IBM and Indiana Jones

deal architect

Since Apple introduced the Siri personal assistant with the new iPhone 4S I have read several blogs how much better it is compared to Google Voice Search or to GPS and other voice recognition products. How about compared to IBM. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Indiana Innovation, Gonzeaux #2, Who is Nick Tippman?

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Bloomington, Indiana, Tuesday May 8, Gonzeaux #2. Indiana is the state of Nick Tippmann. The future of Indiana Innovation that’s who (and not Bobby Knight). More on Nick and Bobby below, but first, Observations: Indiana is very flat.

Retro Motorcycles Signal Innovation In Goshen, IN

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Janus Motorcycles in Goshen, Indiana is creating hand-crafted, small batch motorcycles. Next, they’re American and making something almost entirely in Northern, Indiana. Manufacturing in America — Using the Past to Create an Innovative Future.

Kelley Institute for Social Impact Launched at Indiana University

Campus Entrepreneurship

Indiana’s Kelley School of Business has entered the social entrepreneurship space, focusing on undergraduates. via Kelley Institute for Social Impact supports increasing business student interest in engagement: IU News Room: Indiana University.

Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Don’t we want the little school from Hickory, Indiana to win the state championship? I’d personally like to see Silicon Valley open its doors to immigrants from distant lands like Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama — even Hoosiers from Indiana.

Bio Roundup: Trump, Gottlieb, Gene Therapy Prices, IPO Hopes & More

Austin Startup

Welcome to the new year. What will it bring? Hopefully a lot less hatred, greed, stupidity, and angst than 2017. But we’re not holding our breath. We emerged from the winter break pondering several of the year’s burning biopharma questions, including the volatility of the U.S. president and what it means for the biopharmaceutical business, a frequent target of his scattershot rants.

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“Open For Business” is a Promise Made

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The law recently passed in Indiana (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) is being fiercely debated. Open for Business . It’s a real joy when a business opens its doors for the first time. “Open for Business” sounds and feels like hope and possibility to me.

Baby Steps To Breakthrough In Regional Economic Development

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Creativity, Innovation, and Economic Development — Embracing the Challenge. Better Questions Means Better Answers for Regional Economic Development. It’s about Attitudes, Projects, and Baby Steps. Economic Development is important and challenging work.

More Innovation

deal architect

On the New Florence blog John Deere’s FarmSight Virgin Galactic seeking pilot-astronauts Mattel games and brain-machine interfaces Hamilton County, Indiana next-gen 911 Lexmark Genesis – printer for our social, mobile, cloud times. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

Welcoming Bobby Schnabel Back to CU Boulder

Feld Thoughts

In 2007 when he left CU Boulder to become the Dean of the School of Informatics and Computer at Indiana University I was bummed for CU Boulder (but happy for Bobby and Indiana University.) Bobby Schnabel has returned to CU Boulder as the College of Engineering and Applied Science faculty director for entrepreneurial leadership , external chair of computer science, and campus thought-leader on computing.

Accounting education and clouds

deal architect

Purdue University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Toronto; Arizona State University; Indiana University; Marietta College; University. NetSuite has announced that thirteen North American university accounting programs have adopted its software as a key component of their degree curricula. Industry Commentary

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Small Business Saturday Spotlight: Hoosier Cupcake?

Up and Running

Located in Crown Point, Indiana, Hoosier Cupcake? offers a decadent and delicious assortment of cupcakes ranging from the Vixen to the Tinsel Town to the Fighting Irish! . Hoosier Cupcake? is offering $2 off delivery on Small Business Saturday.

The Movie “For Here or to Go?” Depicts the Plight of H1-B Visa Workers in the U.S.


first under a graduate student Visa at Indiana University and later as a […] The post The Movie “For Here or to Go?” Rishi Bhilawadikar created the movie, “For Here or to Go?” ” to tell the story of H1-B Visa workers in the U.S. living in limbo. He knows the story firsthand. For 12 years, Bhilawadikar, a native of India, has been in the U.S.

Blue. In a Red State. Pete Buttigieg’s Outlook for America.

Both Sides of the Table

One of the most talked about Fireside Chat’s of the 2-day Upfront Summit was the talk between my friend Joe Green and Pete Buttigieg , the mayor of South Bend, Indiana aka “The Happy Warrior” currently in a bid to become the new head of the DNC ( you can learn more here ).

