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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/.

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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

 

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.