Software giant Salesforce.com Inc., which in 2016 announced big plans to expand its operations in Indianapolis, appears to have even bigger plans for Chicago.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar Series have signed a deal with a San Diego tech firm that allows the track and race series to get expanded information on the value they are driving for corporate partners.
The Mira Awards’ top individual honor—the Trailblazer Award—went to John Wechsler, the founder of Launch Fishers and the Indiana IoT Lab.
The money will fund laptops, desktop computers, wireless high-speed internet and other tech-related needs for a new academy opening at George Washington High School next fall.
Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Trust Fund, which designates $250 million for venture capital, also made our list.
Salesforce Inc. announced details Thursday morning for a pilot training program it will launch in Indianapolis to help fulfill its plans to train 500 Hoosiers by 2020.
Two former Salesforce leaders, including Scott McCorkle, will pitch their companies when the “Rise of the Rest” tour stops in Indy Oct. 12.
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.
The marketing tech company will take about 7,500 square feet in the Guaranty Building, where ExactTarget was located before Salesforce bought it in 2013, and add 50 jobs by 2019.
The Speedway contracts with nine software companies and four tech-services firms that are either based in central Indiana or have a substantial local outpost.
The not-for-profit tech advocacy group has passed the board torch to Scott McCorkle and added two other software executives to the ranks.
A handful of Indianapolis-based ExactTarget alumni have joined Cheetah Digital, which is led in part by an ExactTarget co-founder. And they’re looking for office space downtown.
“We’ve never been more excited about Indianapolis,” the Salesforce CEO said in an interview that covered a wide range of topics, including the company’s hiring plans and new apprenticeship program.
Salesforce officials said the move is part of a broader initiative to help develop the “workforce of tomorrow.”
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 San Francisco-based tech giant in May will begin occupying 11 floors in the 48-story building.
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.