SmarterHQ Opens Austin Office


This is the company’s first office outside of its Indiana headquarters. […] The post SmarterHQ Opens Austin Office appeared first on SiliconHills. SmarterHQ, an online marketing platform, announced this week the opening of its new office in Austin. The company, based in Indianapolis, recently received $8 million in financing led by the Simon Venture Group. The five year old startup has raised $20 million to date.

Top 5!

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Fortune named their Top 5 schools for entrepreneurship : Babson College Indiana University University of Texas St. Louis University Belmont University -- How about that!!

Techstars Austin’s Jason Seats on Startup Grind San Antonio


His heroes were Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman growing up and the fictional Indiana Jones. Jason Seats loved playing with Lego blocks as a kid and even did college projects with Legos as a young adult. At the age of eight, he thought he wanted to be an archaeologist. But even as a little kid […] The post Techstars Austin’s Jason Seats on Startup Grind San Antonio appeared first on SiliconHills.

CO Impact Days: Unicorns, Zebras, Ponies, and Donkeys

Feld Thoughts

Indiana is bringing a cohort of ten community leaders, Washington is bringing five, and Maryland is bringing three. VCs love to talk about Unicorns, where a giant return is possible. Some friends in the impact investing world have recently started talking about generating giant returns by investing in Zebras (such as a nonprofit building in rural Colorado) and Ponies (an immigrant restaurant in Seattle currently using payday lending at 35% for their working capital).

Lean Startup Conference 2018 is Coming to Las Vegas

Startup Lessons Learned

South Bend, Indiana went from Rust Belt to Tech Belt with EdTech in the Bend. After eight years in San Francisco, the Lean Startup Company's annual flagship conference is moving to downtown Las Vegas. From November 14 - 16, at the Zappos Campus, Lean Startup Conference 2018 will feature all-new workshops, speakers, and networking events covering all the latest Lean Startup insights and innovations. I'm excited to tell you more about it. When Zappos approached Lean Startup Co.

Why You Should Run Your City Like A Startup


By Scott Fadness, Mayor of Fishers, Indiana. As the first Mayor of Fishers, Indiana , Scott Fadness is committed to seeing it become a smart, vibrant, entrepreneurial city. 90 percent of startups fail.

Monday Motivation: Getting It Right

crowdSPRING Blog

The Trump campaign rolled out a new logo last week after announcing that Governor Pence of Indiana would be joining the ticket. Good morning everyone, and welcome to another Monday!

Smart Like VanDerveer: Four Lessons Leaders Can Learn From The Coach Of Stanford’s Women’s Basketball Team


As a student, she watched Knight coach every single Indiana University home game and every practice during Indiana’s greatest season.

Making Forward Partners a company we are proud of: Our culture

The Equity Kicker

We started our process by identifying the archetypes we relate to (explorer and sage, represented by Indiana Jones and Yoda, hence the whip and the light sabre) and then went from there to our values.

4 Ways To Fail The Right Way


This is the kind of message successful entrepreneurs and public figures share at Failfest, an annual celebration of failure that brings together entrepreneurs in Indiana. By John Wechsler, Founder & CEO of Launch Fishers.

Pay Your Payroll Tax With R&D Credits


He has an Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University — Kelley School of Business. by Evan Stephens, Senior Tax Manager at Sensiba San Filippo and Carlos Freitas, Director with Hull & Knarr LLP.

Michigan Innovation — Gonzeaux Tour Begins

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I do have piles of stuff to take: KILN IdeaKeg boxes , large mural paper, Post-it’s, iPad, iPod, Garmin, pocket knives, sunflower seeds, water, dirty bucks, and an Indiana brand guitar in a battered case. Gotto go Gonzeaux now, more later, on the Innovation in the State of Indiana.

Indigan Storytellers Debut

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The word Indigan is a mash-up of Indiana and Michigan. I had the pleasure of participating in the debut performance evening of the Indigan Storytellers group last Friday night. As Rocky Balboa once said “you shoulda been there.”

GFi Working With Universities, Manufacturers, and Big Pharma

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Qualitative Research & Facilitation: GFi worked with Hiler Industries , a high value cast iron manufacturer based in LaPorte, Indiana. Recent Projects at GFi. GFi is the consultancy of Gregg Fraley and specialist associates he brings in to execute projects. This is a periodic update.

