TinderBox woos executive away from Groupon

A small Indianapolis technology firm has recruited a top manager from Internet giant Groupon Inc.

David Kerr, who was a vice president and general manager for the Chicago-based digital coupon service, traded his post there for the chief operating officer position at TinderBox Inc., a sales software developer in downtown Indianapolis. TinderBox announced the appointment Wednesday morning.

It’s a return to the city for Kerr, who in the early 2000s ran Indianapolis software firm NoInk Communications alongside TinderBox cofounder and CEO Dustin Sapp. NoInk was sold in 2006 to Global Health Exchange, where Kerr remained until he moved to a general manager’s job at Angie’s List in 2011, then to Groupon a year later.

Kerr told IBJ he decided to move from publicly traded Groupon to the four-year-old Indianapolis firm of about 40 people because recent successes and growth plans convinced him it was time to “take advantage of the opportunity” at the up-and-coming firm.

TinderBox in late March announced it secured $3 million in a round of venture capital led by Carmel-based Allos Ventures. The funding stacked onto $2.1 million from previous investments.

The company also reached an incentives agreement with the state in early 2013. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. agreed to provide $1.4 million in tax credits, plus $55,000 in training grants, as long as the company hires more than 95 people by 2016.

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