Indianapolis Business Journal


Back in early 2008, ChaCha Search Inc. seemed like it was poised to become a major player in the digital search market. Voice mail pioneer Scott Jones was the prime mover, and some big names in tech were providing funding. In this week’s issue, Jared Council answers the question, “How did ChaCha lose its mojo?” Also this week, Scott Olson examines the sudden disappearance of thousands of downtown parking lots. And in A&E Etc., Lou Harry reviews Tinker Street, the new eatery from restaurant veteran Peter George.

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How ballyhooed ChaCha lost its mojo

Early enthusiasm for ChaCha Search Inc. was so high that at one point it reportedly received a $100 million buyout offer. But today, with ChaCha’s workforce down to 15, the jubilance is gone, Web traffic continues to drain, and founder Scott Jones appears ready to move on.

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Pence seeks $86M fund to enhance quality of life

Gov. Mike Pence wants to create an $85.6 million fund to help metro areas improve their quality of life, a new kind of economic development strategy for a state that historically plays up low taxes and highway access.

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Menard: Toss Hilberts’ attorneys for wrongdoing

Lawyers for Indianapolis power couple Steve and Tomisue Hilbert are slinging “ludicrous allegations” of witness tampering just to cover up their own wrongdoing, according to the latest broadside from the attorneys representing John Menard, the Hilberts’ former business partner.

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FREELAND: Fix the way Indiana funds public schools

Seldom is being average something to strive for, but with regard to Indiana’s school funding formula and how it affects my school district and many others throughout the state, just being average would be an improvement.

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Convenience store would hurt neighborhood

I oppose a convenience store at the northeast corner of German Church Road and East Washington Street in Cumberland,where the St. John United Church of Christ is located. The proposal to demolish a church with such a significant heritage involving so many is a travesty.

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