Trophy Entrepreneurs Can Land Trophy Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Main Street Venture Fund LLC, an angel fund of about 25 private investors, was formed by Ruffolo Benson LLC in northeast Indiana with the intention of bringing together area entrepreneurs and private investors to create economic value for the region. By Joseph A.

Top Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs | US News

Campus Entrepreneurship

3) Indiana University — Bloomington. Here are the top 10 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs for 2010 according to US News and World Report: 1) Babson College. 2) University of Pennsylvania. 4) University of Southern California. 5) Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 6) University of Arizona. 7) University of Texas — Austin. University of California — Berkeley. 9) Syracuse University. 10) Ball State University. Looks like the usual suspects.

Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere. The number of hosts has grown annually, and this year, we have 200+ groups joining us on Monday, December 3. They represent more than 10,000 people total. If you're not attending the conference in person, consider meeting up with one of these groups to watch.

Innovation in Michiana, How Whirlpool Creates Magic

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Locals call the area Michiana, a term to describe the cachement of small and medium sized towns along the Indiana-Michigan border (Gary, Michigan City, Niles, Elkhart, South Bend, Three Oaks, New Buffalo…). Benton Harbor, Michigan, have you heard of it?

The new startup arms race (for Huffington Post)

Startup Lessons Learned

Take the example of Indianas Passageways. Luckily for the rest of us, he was able to find his path to a green card, and now employs 24 Americans in West Lafayette, Indiana. Take the example of Indianas Passageways.

20 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Names


My wife and I met in college in Indiana and soon after graduation, decided we were going to move to Chicago. The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business?

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The Power of Negative Thinking (Squared)

Growthink Blog

No, it has to be real and serious and buttressed by what famed Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight calls in his best-selling book The Power of Negative Thinking. For many businesses, in these pre-Labor Day workdays and the unofficial “ End of Summer ” things slow painfully down. Projects and deals take twice as long and sometimes feel twice as hard.

How To Create And Communicate Performance Standards In Your Startup


The HR department at Indiana University suggests a helpful list of factors to consider: Are there behaviors that are expected in your department to promote teamwork, leadership, creativity, customer service? by Lior Levin.

Want $50k in Seed Funding? Apply now.


One of the applicants that didn't make the initial cut and is re-applying is Intellitek Systems in Fort Wayne, Indiana; operating at break even with five employees selling SMB ERP packaged software.

States of Innovation, Going Gonzeaux Tour – 2012

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Indiana – May 7, 8 (Indianapolis). I’ve decided to take the battle of Doing Innovation to the streets. Literally. Okay, it’s not a battle, it’s a conversation, but it’s definitely a road trip, and definitely about the Doing.

Ohio Innovation, Gonzeaux #3 — Avoiding a Beating in Over-the-Rhine

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

After one of the prettiest drives you can imagine through southern Indiana east into Ohio, I find myself this morning in the very urban, once blighted, “Over-The-Rhine” neighbourhood of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, Ohio — Wednesday May 9, Gonzeaux #3.

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A Silicon Valley Take on ABC’s Shark Tank

Lightspeed Venture Partners

The founder had not thought about his go to market approach, he had not researched competitors, and he had not done any market testing because it wasn’t convenient for him (wrong time of year – too hot in Indiana, so he didn’t bother).

Some Social Entrepreneurship Grad Programs

Campus Entrepreneurship

Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Kelley School of Business offer a Social Entrepreneurship certificate program. Rolfe Larson offers a nice sampling of graduate school programs in the U.S. focused on social entrepreneurship or social innovation. Many of these programs are tied to a business school, which can really help when you bring your great social change idea to the marketplace.

Startup Visa update

Startup Lessons Learned

He gave me the opportunity to answer questions about our proposal, and share the stories of immigrant entrepreneurs who are creating job all over America, including the Senators home state of Indiana.

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8 Ways to Help Your Tweets Go Viral

Up and Running

At Indiana University, Bloomington, researchers compared 120 million actual retweets with a random computer model and found very little difference in the way ideas propagated. It’s the dream of every business to have a social media campaign that goes viral. Everyone wants to have that retweetable quality that spreads across the Internet in a flash. The 30 minute Kony 2012 video has been viewed over 100 million times in 200-plus countries, garnering 3.5

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