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A Monumental Month: March 2016 In Review

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March was definitely full of madness here at Launch Fishers. And by "madness" we mean exciting announcement after exciting announcement. It began with the move to our new location and wrapped up with news on AT&T’s Aspire contribution to our high school fellowship program. Feeling like you missed out on a lot last month? No worries! We’ve piled all the action from March into a few simple clicks below. The New Launch Fishers is Open for Business Inside INdiana Business to Locate Bureau, Studio at Launch Fishers RSVP for the Grand Opening of the New Launch Fishers Fishers Courts, Wins Technology Businesses AT&T Aspire Contribution Fuels Launch Fishers High School Fellowship Program Launch Fishers High School Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted Now that you’re all caught up, be sure to keep an eye out for exciting things coming soon like Lemonade Day, the AT&T #IoTCivicHack and monthly CoderDojo events.

AT&T Aspire Contribution Fuels Launch Fishers High School Fellowship Program

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The Launch Fishers High School Fellowship program will return this year backed by an AT&T Aspire contribution of $25,000. The funding will enable Launch Fishers to expand supporting technology and infrastructure for the program as it enters its second year of serving Fishers-area students. AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education – through technology, social innovation and relationships – to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.   Through Aspire, the company has already passed the $250 million mark in its plan to invest $350 million in education between 2008 and 2017. “Education is the best investment we can make to ensure our new hires start day one with the skills they need,” said Bill Soards, President of AT&T Indiana.  “Through AT&T Aspire, we are promoting student success in school and beyond.  It’s one more way we are using the power of our network to build a better tomorrow.” Launch-Fishers-High-School-Fellowship-Logo-252x300 “AT&T’s support of Launch Fishers and the Launch Fishers High School Fellowship enables us to significantly expand the programming we can offer to Fishers-area students,” said John Wechsler, Founder & CEO of Launch Fishers. 2016 marks the second year of the Launch Fishers High School Fellowship, which originated as a partnership between the City of Fishers and Launch Fishers. The program, now funded by the City of Fishers and AT&T,  accepts a group of entrepreneurial-minded students to participate in a week-long bootcamp held at Launch Fishers. Students learn from accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders during the bootcamp portion of the program. Following the bootcamp, students participate in interviews with host companies and are placed into summer internships.   Student and host company applications are now being accepted for the Launch Fishers High School Fellowship at www.launchfishers.com/hsfellowship. Learn more about Launch Fishers at www.launchfishers.com, and about AT&T Aspire here. You can also find Launch Fishers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Inside INdiana Business to Locate Bureau, Studio at Launch Fishers

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Grow INdiana Media Ventures, LLC, the parent company of the powerful Inside INdiana Business platform of properties, has announced plans to establish a bureau and studio production facilities at the new Launch Fishers facility in Hamilton County. The expansion will include branded office space, production capabilities and a variety of studio options to produce expanded, real-time content for Inside INdiana Business properties. “We are very excited to expand the Inside INdiana Business brand to the epicenter of the state’s coworking revolution in a city that is quickly gaining a national reputation for innovation,” said Grow INdiana Media Ventures President Gerry Dick. “Our Launch Fishers location will be important to the continued growth of our brand and our ability to tell Indiana’s exciting innovation story.” New_IIB_Letter_HeadNoQuotes Grow INdiana Media Ventures will maintain its headquarters in downtown Indianapolis and continue to produce INdiana Business with Gerry Dick on its set in the studios of WFYI, through a partnership that dates back more than 18 years. Founded in 2012, Launch Fishers has grown from humble beginnings in the basement of the local library into the state’s largest coworking location and a model for communities statewide seeking to create environments where entrepreneurship and innovation can flourish. “It’s truly amazing what we can accomplish when everyone gets behind a common vision,” said Launch Fishers Founder and CEO John Wechsler. “By partnering with Gerry Dick and his award-winning team, we feel like we are taking another step forward in helping make Fishers a smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial city.” The March 7th move to a 52,000 sq. ft. facility in the Northeast Commerce Park in Fishers is in response to the remarkable growth of Launch Fishers to include over 550 members and more than 300 companies. In addition to providing space for entrepreneurs, Launch Fishers strives to develop entrepreneurial capacity through programs like Launch Indiana, the Launch Fishers High School Fellowship and the Indiana Coworking Passport. Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, the state’s most-watched local business program, will feature reports from Launch Fishers as part of its weekly Inside INnovation segment, powered by AT&T. The Launch Fishers studio will also serve as an important hub for interviews and features on entrepreneurs, innovative businesses and thought leaders from throughout the state. The content will be featured across the entire IIB platform. ”Fishers is honored and excited to have one of the most respected figures in Indiana business choose to be a part of our entrepreneurial city story,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. IIB will also provide Launch Fishers with a streaming content feed of real-time Indiana technology news, including a weekly “What’s on Tap” feature, presented by Sun King Brewing, that will also be streamed to the brewer’s tasting rooms in downtown Indianapolis and Fishers. “It has been exciting to watch Launch Fishers grow from idea to launch pad for innovation in three short years,” said Dick. “We see this as the start of an important, long-term partnership that provides us a front row seat for ‘what’s next’ in Indiana.”

