If you have followed the Indy tech scene, you will recognize the name Gerry Dick who helps shine the spotlight on Indiana businesses through his Inside INdiana Business broadcasts. I have long admired Gerry’s ability to highlight others and encourage the ecosystem.
As part of a special broadcast, I was able to join the IIB crew at the Union 525 for a Town Hall Panel discussion alongside Chris Baggott (ExactTarget co-founder and founder of ClusterTruck), Danielle McDowell (Speakeasy executive director), and John Wechsler (Launch Fishers founder).
In the three part series of videos below, we cover a lot of ground across the current state of Indiana tech.
Part 1: Tech Momentum
Central Indiana has boomed as a technology hub in recent years. In this segment…
- Tim Kopp talks about the compound effects of Indiana tech momentum.
- Chris Baggott touches on the diversification of Indiana tech companies.
- Danielle McDowell discusses the SpeakEasy’s non-profit initiatives merging the creative and tech industries.
- John Wechsler calls attention to the explosion of coworking spaces as a sign of the larger entrepreneurial scene.
Part 2: Challenges and Opportunities
Indiana’s tech community has exploded, but not without its fair share of growing pains. In this segment…
- Chris Baggott talks about articulating the vision for Indiana tech and how “success breeds success” in more traditional industries.
- Danielle McDowell mentions the importance of doubling down and “beating the drum” on what’s working, especially with initiatives like Techpoint talent programs.
- Tim Kopp expresses his relief at not having to partake in talent wars in the Midwest while acknowledging the ecosystem’s current talent gaps.
- John Weschler emphasizes the importance of growing the “live-work-play” triad.
Part 3: Venture Capital and Funding
The Midwest venture capital scene is heating up and changing. In this segment…
- Tim Kopp explains how Hyde Park Venture Partners has ramped up its Indiana investments and how the Next Level Fund will impact the state.
- Chris Baggott touches on raising money from family and friends, the SAFE from Y-Combinator, the JOBS act, and the diversification away from MarTech in Indiana.
- Danielle McDowell cites studies showing how diversity in tech leads to higher returns.
- John Wechsler comments on the disconnects in the Indiana tech ecosystem and the need to find the state’s entrepreneurial edge.