To the extent that young, aspiring tech entrepreneurs around here have a sense of history, it would be good, if you haven’t already, to add this name to your list of tech founding fathers in the founding fathers app on your smartphone:
The co-founder of Indianapolis marketing software firm Aprimo has been canonized with TechPoint’s 2012 Trailblazer in Technology Award for “significant and lasting contributions” to the high-tech economy in the state.
“Bill’s leadership and dedication to the tech sector has been a key factor in Indiana becoming the epicenter of marketing technology that we are today,” said Mark Hill, chairman of TechPoint’s board and a past recipient of the award.
Godfrey-co-founded Aprimo with Rob McLaughlin. A dozen years or so later, in 2010, it sold for $525 million to Ohio-based Teradata Corp. Godfrey made a small fortune but has remained with Aprimo.
He arrived in Indianapolis in 1998 and was one of the executives at Software Artistry, a service desk software maker later sold to IBM that was transformative for the local tech scene. That sale sent talent and capital back into the Indianapolis market to start other companies, such as Aprimo.
Other past TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology award winners include Exact Target’s Scott Dorsey, tech funder Robert Compton and ChaCha Search CEO Scott Jones.