Tech Executives

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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Soards returns to Indiana to take AT&T's top post

October 17, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A Butler University graduate, Bill Soards served on the Indianapolis City-County Council from 1999 to 2003, starting at age 25, and was a member of the Boone County Council from 2004 to 2009.
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ExactTarget's role expands at new parent firm

October 17, 2013
Dan Human
ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey and his team have taken the reins of the Marketing Cloud unit at Salesforce.com, a move that has analysts raving.
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Up-and-coming local tech firm Compendium sold to Oracle

October 17, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based technology firm Compendium, which was started by ExactTarget Inc. co-founder Chris Baggott, has been acquired by Silicon Valley-based tech giant Oracle Corp., the companies announced Thursday morning.
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iGoDigital founder drops lawsuit over acquisition payout

October 7, 2013
Dan Human
Eric Tobias, who founded iGoDigital, has dropped a federal lawsuit that stemmed from the tech company’s $21 million buyout last year.
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Longtime T2 Systems CEO stepping down

October 2, 2013
Dan Human
Mike Simmons, who began the company with business partner Steve Howard in 1994, will keep his ties to T2 in a less hands-on role as its chairman.
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Another top executive leaves Angie's List

October 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Shares of the consumer review service have dropped more than 12 percent since the company announced Monday that Chief Technology Officer Manu Thapar had departed. The firm recently hired a new chief financial officer.
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Data startup snags $2.1 million venture investment

September 30, 2013
Dan Human
Perceivant, on the receiving end of a venture capital infusion, was founded in 2012 by veterans of iGoDigital and ExactTarget.
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AT&T Indiana president Fleetwood leaves company

September 13, 2013
Dan Human
George Fleetwood, the head of AT&T's Indiana operations for more than 13 years, has quietly stepped down "to pursue other interests."
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United plans direct flights between San Francisco, Indianapolis

August 28, 2013
Mason King
The daily flights, which are expected to begin on Jan. 7, will fulfill a longtime wish of local tech firms eager for more direct access to the West Coast and Silicon Valley.
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Tech showcase crowns unlikely winner in pitch contest

July 12, 2013
Dan Human
Emphymab Biotech, with a treatment for emphysema developed by a group of Indiana University medical professors, received the top prize at the Innovation Showcase on Thursday.
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Salesforce.com wraps up $2.5B acquisition of ExactTarget

July 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Cloud computing giant Salesforce.com paid $33.75 per share to acquire ExactTarget. The price was roughly 6.5 times ExactTarget's projected revenue for 2013, analysts said.
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Hunckler steps down as head of startup group Verge

July 11, 2013
Dan Human
The executive director of the startup advocacy group will devote himself to Social Reactor, a social media startup within Scott Jones’ question-and-answer service ChaCha Search Inc.
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Salesforce entices ExactTarget execs with $20M in awards

July 3, 2013
Dan Human
Salesforce.com has extended job offers to ExactTarget Inc.'s top brass—and sweetened the pot by dangling awards of restricted stock topping $20 million.
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Three other firms courted Indy's ExactTarget before Salesforce landed prize

June 13, 2013
Dan Human
At least three other companies pursued the Indianapolis digital marketer amid its courtship with San Francisco-based Salesforce.com, which led to a $2.5 billion buyout announced June 4.
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ExactTarget sale caps success story; CEO mum on Indy work force

June 4, 2013
Greg Andrews, Dan Human, Bloomberg News
ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey said the company will remain “very committed to Indianapolis” after its $2.5 billion buyout by tech giant Salesforce.com, but he would not comment on potential changes to the local work force of more than 1,000 employees.
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Interactive Intelligence shares soar after forecast upgrade

May 7, 2013
Dan Human
The tech firm's shifting emphasis toward cloud services has boosted sales and profits. Strong results for the first quarter lifted its stock as much as 20 percent Tuesday.
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Brown, Interactive Intelligence among Mira winners

April 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
BidPal picked up two awards at TechPoint's annual event, which drew 1,000 to the JW Marriott downtown Saturday night.
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Latest ChaCha version taps new source for answers

March 27, 2013
Dan Human
The iKnow system will be introduced alongside other changing features with the launch of ChaCha 2.0, which will likely happen in early April, company founder Scott Jones said.
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Online used-car marketplace expands into CincinnatiRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
MaxTradein, which allows dealers to bid on cars, adds former ChaCha executive to pursue roll-out to 30 markets.
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Ex-Marcadia executive co-founds software firmRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A fixture in Indianapolis' startup community, Marcadia Biotech co-founder Kent Hawryluk is backing a project management software firm.
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Former BrightPoint exec joins Angie’s List as COO

January 17, 2013
Scott Olson
J. Mark Howell will join the Indianapolis-based public company March 1. Howell previously spent 18 years as an executive with BrightPoint Inc., which was acquired in October by California-based Ingram Micro Inc.
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