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Tech Talk: Michigan Momentum and Ohio Strategy

While the focus here, of course, is on investment and growth in Indiana's tech and innovation communities, one must be aware of what is taking place elsewhere. We share some updates from neighboring states to the north and east. Pete Wilkins, managing director of Hyde Park Angels, recently wrote about what he sees as growing strength in Michigan. A few [...]

2018-08-01T10:48:14+00:00 August 1st, 2018|

BizVoiceExtra: Small Indiana Town Helps Villagers Thousands of Miles Away

Toward the end of my telephone interview with Bob Gabrielse for an article in the July-August issue of BizVoice magazine, he politely asked if he could quickly take another call, apologizing for the interruption. A trucking company was on the other end of the line, hoping to deliver 200 parts about an hour later. The vehicle wasn’t heading to [...]

2018-07-12T16:29:33+00:00 July 12th, 2018|

Tech Talk: Downtown is the Place to Be

Summarizing some recent tech/innovation stories: According to Brookings Institution research, downtown universities (compared to their peers) produce 80% more licensing deals, disclose 123% more inventions, receive 222% more income from licensing agreements and create 71% more start-ups. Hidden in Plain Sight: The Oversized Impact of Downtown Universities identifies the following as the top 10 downtown research universities: Rochester University, MIT, [...]

2018-07-12T10:14:15+00:00 July 11th, 2018|

Tech Talk: Entrepreneurship and the World

While innovators and entrepreneurs often exhibit a required laser focus on their own initiatives, there is a whole wide world of activities taking place. Here are three observations from the Kauffman Foundation after the recent Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC). When 171 nations gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss the future of entrepreneurship, it showed that entrepreneurship has moved beyond [...]

2018-07-12T14:16:01+00:00 June 13th, 2018|

Tech Talk: Revving Up the Engine at ND

The University of Notre Dame is known for excellence in many things – insert your own list here. One might soon need to add entrepreneurship and innovation to that roll. We told you earlier about last month’s IDEA Week, featuring a number of regional partners but led by the university’s IDEA Center. In the current episode of the EchoChamber podcast, [...]

2018-06-29T11:33:51+00:00 June 5th, 2018|

All About the Innovation Districts

Larry Gigerich, executive managing director at Ginovus and an Indiana Chamber board member, recently wrote about innovation districts and their importance – accessing talent, collaborating with higher educational institutions and partnering with other private sector companies. Below are three of the lists he shared as part of that writing: Innovation District Characteristics Proximity to higher educational research assets (university, [...]

2018-06-29T11:35:56+00:00 June 1st, 2018|

General Statehouse: Where Key Bills Stand

The 2018 Indiana legislative session is in the home stretch with an end date of this coming Wednesday. Another select group of business-related bills crossed the finish line this week (and last) and are ultimately headed to the Governor’s desk. Others are bound for conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. Meanwhile, two bills saw [...]

2018-03-09T11:36:18+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

Amendments Make SaaS Bill Even Better

Bill # and Title: SB 257 – Sales Tax on Software Author: Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Fort Wayne) Summary: Provides that for purposes of the sales tax, a person is a retail merchant making a retail transaction when the person sells, rents, leases or licenses for consideration the right to use prewritten computer software delivered electronically. Specifies, however, that a [...]

2018-02-23T13:16:00+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Technology and Innovation: Recap of Where Things Are at the Midpoint

After a stellar 2017, the 2018 short legislation session has been more measured – largely based on the lack of desire to “open up the budget”. While some issues moved ahead as intended, several bold ideas have evolved into a study committee or tabled until next year. Below is a summary of where several key bills stand: The Regional [...]

2018-02-09T13:48:15+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

Competing Software-as-a-Service Bills Both Offer Needed Improvements

As is often the case, the House and the Senate each have their own ideas on how best to address big issues. That is the current circumstance regarding the taxability of software utilized as the means of providing a service. Obtaining greater clarity on this subject is a priority of the Chamber and the Governor. Senate Bill 257 embodies [...]

2018-05-10T15:00:52+00:00 February 9th, 2018|