Major Indiana Employers Criticize State’s New Abortion Law

The drug company Eli Lilly said it “will be forced” to look outside the state for employment growth. The engine maker Cummins said the law will “impede our ability to attract and retain top talent.”

#abortion, #cummins-inc, #eli-lilly-and-company, #indiana, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #roche-holding-ag, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #salesforce-com-inc, #states-us

Indiana Lawmakers Pass First Post-Roe Abortion Ban

The bill was sent to the governor despite dividing Republicans. Some of them said the measure was too restrictive; others objected to limited exceptions for rape and incest.

#abortion, #american-civil-liberties-union, #guttmacher-institute, #indiana, #indiana-university, #indianapolis-ind, #state-legislatures

Jackie Walorski, Indiana Congresswoman, Is Dead at 58

Ms. Walorski, who was first elected to Congress in 2012, was traveling in her district with two aides, who were also killed when a passenger car and an SUV collided.

#deaths-fatalities, #house-of-representatives, #indiana, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walorski-jackie

Dr. Caitlin Bernard, Who Provided Abortion to Ohio 10-Year Old, Speaks Out and Pays a Price

Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who provided an abortion to a 10-year-old, says doctors shouldn’t be silent. But she finds herself at the center of a post-Roe clash shaking the medical community.

#abortion, #attorneys-general, #bernard-caitlin, #doctors, #indiana, #law-and-legislation, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #sex-crimes, #states-us

With Roe Gone, Republicans Quarrel Over How Far to Push Abortion Bans

An effort in Indiana to pass an abortion ban with exceptions has exposed rifts among conservatives on how to legislate in a post-Roe world.

#abortion, #indiana, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #state-legislatures, #states-us

After Indiana Mall Shooting, One Hero but No Lasting Solution

When a bystander fatally shot an assailant at an Indiana mall, the country again debated the wisdom of easier access to guns.

#brady-campaign-to-prevent-gun-violence, #dicken-elisjsha, #giffords-advocacy-group, #gun-control, #indiana, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #sapirman-jonathan-douglas, #shopping-centers-and-malls

Ohio Girl’s Abortion Case Shows How New Bans Will Impact Young Patients

One 10-year-old became the focus of debate, but more than 1,000 girls under 15 seek abortions each year. “How are we going to help the pregnant kids?”

#abortion, #guttmacher-institute, #incest, #indiana, #indianapolis-star, #ohio, #ohio-right-to-life, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #sex-crimes

It’s Terrifying to Be a Doctor in Post-Roe America

A colleague’s terrifying ordeal shows that physicians are at risk just for doing their jobs.

#abortion, #dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization-supreme-court-decision, #doctors, #indiana, #law-and-legislation

Doctor Informed State of 10-Year-Old Girl’s Abortion

A document obtained by The New York Times shows that the Indiana obstetrician reported the child’s abortion to the state.

#abortion, #attorneys-general, #bernard-caitlin, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #indiana, #indianapolis-star, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #rokita-todd-1970, #sex-crimes

Indiana Lawmakers Override Transgender Sports Veto

Gov. Eric Holcomb said the measure barring transgender girls from playing girls’ sports at school was unnecessary, but fellow Republicans in the Legislature disagreed.

#athletics-and-sports, #education-k-12, #holcomb-eric-1968, #indiana, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #vetoes-us

States Turn to Tax Cuts as Inflation Stays Hot

Tax reductions and rebates that are being proposed to help people cope could have the unintended effect of pushing prices higher.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #delaware, #desantis-ron, #elections-governors, #florida, #gasoline-tax-us, #hochul-kathleen-c, #idaho, #indiana, #inflation-economics, #iowa, #kansas, #kelly-laura-1950, #new-york-state, #norquist-grover-g, #pennsylvania, #politics-and-government, #rebates-and-refunds, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #taxation, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #wolf-thomas-w

5 Takeaways From Ohio’s Primary Elections

Donald Trump showed his enduring grip over Republican primaries for Senate, and establishment Democrats won a House rematch against a progressive challenger.

