Scott Dorsey’s Attributes of Great SaaS Leaders

Feld Thoughts

Indianapolis’ startup community, like Atlanta’s, is thriving. Management atlanta high alpha indianapolis leadership saas scott dorsey TechstarsA few weeks ago I was in Atlanta for Techstars Atlanta Demo Day and the Venture Atlanta Conference. I had a great time and it’s fun to see the vibrancy of the Atlanta startup community.

CoatChex – Changing The Bailment Industry With QR Codes

YoungUpstarts

That’s essentially how Indianapolis-based startup, CoatChex , started. Ideaspotting bailment industry Bailment Labs Inc coat check-in CoatChex Indianapolis QR codes startupImagine this scenario – you check in your coat at a bar or restaurant, had a great time until you were about to leave. That’s when you find out your coat has gone missing, most likely stolen, and now you have to endure a freezing walk home. Most of us would be totally upset by this experience.

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The Anthropocene Reviewed Podcast

Feld Thoughts

“Put on The Anthropocene Reviewed Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Stickers and the Indianapolis 500.” Amy and I driving to dinner with Ben Einstein and Grace Livingston a few months ago. Amy generally dislikes podcasts so she was annoyed with me as I fiddled with my iPhone and Carplay which kept opening my podcast app. Ben said, “Have you listened to The Anthropocene Reviewed ?” ” I responded, “The what what?” ” Amy said, “Put some music on.”

SmarterHQ Opens Austin Office

SiliconHills

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

Techstars Studio and the Studio Model

Feld Thoughts

We are investors in PSL (in Seattle) and High Alpha (in Indianapolis). Today, Techstars announced a new initiative called Techstars Studio which will allow Techstars to source new company concepts from Techstars alumni founders, community leaders, venture capitalists, mentors, and corporate partners. The Techstars Studio will then build prototypes, test market adoption, and select the most promising concepts for launch.

[Interview] Bluebridge Digital CEO Discusses The State Of The Cloud

YoungUpstarts

by Eva McKnight, Formstack Santiago Jaramillo is the CEO of Bluebridge Digital , an Indianapolis startup that specializes in app development and maintenance for clients who may currently be underrepresented in the mobile market. An Indianapolis-based form building company, Formstack makes it easy for users to collect data, engage with their customers, and grow their small businesses. .

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How To Boost Productivity with Online Forms

YoungUpstarts

Ashley Walsh has worked in multiple areas of the B2B marketing sector and is currently the Director of Marketing for Formstack , an online form building solution based in Indianapolis. by Ashley Walsh, VP of Marketing for Formstack. Guess what? None of us are as productive at work as we think we are. In fact, when we think we are being the most productive by multitasking, we’re actually making it worse.

Where Does Foundry Group Invest?

Feld Thoughts

Of the 23 funds listed here, 13 are in the Bay Area, 3 in NYC, 3 in Boston, 2 in LA, and one each in Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Waterloo, Indianapolis, and Fargo, North Dakota. Semil Shah recently wrote a post titled Investing Outside The Bay Area.

Finding The Right HR Tech Solution For Businesses

YoungUpstarts

Ashley Walsh has worked in multiple areas of the B2B marketing sector and is currently the Director of Marketing for Formstack , an online form building solution based in Indianapolis. by Ashley Walsh, Director of Marketing for Formstack. Human resources management is a key component in any successful business, no matter the size. All companies have fundamental human resources tasks, including payroll, benefits, and taxes.

Could You Outlive Your Retirement Funds? 3 Ways To Strategize With A Fiduciary

YoungUpstarts

Alexander Joyce is CEO and president of ReJoyce Financial LLC , a full-service retirement income planning firm in Indianapolis, Ind. by Alexander Joyce, president/CEO of ReJoyce Financial LLC and author of “ Rejoyce in Your Retirement: Everything You Need to Know to Get Everything You Want “ People are living longer , and as wonderful as that news is to many, there’s a possible downside: outliving your money in retirement. It’s a very large fear many people have.

6 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Stay-At-Home Dads

YoungUpstarts

Gerry Hays is the founder and CEO of DinnerCall , a public benefit corporation founded in 2015 out of Indianapolis. by Gerry Hays, DinnerCall Founder and CEO. The number of stay-at-home dads in the U.S. has surged to roughly 2 million, a 90 percent increase since 1989, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center. Although stay-at-home dads are becoming a new norm, there are still stigmas associated.

