why indy?

Indy at Night

Downtown Indy at Night by Rob Annis (indywriter) via Flickr

So many reasons! We have big-time concert venues, sports like the Big Ten football and basketball championships, the NCAA tournament, conventions like GenCon, racing like the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400, the Super Bowl. Yes, THE Super Bowl. We are an event city. We are Naptown no longer. We're also all of these:

  • The tech community is strong, closely knit, and growing on a daily basis. It's accessible. It's exciting! (See the IndyHackers Calendar)
  • Developers are in high demand here. It's not uncommon for developers to get poached or for a successful company to swoop in and scoop up all the talent from a failed startup.(See Indianapolis Programming Jobs right here)
  • We have a variety of local tech startups. People working on online marketplaces, people building web-based business apps (there are(http://proposaljet.com) a lot of these), people working in robotics, people working in startup services, consultants who work on just about anything, college students and telecommuters for out of state biz who are here because of family, or because it’s cheap.
  • The cost of living here is really low. You can get an apartment near Broad Ripple, arguably the heart of Indy's young professional hangout scene, for less than $700. With roommates it's even cheaper. If you're an entrepreneur, but not a mathematician: lower burn rate = longer runway. (See Wikipedia)
Central Library

The Central Library Serge Melki via Flickr

The Monon Trail

The Monon Trail by Serge Melki via Flickr

  • Indy the city is doing a lot of infrastructure improvements to enhance quality of life downtown. Downtown is a really cool place to be right now, as well as some other areas around town (Broad Ripple, Fountain Square, etc).
  • There is a lot of hustling. Lots of new businesses starting up, trying out ideas, making things happen.
  • Indiana is quite pretty, Indianapolis especially so. There are nice urban areas, beautiful wooded spots, and all well intermixed. There is plenty of camping and outdoors stuff nearby. It's the best of both worlds.
  • History museums, art museums, play houses, concert halls, farmer's markets, restaurants for every ethnicity.... Everything is here.