#democratic-party, #dewine-mike, #dolan-matthew-j-1965, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #indiana, #mandel-joshua-a, #midterm-elections-2022, #ohio, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d

When Will We Have Results in Ohio and Indiana’s primary Contests?

Every election night is different, and the timing of results can be downright messy. Here are factors at play in Ohio and Indiana.

#elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #indiana, #ohio, #primaries-and-caucuses, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

What to Watch in Ohio and Indiana Primary Elections Tuesday

The second election night of the 2022 midterms has some national implications for Republicans. Here’s a breakdown.

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Body Found in Indiana Is Identified After 30 Years

Advances in DNA technology helped the authorities to identify remains found near a highway in 1992 as those of Margaret Ann Sniegowski Jr., who had disappeared from her home in Ohio.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #indiana, #sniegowski-margaret-ann-jr, #toledo-ohio

‘I-65 Killer’ Who Terrorized Motel Clerks in the 1980s Is Identified

The authorities said they connected Harry Edward Greenwell, who died in 2013, to at least three murders in Kentucky and Indiana, using genetic genealogy.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #greenwell-harry-edward, #indiana, #kentucky, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #robberies-and-thefts, #serial-murders, #sex-crimes

Bucking Republican Trend, Indiana Governor Vetoes Transgender Sports Bill

Gov. Eric Holcomb nixed legislation that would have blocked transgender girls from playing school sports. Eleven states have enacted similar bills this year.

#athletics-and-sports, #cox-spencer-j-1975, #holcomb-eric-1968, #indiana, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #utah

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Law on Adopting Native American Children

The Indian Child Welfare Act calls for special solicitude for the sovereignty and heritage of tribes in adoption decisions.

#adoptions, #child-custody-and-support, #federal-state-relations-us, #indiana, #louisiana, #native-americans, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

3 Men Plead Guilty in Plot to Attack U.S. Power Grid

The men believed that by knocking out power across the country, economic and civil unrest would spread, creating the potential for a race war and the opportunity for white leaders to rise, prosecutors said.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #firearms, #indiana, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #terrorism

Another Christmas of Death and Distress in America’s I.C.U.s

The toll on health care workers, many of whom are giving up their holiday to treat dangerously ill Covid patients, is severe.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #national-guard

How America’s ICUs Are Dealing with Another Christmas of Death and Distress

The toll on health care workers, many of whom are giving up their holiday to treat dangerously ill Covid patients, is severe.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #national-guard

Pastor Who Appeared in Drag on HBO’s ‘We’re Here’ Leaves Church

A United Methodist Church pastor in Indiana stepped down after performing in drag and speaking about inclusion on the show “We’re Here.”

#evansville-ind, #gofundme, #home-box-office, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #indiana, #methodist-church, #ministers-protestant, #pierce-dj-shangela, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #tidicue-caldwell, #united-methodist-church, #united-states, #were-here-tv-program

Dying Satellite, Not U.F.O. or Meteor, Likely Caused Midwest Fireball

The fiery trail astonished viewers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, but a Russian military spacecraft was the probable source.

#defense-and-military-forces, #great-lakes, #indiana, #michigan, #ohio, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #russia, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy

Covid Vaccine Resisters Seek Religious Exemptions. But What Counts?

Major denominations are essentially unanimous in their support of the vaccines against Covid-19, but individuals who object are citing their personal faith for support.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #delta-air-lines-inc, #equal-employment-opportunity-commission, #food-and-drug-administration, #freedom-of-religion, #government-employees, #greenville-calif, #indiana, #kentucky, #new-york-city, #ohio, #religion-state-relations, #shutdowns-institutional, #texas, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vermont, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Terry Brennan, Youthful Notre Dame Football Coach, Dies at 93

One of Leahy’s Lads as a player on national championship teams, he was hired as coach at 25 and fired at 30.

