Technology

Software startup lands state incentives, plans growth

December 3, 2013
Dan Human
AppealTrack, which makes software that manages property tax appeals, expects to double its staff to 14 by 2016.
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Apple buyout in ChaCha's future?

November 30, 2013
Dan Human
Apple has applied for a patent that sounds pretty familiar to the folks at Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc. Enough so that ChaCha founder Scott Jones has suggested that his business is well-suited for an acquisition by one of the largest companies in the world.
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Indiana robotics event aims to boost STEM interest

November 30, 2013
Jessica Contrera
Indianapolis Vex Robotics Competition is designed to buttress science, technology, engineering and math skills.
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COTA: Credit-card-consolidating Coin seeks to change how you spend

November 30, 2013
Jim Cota
New device lets you store information from up to eight different cards. The simple idea packs a surprising amount of technology.
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TechPoint targets talent with new programs

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
TechPoint, the Indianapolis-based group that promotes the state's technology industry, on Tuesday unveiled a pilot program aimed at attracting young professionals to central Indiana while keeping those who are already here.
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Indiana appeals court hears welfare lawsuit

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Lawyers representing Indiana asked an appeals court Monday to refund much of the money the state has paid IBM for a failed welfare privatization effort, but the company countered it's actually entitled to even more.
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Avon firm enters competitive video game industry to promote reading

November 23, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis firm that makes software for libraries has teamed with an elementary schoolteacher to improve kids’ reading skills by using books’ longtime nemesis—video games.
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Feds consider permitting cellphone calls on planes

November 22, 2013
Associated Press
Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are "outdated," and it's time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others.
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MCCANN: Energy research evolving to meet massive demandsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Maureen McCann / Special to IBJ
The days of lone-wolf researchers shouting 'Eureka' are over.
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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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Health care cloud firm expanding, adding 62 jobs

November 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Zionsville-based firm said it will spend $1.4 million to lease and equip a 16,626-square-foot headquarters facility at Northwest Technology Park to allow for the expansion.
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Biometrics researchers see world without passwords

November 12, 2013
Associated Press
Some Purdue University researchers are working on technology that could see all those passwords that computer users must punch in replaced with steps such as iris and fingerprint scans.
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Ex-Omnicity CEO blames bank for bankruptcy filing

November 8, 2013
Chris O'Malley
In his complaint, Greg Jarman alleges an improper account freeze created a liquidity crisis and scuttled plans by a major investor to make a cash injection into the company.
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Purdue boosting enrollment in computer science

November 8, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University plans to expand undergraduate and graduate enrollment in computer science by more than a quarter to meet growing demand among employers.
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Twitter soars as shares debut on stock market

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
The stock opened at $45.10 a share on Thursday, 73 percent above its initial offering price. Tempering expectations was a big theme leading up to the IPO, but that flew out the window with the stock's opening surge.
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T2 Systems loses tax break over technicality

November 7, 2013
Dan Human
The software developer moved across town to a new address in 2012, which nullified its agreement with the city—although it's still on track to meet its goals for new investment and hiring.
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Interactive Intelligence rebounds with third-quarter profit

November 5, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based company, which develops software for call centers, continued to pick up more big sales as it focused more on cloud-based services.
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Yelp making grass-roots push to boost inroads in Indy

November 2, 2013
Dan Human
Internet reviewers aren’t always the kindest people when it comes to their opinions, which is a bit intimidating for a mom-and-pop shop. But not embracing Yelp can be outright foolish as the San Francisco-based customer-review website expands its reach in Indianapolis, business owners say.
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Angie's List stock falls after growth slowsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Chris O'Malley

Never mind that Angie’s List posts a loss every year. Wall Street isn’t worried about that, right now. But let its double-digit revenue growth slow just a bit and, before you know it, the stock has fallen 33 percent—as it did in October.

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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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Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags

October 22, 2013
Associated Press
The government spent at least $394 million in contracts to build the federal health care exchange and data hub. The painfully slow and often unresponsive website has frustrated Americans trying to enroll for insurance plans.
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Investors pour $5 million into beer technology firm

October 21, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based SteadyServ Technologies expects to roll out its keg-sensor system early next year and trigger an aggressive hiring phase.
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Controversial TV streamer planning to launch in IndyRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A digital streaming service that television broadcasters deem so threatening they recently petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for help plans to enter Indianapolis next year.
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Cyber bandits are finding new ways into bank vaultsRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Corporate account takeovers are high stakes for heists.
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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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