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Dumpster Fire of the Vanities: John Menard, Steve Hilbert, and the Midwestern Nouveau Riche

With Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump dragged into the fray, the feud was no longer just a regional skirmish pitting a flamboyant Hoosier millionaire against a meat-and-potatoes billionaire from America’s Dairyland. It was a critical mass of heavyweight egos, with jealously guarded private lives hung out on the courthouse clothesline.

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Exit Interview with Scott Jones

“All of my best ideas are scribbled on airplane barf bags.”

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The Day That Made Millionaires

“I live in a normal neighborhood in Greenfield with a couple of cul-de-sacs, and I literally went door to door to get people to invest $5,000 in ExactTarget. On the Google Map of my neighborhood, you’ll see, like, seven swimming pools. Every one of the swimming pools corresponds to an ExactTarget investor.”

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What Does Tech in Indy Pay?

“Startups are high-risk, high-reward. It could be a lot. You know the saying, ‘Don’t count your chickens before they hatch’? There are a lot of good-looking eggs, but none have hatched yet.”

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Making a Splash with Edwin the Duck

When paired with a free app, the interactive duck features stories, music, and learning-based games. It’s a rare example of a consumer electronic conceived in Indy.

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You’re Using the Internet Wrong

“There was an early rule that if they follow you, you should follow them back, and kumbaya. But the more you narrow your focus, the more valuable your feed can become.”

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Tech City, Indiana: Is Indy the New Spamalot?

“Not many places have had that kind of success. We’re not faking it. This is real.”

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Indy’s Tech Ten

Of the thousands of technology businesses tinkering in Indy right now, these are generating the most buzz.

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Ruckus is a Make or Break Moment for the Handcrafted Movement

With Ruckus at the Circle City Industrial Complex, we’re about to find out how robust the maker community really is.

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Getting Ripped: Tracy Anderson

Anderson says she wants to focus on the future, one that now looks glamorous. But her liabilities, brought on by years of financial missteps, keep her tethered to the past—and to Central Indiana.

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Travels with Charci

Although she is one of 238,000 truckers living in Indiana, a state with more drivers than almost any other, Charci is easy to pick out at a crowded truck stop. Only 5 percent of drivers are women.

Guy David Gundlach was a dutiful son to Marge Swift, but he will be best remembered for his star turn as the man who left millions to his recession-stricken hometown of Elkhart, Indiana.
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Selfless Portrait: Man Leaves $150M to City of Elkhart

David Gundlach died suddenly and left his fortune to the struggling Indiana town. But three years after Gundlach’s death, the picture of Elkhart’s mystery benefactor remains just a sketch.

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Icing on the Cake: The Local Economics of Same-Sex Marriage

Rings, flowers, musicians, dresses—opening up weddings to a new segment of spenders could mean big bucks for the Hoosier bottom line.

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RecycleForce Can’t Lose*

It puts ex-cons in jobs and off the street, but the nonprofit has funding issues that might undermine its mission.

Polina Osherov, Pattern
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Q&A: Polina Osherov Talks What’s Next for Pattern

We’ve got the scoop on Ruckus, a fashion hub for local designers, set to open next year on the near-east side.

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