The New Launch Fishers is Open for Business

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The new Launch Fishers facility located at 12175 Visionary Way in Fishers officially opened for business today. The new 52,000 square foot facility will now be home to Launch Fishers’ member base made up of more than 550+ individuals and 300+ companies. Features of the new facility include 13 rentable office suites, an increased workspace for members, additional dedicated desk spaces and a larger coffee shop complete with booth seating. The building will also include 18 meeting rooms for members to utilize as well as conference space that can accommodate events with up to 150 attendees.
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Here is one section of the coworking floor. The glassed in areas are rentable office suites.

  Launch Fishers CEO John Wechsler commented, “we are excited to have a larger footprint with which to continue our work. We have more space and new amenities for our members to continue to grow and advance their entrepreneurial dreams.” The future of the building holds a few surprises as well. In the coming months look for a bistro with food service that can also be used as event space and a theater that will seat up to 150 people. Fishers has also applied for Certified Tech Park status with the State of Indiana, a move that would direct incremental tax revenue within the district towards infrastructure to support the innovation economy in the area.
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Here is a shot of the dedicated desk area. Members can pay an additional $150/month for a desk assigned solely to him/her.

  “The opening of our new Launch Fishers facility is the next step in creating our smart, vibrant, entrepreneurial city, and I could not be more excited or optimistic,” commented Fishers Mayor, Scott Fadness. Other notable features of the building include “fiber ready” designation by AT&T with a full 1 gig fiber connection and an innovative Power of Ethernet (PoE) lighting system by Hoosier startup Platformatics. Tours of the new facility will begin on Wednesday March 9 and will happen between the hours of Noon and 2:00p.m. each day. Find out more about Launch Fishers at www.launchfishers.com. You can also find Launch Fishers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

TigerDynasty Robotics Team Kicks Off 2016 Season

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This Saturday, January 9th the Fishers High School “TigerDynasty” Robotics team will quarantine themselves in the conference room at Launch Fishers and begin work on their newest challenge. TigerDynasty is part of the FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC. FRC is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds. These robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, placing inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, and balancing robots on balance beams. The game changes each year to keep the excitement fresh and give every team a more level playing field.
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TigerDynasty Team

  This year Disney Imagineers teamed up with NASA to create the challenge TigerDynasty will take on. According to the team, time crunch is one of the hardest parts. While the competition gives each team six weeks to build TigerDynasty explained that you want the robot done between four and five weeks so you have time to test it. Building the robot is a very collaborative process where every member of the team uses their skills to make the robot the best it can be. The team is divided into three parts, the Mechanical Division (the builders of the robot), the Electrical Division (add electrical circuits to the robot), the Programming Division (adds programming and instruction to the robot), and the Business Division (which is the driving force behind it all).
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TigerDynasty Working at Launch Fishers in 2015

  The students pride themselves on the gracious professionalism of their team. The idea is to lift everyone up whether you lose or win. The purpose of FIRST is to both learn and have fun. This Saturday the team will be given the task from NASA that the robot needs to do this year and begin their first day of work. If you are interested in learning more about TigerDynasty you can check out their website here. If you are interested in sponsoring the team you can find out more information here.