#coaches-and-managers, #colleges-and-universities, #football-college, #indiana

Back on the Trail, Bernie Sanders Campaigns for the $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan

Senator Bernie Sanders is barnstorming the country again, but not for the presidency. Instead, he’s making the case for a $3.5 trillion bill that would be a once-in-a-generation achievement.

#cedar-rapids-iowa, #federal-budget-us, #indiana, #iowa, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #pelosi-nancy, #sanders-bernard, #schumer-charles-e, #senate-committee-on-the-budget, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

In the Eyes of God, Does a State Have the Right to Kill a Man?

The state of Texas will execute a death row inmate next week. Is capital punishment as it exists in the United States contrary to religious teachings?

#audio-negative-tragedy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #french-david-a, #indiana, #protestant-churches, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j

Is It Time to End Capital Punishment?

The state of Texas will kill a man next week. In the eyes of God, does it have the right to?

#audio-negative-tragedy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #french-david-a, #indiana, #protestant-churches, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j

Black Man Who Says He Was Threatened With Noose Now Faces Charges Himself

“There’s nothing more American than charging a Black man in his own attempted lynching,” Vauhxx Booker of Indiana said of the charges against him, which he sees as retaliation from the special prosecutor.

#assaults, #booker-vauhxx, #hate-crimes, #indiana, #lynching, #race-and-ethnicity

The RapidSOS EC-1

Three digits, so little time.

Numbers can take on profound cultural significance, but few numbers have quite the resonance as 911, the emergency number for the United States. Few want to dial it, but when they must, it works — every single time. One industry trade association estimates that 240 million 911 phone calls are made every year, ranging from the quotidian loud dog to the exceptional terrorist attack.

While it may be a singular number, 911 calls are directed to roughly 5,700 public safety answering points (PSAPs) across the country, all with independent operations, variegated equipment, disparate software, multifarious organizational structures, and vast inequalities of staffing and resources.

“Every 911 center is very different and they are as diverse and unique as the communities that they serve,” Karin Marquez, who we will meet later, put it. You have massive urban centers with dozens of staffers and the best equipment, and “you have agencies in rural America that have one person working 24/7 and they’re there to answer three calls a day.”

These organizations face a tough challenge: Transitioning their systems to incorporate information from billions of new consumer devices into the heart of 911 response. Location from mobile GPS, medical information from health profiles, video footage from cameras — all of this could be useful when police, firefighters and paramedics arrive on a scene. But how do you connect hundreds of tech companies to a myriad of 911 technology providers?

Over the last eight years, RapidSOS has become the go-to solution for addressing this problem. With more than $190 million raised, including an $85 million round this past February, RapidSOS now covers nearly 5,000 PSAPs and processes more than 150 million emergencies every year, and it’s technology is almost certainly integrated into the smartphone you’re carrying and many of the devices you have lying around (the company counts about 350 million connected devices with its software).

Yet, like many emergencies, the company’s story is one of reverses, misdirections and urgency as its founders worked to find a model to jump-start 911 response. RapidSOS may well be the only startup to pivot from a consumer app to a govtech/enterprise hybrid, and it has the most extensive directory of partnerships and integration relationships of any startup I have ever seen. Now, as it expands to Mexico, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, this startup with its roots in a rural farm in Indiana, is redefining emergency response globally for the 21st Century.

The lead writer of this EC-1 is Danny Crichton. In addition to being the EC-1 series editor, managing editor at TechCrunch, and regularly talking about himself in the third person, Danny has been writing about disaster tech and first covered RapidSOS back in 2015 prior to its public launch. The lead editor for this story was Ram Iyer, the copy editor was Richard Dal Porto, and illustrations were drawn by Nigel Sussman.

RapidSOS had no say in the content of this analysis and did not get advance access to it. Crichton has no financial ties to RapidSOS, and his ethics disclosure statement is available here.

The RapidSOS EC-1 comprises four articles numbering 12,400 words and a reading time of 50 minutes. Here are the topics we’ll be dialing into:

We’re always iterating on the EC-1 format. If you have questions, comments or ideas, please send an email to TechCrunch Managing Editor Danny Crichton at danny@techcrunch.com.