[Interview] Zack Creed, Oakville Golf Instructor On Entrepreneurship, Career Transitions

YoungUpstarts

While working as the co-first assistant professional at the Highland Golf & Country Club in Indianapolis in 2014, he was a finalist for Indiana Professional of the Year. Oakville’s Zack Creed would say golf was in his blood. After captaining his high school team in New Jersey, he studied Professional Golf Management (PGM) and recreation management at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Mark Siffin: The Visionary Genius Behind Maefield Development

YoungUpstarts

Early successes segued seamlessly into a major expansion, most notably a planned urban development of 600 acres north of Indianapolis, IN, along with a 3-block stretch of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA. Maefield Development is a privately-owned, vertically-integrated real estate development firm headed up by Chairman and CEO Mark Siffin , who has been with the company since its formation in 1991.

5 Hacks For Streamlined IT Efforts

YoungUpstarts

Ashley Walsh has worked in multiple areas of the B2B marketing sector and is currently the Director of Marketing for Formstack , an online form building solution based in Indianapolis. by Ashley Walsh, VP of Marketing for Formstack. IT problems can create major setbacks for small and medium businesses. Staying on task and accomplishing goals becomes a problem when technology needs get in the way.

What Fortune 500 Companies Can Learn From The Military’s Top 0.01%: Business Lessons From The Blue Angels  

YoungUpstarts

We were lined up together, four jets on the runway packing 128,000 pounds of thrust, and we carried more horsepower than the entire starting lineup of the Indianapolis 500. by John Foley, author of “ Fearless Success: Beyond High Performance “ After weeks of waiting, the time had arrived. This is it,” I thought. “I’m I’m about to be inside a Blue Angels air show.” I was ready to take my first flight inside a blue-and-gold Blue Angels jet. And it wasn’t a practice flight.

[ADV] Payday Loan Benefits To Know About

YoungUpstarts

According to experts at Indianapolis Check Into Cash , more and more people are now waking up to the benefits of payday loans, but still some are not aware of the concept. Payday loans are short term loans that help you cover your short term financial needs. However, they’re given less value only because of the fact that people take them for the wrong needs. Also, not a lot of people are aware of payday loans and what they can do.

Be A Master Of One: Laser Focus In Business

YoungUpstarts

Gerry Hays is the founder and CEO of DinnerCall , a public benefit corporation founded in 2015 out of Indianapolis. by Gerry Hays, DinnerCall Founder and CEO. There’s an old nickname dating back to the days of William Shakespeare – “Jack of all trades.” At its origin, the name was a flattering title for someone who possessed a diverse set of skills. A few centuries later, “master of none” was added to the appellation, which completely changed the meaning of the phrase.

3 IT Bottlenecks You Can Start Tackling Today

YoungUpstarts

Chris Byers is the CEO of Formstack , an Indianapolis-based company offering an online form and data-collection platform. by Chris Byers, CEO of Formstack. Success in the IT department depends on a number of factors — with process efficiency near the top of the list. If your workflows are disorganized and congested, you are going to struggle. Process bottlenecks can result in stressed employees, wasted time, unhappy clients or customers, and lost revenue due to low-quality outputs.

Workflow Automation: 6 Game-Changing Benefits

YoungUpstarts

Chris Byers is the CEO of Formstack , an Indianapolis-based company offering an online form and data-collection platform. by Chris Byers, CEO of Formstack. According to ServiceNow’s 2017 State of Work study , nine out of ten skilled employees spend too much time on administrative duties. Odds are, that includes you. These numbers include business leaders, who spend as much as two full workdays each week on routine, manual tasks like spreadsheet updates and email.

4 Ways To Solve The Employee Engagement Problem With Mobile

YoungUpstarts

Santiago Jaramillo is the CEO of Bluebridge Digital , an Indianapolis startup that specializes in app development and maintenance for clients who may currently be underrepresented in the mobile market. By Santiago Jaramillo, CEO and founder of Bluebridge Digital. Today’s business leaders still haven’t figured out how to solve for the employee engagement problem. Yet engagement matters more than ever before.

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Investing Outside The Bay Area

Haystack

Of the 23 funds listed here, 13 are in the Bay Area, 3 in NYC, 3 in Boston, 2 in LA, and one each in Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Waterloo, Indianapolis, and Fargo, North Dakota. This is a post I’ve wanted to write for a long time, but I needed the time to digest all the other great posts on the topics by other investors, and to analyze specific portfolio data from Haystack over the last five years. Well, that time has finally come.

