Create. Collaborate. Learn. The Speak Easy

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The Speak Easy is a place for entrepreneurs to create, collaborate, and learn.

Located in Broad Ripple, IN, we opened our doors in February 2012 as the first collaborative workspace serving entrepreneurs in the Central Indiana community. Our founders believed in providing a place for education, conversation and manufactured serendipity. We’ve stayed true to these roots, with a mission to cultivate the healthiest entrepreneurial ecosystem, anywhere.

We believe entrepreneurship isn’t limited to a single mold; it’s how an individual interacts with their work and drives change through their product. Our members come from a range of industries representing established business with entrepreneurial roots, and new and innovative startups, alike.

What We Are

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  • A MEMBERSHIP-BASED CLUB FOR COLLABORATIVE, IDEA-DRIVEN PEOPLE
  • AN INDEPENDENT 501(C)3 NON-PROFIT
  • AN ORGANIC SOURCE OF HELP AND PARTNERSHIP, WITHOUT BEING SALES-Y
  • A PRAGMATIC, EGO-FREE PLACE TO CHASE BIG DREAMS
  • A PLACE FOR INDY’S ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITY TO CALL HOME
  • WE ARE AWESOME

What We're Not

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  • WE'RE NOT AN INCUBATOR
  • WE'RE NOT AN ACCELERATOR
  • WE'RE NOT AN EXTENSION OF ANY EXISTING GROUP OR ORGANIZATION
  • WE'RE NOT A PLACE FOR FUNDED BUSINESSES LOOKING TO AVOID PAYING FOR OFFICE SPACE
  • WE'RE NOT A VEHICLE TO MARKET, PROMOTE, OR PROSELYTIZE

What We Offer

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  • COMMON SPACES, ROOMS FOR CONFERENCES AND PRIVATE MEETINGS
  • BLAZING FAST WIFI
  • SECURE, MONITORED ACCESS
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL-FOCUSED PROGRAMMING AND SEMI-REGULAR EVENTS
  • COLD LOCAL BEER ON TAP
  • Dan Wagoner

    Rivet Merch

    @rivetmerch

    I’m one of the principals and the creative director at Rivet Merch. Fueled by coffee and inspired by amazing music I live with intention + passion + creativity in the great city of Indianapolis.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?The Speak Easy is a space to meet like-minded people, to dream, to create, and most importantly, a space for our team to produce great work. When you talk about the startup scene in this city, the Speak Easy has become a synonymous part of those discussions.
  • Molly Butters

    Broad Ripple Group

    @mollybutters

    I am a writer by training and a technologist by interest. I returned to Indianapolis in 2009 following six years in Silicon Valley. My passion is helping clients find the most effective way to describe complex ideas and technologies. I love the Indianapolis technology and entrepreneurial community for it’s accessibility to new-comers (and returnees).

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?:I enjoy having a flexible and accessible environment to work and host meetings that isn't a coffee shop.
  • Brittany Mason

    Third Street

    @masonbm

    Attention Agent / Art Director at Third Street.

    • How has membership at the Speak Easy impacted you?It's connected me with so many bright minds in the Indianapolis community. Big believer in "you are who you surround yourself with" and I'd be honored for that to come true for me around the Speak Easy crew.
    • Why should people who don’t use the Speak Easy still regularly donate to it?It's a self feeding circle: Support cool stuff happening in Indianapolis (like The Speak Easy), and more cool stuff will continue to happen for the city - and we all want to be a part of a cool city.
  • David Jones

    Fretless

    @unixmonkey

    Developer with @getFretless. Programming language geek. Swiss army chainsaw wielder.

    • How do you use the Speak Easy?We use our membership to have a common place we can all meet and work that isn't our homes, and to meet clients and other designer/developer friends and colleagues, and to help organize some of the meetups and events.
    • Tell us about your businessDon't worry. Get Fretless. You know your business better than anyone. We know software and the Web. Together we can make your app great.
  • Tim Taylor

    Tim Taylor

    @ttaylordirector

    Hello. Tim here. Pleased to meet you all.

    • TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESSI direct real-people based films, commercials and corporate videos. You can follow my profile series at facebook.com/realpeople.realmoments.
    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership? need a place to think. And occasionally speak to others.
  • Evan Burns

    The Odyssey // Olympia Media Group

    @evanburns

    CEO of The Odyssey

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?It's a great place to meet with my team and members of the community outside the office, I also love the location in Broad Ripple.
    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?It's a great asset to the community to bring together like minded people who are interested in building their own future in the context of community.
  • Jay Rumbach

    Wormser Legal

    @JayRumbach

    Greetings! I am an attorney that specializes in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate and securities law. I am an ardent Saint Louis Billikens basketball supporter. I run, begrudgingly. Politics is my real passion.

