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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. 

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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. 

 

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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. 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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/.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. In the U.S., our wireless network has the nation’s strongest 4G LTE signal and most reliable 4G LTE. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider*. And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

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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.  

 

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Award-Winning FailFest Returns for Second Year

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Launch Fishers announced today their popular FailFest event will return this winter. The one-day conference will celebrate failure’s role in innovation at Tom Wood Aviation on December 9.

Launch Fishers recently received international recognition from the International Economic Development Council for FailFest 2014 and the supportive role the event plays in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship.  

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FailFest 2015 includes an all-new list of speakers headlined by Jim Hallett, Scott McCorkle and a host of other top entrepreneurial leaders. Hallett is Chairman and CEO of KAR Auction Services and was named national EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. McCorkle serves as CEO, Marketing Cloud, Salesforce and previously led technology and strategy for ExactTarget and was VP of IBM’s customer relationship management product group.  

“The turnout for our inaugural event in 2014 was so amazing that we decided on the spot it needed to be an annual event,” said John Wechsler, Founder and CEO of Launch Fishers. “Moving the event to Tom Wood Aviation at the Indianapolis Metro Airport in Fishers will add an extra twist of excitement this year.”

Full list of speakers this year includes: Jim Brown formerly of Haven, John McDonald of CloudOne, Scotty Wise of Scotty’s Brewhouse, Financial Commentator Pete “The Planner” Dunn , Chris Byers of Formstack, Santiago Jaramillo of Bluebridge Digital, Brand Coach Thaddeus Rex, Jason Tennenhouse of 10 IN HOUSE Strategy & Design, Katie Culp of KSM Location Advisors, revenue and go-to-market expert Jenny Vance, Dante Ventresca of Theater of Inclusion, Brad Wisler of Sproutbox, Gabe Connell of Hotbox Pizza, Dr. Allen Bourff of HSE Schools, Jay Love of Bloomerang, Jim Hallett of KAR Auction Services, Dave Wortman of Diagnotes, Bobby Logan of K12 Mobility, Danielle McDowell of The Speakeasy, Ellen Rosenthal of Conner Prairie, Anderson Schoenrock of Memory Ventures and Scott McCorkle of Salesforce Marketing Cloud.  

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A look back at FailFest 2014

“Like every good startup, CloudOne has experienced many failures, including at least two potentially catastrophic ones. I can’t wait to share that story at FailFest and, more importantly, how these failures directly led to our explosive growth and customer success,” said John McDonald, CEO of CloudOne.

Early bird ticket pricing is available now at $79.00. Advance sale general admission tickets will be $99.00 and at-the-door sales will be $129.00. Tickets are now available at FailFest.us.

FailFest is produced & presented by Launch Fishers and sponsored by Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Elevate Ventures, Launch Indiana, Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Indiana Small Business Development Center, Visit Hamilton County, Invest Hamilton County, The City of Fishers, AT&T and Metonymy Media.

About Launch Fishers: 

Launch Fishers is a launch pad for high-potential enterprises located in Fishers, Indiana. Created by John Wechsler in conjunction with the City of Fishers in 2012, Launch Fishers has grown to 530 members in a wide array of industries and ranging from startup to expansion-stage companies. More at LaunchFishers.com.

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Fishers, IN 46038

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Launch Fishers Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

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Launch Fishers received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2014 FailFest in the category of Special Event for communities with populations of 25,000-200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 5, during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 4-7, in Anchorage, Alaska.

“From localized community projects, to large scale endeavors, economic development efforts have played a vital role in the global economy,” said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, Chair of the International Economic Development Council and President of Saginaw Future Inc. “As we address new and longstanding challenges, these efforts continue to take on even greater importance. The award serves as a salute to pacesetting organizations like Launch Fishers for leading the charge.”

The 2014 FailFest was a day-long conference for innovation-driven entrepreneurs that inspired, informed and celebrated the role failure has in success, hosted by Launch Fishers. The latest in a series of initiatives to support the various entrepreneurs that call the City of Fishers and Indiana home, FailFest welcomed Indiana’s best and brightest business leaders, entrepreneurs and supportive elected officials to share their personal failures that enabled them to evolve, regroup and achieve greater success. Held November 19, 2014, FailFest was attended by more than 350 budding, serial and veteran entrepreneurs that participated in panel discussions and presentations.

