New Tech Census partners with Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund to gather data on culture in tech companies throughout Indiana

Powderkeg, a digital community for tech companies, investors, and professionals located between the coasts, today announced the launch of the 2019 Tech Census: Tech Cultures Edition. Starting in Indiana, the Tech Census will survey companies across the state about the culture within their workplace.  

Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, known for their road trips with Steve Case and investing in entrepreneurs who leverage their expertise to change the way we live and work, is partnering with Powderkeg on this project in Indiana.

The need for data focused specifically around culture comes from the results of last year’s tech census reports in Boulder, Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis and Tennessee, which revealed that tech professionals want to know more about workplace culture. More than 1,000 people were surveyed in 2018 – from engineers to salespeople and product managers.

A wide variety of Indiana companies are eligible to participate in the 2019 study, including tech software, tech hardware, tech powered and tech services firms. Powderkeg plans to launch similar studies later this year in Tennessee, Ohio, North Carolina, Colorado and Missouri.

“There’s an enormous shift happening in the tech industry for both employers and professionals,” said Matt Hunckler, CEO of Powderkeg. “We’re on a mission to empower people to pursue meaningful careers in tech and connect with their calling at these businesses that are literally changing the world. By studying the high-performing tech companies and talent in Indiana, we can help everyone reach their full potential, no matter where they live.”

Talented employees are the oxygen that fuels growth within a tech community. This new culture-focused Tech Census will connect companies with Powderkeg’s network of tech professionals in the heartland and beyond.  

In addition to Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Powderkeg is working in partnership with local organizations including the Indianapolis Airport Authority, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and Elevate Ventures, as well as regional organizations including the Indy Chamber, Greater Lafayette Commerce, and Elevate Southwest Indiana. Indianapolis, Southwest Indiana, and Indiana’s Technology Corridor will each be featured regions in the Indiana report.

The state will be able to utilize data from this census report to support several initiatives, including finding out where tech professionals are flying to and from, in hopes to get more direct flights to those destinations added to the Indianapolis International Airport. The Kelley School of Business will be using the information garnered to help place students in top tech companies throughout the state.

Powderkeg is taking a data-first, decentralized approach by doing the largest community study on tech company culture in Indiana. The Tech Census will be asking tech professionals exactly why they work and live in Indiana, and what makes the tech community unique and special. These results will then be freely shared within the community and nationally. Companies located in Indiana are invited to participate in the largest talent branding study done in the state’s tech community.


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