#911, #america, #communication, #ec-enterprise-applications, #ec-1, #emergency-response, #extra-crunch-ec-1, #federal-communications-commission, #government, #govtech, #gps, #indiana, #rapidsos, #rapidsos-ec-1, #smartphone, #startups, #tc, #telecommunications, #united-kingdom, #united-states

Smoking pizza ovens and pilfered dollar bills, or the early story of RapidSOS

The irony of 911 is that it’s a number that everyone knows (at least in the United States), and yet, no one really thinks about it. Few of us will dial 911 more than a handful of times in our lives, and even when we do, we will meet the police officers and paramedics who respond, never the 911 call taker who handled the dispatch. These systems and the people behind them garner meager attention, whether from Congress, state legislatures, the public or anyone else outside the emergency response community.

Except, that is, for Michael Martin.

RapidSOS’ story is one of a mission, a community, a team and a dream that every emergency should have the best chance to be resolved as positively as possible.

He, along with Nick Horelik and Matt Bozik very early on, became fascinated by the complexity and lack of innovation in the sector. “Uber had just come out. I could press a button and get a car. Why can’t I just press a button and get an ambulance? And then it sparks this curiosity,” Martin said. He sought knowledge, but for such a critical system, information was sparse. “The Wikipedia article on George Clooney is way longer than the one on 911,” he noted.

So began a nearly decade-long journey with RapidSOS that would see Martin and his team first attempt to build a consumer-safety app called Haven before pivoting exclusively to helping dozens of tech companies, including Apple and Google and device companies like SiriusXM, connect to a myriad of 911 software vendors. Along the way, they experienced the full vagaries of startup life, frenetically pivoting from product to product as they tried to get consumers to even care about emergencies.

It wasn’t easy, and it took years before the company finally hit its stride. But RapidSOS’s story is one of a mission, a community, a team and a dream that every emergency should have the best chance to be resolved as positively as possible.

Indiana: The callroads of America

Martin grew up outside the rural town of Rockport, Indiana, population about 2,500 today. His mother was the local doctor, and he and his brother habituated to the openness and ennui of rural farming life. “We grew up on 35 acres of land; we had an enormous garden and a little hobby orchard and stuff like that,” he said. “We had ‘Drive-Your-Tractor-To-School Day.’”

#911, #api, #apple, #braemar-energy-ventures, #ec-1, #emergency-response, #extra-crunch-ec-1, #federal-communications-commission, #finance, #google, #government, #harvard, #highland-capital, #indiana, #kickstarter, #michael-martin, #motorola-solutions, #nashville, #rapidsos, #rapidsos-ec-1, #startups, #tc, #telecommunications, #teller, #uber, #venture-capital

Indiana Woman Is First Person to Be Sentenced in Capitol Riot

Anna Morgan-Lloyd, who will serve no prison time, said she realized that she and others who breached the Capitol may have helped encourage the violence by other Trump supporters.

#indiana, #justice-department, #lamberth-royce-c, #oath-keepers, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

For Colleges, Vaccine Mandates Often Depend on Which Party Is in Power

Hoping for a return to normal, more than 400 colleges and universities are requiring students to be vaccinated for Covid-19. Almost all are in states that voted for President Biden.

#american-council-on-education, #chronicle-of-higher-education, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-reopenings, #florida, #indiana, #texas, #thompson-tommy-g-1941

For Colleges, Coronavirus Vaccine Mandates Often Depend on Which Party Is in Power

Hoping for a return to normal, more than 400 colleges and universities are requiring students to be vaccinated for Covid-19. Almost all are in states that voted for President Biden.

#american-council-on-education, #chronicle-of-higher-education, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-reopenings, #florida, #indiana, #texas, #thompson-tommy-g-1941

How a ‘Red Flag’ Law Failed in Indiana

A gunman killed eight people at a FedEx facility last week, despite legislation that sought to prevent people like him from acquiring weapons. What went wrong?

