Technology

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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Software firm TinderBox relocating to Monument Circle

July 9, 2013
Dan Human
President Dustin Sapp expects the 8,800-square-foot headquarters in the Lacy Building to boost the three-year-old firm's profile and help recruit employees as the company pursues plans to hire nearly 100 people over the next few years.
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Tech expo offers elevator opportunityRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
A growing expo for Indiana’s technology industry will give 60 startups a shot at pulling in capital on July 11. Each company will get 60 seconds to pitch their businesses to Halo Capital Group, Elevate Ventures and a handful of other seed- and early-stage investment firms.
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Firm uses 'causality' to improve Internet searchesRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Norm Heikens
Allegient LLC and subcontracted IUPUI informatics experts wrote algorithms that go beyond word searches to look for “causality”—relationships between words suggesting one thing caused another.
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Universities' patents often lack commercial applicationsRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Dan Human
The state's universities crank out patents that find their way to pharmaceutical, prosthetics and surgery technology companies. But they also generate reams of patents in areas with few industrial applications.
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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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Computer glitch leaks personal info of state welfare clients

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana officials say the personal data of welfare clients has been shared with others in a security breach potentially affecting more than 187,000 people.
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COTA: Thanks to the latest technology from Nike and others, you can get fit bit by bit

June 30, 2013
Jim Cota
Those odd bracelets aren't avant garde jewelry. They are the latest in wearable tech designed to track your every move. And that's a good thing.
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LeadJen President Vance launches social networkRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Technology industry up-and-comer Jenny Vance, at age 35, has achieved the rank of “serial entrepreneur” with the launch of her third business, PlanSoon.
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Salin saves cash with video tellers

June 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
In what might be the strangest twist in banking technology in years, Indianapolis-based Salin Bank is the first financial institution in the state to install sophisticated, interactive video tellers.
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BidPal, on a roll, doubles space

June 22, 2013
Dan Human
The world of philanthropy, where shoestring budgets dominate, is nonetheless proving lucrative for BidPal Inc., a 108-employee company led by tech veteran Scott Webber. The company saw revenue rocket from $1.8 million in 2010 to $10.2 million last year, making it the city’s second-fastest-growing private company, according to IBJ’s annual list.
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City to review tax breaks for five tech firms

June 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The biotech and technology companies could see their Marion County tax abatements reduced or cancelled if officials decide they didn't fulfill promises on new investment and hiring.
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Indy-based 3D printer lands incentives for expansion

June 20, 2013
Mason King
3D Parts Manufacturing LLC plans to invest $6 million to lease and equip 25,000 square feet of operations space and hire 65 workers by 2018.
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Car service app adds IndyRestricted Content

June 20, 2013
After quietly rolling out over Memorial Day weekend, the vaunted and sometimes controversial car-service app by Uber Technologies Inc. is ready for prime time in Indianapolis.
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Tyco to buy Fishers-based technology firm for $150 million

June 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Tyco International Ltd. said Wednesday that it reached a deal to acquire Exacq Technologies Inc., which develops video management systems for security and surveillance uses.
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File-sharing firm to invest $2.1M, add up to 30 jobs

June 17, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based SmartFile said the investment will help the company make a 7,500-square-foot facility at 212 W. 10th Street operational by September.
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Most of Indiana's largest public companies enjoyed strong 2012Restricted Content

June 15, 2013
Angie's List turned a profit for the first time in nearly two decades.
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Mortgage firm is fastest-growing private companyRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Stonegate Mortgage Corp. returns to the top 10 for a second year thanks to geographic expansion—it now does business in more than 30 states, up from 20 at the end of 2011—and a couple of significant transactions.
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Young & Laramore finds app draws eyeballs to brandRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis ad agency Young & Laramore's recent project for footwear giant New Balance included developing a video game intended to reach young consumers who’ve grown up with a smartphone as a bodily appendage.
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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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Salesforce slow to excite investors after $2.5B buyout of ExactTarget

June 10, 2013
Dan Human
Shares of the California-based cloud computing giant continue to lag after last week's announcement of its $2.5 billion offer for Indy-based marketing powerhouse ExactTarget.
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Hurco profit inches higher on stronger European sales

June 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based maker of equipment for cutting and forming metal beat the weakened economy in Europe, but saw a sales drop in the recessionary Asia Pacific market.
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Salesforce to keep ExactTarget independent, 'invest' in it

June 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
In a company memo, ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey assures employees of their importance after announcing deal to sell the company for $2.5 billion.
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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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Former Indy Chamber prez scores consulting work

June 4, 2013
Dan Human
Scott Miller, who resigned from the chamber post after less than two years to follow his entrepreneurial bent, will help two local startups get off the ground.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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