship next September at the Brickyard Crossings golf course.

Scale Computing CEO Named Top Midmarket IT Executive

Scale Computing, the market leader in hyperconverged storage, server and virtualization solutions for midsized companies, today announced that CEO and company co-founder Jeff Ready has been named to The Channel Company’s Top Midmarket IT Executives list. This annual list honors influential vendor and solution provider executives who have demonstrated an exceptionally strong commitment to the

Tend.ly Aims to Improve Communication Between Caregivers, Families

Caitlin Coffman’s two oldest children were in school by the time she figured out a way to avoid the frustration that plagued her during their day care years: The daily “activity reports” sent home with her kids didn’t provide a clear enough picture of what was happening while she was at work. “I wanted more

AT&T President Bill Soards on Innovation

Entering the office of Indiana’s President of AT&T is a step back in time to the days of Mad Men. The woodwork and furnishings are of a different era. Yet regardless of the resurgence in popularity of mid-century furniture and design aesthetic, the offices are being updated to reflect a change in the times. As

16 Tech at Center of Upcoming Regional Plan

The head of the Indy Chamber’s Business Ownership Initiative says a grant announced today will provide an economic spark in the area around the centerpiece of the city’s tech strategy. The $100,000 grant will fund coaching and lending programs in a neighborhood near 16 Tech, During an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Carrie Henderson said the

Purdue Touts Record Enrollment, Graduation Rates

Purdue University says more students than ever are taking classes on the West Lafayette campus while graduation rates have also hit an all-time high. The university has welcomed a record 40,451 students this semester, which is an increase of more than 1,000 from last year. See full story here.

How 6 Fast-Growth Software Companies Are Surviving in the Challenging SMB Market

When you think of online forms, file sharing, competitive intelligence, marketing automation, lead generation and social media management, you likely think of the giants. While the enterprise companies in those categories certainly have a foothold on the market, there is another breed of companies who offer the same services to the competitive and challenging SMB

Indiana city has one of fastest rates of startup growth in country

The hottest cities for startups aren’t what you’d expect. We’re not talking San Francisco or Austin or Boston. We’re talking small and mid-sized cities concentrated largely in the South and Midwest, according to new research from data journalism siteFiveThirtyEight, driven by information from the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs. The fastest growing city for startups in the

IBJ and TechPoint Honor Top CTOs

Chief technology officers are instrumental in helping companies, not-for-profits and government organizations advance and innovate. IBJ and TechPoint’s second annual CTO of the Year program honors the men and women who develop the technology strategies and systems that power their enterprises, serve their customers and fuel growth. Go to Full Story

‘Ultimate’ Tech Internship Puts Indy on Map

Officials say efforts designed to build a technology talent pipeline are beginning to pay dividends. Xtern, billed as the ultimate technology internship, just completed its third summer, attracting more than 900 applications for just 131 slots. The interns, who received paid summer positions at local tech companies, came from 58 universities in 18 states. In an interview

Is Indy Becoming ‘Net Importer’ of Talent?

Monday’s expansion announcement by Indianapolis-based Octiv, and with it, plans for 224 new jobs, is expected to put further pressure on central Indiana tech companies to attract and keep talented workers. But Octiv co-founder Kristian Andersen says it is also helping Indiana shed its image as an exporter of talent, stemming the tide of people

Did Purdue researchers just make your new 4G smartphone obsolete?

A new highly efficient power amplifier for electronics could help make possible next-generation cell phones, low-cost collision-avoidance radar for cars and lightweight microsatellites for communications. Fifth-generation, or 5G, mobile devices expected around 2019 will require improved power amplifiers operating at very high frequencies. The new phones will be designed to download and transmit data and

TechPoint Launches Sales Bootcamp

It’s no secret that Indianapolis technology companies are growing rapidly. With about $200 million in venture capital raised in 2015 alone, these startups and scale-ups are expanding their teams to compete with brands across the country. There is a strong need for people who can build products and sell products to fuel business growth. Not