Technology

Salesforce's bet on ExactTarget starts to pay off

August 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The $2.5 billion purchase of ExactTarget will add $140 million to $145 million in revenue this year for Salesforce.com, the firm said Thursday. Its shares soared 13 percent in Friday morning trading.
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Local manufacturer to be acquired for $41 million

August 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
United Kingdom-based Meggitt PLC plans to acquire Piezotech LLC, a manufacturer founded in Indianapolis in 1967, for $41.2 million, the companies announced Wednesday.
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ExactTarget parent cutting 200 jobs worldwide due to merger

August 29, 2013
Dan Human
Salesforce.com confirmed Thursday that its recent buyout of Indy-based ExactTarget creates "synergy," leading to layoffs. Effects on Indianapolis employment are to be "minimal."
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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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Indy IT firm planning to add up to 400 workers

August 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Knowledge Services, founded by CEO Julie Bielawski in 1994, has been one of the city’s fastest-growing companies in recent years.
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iGoDigital founder sues to fend off dispute over $21M sale

August 21, 2013
Dan Human
Eric Tobias' filing in federal court is intended to head off a potential challenge from a key contractor who believes he is owed more from the company's sale to ExactTarget in 2012.
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Fastenal vending machines serve up a revolutionRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Vending machines, warehouses bristling with technology slash costs.
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PROXY CORNER: Interactive Intelligence Inc.Restricted Content

August 17, 2013
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Interactive revamps sales strategy to widen client appetite

August 9, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis software developer last quarter broke its sales teams into tiers—small, medium and large deals—because too many employees were going after big contracts, with their high commissions.
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Interactive Intelligence earnings, revenue improve

August 5, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis software developer Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. earned $1.2 million in the second quarter as revenue increased 39 percent, to $76.2 million.
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Online markets help Indiana growers find new customers

August 4, 2013
Associated Press
Online "food hubs" have emerged as small and medium-sized farmers have worked together to find quicker and broader ways to distribute their produce.
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Goldsmith: 'Big data' to reinvent governmentRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
While some Americans question the National Security Agency’s habit of amassing citizens’ phone records, former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith urges city governments to dive into “big data.”
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Delta Faucet builds innovation machine in CarmelRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Dan Human
One of Indiana’s most innovative companies in the past decade doesn’t make surgical instruments or drugs or engines. It makes water faucets and toilets. Delta Faucet Co. has secured 589 patents in the past 20 years.
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Public broadcasters find cheaper, faster way to share content

July 31, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The state's eight public TV stations are building an Internet-based video streaming service that could expand their offerings and turbo-charge collaborations. Public radio stations also would benefit.
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Battery maker EnerDel lays off 65 workers

July 31, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lacking production contracts, struggling battery maker EnerDel Inc. has once again downsized its Indianapolis-area work force.
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Software firm finds beer business is a frothy marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions develops software that manages supplies, warehousing, deliveries, worker productivity and other logistical complexities connected with any number of goods-producing businesses, but about 25 percent of its business falls within the beverage category.
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Emmis sees coupons as next frontier for radio appsRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An app that would allow smartphones to receive FM radio signals like a transistor radio has been hailed as a way to help stations recapture listeners who fled to Web-based music streaming services.
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Health tech startup aiming for fences

July 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
Flying under the radar for much of its existence, local health tech startup hc1.com Inc. now thinks it’s ready to soar. The company, spun out last year from Zionsville-based Bostech Corp., is on pace to generate annual revenue of $10 million by year's end. And it thinks business could triple next year.
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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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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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  1. $800M is a lot. There's over 800,000 people in the county/city though. I'm betting the cost of services(police, fire, roads, economic incentives to bring in new business, etc.) in Hamilton County is much more than $1000 per person. In 2012, the city of Carmel's audit report shows receipts of $268,742,988 (about 1/3 of Indianapolis's receipts) for a population of 83,573 (almost 1/10 the size of Indianapolis)...hmm, I wonder why Carmel is such a safer place to live...

  2. Would you let a mechanic diagnose your car over the internet without seeing it or taking it for a test drive? The patient needs face to face interaction with a physician to be properly diagnosed. It would seem to me that the internet diagnosis is about as silly as going to ones mirror and saying, "I wonder what I have"? And then you diagnose yourself. That's free and probably wrong too.

  3. Maybe if we treated the parents of juvie offenders who have 5 babies from 4 different daddies like stray cats and dogs who go around creating a bigger animal control problem, we wouldn't have so much of a "parenting" problem flooding both the social services and (later) correctional systems. The breakdown of morals and parental responsibilities from horndogs who can't keep it in their pants and keep their families together has caused this. If a pit bull attacks someone, it's destroyed. Everyone encourages that pets are spayed and neutered to control the pet population and prevent further issues. Maybe it's time to control the welfare population...

  4. Blocking two blocks of a street along Broadripple Ave. is not going to stop "pedestrians" from walking around. The article stated that seven people were injured as a result of a skirmish between two gun-toting "pedestrians"...not drive-bys. Most of the crimes that are committed in BR area are done by "pedestrians" that are walking in the area...not driving by. This may alleviate traffic going through the area and may steer some folks away from coming to the area because of the extra inconvenience but it will not stop a pedestrian, on foot from toting a gun while walking in that area....period.

  5. Please run for mayor Joe. We need someone to come in and clean house. They past two mayors have run administrations rampant with corruption. We need to clean house before corruption is accepted as normal like Chicago.

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