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?I use the Speak Easy as a workspace. I am a native Hoosier, but as an Indianapolis transplant, I particularly enjoy meeting new people in the community. The Speak Easy is a great place to accomplish that goal.
  • Summer Keown

    Earth Day Indiana

    @earthdayindiana

    Hi everyone. I joined the Speak Easy in early 2014 and I love working here. It helps keep me motivated!

    • TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESSWe organize the annual Earth Day Indiana Festival each April, highlighting sustainability and environmental protection.
    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?I work at the Speak Easy several days at work, and meet with clients and partners occasionally.
  • Ryan Hunley

    Second Street Creative

    @2ndcreative

    I’m Ryan, I like to make things.

    • TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESSSecond Street Creative is a full service creative collective specializing in art direction, branding and web development.
    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?Many ways, creative collaboration, escape from the grind, home base.
  • Miles Sterrett

    Fretless

    @mileszs

    Build websites, apps, communities, music, and occasionally my beard.

    • How do you believe the existence and accessibility of the Speak Easy has affected Indianapolis?It has made connections that otherwise wouldn't have been made. It has acted as a focal point for many different communities, and even a focal point for those disparate communities to come together as one, as well.
  • Myles Grote

    bookacoach

    @mylesgrote

    Intrigued by finance and start-ups. Obsessed with sports (especially Indy sports). Graduated with a finance degree from IU Bloomington where I raised over 192K for a charity that I co-founded. Spent 5 years in Chicago working for a financial SaaS company and landed back in Indy a few years ago. Currently Co-founder and CRO of bookacoach.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?The social and entrepreneurial environment. Really, the people that I am surrounded with while there.
  • Steve Grossi

    Lesson.ly

    @stevegrossi

    I’m a web developer with a philosophy degree and a hunger for understanding how things work. I’m fascinated by the intersections between technology and our humanity, and spend my working hours building human-centered software.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?Speak Easy members always seem interested in making the community bigger and better.
  • Lawrence McGlown

    getSayDo

    @LawrenceMcGlown

    I help businesses listen to their customers, communicate clearly, and execute as promised.

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?We use the Speak Easy to dream and execute our vision -- make work life more enjoyable.
    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?The atmosphere compels my mind to think in the free zone (wouldn't it be great ...)
  • Max Yoder

    Lesson.ly

    @maxyoder

    Grateful every day that I got cut from the basketball team two years in a row. I work at @TheFirstFund and @Lessonlyapp, and I write songs.

    • TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESSLesson.ly makes easy-to-use training software that helps growing teams stay on the same page.
    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?Meetings, refreshers.
  • Jami Marsh

    Lemonade Day Indianapolis

    @lemonadedayindy

    I run Lemonade Day Indianapolis which teaches kids how to start, own and operate their own business: a lemonade stand!

    • How has membership at the Speak Easy impacted you?Since I have no formal office, the Speak Easy has really filled a gap for me.
    • How would you describe the Speak Easy to someone who had never visited?The first thing I say is that the actual physical space is amazing - rustic and urban at the same time, warm and open. I also describe it as being very laid back, casual which I appreciate and a great place to run into someone unexpected!
  • Tony Unfried

    Archon Apps / ArchonSafe / Archon Education

    @tonyunfried

    I am the founder of a couple mobile app/software companies.

    • How would you describe the Speak Easy to someone who had never visited?A co-working space for all types of entrepreneur spirits.
    • Why should people who don’t use the Speak Easy still regularly donate to it?Everyone should donate to a cause and building up local entrepreneurs is a great cause. As a self sustaining entity, the Speak Easy needs anyone's help.
  • Zack Rothauser

    10up

    @zrothauser

    I live in Fountain Square and work in both web development and music recording.

    • TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS10up provides web design and development services, specializing in sites built on WordPress.
    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?I use the Speak Easy as a place to work during the day, and hopefully to meet other developers and entrepreneurs in the area.
  • Eric Prugh

    PactSafe

    @eprugh

    I’ve been a long-time observer of the startup community in Indy. My work at ExactTarget (and Salesforce) took me all over the world to help build & start teams within the company. Now I’m ready to fulfill my dream at PactSafe of building a company from the ground up and put the spotlight back on Indy for technology. I love reading, coffee, beer or whiskey, music, the internet of things, and just about every kind of pizza.

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?I love using it for team meetings. It's an inspiring place that encourages my team to open up and collaborate.
  • Rachel Rubenstein

    ORANJE

    @rachelrubes

    I am the Marketing Director for ORANJE and Tanjerine. I love bathroom wall graffiti, photography, writing, everything Indy and meeting new people that have cool ideas.