Preparing for Failure: Getting Ready for FailFest 2015

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We’re all on our own professional journey, but it’s always incredibly insightful to get a glimpse into the journeys of those around us. At FailFest 2015, we’ll be hearing from some bright professionals who haven’t always made the right moves. FailFest is an annual conference where local Indy professionals can gather to celebrate every aspect of the journey, but especially the failures. Preparing for FailFest, if you’re new to it, is an easy process. Think of Your Own Journey Your personal journey surely isn’t riddled with successes alone. We’ve all made some mistakes along the way. The important thing is to recognize how those mistakes made for a better you. How they worked to also act as a learning tool. We all experience failure differently, but our guest speaker’s this year have something to say about how their personal failures have become an important part of where they are today.  FAILFEST14_IMG_0027 Preparing for Your Future Failures Your journey probably isn’t over. That being said, you’ve still got more to go. While you may have gotten to where you are today off of your past, where you’ll be in ten years is all determined in the future. Are you prepared to make the future mistakes that are set on destiny’s slate? Knowing that every success is in some part due to a failure and how you bounced back can help you become a better failure-maker in the future. Your journey is yours, but it’s not one that is completely tied to success. We’ll be exploring how failure is a very real part of everyone’s career and how those failures have shaped some of Indy’s brightest entrepreneurs and business people. Bring your notebook and a reflective mindset to this year’s FailFest and make the most out of it! For more information about Fail Fest 2015 or for tickets, visit failfest.us.    metonymylogo Written by our sponsor Metonymy Media. Metonymy is a union of creative writers dedicated to serving companies and agencies with practical and effective content marketing strategies for growth and success.          

What To Expect From FailFest 2015

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FailFest sprung up out of the desire to flip the way we all look at failure. Smart people realize that without failure there would be no success. It’s important that we each recognize our failures and what we can learn from them in order to move forward and past them to the end goal. FailFest’s inaugural 2014 conference was a huge hit and we’re bringing it back bigger and better. FailFest 2015 is coming to Fishers on December 9th. FailFest celebrates the role failure plays in moving companies, careers, and community forward to success. We’re adding a little extra twist of excitement this year by hosting the conference at Tom Wood Aviation at the Indianapolis Metro Airport.   
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A shot from FailFest 2014

  Fail Fest is a one day conference honoring failure as a ticket to success. While failure is never the goal, it’s often the little hurdles we need to get there. Celebrating failure in innovation, we’ve got a whole new 2015 lineup of speakers that will be headlined by Jim Hallett, Scott McCorkle, and more. Hallett is Chairman and CEO of KAR Auction Services and was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. McCorkle serves as the CEO for Marketing Cloud, Salesforce, and previously led technology and strategy for ExactTarget and was VP of IBM’s customer relationship management product group. We’ve got a full slate of speakers ready to spill about their own personal failures! Advance sale general admission will be $99 per ticket on sale at FailFest.us. We’ll also be selling tickets at-the-door for $129. When: Wednesday, December 9th Time: 9AM-4PM Where: Tom Wood Aviation in Fishers, IN Get your tickets today and get ready to laugh and cry at some of the area’s most successful business people’s failures. For more information about FailFest 2015 or for tickets, visit failfest.us.  metonymylogo Written by our sponsor Metonymy Media. Metonymy is a union of creative writers dedicated to serving companies and agencies with practical and effective content marketing strategies for growth and success.          

Why is it Important to Talk About Failure?

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Of all the things in the world to hold a festival about, failure seems an odd choice. But failure is one of our biggest fears in life. Talking about our failures openly actually inspires three positive phenomena in our lives and the lives of others: insight, understanding and innovation.   Fail Fest 2 Color Reverse Banner   Insight When you fail big, it’s often tempting to hide it. You tuck the shame and self-doubt down into yourself, or just forge ahead without dwelling on your feelings. But pulling those often painful memories out and examining them offers a learning opportunity. It’s not just about unpacking what you did wrong; it’s about coming to know your motivations, habits, and choices that lead to failures. When you come to terms with one failure, it’s easier to avoid the next one. Understanding The reason talking about your failures helps you avoid them is that it teaches you something. Maybe it’s a lesson about humility, or organization, or taking outcomes for granted. However it comes to you, accept it as best you can. Applying these lessons to our actions is far more difficult that it sounds. Some personal elements that lead us to failure are habitual. Only with understanding of how they impact us can we be mindful when they emerge and start to sabotage us. Innovation “Necessity is the mother of invention” is a phrase that originated in England sometime in the late Middle Ages. As they grew toward the Renaissance, our ancestors understood that to fail meant something difficult, but also something magical: the ability to try again in a new way. Failure inspires us to step outside our comfort zones and take control. Once a project, invention, or relationship has gone bust, a second attempt has the benefit of all the understanding from the first attempt. Is there a failure from your past you want to re-attempt, or move beyond? We’re here to help spark your insight, grow your understanding, and inspire your innovation. Join us December 9 to celebrate the best and worst in all of us. For more information about Fail Fest 2015 or for tickets, visit failfest.us.    metonymylogo Written by our sponsor Metonymy Media. Metonymy is a union of creative writers dedicated to serving companies and agencies with practical and effective content marketing strategies for growth and success.          