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A shot of the crowd during FailFest 2014

“FailFest was conceived as a way to celebrate the role of failure in innovation,” said John Wechsler, Founder of Launch Fishers and creator of FailFest. “The road to success is paved by failure and anything we can do to change the failure culture and enable learning from past experiences is a good thing.”

Recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards demonstrate to an experienced panel of judges that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession. They are recognized as the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

About FailFest

FailFest was created to celebrate the role of failure in innovation. The inaugural event in 2014 drew 350 attendees to hear 21 speakers from a wide range of backgrounds including Inc. 500 Founders, a public CEO, an Olympic Champion and senior elected officials. More at FailFest.us.

About Launch Fishers

Launch Fishers is a launch pad for high-potential enterprises located in Fishers, Indiana. Created by John Wechsler in conjunction with the Town of Fishers in 2012, Launch Fishers has grown to 530 members in a wide array of industries and ranging from startup to expansion-stage companies. More at LaunchFishers.com.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,600 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base.  From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. www.iedconline.org.

5 Things We Learned at the 2015 Indiana Coworking Passport Summit

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The second annual Indiana Coworking Passport Summit (ICPS) took place last week here at Launch Fishers. The ICPS serves to bring together teams from each of the 32 coworking spaces on the Indiana Coworking Passport for best practices exchanges and networking. The day was filled with speakers like Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Gerry Dick, but we also learned a lot from entrepreneurs like Matt Wyatt of Recovery Force. The day was full of insight that we can all learn from, despite our role in the coworking world. We highlight some of our favorite bits below.

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Coworking breeds “healthy distractions”

Matt Wyatt spoke on the ways coworking has contributed to the success of his company, Recovery Force.

Matt talked about the way that conversation as a distraction in a standard work environment can be unhealthy for the business and be counter-productive. But conversation as a distraction in a coworking space can lead to new ideas and new connections.

“This type of environment lends itself to healthy discussion when it’s appropriate,” Matt said.

 

“We’re all smarter than any of us”

If we had given an award for “Best Quote of the Day” it would have gone to Jason Tennenhouse, co-founder of MatchBOX Coworking Studio. Jason led the best practices workshop along with Launch Fishers founder, John Wechsler.

“We’re all smarter than any of us,” Jason said to kick-off the best practices session.

And how right he is. The summit allowed the brains behind coworking spaces to collaborate on ways to improve services provided to members and, as a result, propel the entrepreneurial culture being created in Indiana.

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John Wechsler and Jason Tennenhouse

 

Indiana is becoming home to more and more tech companies

Gerry Dick of Inside INdiana Business spoke to the attendees about the growth of tech companies in Indiana. The list was impressive!  He rattled of the names of growing tech companies that were started here in Indiana as well as companies that have moved their headquarters to Indiana from San Francisco and companies expanding from New York City and Chicago to Indiana. If you questioned the growth of tech in our state before Gerry’s talk, there was no questioning it afterward.

 

The state and its support of entrepreneurship

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann spoke on the state’s support of entrepreneurship and fielded questions from the audience. It was easy to sense her enthusiasm for small business.  “If we’re going to have the success that this state can have, then efforts like this are needed,” she said.

BONUS: Check out the map of coworking spaces and incubators around the state on the ISBDC website here. 

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Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann

 

It’s “Coworking” not “Co-working”

Last, but certainly not least, we decided to put an end to the “coworking” vs. “co-working” debate. The group decided the word “coworking” should always be spelled without the hyphen. So take this as your official invitation to jump on the “coworking” bandwagon!

 

To learn more about the Indiana Coworking Passport, check out the website here.  

Launch Fishers Interns: Meet Caleb!

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Hello! I’m Caleb Ostrander and I will be joining the Launch Fishers team as their fall intern. I just began my final semester at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion studying finance and business administration. I am passionate about community and economic development, entrepreneurship and nonprofits. Needless to say, I am stoked to be able to join the Launch Fishers community. In addition to my studies, I enjoy scuba diving, biking and reading. I also love to hear people’s ideas, stories and passions. So feel free to stop by if you see me around!

 

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Caleb Ostrander is a Senior at Indiana Wesleyan University