Since 2014 alone, 14 tech or tech-related companies opened offices within a quarter-mile radius of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. And all told, 26 such companies inhabit that roughly 16-block cluster.
Tech leaders, including Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, think Indianapolis would be a great location for Amazon's second headquarters. And, like other cities in the running, it has some strengths and weaknesses.
They're wondering if Angie's List will be like ExactTarget, whose acquisition spawned job growth, or if jobs will erode over time. They're also concerned about losing yet another mature, locally based tech firm with a major corporate presence.
The company's lease in the Gauranty Building, 20 S. Meridian St., will expire in the first quarter of next year, while a lease for the Century Building, 36 S. Pennsylvania St., runs until 2021. "Salesforce has no plans to vacate the Century office at this time," a spokesperson said.
In the immediate wake of news Wednesday that Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. had agreed to be acquired for $1.4 billion, Indianapolis tech leaders bubbled with praise for CEO Don Brown and with enthusiasm for the possible impact on the city.
If completed, the acquisition would be the largest ever for Salesforce, topping its $2.5 billion purchase of Indianapolis-based ExactTarget Inc. in July 2013. Salesforce has about 1,400 employees in central Indiana.