New Launch Fishers Building is State’s First Entrepreneurial Coworking Space Certified as AT&T Fiber Ready

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FISHERS, IND., NOV. 19, 2015 — As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Indiana, AT&T and local elected officials today announced that the new Launch Fishers building, which will house an even larger coworking space for entrepreneurs than its current location, has been certified as being AT&T Fiber Ready.  It is just the second site in Indiana to receive this certification, and the first coworking space.

“AT&T is investing in high-speed Internet in urban and rural areas across Indiana using the latest wired and wireless technologies, and we are proud to highlight the new Launch Fishers facility as one of many places in Indiana where AT&T’s fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses grow,” said Bill Soards, president of AT&T Indiana.

“Positive, pro-business policies embraced by Indiana’s state and local elected officials continue to make our state a great place to invest, and I’m proud of the work our AT&T Indiana employees have done deploying fiber and other infrastructure that delivers high-speed Internet access,” he added.  “Their hard work and skills, combined with the nearly $2 billion we’ve invested in Indiana over the last 3 years, enable Hoosiers to connect and innovate.”

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In today’s world, connectivity is vital to new employers and businesses of every type. There’s no such thing as a “low-tech” business today, so economic development leaders must be able to tout the presence of high-speed internet connectivity.

“Our resources in Fishers Hamilton Co. are extensive, but if potential investors aren’t aware of the impressive tech infrastructure in place, then we face the potential of missing many opportunities. This AT&T Fiber Ready designation helps to eliminate those missed opportunities, and furthers Fishers as an entrepreneurial, innovative city,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness.

“With this new designation, Launch Fishers will have a competitive advantage when talking to entrepreneurs and small businesses about their needs," said State Sen. Jim Merritt.  “Coupled with Hamilton Co.’s other great assets, this innovative facility will be even more attractive to those looking to launch a new idea.”

“The new Launch Fishers will be a dynamic catalyst for growth, and we want to be sure that it’s clear we also have the latest technology,” said Launch Fishers Founder John Wechsler.  “With the designation of being AT&T Fiber Ready, we can more confidently tell our entrepreneurs and high-potential companies that we’re ready to accelerate their growth with the availability of high-speed fiber.”

To learn more about Launch Fishers, please go to http://launchfishers.com/.  For more information about the City of Fishers, please go to   http://www.fishers.in.us/.

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What Happened at Last Year’s FailFest?

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If you’re attending FailFest for the first time this year, you’re in for a real treat. At last year’s FailFest—the inaugural fest!—we had a great number of speakers tell us about some of their trials and tribulations as business leaders, and the way they learned lessons after experiencing failure.

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A panel discussion during FailFest 2014

This year, you’ll hear plenty more lessons learned, and the ways successful entrepreneurs have led their businesses through failures, but what did we learn last year?

Last year’s list of speakers included some of Indy’s best known entrepreneurs, including the following:

  • David Becker - First Internet Bank
  • Michael Cloran - DeveloperTown
  • Eric Doden - Indiana Economic Development Corporation
  • Gerry Hayes - Slane Capitol
  • Scott Hill - PERQ
  • Scott Jones - Eleven Fifty
  • Mike Langellier - TechPoint
  • Andy Medley - PERQ
  • Clay Robinson - Sun King Brewing Company
  • Neal Rothermel - VMS BioMarketing
  • Jacob Schpok - Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Peter Shubert, Pd.D., P.E. - IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology
  • Shawn Schwegman - Gusto

From a wide array of backgrounds, all of these speakers learned valuable lessons about what it means to fail. The most important lesson overall is one that they all seemed to share: you will fail, but if you learn from the failure, you will head right back up.

Our inaugural FailFest was full of failure and was a great success, and we can’t wait for this one to be bigger, better and fail-ier!

For more information about FailFest 2015 or for tickets, visit failfest.us.  

  metonymylogo Written by our sponsor Metonymy Media. Metonymy is a union of creative writers dedicated to serving companies and agencies with practical and effective content marketing strategies for growth and success.