Before we show you what we’ve got up our sleeve, let me give you an idea of how we pulled this off. Through the awesome support of people like like you, and our close partnership with Exact Target, we’ve been able to bring you some awesome speakers in this inaugural year of the Powder Keg. [...]
About Matt HuncklerMatt's a founder and organizer at Verge. He's a connecter, writer, and habitual start-upper.
About Matt Hunckler
Matt's a founder and organizer at Verge. He's a connecter, writer, and habitual start-upper.
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I was sitting at my laptop late last night, staring blankly at the screen as the cursor blinked back at me. I’d been here before—sitting with a challenge in front of me without knowing how to even approach getting started. Maybe you’ve been here before too. I hope you have, because it’s one of the [...]
Chicago now has programs like 1871, Code Academy, and Entrepreneurs Unpluggd. Indianapolis has The Speak Easy, Indy Hackers, and Verge. But tech innovation and startup community doesn’t stick to the major cities in the upper Midwest. Companies like Found Ops continue to launch and scale out of campus research parks. New structures and university initiatives provide [...]
If you’ve already been, I don’t really need to tell you this. It’s obvious that The Combine tech conference is one of Bloomington’s biggest magnets to attract entrepreneurs and creatives. Here are five reasons why hundreds will flock to southern Indiana on September 27: The Combine Conference: 5 Reasons You Should Go 1.) Get connected. [...]
Another email hits my inbox. This one is from my old business partner, who I haven’t seen or heard from in over six months. David had been busy since finishing up his MBA and heading out to the San Francisco Bay area to build his startup. I hadn’t done a very good job at keeping [...]
You can learn a lot about business as the emcee of a startup event. As I waited onstage for the next elevator pitch, I wondered if the upcoming presenter would have taken the time to craft their one-minute message or—better yet—rehearse. One part startup tradeshow, one part pitch competition, and one part investor presentations; this [...]
Last year, close to 1,000 people traveled from around the country to pack the walls of a 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. They came to talk with over fifty Midwest entrepreneurs and around one hundred business investors at The Innovation Showcase, an annual conference that combines a startup tradeshow with a 50-startup pitch competition. This [...]
They’re everywhere. Driven entrepreneurs infuse Indiana business with new life. Here’s why Indiana entrepreneurs rock: 1.) Indiana entrepreneurs have created a vibrant community. Organizations like DeveloperTown and SproutBox help grow early and idea stage companies into thriving startups. They’ve even begun to open the floodgates to the general public by generating enormous local press and helping startups [...]
I grabbed sushi with David just days before he took the stage in front of two hundred hungry software entrepreneurs. What was intended to be a quick meet and greet turned into a 3-hour information lunch. That’s because over the past fifteen years, David DeRam founded and grew six successful software companies including Progeny, which [...]
“A lot of luck,” co-founder Mike Langellier will tell you. But there’s a lot more that went into the startup success of MyJibe—a personal finance management app that launched last January and was acquired just nine months later. So, how do you launch and grow a software startup outside of Silicon Valley and without external [...]
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