#deaths-fatalities, #fedex-corporation, #gun-control, #hole-brandon-scott, #indiana, #mass-shootings, #robertson-campbell

Authorities Did Not Try to Use ‘Red Flag’ Law for Indianapolis Gunman

Citing shortcomings of the state’s “red flag” law, the local prosecutor explained why he did not seek a ruling last year that would have barred Brandon Hole from possessing guns.

#firearms, #gun-control, #hole-brandon-scott, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Shooting Is Reported at FedEx Warehouse in Indianapolis

The authorities said the warehouse was on the southwest side of the city. Few details were immediately available.

#fedex-corporation, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind

March Madness Brings Vibrant Art and Energy to Indianapolis

For the first time, a single state is hosting the entire N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament — and its capital city is blooming with pop-up performances, poetry and art.

#art, #basketball-college, #culture-arts, #hernandez-joy-1981, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #lewis-shaunte, #martin-michael-kwazar, #murals, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #ray-william-denton-1974

Indianapolis Man Killed 4 After Fight Over Stimulus Check, Police Say

A 7-year-old was among those killed. A man found hiding in a friend’s attic by a SWAT team is expected to face murder and robbery charges, officials said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

N.C.A.A. Tournament: Things to Know Going Into Selection Sunday

The field of 68 teams for the men’s N.C.A.A. tournament will include 37 at-large bids and 31 automatic qualifiers.

#baylor-university, #gonzaga-university, #indiana, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #oklahoma-state-university, #syracuse-university, #university-of-illinois, #university-of-michigan

Valparaiso U. Drops Crusader as Mascot, Citing Ties to Hate Groups

The private university in Indiana, which is affiliated with the Lutheran Church, said the Crusader name could be associated with “aggressive religious oppression and violence.”

#basketball-college, #colleges-and-universities, #indiana, #mascots, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #valparaiso-university

5 Killed in Indianpolis Shooting That Mayor Condemns as ‘Mass Murder’

The victims were targeted, and a pregnant woman was among the dead, the authorities said.

#crime-and-criminals, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Indiana to Host Entire 2021 N.C.A.A. Men’s Basketball Tournament

The 67-game hoops bonanza will be played in and around Indianapolis as the N.C.A.A. tries to limit travel during the pandemic.

#basketball-college, #bloomington-ind, #college-athletics, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn

Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary

Mr. Buttigieg would bring a younger voice to the cabinet and add to its diversity as its first openly gay member.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #democratic-party, #indiana, #presidential-election-of-2020, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Embracing My Inner Bob Ross

While covering an exhibit of the famous PBS artist, I replaced my notebook with an easel and experienced even more of the joy of reporting.

#indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #muncie-ind, #ross-bob, #television, #the-joy-of-painting-tv-program

Picturing Yourself with Bob Ross as the ‘Experience’ Opens in Indiana

Visitors can tour the beloved painter’s recreated studio and take Bob Ross master classes, in the city where “The Joy of Painting” was filmed.

#art, #halloween, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #indiana, #midwestern-states-us, #muncie-ind, #public-broadcasting, #public-broadcasting-service, #ross-bob, #television, #the-joy-of-painting-tv-program

The Skull in My Backyard

The radicalization of a small American town.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #indiana, #presidential-election-of-2020

How a 2nd-Grade Class Sent a Science Experiment to Space

“Any school district now that affords football can afford spaceflight.”

#blue-origin, #education-k-12, #fireflies, #indiana, #private-spaceflight, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy

Kroger, one of America’s largest grocery chains, experiments with ghost kitchens and delivery in the Midwest

The Kroger Co., one of the biggest grocery chains in the Midwest is dipping its toe into on-demand delivery and the ghost kitchen craze through a partnership with an Indianapolis-based startup, ClusterTruck.

