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Mobile health apps could cut into state companies' market share

May 18, 2013
J.K. Wall
The future of Indiana’s sprawling health care and life sciences industry might be threatened by an unlikely source: smartphone apps.
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ExactTarget confirms Atlanta expansion

May 17, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis-based digital marketer ExactTarget Inc. plans to add 225 jobs over the next five years in Georgia.
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Slingshot is shifting aim away from SEO

May 11, 2013
Dan Human
After Google cracked down on some of the tools companies were using to improve their positions in search results, Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO opted to launch a sister brand called Digital Relevance that will focus on earning media attention.
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nFrame data center to get new identityRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
The change to the Expedient moniker is not expected to affect the center's 40 employees and 300 customers.
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Broad Ripple telecom firm plans big growth, 183 jobs

May 10, 2013
Mason King
Founded in 2007 by Purdue University students, Weeks Communications has established a new headquarters in Broad Ripple and plans to invest $4.1 million as it aggressively hires new employees.
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ExactTarget loss widens as revenue grows

May 10, 2013
Dan Human
ExactTarget continues to spend down its sales gains so that it can grow its business.
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Interactive Intelligence shares soar after forecast upgrade

May 7, 2013
Dan Human
The tech firm's shifting emphasis toward cloud services has boosted sales and profits. Strong results for the first quarter lifted its stock as much as 20 percent Tuesday.
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Entrepreneurs vie for invites to reality TV summer camp

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
Twelve lucky entrepreneurs chosen from hundreds of applicants will spend two months this summer in a luxury facility working on bringing new business ideas to market.
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Rolls-Royce to produce engines for new reconnaissance copter

April 30, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis manufacturing operations will provide cutting-edge engines for the latest generation of helicopter drones to be used by the U.S. Navy.
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Venture capital favoring later-stage firmsRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Dan Human
Getting $50,000—often from friends and relatives—to develop a product and set up a company still is easy enough in Indiana, small-business leaders and venture capitalists say. But once a firm needs a few million dollars to grow into a revenue-generating operation, the area can’t compete with Silicon Valley’s magnetism for venture capital.
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Brown, Interactive Intelligence among Mira winners

April 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
BidPal picked up two awards at TechPoint's annual event, which drew 1,000 to the JW Marriott downtown Saturday night.
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Report: ExactTarget mulling 200-person Atlanta office

April 19, 2013
Dan Human
The expansion by the Indianapolis-based digital marketer would follow its $95.5 million purchase last year of Atlanta-based marketing automation firm Pardot.
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Smartphone videos rewrite rules of customer researchRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Carmel-based Strategic Marketing & Research Inc. is among firms tapping the capabilities of video-enabled smartphones to gain insights into consumers’ thoughts and emotions. They’re doing this by having consumers use their phones to shoot a video diary of their product experiences.
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ExactTarget lands on tech shopping list for buyout

March 30, 2013
Dan Human
ExactTarget Inc.’s strong position in digital marketing has made the Indianapolis company a tempting acquisition target for Salesforce.com and other tech-industry suitors, Wall Street analysts believe.
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Latest ChaCha version taps new source for answers

March 27, 2013
Dan Human
The iKnow system will be introduced alongside other changing features with the launch of ChaCha 2.0, which will likely happen in early April, company founder Scott Jones said.
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Software maker plans 400 hires, including 250 in Indianapolis

March 25, 2013
Dan Human
Interactive Intelligence says it needs more workers to handle increased business as it attracts larger clients and grows its sales related to cloud data storage and management.
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ExactTarget stock sluggish 1 year after IPO, but analysts bullish

March 22, 2013
Dan Human
Analysts remain bullish on the Indianapolis-based email marketing firm despite its sluggish stock price, due to the company's strong revenue and aggressive investment in research and acquisitions.
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Tech firm moves downtown, plans big expansion

March 22, 2013
Dan Human
Explosive sales growth and the desire to recruit young, energetic employees has led 5-year-old Axia Technology Partners to move downtown as it prepares to double its workforce this year.
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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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WILSON: Tech firms ramp up already-pitched battle for employeesRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Jeff Wilson / Special to IBJ
In the midst of headlines reminding us of the high unemployment that has plagued this country for several years, we have a war for talent in the technology field, with companies in Indiana and elsewhere vying to hire an increasingly smaller pool of qualified applicants.
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PLUSKOTA: Executives help accelerate 'bring your own device' trendRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Michelle Pluskota / Special to IBJ
Convenience overrides security, network overload concerns.
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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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Indianapolis software firm plans to add 95 jobs by 2016

March 12, 2013
Tinderbox said it is boosting its work force as part of a $540,000 expansion of its cloud-based IT business.
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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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