Tech Companies

UPDATE: Angie's suitors could include Amazon, Yelp, IAC

October 1, 2014
Jared Council
Amazon has been developing its own local services marketplace. Yelp is the leading consumer-review service in the retail space. Website Holding company IAC, meanwhile, has a big stash of cash and owns competitor HomeAdvisor.com.
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Report: Angie's List hires bankers to explore sale

September 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Financial Times said the Indianapolis consumer-review company already has had conversations with prospective buyers but "is not wedded to selling itself."
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Prospective Salesforce tower spurs proposal, concerns

September 30, 2014
Jared Council
News that Salesforce.com wants a signature office tower downtown already has sparked an overture from one developer, shined a spotlight on available sites, and triggered fears about the impact on office vacancy rates.
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Digital marketing convention leaving Indy for New York

September 25, 2014
Jared Council
Connections, the high-profile digital-marketing convention hosted in Indianapolis by ExactTarget each year since the event's founding in 2005, is moving to New York City next year, city tourism officials disclosed Thursday.
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ExactTarget parent wants to build office tower in Indianapolis

September 23, 2014
Jared Council
The CEO of Salesforce.com, which purchased ExactTarget for $2.5 billion last year, told IBJ on Tuesday morning that the firm was looking for the right opportunity.
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Angie's List to pay $2.8M in membership-fee settlement

September 23, 2014
Mason King
The settlement stems from a 2012 lawsuit alleging that the consumer-reviews firm renewed members at a higher rate than they were led to believe.
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Apple: iPhone 6 models break company sales record

September 22, 2014
Associated Press
Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the three days after the phones went on sale.
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Fishers mobile app developer lands $1M in VC funding

September 16, 2014
Jared Council
Bluebridge Digital LLC, which creates and manages mobile software applications primarily for not-for-profits, announced Tuesday that it closed a $1 million round of venture capital fundraising and plans to double its work force within a year.
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Customer service firm plans to hire 1,000 workers

August 27, 2014
Mason King
The new part-time and full-time jobs will pay in a range of $12 to $18 per hour, according to Boston-based Interactions Corp.
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Struggling Angie's List lays off 97 salespeople

August 22, 2014
Mason King
The consumer-review firm told federal regulators Friday that the move was "part of a focus on improving salesforce performance and productivity."
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Emmis: Dynamic pricing will reshape many industriesRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. executives believe their latest acquisition, a local flexible-pricing software firm called Digonex Technologies, can revolutionize any number of businesses, including radio.
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New Simon VC arm making bets on retail technology

August 9, 2014
Greg Andrews
The newly formed Simon Venture Group is betting millions of dollars on nascent technology companies that hope to reshape retailing.
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ChaCha CEO Jones launches app school in Carmel

August 5, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Some of the events will take place at Scott Jones’ estate at 1150 W. 116th St. The unique setting prompted the founders to name the school Eleven Fifty.
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Interactive Intelligence takes quarterly loss

August 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Interactive was right on target with the preliminary earnings announcement it made July 16, when it predicted revenue between $86 million and $88 million and an operating loss between $11 million and $12 million.
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Startup objects to IndyGo's no-bid deal with rival

August 2, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indianapolis software startup that hopes to win contracts from public-transit agencies across the country is protesting a no-bid deal by IndyGo.
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HALO startup funding surpasses $20 million markRestricted Content

August 2, 2014
HALO reached the $20 million milestone after pumping nearly $1.5 million in the first half of 2014 into mobile app developer Bluebridge Digital, contract-research firm AIT Bioscience, threat-intelligence firm Emerging Threats and sales-automation software firm TinderBox.
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BidPal sees changes at top, cuts workforce

July 25, 2014
Jeff Newman
BidPal Inc., one of the Indianapolis-area’s fastest-growing companies in recent years, has reduced its workforce by 25 percent and is looking for a replacement for longtime CEO and local tech titan Scott Webber.
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UPDATE: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs in next year

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The layoffs were double what Wall Street was expecting after the computing giant's CEO altered course last week. The firm had just completed its acquisition of Nokia's devices business in April.
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Interactive Intelligence shares dive on expected shortfall

July 16, 2014
Dan Human
The local software and services firm has released disappointing preliminary results for its second quarter, leading to a 16-percent stock tumble.
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Beer technology firm buys N.C. companyRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
Carmel software startup SteadyServ Technologies acquired North Carolina beer-app developer PintLabs.
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ExactTarget acquisition boosted Indy's tech mojo, local execs say

July 11, 2014
Dan Human
Near the first anniversary of ExactTarget's $2.5 billion purchase by Salesforce.com, local tech gurus explain how the acquisition lifted all ships by bringing new prestige, investment and expertise to the city.
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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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Ex-Hoosier funnels millions back home to local tech firms

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
West Coast investor Parker Hinshaw and his wife, Jean Balgrosky, in 2012 founded San Diego investment firm Bootstrap Incubation LLC and in 2013 the Bootstrap Venture Fund, which have funded three Indiana companies in less than a year. A fourth deal is about to close.
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Local software startup plans expansion, 74 hires

July 1, 2014
Dan Human
Software startup Lesson.ly LLC is looking for new space to accomodate the expansion. It is eyeing three possible locations, all downtown, and it will likely move within the next three months, CEO Max Yoder said.
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Carmel firm acquired by Silicon Valley company

June 24, 2014
Dan Human
Anacore Inc., which develops software for touch-screen programs, has been acquired by Prysm Inc., a San Jose, Calif.-based company that makes big-screen video walls that use Anacore’s technology.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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