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bloomington-indiana-tech-combineKatie Birge

4 Reasons Every Hoosier Entrepreneur Should Attend the Combine

In its fourth year, the Combine brings speakers and attendees from across the country (and in this year’s case, the world!) to celebrate community, culture, capital and code in Bloomington. The event draws hundreds of participants from across the Midwest for an extended weekend of workshops, speakers, presentations, networking, parties and tours. Bloomington’s favorite event […]

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Santiago JaramilloAlec Synnestvedt

Winning Startup Trade Show Ideas from The Innovation Showcase

It’s been a big year for Santiago Jaramillo and the BlueBridge Digital team. The kind of year that landed him on the Inc. 30 under 30 list. A year ago, BlueBridge had fifteen clients and three employees. They now have over 110 clients and more than fifteen employees, but that’s only the beginning–with plans to add […]

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image_YOUtilityDante Cook

Your Marketing and YOUtility: Jay Baer Tackles How to Help, Not Hype

My first encounter with Jay Baer came when I was introduced to his book as required reading for my employee onboarding at Compendium (acquired by Oracle in October).  Little did I know then, I would not only go on to meet the New York Times best selling author but I would become regular acquaintances with […]

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Tim Hickle

Why Launch a Tech Company in Indianapolis? Verge Does it #WithGusto

“We chose to launch at verge in indy versus SXSW because Indy has come of age.” – — Verge ® (@VergeIndy) February 28, 2014 The question has been asked of Shawn Schwegman too many times. The founder of Gusto, an email app about to launch, had entertained the idea of launching at South by Southwest […]

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Tim Hickle

Verge Startups Pitch Review: Earbits

Every Monday we feature a pitch from a recent Verge meeting at one of our hubs. Today’s post comes from Joey Flores from Bloomington pitching his company, Earbits. Company: Earbits Business: Music Advertising Key Value Prop: Allow bands to play their songs for users who are interested in their style of music. Pitch Successes We […]

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PERQ magnetismAlec Synnestvedt

How a Brand Launch can Help Grow a Community

Sharing business “secrets” isn’t always bad for business. In fact, sometimes it’s good for business. Really good. Scott Hill and Andy Medley, who together founded PERQ as CIK enterprises in the early 200s, recently took to the Verge Pitch Night stage to launch their new brand, PERQ, and marketing technology platform, FATWIN. And while some […]

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fancy-pant logoAlec Synnestvedt

Lasting Startup Strategies from Startup Weekend Winners

Who is crazy enough to take a business idea from concept to launch in a weekend? Lots of us, it turns out. And we have a lot to learn from them.  Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event […]

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PERQwall1Alec Synnestvedt

Founder Story: How to Use Startup Community as a Lifeline

When Scott Hill dipped his toe into the local startup community in 2009, the passion and entrepreneurial energy almost turned him away. “I was deep in survival mode,” he told me as we toured the freshly renovated office of his startup, PERQ. “We were in the middle of the recession, and I wasn’t having nearly […]

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Indiana Startup Community RoundupAlec Synnestvedt

A Whole Lot More than Hoosier Hospitality

Verge Pitch Night events have taken me across Indiana over the past few months: Bloomington Indianapolis Terre Haute West Lafayette My recent experiences have yielded an eye-opening cross-section of the state, and I have not only learned about what makes startup communities thrive in Indiana–I’ve also been surprised in more ways than one. What talent […]

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Tim Hickle

How Indy Became a Marketing Technology Leader

Indianapolis: burgeoning marketing technology hub There’s been a lot of talk lately about Indianapolis’ role in the high-growth world of Marketing Technology. With 11 acquisitions of marketing tech companies in the last four years that total out to over $4.8 billion, we have proven that we know marketing tech. Some may view these numbers as […]

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