Indy's technology sector is starting to get some buzz. Central Indiana is now part of conversations that include Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas—two hotbeds for tech companies.
“There's an energy and vibe in Silicon Valley that is now coming here,” said Carmel entrepreneur Scott Jones.
“Take ChaCha, for example. We’re a top 40 website in the world,” said Jones. “The vibe has changed completely here in the last 12 to 15 years and so you now have companies like Angie’s List and ExactTarget going public. You’ve got a Primo. You have lots of little startups happening.
Mike Langellier is the new president of TechPoint in Indianapolis. He was just selected to lead Indiana's tech growth and bring all the players together from local governments, talent, and the deep pockets to make things happen. Just from his 18th floor office he could pick out companies now headquartered in downtown Indianapolis that were not there just a few years ago.
“Compendium right in that building over there,” said Langellier as he pointed from his office window. “Which is right next to ExactTarget, then data hosting company LightBound just to name a few.”
He said Indianapolis needs to continue to feed the engine.
“We've built a great engine here, a great foundational engine,” Langellier said. “It's just more fuel, more talent, more capital, and more big ideas.”
He also said the success of people like Scott Jones in Carmel will keep top talent here like young gun Matt Hunckler who is the president of Verge, a software platform company.
“Scott Jones is the one who sold me on staying in Indianapolis,” said Hunckler. “And there's this huge support system now. Over 2,000 people are in Verge. Those are founders, developers, investors all of software companies.”
“These are things that did not exist a few years ago,” said Jones.