Technology

UPDATE: Tech entrepreneur Braun named DWD commissioner

August 28, 2014
Jeff Newman
State Rep. Steve Braun, an entrepreneur who sold a publicly traded technology company a decade ago, will take over leadership of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in late November, Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday morning.
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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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'Bring your own device' creates privacy issues for employees

August 20, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
Companies are concerned about data security and access to mobile devices used for work. Employees want to keep prying eyes—including those of their employers—away from their personal business.
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Indiana updates job search app for iPhone

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Office of Technology announced Tuesday it was releasing a new version of the app for iPhones and iPads that would make it easier to search state job postings.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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TOLLIVER: Warehousing, e-commerce merging in Indy areaRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Jason Tolliver / Special to IBJ
As consumers, our need for instant gratification has never been greater, as evidenced by the rise of e-commerce. Shopping online and receiving an order that same day or the next is replacing the expectations of old, when we received our orders in a week or so.
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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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Will a new app disrupt snow, lawn-care businesses?

August 9, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Starting this month, Indianapolis area residents and business owners can order up lawn mowing and snow plowing services through an app.
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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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More executives want break from 24-hour connectivity

August 2, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A growing number of people are seeking a kind of digital detox at least once a year, but many still resist the idea. According to Wired magazine, less than 10 percent of all Americans unplug—even for one week a year,
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Tech entrepreneur launches Indy Visitors Channel

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Folksy chief cements deals with handshakes, promotes tourism spots with video network in hotels.
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State eases into rollout of software in tax fix

July 26, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Revenue is five to seven years from replacing the 1990s software that processes the bulk of the state’s tax dollars and that auditors cited in the wake of massive accounting errors.
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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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Lowe's plans massive local call center, sources say

July 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home improvement retail giant Lowe’s Companies Inc. plans to open a call center on the northwest side of Indianapolis that could employ as many as 1,000 workers, sources familiar with the deal said Monday.
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Drone startup off to flying startRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Dan Human
Two friends and drone enthusiasts in 2012 hatched the idea, as a side gig, to build flying devices small enough to fit in a briefcase. But the idea shifted to a full-scale manufacturing operation that will launch in mid-August and is projected to produce up to $10 million in revenue next year.
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IU says no victims reported in data breach

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
Data including names, addresses and Social Security numbers of those who attended IU from 2011 to 2014 was unsecured for more than 11 months because protections weren't working correctly.
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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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House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
Under current law, the moratorium expires Nov. 1, exposing Internet users to the same kind of connection fees that often show up on telephone bills.
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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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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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