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Web startup Bookit planning expansion

July 7, 2014
Dan Human
Bookit Commerce Inc., which operates the website bookacoach.com, plans to hire 93 people by 2018, the locally based company announced Monday morning.
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MISO data breach latest in hackers’ efforts to reach power grid

July 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Operating cost data from participants in Carmel-based MISO's power network was compromised in a computer breach that highlighted the rising vulnerability of the U.S. electricity infrastructure.
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UPDATE: Butler warns students, staff, alums of data breach

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The school says the exposed information includes birthdates, social security numbers and bank account information of about 163,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni.
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Aereo court ruling sidesteps cloud-computing questions

June 26, 2014
Bloomberg News
As Aereo Inc.’s streaming-TV service was dealt a potentially fatal blow Wednesday, the cloud-computing industry was more concerned about what the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t say.
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Hotel app maker to shift HQ accommodations to Indianapolis

June 6, 2014
Dan Human
Dallas-based Yikes, which automatically handles most hotel transactions for consumers, is planning on ramping up operations and settling its main office in downtown Indianapolis.
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Peapod sees Indianapolis as big growth market

June 4, 2014
Jeff Newman
Peapod Inc. has discovered fertile ground in Indianapolis despite a crowded field of grocery competitors, said Scott DeGraeve, senior vice president at the country's oldest and biggest online grocery-delivery service.
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Tech firm ChaCha slices 28 of its 44 employees

May 19, 2014
Dan Human
The Carmel-based question-and-answer service cut its 18-month-old social media division, Social Reactor, after a rate algorithm change at Google slashed the division's revenue from advertising.
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AT&T aims for TV's future with $48.5B DirecTV deal

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
With 5.7 million U-verse TV customers and 20.3 million DirecTV customers in the U.S., the combined AT&T-DirecTV would become the second-largest pay TV operator behind a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable.
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UPDATE: Tech firm triggering $10M data center downtown

May 14, 2014
Dan Human
Michigan-base Online Tech plans to open a 25-employee facility just west of Lucas Oil Stadium, serving businesses that need cloud computing.
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Small biz program to tackle lack of Web savvy

May 13, 2014
Dan Human
The program Fight for Small will teach Indiana business owners how to wield social networks, customer review websites and the rest of the Internet to their advantage.
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Firm that figured out how to sell hair-salon products online is snapped up by giantRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis startup Loxa Beauty was barely generating revenue last year when one of the biggest companies in its industry offered to buy it.
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Local businesses struggle to make sense of Heartbleed flaw

April 16, 2014
Dan Human
Companies around Indianapolis—especially small ones without their own IT teams—are still trying to determine how or even if they were affected by the confounding Internet security gap.
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Heartbleed bug causes major security headache

April 10, 2014
Associated Press
A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing big security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords
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Indy-based Web firm for coaches makes Atlanta acquisition

April 7, 2014
Dan Human
Startup dot-com BookIt Commerce Inc. is in the midst of expanding its site for vetting and marketing coaches into new markets.
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BidPal claims domain names in cybersquatting settlement

March 31, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis tech firm had sued in federal court to seize control of the Web addresses that incorporated the company's name.
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IU chief visits India for knowledge network

March 20, 2014
Associated Press
President Michael McRobbie and others in a delegation hope to promote research, education, Internet freedom and other interests.
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Auto auctioneer invests big in tech as sales go online

March 6, 2014
Dan Human
KAR Auction Services Inc. expects to spend as much as $125 million on technology this year as its focus continues to shift to the Web and apps.
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Tech startup plans 150 local jobs by 2018

February 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gusto LLC, a tech startup founded by former ChaCha and Overstock.com executive Shawn Schwegman, said it will invest $975,000 to launch the company and its debut product.
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BidPal battles 'cybersquatter' over online domains

February 27, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based fundraising-software developer claims it is the victim of cybersquatting, according to a federal lawsuit it filed against InterMediaOne and InterMediaOne-AGM.
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Bluelock adds former ExactTarget exec, plans to hire 20

February 26, 2014
Dan Human
Joe Kuntz will help the cloud-services firm explore new markets. Its recent move into data recovery has sparked plans to increase headcount by about 50 percent.
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Anthem seeking OK to test online physician visitsRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
House Bill 1258 would allow the large health insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to launch a pilot program using the Live Health Online technology it has developed with Massachusetts-based software firm American Well Corp.
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Internet-based weather forecasters offer bolder, more detailed outlooks

February 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
A posse of Internet-based prognosticators is offering not just forecasts but sometimes even mounds of data left open to interpretation.
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Twitter sued over James Dean-linked accounts

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
James Dean Inc., represented by Indianapolis-based CMG Worldwide, wants Twitter to shut down an unofficial account with more than 8,000 followers.
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New ExactTarget software could connect everyday objects to InternetRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis software developer is building technology for objects outside the typical computers, phones or tablets that marketers most often use to reach out to consumers, things like refrigerators, clothing and even toothbrushes.
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Indy-based website for coaches scores key VC investment

January 16, 2014
Dan Human
The startup operating from SoBro plans to expand its market with the cash infusion, connecting athletes and teams to qualified coaches.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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