Indianapolis Business Journal

AUG. 30-SEPT. 5, 2019

Bloomington-based Upland Brewing Co. has opened two Indianapolis restaurants in the last year, which might seem like a switch in focus for the third-largest brewery in the state. Susan Orr reports that Upland sees its pubs in part as marketing tools and brand ambassadors for its beers. Also in this week’s issue, Anthony Schoettle has a wide-ranging story about the many challenges the Indianapolis Colts face now that centerpiece Andrew Luck is out of the picture. Nearly every aspect of the organization needs rethinking, from ticket sales to marketing to personnel moves. And Hayleigh Colombo takes a deep dive into how tech firm Genesys, which has more than 800 employees in Indianapolis, is trying to change its hiring practices to move the needle on its percentage of female employees.

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Formstack on a growth tear with series of acquisitions

Fishers-based tech firm Formstack is growing so fast, it’s considering opening a second local office, possibly in downtown Indianapolis. Formstack has made four acquisitions in eight months and five in 20 months and now has 200 employees and offices in multiple states. Company officials say there are no plans to slow the growth.

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How to be a buyer in a seller’s market

This summer, houses in central Indiana sold after being on the market an average of just one month, half the time of homes sold in 2015. And that’s the average of all houses. Those that are move-in-ready and in desirable neighborhoods—the kinds of homes most buyers are looking for—are often sold within hours or, at most, a few days.

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Mark Fisher: Red Line gives a green light to inclusive growth

As we count down the days, it’s natural to focus on the details: New traffic patterns and lane changes, service and schedule questions from people eager to get “on board.” But as we mark the green light for the Red Line, let’s take a final opportunity to step back and look at how we got here, and the overwhelming need for improved mass transit in Indianapolis.

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R. Matthew Neff: For whom does a corporation work?

Just like each of us, it is incumbent on businesses (corporations and other forms of business enterprise) to be good citizens. To my way of thinking, this means abiding by the law, behaving with integrity and creating a vision for employees that inspires them to work hard and make their company more valuable. It also means being fair and equitable to employees and others.

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Letter: Capitalism is underappreciated

Touche to columnist Nate Feltman for acknowledging the virtues of a legal and economic system that, sadly, too many are quick to take for granted and to dismiss without appreciating its achievements.

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