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Angie's List posts smaller loss on soaring revenue

April 24, 2013
Associated Press
The latest results beat Wall Street estimates, driving the Indianapolis-based company's shares upward by nearly 7 percent in after-market trading on Wednesday.
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After raid, pet store owner agrees to quit selling animals

April 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Animal control officers found hundreds of violations in March at The Fish Bowl, 2101 East Michigan St. The owner plans to continue operating his business as a pet-supply store.
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Food trucks find patchwork of rules in northern suburbs

April 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
As the food truck industry heats up in Indianapolis, leaders of its fast-growing northern suburbs are starting to rewrite the rules of the road.
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Greenwood's Old Town revival targets sidewalks, traffic flow

April 13, 2013
Dan Human
Greenwood city officials are in the early stages of a downtown revitalization plan that would begin with an investment of up to $9 million designed to make Old Town more appealing to both vehicle and foot traffic.
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IU medical school's push to launch startups bears fruitRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indiana University School of Medicine has launched 12 companies in the past 18 months—a burst of startup activity the school has never seen before.
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'Beer geeks' hatch plan for east-side hops farm

April 13, 2013
Scott Olson
A couple of fledgling entrepreneurs hope to tap into the increasing popularity of local microbreweries—not by starting one but by supplying them with a key flavoring ingredient integral to making beer.
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Digital marketers try to cut through clutterRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Element Three is among dozens of ad/marketing firms in the city that put digital marketing—in a dizzying array of formats and specialties—front-and-center. Often led by “millennial” types in their 20s and 30s to whom things like social media are second nature, they’re giving ensconced agencies a run for their money.
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Mobile boutique takes pop-up retail on the roadRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Jill McCarter
Heather Hogan Pirowski, owner of Retro 101, is among a growing number of retailers who have chosen the nomadic lifestyle . Looking for an alternative to the fixed overhead of a permanent location, they set up shop at a site for a few days or weeks, then pack up and move on.
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Graphic designer advises marketers on nuances of reaching LatinosRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Advertiser Carlos Sosa has designed some very recognizable work—including logos for IndyGo and the Indianapolis Indians—but he is more focused these days on helping businesses more effectively market to the Indianapolis Latino community.
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Crunching the numbers on Obamacare

March 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
The biggest changes from President Obama’s 2010 health reform law take effect nine months from now, so many Hoosier employers have started crunching detailed numbers to cost out their options.
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Company taps sports market with bacteria-stalking chemicalRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Anderson-based Coeus Technology has invented a chemical that kills dangerous bacteria, including potentially deadly staph, by forming a germ-killing barrier that lasts two weeks to six months.
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Urban biz accelerator giving leg up to startupsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based startup Dreamapolis is finalizing the details of its first Dreamapolis Accelerator class, a 12-week crash course designed to help high-potential urban businesses get up to speed quickly.
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Indiana tech startups deemed seeds of promise

March 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
There’s the company founded by a college kid, in his dorm room. Another firm was launched by a guru from the shadowy world of cyber security. And the other was founded by tech veterans old enough to remember IBM punch cards. Three Indiana tech companies have surfaced among standouts in the notes of judges for TechPoint’s annual Mira Awards—the Hoosier tech version of the Oscars.
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Angie's List grows bullish on e-commerce effortRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Scott Olson
Angie’s List Inc. is taking a page from the Groupon playbook to build its new e-commerce initiative into a genuine revenue generator.
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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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Chief financial officer Millard leaving Angie's List

March 15, 2013
Robert Millard, chief financial officer at Angie’s List for less than two years, will step down at the quarter’s end, the company announced Thursday.
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WOJTOWICZ: Prepare, then apply for small-business loan

March 4, 2013
Jean Wojtowicz
To write (or refresh) your mission statement, think about what you do, how you do it and why you want to do it.
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Carmel tech firm plans to expand, add 36 jobs

February 27, 2013
Cloud computing firm Polleo Systems Inc. said it will add the jobs by 2016 as part of a $2.5 million expansion of its Carmel City Center headquarters
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Three years after opening, Indiana Design Center fillsRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Norm Heikens
Tenants include interior designers, artists, kitchen cabinet firms.
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New microbrewer embraces history of near-east-side headquarters

February 23, 2013
Cory Schouten
A bottling house, which is all that's left of a brewing campus closed by Prohibition, will be home to two partners' startup this spring.
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Grant-funded projects aim to make Indianapolis nicerRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Ten winning proposals were selected from almost 200 applications for "Nice Grants" from local Web marketing firm SmallBox and consumer-ratings service Angie's List.
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Does hybrid-tech startup have investors too revved up?Restricted Content

February 16, 2013
Greg Andrews
Echo Automotive trades on the OTC Bulletin Board, the Wild West of investing—where cheap stock prices and low trading volumes can translate into wild swings in stock price.
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Allos Ventures raises $40 million for early-stage tech firmsRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Allos Ventures has raised $40 million from local tech industry luminaries and others to invest in early-stage tech companies in the Midwest, a segment that has seen funding dry up. The fund, Allos II, aims to invest $3 million to $7 million each in about a dozen early-stage companies—not upstarts but those already generating solid revenue streams.
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'12 worst year for life sciences since 1990s

February 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
To understand why Indiana’s life sciences entrepreneurs are frustrated with the flow of venture capital, look no further than this statistic from a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report: 2012 was the slowest year for first-time life sciences investment since 1995.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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