Supermarkets would seem to be logical places to site the kinds of ghost kitchens that have caught investor’s eye over the past few years and it wouldn’t be the first time that business models from startup companies bubbled up into large national brands, who are better positioned to capitalize on the trends.

Think about the various meal prep kits that launched and raised millions of dollars before being taken over or copied by big retail groceries. Meal prep kits are everywhere in the grocery store these days and supermarkets have had hot food counters dating back decades at least.

Through the partnership with ClusterTruck, Kroger is expanding on a pilot conducted last year, where the grocer set aside 1,000 square feet at participating stores in Carmel and Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio for ClusterTruck staff to cook meals for delivery and in-store pickup.

“Kroger remains focused on providing our customers with fresh food and experiences enabled by industry-leading insights and transformative technology,” said Dan De La  Rosa, Kroger’s group vice president of fresh merchandising, in a statement. “The new on-premise  kitchen, in partnership with ClusterTruck, is an innovation that streamlines ordering,  preparation and delivery, supporting Kroger as we meet the sustained customer demand for quick, fresh restaurant-quality meals, especially as we navigate an unprecedented health crisis that has affected every aspect of our lives, including  mealtime.” 

The idea, according to Kroger, is to continue to capitalize on the shift to digital deliveries and sales. In the second quarter of the year, the company said it saw over 100% growth in its digital sales.

Ghost kitchens (or cloud kitchens) caught investors’ attention when Uber co-founder and former chief executive Travis Kalanick raised over a hundred million dollars to make the idea his next big bet after Uber. Interest and investment into the model, which sees companies offer food prep and storage spaces for would-be food truck and delivery entrepreneurs, soared. Kalanick’s CloudKitchens have gone on to raise several hundreds of millions of dollars and spawned competitors like the Pasadena, Calif.-based company Kitchen United.

Not everyone is convinced that the dark kitchen or cloud kitchen trend is all that it’s made out to be. My colleagues at TechCrunch have taken the idea to task for its reliance on some WeWork -ian assumptions around margins.

But if anything could make the model go, it’s the combination of existing infrastructure and digital efficiencies. That’s likely what Kroger is hoping to leverage.

It’s an interesting experiment at least and one worth tracking.

#california, #co-founder, #columbus, #indiana, #indianapolis, #industries, #kitchen-united, #kroger, #meals, #ohio, #online-food-ordering, #retailers, #tc, #travis-kalanick, #uber, #wework

Indianapolis-based Malomo raises $2.8 million to turn order tracking into a branded customer experience

Yaw Aning, named Malomo, the service he launched for small businesses to turn their order-tracking services into branded customer experiences, as a tribute to his mother, who was a small business owner herself.

“Malomo” means flowers in Swahili and it was the name of Aning’s mother’s small soap making business which she built over the years — even as she was battling the cancer to which she would eventually succumb.

The small Indianapolis startup has just raised $2.8 million to expand its services providing a new marketing channel for the Shopify retailers of the world who can always use more ways to reach new customers, Aning said.

The financing came from the San Francisco-based firm, Base 10, and New York’s Harlem Capital, along with commitments from previous investors Hyde Park and High Alpha.

Aning came to entrepreneurship as an Orr Fellow, an Indiana program that takes ten graduates and places them in high growth companies. While Aning worked in corporate finance, he was always interested in the startup world and started is first company, Pocket Tales, an online reading game for children.

That business was followed by a Sticks and Leaves, a web design agency that gave Aning his first view into the opportunity that order tracking presented as a space for a better customer experience.

Along with co-founder Anthony Smith, Aning built a service that connects with a single click to the Shopify platform and creates custom, branded tracking pages for each brand. “It’s a landing page for a brand. They use it like they would use any marketing asset,” Aning said. “The strategy is to build up integrations to the other tools merchants use to create rich experiences leveraging those tools.”

 

#brand, #business, #co-founder, #corporate-finance, #customer-experience, #indiana, #indianapolis, #marketing, #pocket-tales, #product-management, #san-francisco, #shopify, #tc