How Do Venture Studios Work?

By John McDonald / March 8, 2021

The new engine of intentionality in the world of startups and innovation Sometimes called “startup studios,” venture studios are organizations designed to create new startup companies. They do this either by generating new ideas for startups or by recruiting founders with ideas, and then they apply significant amounts of time […]

John McDonald of NEXT Studios: 5 Things I Need To See Before Making A VC Investment

By John McDonald / March 2, 2021

An Interview With Orlando Zayas This interview was originally posted on Medium. Can you generate more than a financial return? All successful things require both selfish and altruistic motivations. If you’re only altruistic, you won’t have the stamina to succeed, but if you’re only selfish, no one will want to […]

Ladies, Be Careful Not to Silence Yourself

By keatonstancato1 / February 18, 2021

Shelley Klingerman | Managing Entrepreneur for NEXT Studios and CEO & Founder of Stiletto Agency Building a company with partners is a whole different experience than building a company by yourself. Ask me how I know. Both are rewarding and challenging, but they are different journeys. When you build a company yourself, […]

The “gig” is up.

By John McDonald / February 10, 2021

John McDonald | Managing Entrepreneur at NEXT Studios Sitting at home one evening feeling hungry, you pop out your phone and flip through the specials on DoorDash, looking for something you like. As you scroll, you remember that you’re out of napkins and paper plates, as there’s been a lot of […]

3 Questions: Demystifying Venture Capital with John McDonald

By John McDonald / August 6, 2020

This is the first installment in our “3 Questions” series contributed by subject matter experts throughout the tech community in Indiana. This series takes complex tech topics and explains them in easy-to-understand ways without the dense jargon so every reader can learn a little bit more about our industry. When […]

2020 Innovation Issue: Design thinking puts users at center of development

By John McDonald / May 29, 2020

An entrepreneur walked into John McDonald’s office in late April with an idea that could transform the process of buying and selling a home. He had drafted a chart that laid out his plan, and now he needed an app and a website to make his vision a reality. “The […]

We need to turn around entrepreneurism in Indiana

By John McDonald / February 29, 2020

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce released “Indiana Vision 2025” in 2012, born of a statewide task force of leaders, and recently updated it with a progress “report card.” Our numbers concerning entrepreneurism come directly from the Kauffman Foundation. The update is not good. As the report card notes, “The overall […]

Pay Attention to 16 Tech

By John McDonald / February 12, 2020

I just returned from a tour of 16 Tech near downtown Indianapolis, and I can tell you that this is a project that all of us should start paying a lot more attention to. Tracing its roots all the way back to 2011, the development is nestled into the corner […]

Indiana’s future in delivery is delivering

By John McDonald / December 20, 2019

This November, the Indiana Technology and Innovation Association released its 2020 legislative agenda. In it, the group detailed its support for widespread broadband access and smart technology products and services that would move the state and our cities toward “smart city” status. Increased broadband access in particular would help expand […]

The Red Line—a future success or missed opportunity?

By John McDonald / November 22, 2019

When the Red Line transit route officially launched Sept. 1, more than 63,000 hopped on board the first week. Since then, the transit line has averaged about 7,000 riders a day, or roughly 14,000 fewer than that initial week. Ridership did increase in September by 30%. Still, IndyGo remains in […]

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