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Tech startup Gusto lands $1.3M in venture capital

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Startup software developer Gusto LLC has secured $1.3 million in venture capital, the Indianapolis-based company announced Monday morning.

Elevate Ventures, which manages the federally backed Indiana Angel Network Fund, led the financing round.

Shawn Schwegman, a former executive at ChaCha Search Inc. and Overstock.com, unveiled Gusto in late February. The company's first product, known as Gusto, is available as a free iPhone app. It sorts emails, attachments and photos under tabs for better organization.

“We’ve been very impressed with the team,” Elevate CEO Steve Hourigan said in a prepared statement. “With the right talent and product-market fit, Gusto is well positioned to become a leader in this space where discrete digital solutions are converging for consumers and business users alike.”

In February, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. pledged up to $2.65 million in tax credits to Gusto on the condition the company meets its commitment to hire 150 people by 2018. Gusto also was granted up to $100,000 in training grants. The company had eight employees at the time of the announcement.

Schwegman previously told IBJ that hiring could actually reach as high as 250 people, with as many as 35 employees starting there by the end of this year.

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  • Not so fast Rhonda
    It's not necessarily ALL government money. The venture capital fund is backed by federal dollars (not state dollars). Is there a problem with an Indiana company employing Hoosiers with dollars that came from the federal government? Or do you think Indiana individuals and businesses collectively pay too little federal taxes that we should not be appreciative when those federal dollars come back to our state?
  • Bravo Gusto!
    I'm super excited to see Indy getting some impressive tech press and financial backing! jobs for Hoosiers is a win-win! I believe in your product and its writers! Bravo Gusto!
  • It's all government money!
    Ahh, so it's all government money. Had to read the story to discover that. In other words, it has no real market value. Government is notorious for investing in things real investors won't touch. Nice. Way to go, Indiana.

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