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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.

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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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

 

Member Spotlight: Eric Hensley of GitHub

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Eric Hensley is a Launch Fishers member and employed by GitHub

Today we live in a world where “every business is in the software business”. Eric Hensley works for  GitHub, a company that helps facilitate the software in this new world. When different software developers want to collaborate on a project the default tool they use to keep everything organized is GitHub. If the software project is public or open-sourced GitHub is completely free to use, and is currently being utilized by over 1,000,000 projects! As GitHub, and others, have famously said: “software is eating the world” and it seems like GitHub is selling shovels to the gold diggers of the 21st century. Eric is a current employee of GitHub and works with selling the enterprise version of GitHub to companies both large and small that write and publish different software. Eric originally went to Ball State University and then worked with software sales at notable companies such as AT&T, Oracle and Microsoft. After working there for a while he got “the itch to work for someone a little more cutting edge”. GitHub then reached out to him proactively and the more he talked to GitHub he realized it would be a great opportunity. Eric now works off-and-on between his home, the road and Launch Fishers. He originally heard of Launch Fishers through his neighbor and he likes it because he is able to be in a space with a lot of energy, creativity and thought leadership.

500 Members and Counting

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We’re excited to share that the Launch Fishers member community has officially hit 500! Actually, we’re at 518. But who’s counting? When we opened in November of 2012 we set a goal of 200 members by the time we hit our two-year anniversary. When November 2014 rolled around the membership number had grown to over 300! And a short seven months later another 200 have been added to that. Launch500MembersBlog It’s amazing to see such growth in numbers, but it’s just as great to witness the environment created inside of Launch Fishers as a result of so many great minds working in the same place. We're inspired each day by the amount of innovation and creativity on display. Our members are a great reminder of how alive and well entrepreneurship is in Fishers and throughout Indiana. So, a big THANK YOU to all of our members. We can’t wait to house all 500+ of you in our new facility opening this fall. We promise to provide you with the same culture and atmosphere, but with a bit more legroom. And parking spaces.

Member Spotlight: Darye Henry and Reborn Code

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Young and ambitious, Darye Henry grew up right here in Indianapolis where he decided to start his own company. Along the path of entrepreneurship Darye faced many struggles transitioning from a freelance developer to owning his own business. Along his journey Darye has had to learn every position within his company, but his struggles didn't stop his dreams from happening. So with prayer and plan, he started his business in December of 2007. Darye joined us at Launch in 2013 where he met many other entrepreneurs who helped motivate him along his way. "Before there was a Launch Fishers, it was just me working at my house, Starbucks or an office somewhere, sometimes with barely any interactions with others." Launch Fishers has been an experience that has inspired Darye to keep going. The road to becoming an entrepreneur is filled with discouragement, road blocks and, at times, lack of motivation. Launch Fishers is not just an office space, it's a place to connect, relate, inspire and motivate others to conquer the struggles entrepreneurs may face. Follow @reborncode on Twitter and "Like" Reborn code on Facebook.

High School Fellowship Bootcamp Recap

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The first ever Launch Fishers High School Fellowship Bootcamp took place June 1 - June 4. Some of Fishers' best and brightest students listened and participated in presentations put on by local thought leaders and entrepreneurs. In this post, Alex Reibel, a Launch Fishers intern, shares her thoughts on the bootcamp.    Day 1  Bootcamp began. 24 students, either currently in high school or just graduating high school, came to Launch Fishers for the High School Fellowship Bootcamp at 9:00a.m. today with hopes that after Friday, they will be placed as an intern with a group of select host companies. The bootcamp will consist of guest speakers each hour Monday through Thursday. Friday is the day that each student will interview with companies such as Launch Fishers, City of Fishers, Recovery Force, Iconic Digital and more. Today, five different speakers came in to share their thoughts. Gerry Hays, an entrepreneur and professor at IU Kelley School of Business, taught us three essential lessons about entrepreneurship: 1. Do not get into it for the money. 2. Just be present; live in the moment. 3. Pick your partners correctly. The following hour was filled by an interesting presentation by Kyle Shipley about startups. After lunch, the next two hours brought information about the maintenance of roads, parks, and athletic fields and the economic development in Fishers by two government workers. ProfyleTracker was the last speaker. They provided us tips on succeeding in job interviews and, of equal importance, what not to do during interviews. Today was an interesting day, as I learned a lot about different aspects of business, and I know that the rest of the week will bring more learning.
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The team at ProfyleTracker speaks about interviewing basics