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?I use it to get work done since my house is ruled by a Doberman and a Boxer that believe everything is about them.
  • Barry Wormser

    Wormser Legal

    @bwormser

    I’m a lawyer, having left the corporate law world about 3.5 years ago to start my own shop. Love what I do. Also love to travel.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?Undoubtedly, it is our ability to connect with clients on a casual and routine basis, and to be better connected to their ideas, their vision, and admittedly (being a lawyer) evaluating risks in a regular manner.
  • Michael Manross

    getSayDo

    @mmanross

    I live in Broad Ripple with my wife and often ride my bike into the Speak Easy. You can find me at the Speak Easy just about daily. My company, getSayDo, enables businesses to keep stakeholders aware of how often customer expectations are met. I also advise businesses on brand strategy and design when I’m not building getSayDo into a sustainable business.

    • Favorite part about being a Speak Easy member?The work environment, collaboration, and great beer on tap!
  • Graham Brown

    United State of Indiana

    @usiapparel

    Hi, my name’s Graham. I own a company called United State of Indiana, which sells locally-made apparel, art and accessories. I enjoy brashly defending local living and work with other artists and entrepreneurs around the state in an effort to make Indiana a nationally-recognized haven for creative professional who choose collaboration over competition.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?I've been able to meet and become friends with designers like Ryan Hunley, Amy McAdams and Britney Mason, whose work I admire immensely. It's always helpful to have people close by who inspire you to turn out better work and keep working harder.
  • Tom Hanley

    Nine13sports

    @thanleyIV

    I’m a 28 year old social entrepreneur with a vision to change not only the fitness goals of Central Indiana youth, but how our generation approaches philanthropic giving and engagement. When I launched Nine13sports 4 years ago, I had no idea what the future would hold but I’m incredibly excited for the journey it has taken me on and the relationships I’ve been able to build as a result.

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?Speak Easy is my central office, my support network, a place where I work side by side with some of the most brilliant minds in Indianapolis and have a beer with them after a long day. It's my home.
  • Abby Fox

    Indy Made

    @IndyMade

    • TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESSIndy Made is a comprehensive platform to measure and map all of the startup activity in Indianapolis and Central Indiana.
    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?We use the Speak Easy as a resource to reach out the startup community in Indianapolis.
  • Amy McAdams-Gonzales

    Amy McAdams Design

    @AmyDoesIt

    Hey. I’m Amy. I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll. Amy McAdams Design is a boutique graphic design studio providing smart clients with beautiful, big-agency-quality design at a fraction of the price.

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?As a way to meet new and interesting people, collaborate and make good things.
  • Mike Reynolds

    InnovateMap

    We love to brainstorm Product ideas.

    • How would you describe the Speak Easy to someone who had never visited?The Speak Easy is like a giant interactive coffee house or student union for startup businesses. It gets young companies and their leaders out of their garage and exposed to like people and companies which allows them to grow and help each other.
    • Why should people who don’t use the Speak Easy still regularly donate to it?The Speak Easy fosters startup, small business and individual professional success. This is essential to the economic health of Indy.
  • Erin Lang

    Benga International

    @erinelang

    I’m a right-brained millennial with a serious case of wanderlust. I’m fascinated by culture and human potential. My favorite book is The Little Prince. My favorite language is Arabic. I’m obsessed with maps and children’s literature. I come to life when I teach.

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?Since I travel to different schools and program sites, I consider the Speak Easy as my home base.
  • Neil Ahrendt

    Salesvue

    @neilahrendt

    I am a professional software developer and hobbyist woodworker. I like design, art, spicy food, and bad ’80s action movies. I have a dog.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?I never would have found out about or gotten involved with the Butler Real Business Experience Mentorship if not for my membership. I've also met a lot of kickass people.
  • Ryan Hickey

    ORANJE

    @WhatTheHelicon

    I have lived in Indy since 2002. In addition to producing the ORANJE and Tanjerine events, I DJ in bars, clubs and special events around the city.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?I love having access to the cool space and seeing everyone working on their own projects. Having never had a space of our own (other than for a few weeks at at time leading up to our events) it feels great to have a place where we belong and can share with other creators.
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  • Do I have to be a (programmer, developer, coder, designer, etc.) to be a member?

    Our members represent a range of skills, experiences, backgrounds and interests, and we would love to learn more about you.

  • How do I know if I’m a good fit for the Speak Easy?

    The Speak Easy is a community for creative, driven, entrepreneurial-minded folks. Check out our membership page to meet some of our current members and to learn how to apply.

  • Can I just show up whenever I want to check out the space?

    We love that you’re excited to see the Speak Easy, however, we ask that you let us know before you visit. Remember, the Speak Easy is a working environment for its members. By letting us know you’re on your way, we can make sure someone is looking out for your arrival.

  • I’m interested in joining the Speak Easy as a member. How do I apply?

    Wonderful! You can apply to be a member on the member’s tab. You should hear back from us within a few days. If you want to check on the status of your application, email info@speakeasyindy.com.

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