With the resurgence in the discussion around the future of venture capital in Indiana, INfuze Indiana is proud to welcome Jane Martin, CFA, an experienced venture capitalist who has managed funds in Chicago (Allstate), Silicon Valley (USVP), and Village Venture’s Spring Mill Fund in Indianapolis. She is on several non-profit boards and focuses on philanthropy and social venture capital investments (“doing well and doing good”) such as The Bee Corp. As our keynote for the 2018 inaugural event in Indianapolis, Jane will bring perspective and history anyone seeking active participation in our venture capital ecosystem today.
Jane will be introduced by the honorable Joe Hogsett, Mayor of Indianapolis, who will also provide a view to the importance of the entrepreneurial community to Indianapolis. Joe is is an American attorney, prosecutor, and politician who is the 49th and current mayor of Indianapolis. Hogsett served as the Secretary of State of Indiana from 1989 to 1994 and as the Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party from 2003 to 2004. He was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1992, for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district in 1994 and for Attorney General of Indiana in 2004. He most recently served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana from 2010 to 2014. On November 3, 2015, he won the race for Mayor of Indianapolis in the 2015 election.
Kicking off our signature “unpitch competition” will be John McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of ClearObject. John leads Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing IT services company in Indiana for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and Entrepreneur Magazine’s most Entrepreneurial Company in Indiana for 2016 and 2017. A pioneer in the “Internet of Things”, ClearObject helps companies build and run data-driven products that differentiate their physical products in the global digital economy.
Our “unpitch competition” features local entrepreneurs sharing the stories of their journey and struggles to you. They are open to questions, thoughts and valuable insight from the audience at each event. The first of these is Ellie Symes, CEO of The Bee Corp. A pioneer of the B-corporation status in Indiana, The Bee Corp introduces sensor monitoring and data-analytics to the beekeeping community through decision-support software—providing beekeepers with a service to monitor hive health in real-time, gain insights on hive management methods, and optimize operational efficiency. Ellie is also a board member of AgriNovus Indiana and the Dimension Mill in Bloomington, IN.
The second participant in our “unpitch competition” is Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing. Jeff is a high tech entrepreneur and executive with experience in creating multiple startups from scratch, raising venture capital, and guiding companies from idea through exit. Technology roots combined with an in-depth knowledge of marketing, positioning, and business strategy/execution. Scale is the market leader for hyperconverged infrastructure, purpose built for the IT departments of midsize companies. Scale’s HC3 is a turnkey infrastructure appliance, with virtualization, servers, and storage seamlessly integrated and painlessly managed – 10x easier than traditional virtualization infrastructure with a 75% reduction in administration time.
Along with Jane Martin, we welcome Don Aquilano to the stage to lead a discussion on the state of venture capital in Indiana. Don is the co-founder and managing partner of Allos Ventures. With more than fifty years of experience, their involvement in venture companies in the Midwest has taught them to take a hands-on approach to venture capital investing. From the number of investments they make, to the geography they cover, to the industries and entrepreneurs they invest in, there is a vision and reason behind everything they do.