  Day 2  Day 2 started with the five creators of Zipline, which is going to be the next big social media app. Shortly after, Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness stopped by to talk about his position as mayor, and his vision for Fishers as an entrepreneurial city. After lunch, a captain from the Fishers Fire Department gave a summary of the fire department along with interesting fire rescue stories. John Wechsler introduced the two creators of Edwin the Duck. Edwin the Duck is an educational toy with advanced technological capabilities for younger children. It will actually launch in Apple stores world-wide this August. Kyle Shipley came in again at the last hour with a co-worker from HealthPro. They had created fake businesses to analyze the marketing campaign behind each one. Thank you to all of the guest speakers! Now we know how to create new, hip inventions like Edwin the Duck and better understand how our city functions.
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Edwin the Duck

  Day 3  Day 3 kicked off with Michael Cloran, the creator of DeveloperTown in Broad Ripple. He discussed how failure has impacted his life, and how failure is part of the process of entrepreneurship. Following Cloran was Anna Graf Williams, a founder of Learnovation. She stressed the importance of taking care of our health and well-being. After lunch two employees of Fishers Parks and Recreation division came, describing how their parks and programs will inspire curiosity in children. Launch Fishers member, Kristen Cooper, shared her project Friendtro with us. Friendtro is a Match.com for friends. She had us form groups of five and each group had an assigned CEO, CFO, CMO, CTO, and CSO. Finally, Denzil “Val” Crooke from Incentus Global came in to talk about character and how we should try to improve our strong character. Each speaker was engaging and I enjoyed the juxtaposition between business and the City of Fishers.
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Group photo with Kristen Cooper

  Day 4  It was the last day of bootcamp and tomorrow each student will interview with various businesses for internships. Today started with a visit from Officer Tom Weger of the Fishers Police Department. He discussed the importance of the police’s strong relationship with the community in order for the police to be successful. Following him was Thaddeus Rex, who delved into the science of charisma with his songs, stories and research. After lunch was Mark Roger from Frannet. He went over a presentation titled Road Map to Entrepreneurship, and discussed the differences between building your own business, buying an existing business and buying a franchise. Alyshia Madlem, the Vice President of Blast Media, came next. She taught us about the business of public relations, and how the industry is evolving with greater use of social media. Lastly, Autumn Gasior, the Director of Public Relations for the City of Fishers, spoke about her team tries and how they make sure the residents of Fishers are aware of city news. Bootcamp has been a great experience, and I am thankful to all of the guest speakers for taking their time to come talk to us about business and their stories.
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Thaddeus Rex

 

Our Vision for Visionary Way

It’s official! We’re moving! After a unanimous vote by the Fishers City Council a move to a new 52,000 sq. ft facility is the next big step for us here at Launch Fishers. The new building, located at 12175 Visionary Way, will contain ample space for coworking, triple the amount of meeting rooms and, of course, our nearly world-famous coffee shop. Event space for small and large gatherings will be available as well. The current timeline for the move is set for late summer. Minimal build-out will be required to create the space Launch Fishers founder, John Wechsler, has in mind. You can view the new floor plan below.  

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  Here is an early look at the proposed entrance to the building. RISE: The Coffee Shop at Launch Fishers will also be moved to the new facility and be open to the public.   NewBuildingExteriorA few more concepts that can be expected in the interior of the welcome area can be seen below. Launch-base_Central_BreannaE.rvt_2015-Apr-20_10-58-08AM-000_COFFEE_TO_COWORKING   Launch-base_Central_BreannaE.rvt_2015-Apr-20_11-07-12AM-000_COFFEE_BAR Read more on the Fishers, IN website.  

The Future of Entrepreneurship & Business

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The future of entrepreneurship and business is dependent on multiple factors, including changing technology, cost of business, and leadership skills. Jason Nazar, a Forbes columnist, highlights five ways the future will look different in the entrepreneurship world. His predictions include:

-The workforce will be 50 percent distributed

-Two out of five U.S. workers will be entrepreneurs

-The office will be the classroom

-Entrepreneurs will be engineers

-The most critical aspects of business will always be completed face to face

Nazar believes the business world is dramatically different even from a generation ago and thinks it will be more pronounced over the next 30 years. 

For Nazar's full presentation, watch the video below.