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 […]

Let’s change our frame of mind about college degrees

By John McDonald / October 25, 2019

I’d like to invite you to look at the world slightly differently. You’ve been told that, if your children don’t attend a four-year college and get a degree, indebting them by $29,000 or more (the average in Indiana), you or they are somehow a “loser.” That’s a lie. Bill Gates […]

Data centers are Indiana’s new factories

By John McDonald / September 27, 2019

At the start of the new millennium, no one would have guessed that the manufacturing-centric state of Indiana would evolve to become a Midwestern tech giant. But it has. Overall, the technology sector accounted for about one-third of our state’s new job commitments from mid-2017 through July of 2018, beating […]

Should working in IT require a license?

By John McDonald / August 23, 2019

Regardless of industry, every company has an IT team or works with an IT team that manages tasks such as data, security and risk assessment. The amount of customer data available to businesses is exponentially growing every year, and it’s time for tech leaders to begin thinking about professional standards […]

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