Tech Executives

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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Head in the cloud: Interactive ramps up software offerings

June 3, 2014
Dan Human
Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. will plow further into cloud-based computing—now a big driver of sales—with a new set of call-center services unveiled Tuesday morning.
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Longtime exec now in driver's seat at marketer ExactTarget

May 30, 2014
Dan Human
Company observers praised the elevation of Scott McCorkle to CEO for his combination of tech smarts, people skills, and experience with international operations.
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ExactTarget CEO Dorsey leaving company

May 30, 2014
Greg Andrews
Scott Dorsey, who co-founded ExactTarget in 2000, will be succeeded by Scott McCorkle, who currently is the company's president of technology and strategy.
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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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Indoor slides, high-paying jobs part of Interactive's expansion plan

May 1, 2014
Dan Human
A day in the life for hundreds of new employees at Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. could mean riding a slide from one floor of their office to the next while earning about $80,000 per year.
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Interactive Intelligence to hire hundreds in growth plan

May 1, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
CEO Don Brown recently told IBJ that the firm expected to hire in the neighborhood of 250 workers in 2014, and also was looking at constructing an additional building by its headquarters. An announcement is set for Thursday afternoon.
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TinderBox woos executive away from Groupon

April 16, 2014
Dan Human
It’s a return to the city for David Kerr, who in the early 2000s ran Indianapolis software firm NoInk Communications alongside TinderBox cofounder and CEO Dustin Sapp.
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Option grant lifts compensation for Angie's List's Oesterle

April 14, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Stock options accounted for the biggest chunk of the CEO's compensation. Their value will depend on the company's future stock performance.
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San Francisco route off to flying startRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis business travelers pay a premium to shave a few hours and a lot of hassle off their trips to Silicon Valley, and they appear eager to do so. A new nonstop route between Indianapolis International Airport and San Francisco was about three-quarters sold in January and February, the two slowest months for air travel.
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Scale Computing in midst of $7.5M private offering

April 7, 2014
Dan Human
One of the hottest tech firms in Indianapolis is more than halfway to its goal in its latest round of fundraising.
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Ex-employee files harassment lawsuit against ChaCha

April 4, 2014
Dan Human
The suit alleges that the wife of company founder Scott Jones believed he was having an affair with the employee, and the firm didn't do enough to prevent the wife from confronting and threatening her at work.
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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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Technology Power Breakfast transcriptRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Indianapolis Business Journal gathered tech leaders for a Technology Power Breakfast panel discussion March 14. The panel talked about topics ranging from ExactTarget to mentors to raising capital.
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ExactTarget's current and former CFOs depart firm

March 11, 2014
Dan Human
Steve Collins and Traci Dolan, who both have served as ExactTarget's chief financial officer, have departed the recently acquired company.
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Angie's List hires former Travelocity tech chief

March 11, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Robert Wiseman has experience in "high-volume, consumer-centric e-commerce" after working for Orbitz Inc., Travelocity and Sabre Travel Network.
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Investment firm ties crowd-funding to traditional fundraisingRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Dan Human
The online investing marketplace Localstake brokered a little more than $1 million in private investments for an Indiana distillery and a solar-heating startup in 2013, through crowd-funding. Instead of receiving a T-shirt or other novelty for their money, as with typical crowd funding, contributors received an actual stake in the business.
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Key ExactTarget exec steps down

January 13, 2014
Dan Human
Tim Kopp, who was responsible for ExactTarget's global marketing efforts during some of its most explosive growth, says he plans to take it easy and dabble in startups and not-for-profits.
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Baggott leaves Compendium, goes whole-hog on food industry

January 13, 2014
Dan Human
The local tech titan and co-founder of ExactTarget has cut ties with his latest software venture to concentrate on his livestock and corn operations, plus a restaurant he just purchased in Greenfield.
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Young CEO has big plans for employee-training software firm

December 28, 2013
Dan Human
Upstart Lesson.ly, an Indy-based developer of training software, is run by a 25-year-old and is trying to cut into a $42 billion market dominated by titans such as IBM and Oracle.
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Q&A: Well-traveled exec returns home to run software firm

December 19, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis native Tom Willie became CEO of local software firm Blue Pillar Inc. in November after a run with several other technology companies.
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Interactive Intelligence’s early bet on cloud paying off

December 14, 2013
Greg Andrews
The maker of call center software has seen its stock price rocket from about $20 to $62 over the last 25 months. The runup has swelled the company’s market value from $400 million to $1.3 billion.
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Software developer Blue Pillar changes CEOsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013

Blue Pillar Inc. selected Thomas Willie III to take over as its CEO following the departure of Kevin Kushman. Willie started the new job Nov. 4.

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Five tech firms with varied niches are on promising trajectoriesRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Dan Human
Reaching the publicly traded level might not happen for anyone in the next year or two, but Indianapolis has several companies (including Jeff Ready's Scale Computing) that have hoisted themselves out of the often-shaky startup phases and are ready to take off.
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Tech deal escalates battle of titans

October 26, 2013
Dan Human
The CEOs and of four cloud marketing companies--two national and two local--might make Indianapolis into a bridge between two feuding Silicon Valley giants. Or put the city in the middle of an aggressive arms race in one of the tech industry’s hottest markets—cloud marketing.
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  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

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