3 Tips To Overcome Go-To-Market Obstacles

YoungUpstarts

An avid craft beer enthusiast, Hershberger also co-founded Indianapolis-based Flat12 Bierwerks in 2009. by Steve Hershberger, co-founder and CEO of SteadyServ Technologies. Most entrepreneurs expect obstacles on the path to bringing a product or service to market, but they might not know how to push past that final roadblock.

CEO’s Journey to Creating the Most Powerful Solution for Sports

Hearpreneur

Most recently, Upper Hand was also recognized as the Best Technology Company by the Indianapolis Star, beating some of the most innovative and largest companies in the city and world such as Salesforce, Genesys, Infosys Technologies, and more. As a Little League coach, Upper Hand CEO & Founder Kevin MacCauley us the brain behind the world’s most powerful, cloud-based mobile platform that helps sports professionals manage their business.

Grocery’s True Competition

YoungUpstarts

Gerry Hays is the founder and CEO of DinnerCall , a public benefit corporation founded in 2015 out of Indianapolis. by Gerry Hays, DinnerCall Founder and CEO. Customers today want speed and innovation. While grocery retailers used to maintain a secure front through their physical location, that’s not all it comes down to anymore. Needs must now be met outside of the store, as well. Hidden competitors are everywhere.

5 Companies That Could Become The Next Apple

YoungUpstarts

Same-day delivery has been so successful that Amazon decided to expand this program in other major cities, such as San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle-Tacoma, Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta. by Lewis Robinson.

Economic Moats: Who Has Them? And How Do You Get One?

ConversionXL

For example, it’s financially feasible to build a competing motor speedway in Indianapolis. The concept of “economic moats” came from a 1999 Fortune article by Warren Buffett: The key to investing is [.] determining the competitive advantage of any given company and, above all, the durability of that advantage. The products or services that have wide, sustainable moats around them are the ones that deliver rewards to investors.

Developing A PR Strategy For Your Small Business’s Product Launch

YoungUpstarts

They set up the billboard during the final four NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis. by Cameron Johnson. In the past, the way a product launch worked was by hiring a PR agency, meeting with reporters during a press tour, and watching the articles pile up on launch day. The media no longer plays such a big role in product releases due to the vast technological advancements and cultural shifts toward the Internet.

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Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

Both Sides of the Table

Is it any surprise to see Zulily in Seattle, Wayfair in Boston, ExactTarget in Indianapolis, TrueCar in Los Angeles, GroupOn in Chicago or BuzzFeed in NYC? An abbreviated version of this post appeared yesterday on TechCrunch. If you want the full SlideShare deck with many slides not in either post it’s in this link –> The LA Tech Market. “There’s something going on in LA.”

10 Companies Want To Show You The Money

YoungUpstarts

Currently available in Dallas, Indianapolis, St. by Pabla Ayala, cofounder of pFunk Media Is your holiday gift-giving list becoming longer and pricier than your current wallet can handle? Make extra cash to help with those expensive holiday costs and maybe even help you put some money back in your wallet so you don’t start the New Year off broke! Here are 10 online platforms that want you to show you the money: 1. An on-demand ride sharing service.

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How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

20 years ago could you have imagined ExactTarget becoming a multi-billion company in Indianapolis? I just returned from 3 days in Cincinnati including attending the annual meeting of one of Upfront’s LPs – Cintrifuse. I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future.

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. I’m heading down to Orlando, FL to attend the Front End of Innovation Conference (FEI) taking place May 15, 16, and 17.

Startup Weekend Dallas is a Global Startup Battle

The Startup Lawyer

The winning team from Dallas will go head-to-head against the winning teams from Beirut, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, New York, Portland, Seattle, Sofia, and Tulsa. Startup Weekend Dallas is now a true global startup battle. From [link] : “On the weekends of November 12-14 and 19-21, hundreds of teams around the world will compete with one goal in mind: to dominate the competition, building a company from scratch in just a weekend.

Are You Ever “Finished” with Inbound Marketing?

Duct Tape Marketing

Michael Reynolds is President/CEO of SpinWeb – a digital agency located in Indianapolis, IN. Enjoy this guest post from Michael Reynolds is President/CEO of SpinWeb. photo credit: Folk Media via photopin cc. Inbound marketing is both an art and a science. The technology, metrics, measurements, testing, and goals are the science part of it while the creative campaigns and intuitive ideas are a critical part of the art of inbound marketing.

