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Posted to Fishers, Indiana on July 23, 2016 at 9:51 a.m. by Tiffany Holbert
Tag(s): Launch Fishers, Fail Fest, Entrepreneurial City
Posted to Fishers, Indiana on March 25, 2016 at 12:16 p.m. by Blog Admin
The following post is part of an ongoing series about the experiences of entrepreneurs in Fishers written by entrepreneur Anderson Schoenrock, CEO of Memory Ventures.
With the grand opening of the new, significantly larger Launch Fishers building this month, I thought it was only fitting to tell the story of one of the earliest entrepreneurs and companies that three-plus years later still call Launch Fishers home.
Growing up in Minnesota, Yaw Aning dreamed of going south for college in search of warmer weather. He accomplished that…sort of…and ended up playing soccer at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute. Upon graduating, Yaw became an Orr Fellow and worked at City Securities. As a Financial Analyst in their Corporate Finance group, Yaw got to see firsthand how to finance and grow high-growth companies. He helped Indianapolis-based organizations, like AIT Laboratories and Angie’s List, raise growth capital. His experience with the Orr Fellowship and City Securities gave him the knowledge and confidence to understand how he might start and fund his own company.
In 2009, Yaw co-founded a company called Pocket Tales, an online game focused on improving the reading skills of children. Pocket Tales was backed by investors and advisors Dreamit Ventures, Startl.org, and Sproutbox, with a $125,000 grant from the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Innovation Fund.
Although the company ultimately failed, he learned a lot about the do’s and don’ts of launching a new technology business, and he leveraged that experience to launch his next venture. He and his co-founder, Anthony Smith, launched Sticknleaves, a product development agency that over its 5-year history has served a diverse group of over 70 clients from IUPUI to Rolls Royce. In 2013, one of their corporate partners mentioned that they were working out of a new place in Fishers called Launch Fishers that was specifically built for entrepreneurs. Soon, Sticksnleaves called Launch Fishers home.
The company, now a team of 12, continues to work out of Launch Fishers today and is producing amazing applications for companies. When I spoke to Yaw about why he was compelled to bring his company to Fishers, he said “you can really tell there is a tremendous focus on building an ecosystem for entrepreneurs.” He mentioned how much fun it has been to see Launch Fishers grow and expand over the past two and a half years.
Yaw believes one of the most exciting and unique aspects of the environment being built in Fishers is that “as entrepreneurs we have the ability to push the community forward and help write the story of Fishers.”
Sticknleaves just moved over to their own office suite in the new Launch Fishers building just last week where they expect to continue to grow and thrive as a company for years to come.
For more about Sticknleaves, check them out here: https://www.sticksnleaves.com.
Tag(s): Launch Fishers, Entrepreneurial City
Posted to Fishers, Indiana on January 22, 2016 at 2:59 p.m. by Blog Admin
By Anderson Schoenrock
The City of Fishers has graciously given me the opportunity to share the perspective of a Fishers’ entrepreneur each month. I firmly believe that what’s happening in Fishers is incredibly unique and will benefit the community for years to come. I also believe it is important that Fishers residents have an opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurs in our community and how we are all impacted by local entrepreneurship.
This month I connected with Recovery Force Founder and CEO, Matt Wyatt. Recovery Force is a highly-innovative company that launched and operates out of Launch Fishers. The company has built amazing active-compression wearable technology using memory fibers and materials to help your muscles recover. Their patented technology has applications in athletics as well as medicine. Matt is an incredibly humble (overly humble in my opinion) entrepreneur who wanted to spend less time talking about the success of his company and more about the various aspects of entrepreneurship that exist in all of us.
Matt believes that we need to redefine the traditional definition of an entrepreneur beyond just “people who start businesses”. He views an entrepreneur as anyone who walks the fine line of taking risks while being fearless but not foolish. Being an entrepreneur takes courage and fortitude, but also the ability to collaborate and understand where your blind spots may be.
He also feels it is important that people understand that they can be entrepreneurial within the context of a larger organization as they lead, create and innovate.
“Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you need to compromise financial security to start a business,” Matt explained.
Most of us, often unknowingly, operate with the spirit of entrepreneurship in their everyday life. For example, a mom raising children may, unknowingly, operate very entrepreneurially as she juggles the demands of her children and often times a career.
He also shared that entrepreneurs need support from their community. This is more than just financial support, but really an understanding that the journey of an entrepreneur is filled with ups and downs. Successes and failures.
“Not all days are glamorous,” Matt told me. On those challenging days, it is great when people in the community understand that while being an entrepreneur is incredibly rewarding it’s also incredibly tough.
Finally, perhaps most importantly, and certainly in line with his humility, Matt wants Fishers residents to understand that “they are as important to entrepreneurs as entrepreneurs are to the community.”