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Alec Synnestvedt

Two Companies to Watch: DCODIA and Social Sweepster

Camera and image-based technologies are at the core of two Verge startup companies. And, while their businesses couldn’t be more different, both founders draw from close personal experiences to focus on a problem they know well. Both are pitching at Verge on April 24th. These startups approach interesting problems with novel solutions that are well […]

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DreamShare takes on Video with BadaBoom

Video’s hot right now and everyone knows it. Trying to cash in on the gold rush is web app developer, DreamShare. Their new web app, BadaBoom, aims to act as a sort of Pinterest for video. Make it easy to make lists and share those list among your social networks. John, Josh, and Squid walked […]

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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.” – @sschwegman#withgustopic.twitter.com/H2z0cCjhu6 — 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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Game Mechanics Meet Education: Chris Gray Pitches Track Ahead

As the world of recruiting top talent to businesses changes, there are tons of great opportunities for disruption. Track Ahead is looking to disrupt the field by adding game mechanics to college education to help pair students and employers. By gamifying the education and recruitment process, Track Ahead is venturing into uncharted waters and people have […]

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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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EvacuaTim Hickle

Verge Startups Pitch Review: Evacua

Every Monday we highlight a pitch from a recent Verge Pitch Night at one of our hubs. Today’s post comes from Mike Beckwith from Bloomington pitching his company, Evacua. Company: Evacua Business: Evacuation and Safety Program for Travelers Key Value Prop: Access to private transport for travelers, even when commercial and government transport is unavailable. […]

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Alec Synnestvedt

One Startup’s Journey to Revolutionize Professional Development & Recruitment

It’s no secret that the video game industry is now twice as large as Hollywood, thanks largely to the Millennial Generation. It’s also no secret that the rising Millennial generation in the United States is facing employment challenges that few have faced before. And the problem isn’t because they’re playing too many video games. As […]

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3 Can’t-Miss Ted Talk TakeawaysAlec Synnestvedt

3 Can’t-Miss TED Talk Takeaways You Can Apply Today

As I click my fourth YouTube link in the past hour, I realize I’m here again. With over 2,300 recorded videos of engaging performers, it’s easy to go down the rabbit hole of discovering new TED talk takeaways. And if you haven’t caught the TED bug yet, you soon will. The lessons to be learned […]

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Alec Synnestvedt

The Art of the Ask

            Everyone knows that one person that has the “it” factor. They hustle, they convince, and they close. And whether they’re raising a round for their startup or making a sale, perfecting the art of the ask is the closer’s surest path to success. So, what do we know about the […]

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LuckyOrangeAlec Synnestvedt

Lucky Orange Hopes to Get Lucky at Tech Cocktail Celebrate

How One Tech Startup Prepares for Vegas Conference For the past year, Tech Cocktail has been scouring the nation for America’s best startups, and over 40 of their favorites will vie for the Tech Cocktail Chalice at Celebrate. Celebrate is expecting over 500 attendees and will feature pitches, a hackathon, and some great keynotes, and one of the […]

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