The Top Nine Challenges Of Growing an Entrepreneurial Business And How To Tackle Them

YoungUpstarts

Some of them, such as Eyebobs in Minneapolis, Trilogy Health Services in Kentucky, Defender Direct in Indianapolis, SecureWorks in Atlanta, and Mellace Family Brands in California, were well-known companies. by Edward D. Hess, author of “ Growing an Entrepreneurial Business “ For many, achieving the American Dream means taking control of their destiny, quitting their 9 to 5, and opening the doors to their very own business.

7 Questions to Evaluate Your Brand’s Health

Duct Tape Marketing

Mollie Kuramoto is the Content Marketing Specialist for Element Three , an Indianapolis-based full-service marketing agency that works across channels to build discernible brands. 7 Questions to Evaluate Your Brand’s Health written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Right now, the barriers for new brands and startups to enter the market have never been lower. Want to sell stuff online? Sign up for Squarespace. Start an Etsy account. Heck, log into Craigslist.

Transcript of How to Take Your Business from Distinct to Iconic

Duct Tape Marketing

There’s a restaurant in Indianapolis, St. It’s not just the restaurant you’d like to be if you were in that business in Indianapolis. Elmo’s in Indianapolis, it’s a restaurant. Transcript of How to Take Your Business from Distinct to Iconic written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Back to Podcast. Transcript. John Jantsch: Hello and welcome to another episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast.

Eight Ways To Fight Entrepreneurial Fires And Constantly Improve In The Process

YoungUpstarts

I learned this lesson from Dave Lindsey, a successful entrepreneur and founder of Defender Direct in Indianapolis. by Edward D. Hess, author of “ Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses “ Any entrepreneur knows that when it comes to running a business your work is never done. From the moment you wake up in the morning until you go to sleep at night, you’re worrying, planning for the future, and more often than not, putting out fires.

Knowledge

Occam's Razor

Redemption for the Indianapolis Colts at Super Bowl XLI. Here you'll find all my blog posts categorized into a structure that will hopefully make it easy for you to discover new content, find answers to your questions, or simply wallow in some excellent analytics narratives. To assist with that process everything's organized into these sections: ~ Digital Marketing: "What is amazing out there? How can my company become great?"

10 Best Cities in the United States for Startups and Entrepreneurs (2018)

Crowd Spring

Indianapolis, IN. Silicon Valley has dominated the U.S. startup ecosystem for many decades. Despite repeated efforts, only a few cities outside the Valley (New York and Boston) have historically had the critical mix of VC funding, network, and talent to fuel vibrant startup centers.

My Issues With WordPress…and How I Fixed Them!

Duct Tape Marketing

Neil is originally from Australia and currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. My Issues With WordPress…and How I Fixed Them! written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Over the last year, I have had just about every issue with my WordPress sites that you can imagine.

Writing novice? 6 best pieces of advice from successful authors

The Next Web

In Kurt Vonnegut’s list of rules for writing with style , he explains how much better his writing is when it sounds the way he talks: I myself find that I trust my own writing most, and others seem to trust it most, too, when I sound most like a person from Indianapolis, which is what I am. This article originally appeared on the Buffer blog. I’ve been reading some advice from successful writers lately and exploring what their routines are like to see what I can learn about.

Dear Avinash: Search / SEO Metrics & Analytics Questions + Answers

Occam's Razor

To use the examples of my beloved Indianapolis Colts (go Colts!!!). How do you measure success of a online webinar? I recently did a webinar for the Search Engine Strategies conference (I am doing the opening conference keynote at SES London and SES New York ) and my Market Motive co-faculty member Greg Jarboe sent me this KPI via email: "Your webcast was a big success. Your KPI questions per attendee was off the chart!"

Built in Boston: Why Great Entrepreneurs Are Choosing MA to Build Their Startups

Fred Destin

A place that so painfully undersells itself you’d think Indianapolis had more going on. I moved my family. I sold my Swiss farmhouse, bought a Victorian money pit instead. I forced my wife to change job. And all for what ? Boston. A place that has such surly drivers that even a broken down MTBA transit feels homely. Why, oh why ? It turns out, like most expats here, we hate to admit it, but we love the place.