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
  • Martha Hoover

    Patachou Inc

    @marthahoover15

    My name is Martha Hoover and I am the founder of Patachou Inc., a restaurant company, and the Acting Director of The Patachou Foundation. Enjoy building a business that is radically different and radically better with goal of being an industry benchmark for excellence.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?Great opportunity for me to leave corporate office in order to have private time to think about issues/solutions.
  • Simon Andrews

    Hatchet

    @simon__andrews

    After bouncing around from being an in-house and an agency marketing guy, I started Hatchet, a strategic marketing firm.

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?For an alternative to the office. Collaborate with like minded entrepreneurs.
    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?The network of people.
  • 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.
  • 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

    @wormserlegal

    I’m a lawyer, helping companies in all stages of their corporate life: from entity formation, to raising capital, addressing contractual needs, and ultimately, to an exit. I love what I do. I also love to travel.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?Undoubtedly, it is our ability to regularly interact with clients in a comfortable and unique setting. We end up being better connected to their ideas, their vision, and we are in a better position to help our clients avoid risks and make sound business and legal decisions.
  • Kendrea Williams

    Dreamapolis

    @Dreamapolis

    My name is Kendrea Williams and I love alllllll things empowering. I am currently Executive Director of Dreamapolis and Organizer of PitchFeast, a bi-monthly community event that is held at the SpeakEasy.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?It is a space that is open and available to entrepreneurs of all levels. Its decision to be inclusive, tells me that the organization is serious about being a true resource for all entrepreneurs in this City, and I absolutely respect that.
  • Jason Cooper

    Redwall

    @jwcooper000

    My name is Jason. I work for Redwall. We do branding, marketing, and web development. We’re pretty good. I used to work in film, and then I worked in beer. Now I have a toddler so I don’t have time for much more than work and her.

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?I try to work at least a day a week there just for a change of pace. It's a great place to get work done and meet other like minded people. Either directly or indirectly, the Speak Easy has helped us gain clients and new team members.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Polina Osherov

    Pattern

    @posherov

    Fashion photographer, social entrepreneur, typeface snob, sushi lover, mom, wife and adopted Hoosier that really likes to cuss.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?Running into people I really respect and like every time I visit. The feeling of camaraderie and energy. Of cool things happening in members' lives and businesses.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jeb Banner

    SmallBox

    @jebbanner

    Hey! I moved to Indy in 1998 to play music with some friends and found myself starting businesses including my main squeeze SmallBox which I co-founded in 2006. Around 2010/11 I got together with a handful of other folks running agencies or involved with the start up scene in some way and we decided to collaborate on a communal space. This turned into the Speak Easy which launched in early 2012. I am now the current board chair.

    • How do you use your Speak Easy membership?To hold company offsites, the get away from the office, to have meetings, to party.
  • Melissa Heeke

    Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

    @mjheeke

    My passion is connecting people with resources (people, technology, organizations) to make the road a little easier to travel. Working in association management let’s me make a career of it!

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?The energy at the Speak Easy is a great blend of creativity and professionalism.
  • Alyssa Pfennig

    YogaExec

    @apfennig

    I love supporting all things local, cooking up delicioso meals, biking around town and traveling the world, spoiling my doggie…and of course practicing yoga.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?t excites me to be surrounded by others like myself...who have their hands in a multitude of projects and are always inspired, thinking and growing. This is where I belong.
  • Courtney Patterson

    The Intellectual Stock Exchange

    I am an Aquarius and I see life in bright colors and music. I have an abstract mind and I love to create and inspire others. My vision is to develop a community spirit that fosters openness and a willing to help and pay it forward.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?So far, my favorite part is the open space and the culture. Although I don't know everyone's personal vision, I know I am in the room with other dreamers. So that is inspiring within itself.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Addison Ray

    Keep Indy Indie

    @keepindyindie

    My name is Addison Ray and I am 26 years old. I grew up in Indy and graduated from Indiana University in December of 2012. After living in Austin, TX for a little while I moved back to Indianapolis and started ‘Keep Indy Indie’, a social media-based blog highlighting independent business and art in and around the city. I am also the Marketing Manager at Indy Hostel.

    • What is your favorite part about being a member of the Speak Easy?Meeting new creatives, having an affordable work/meeting space, feeling like I am part of the local community
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 ...)
  • Tammy Cooper

    Girl Get It Together LLC

    My name is Tammy and my passion is to empower others to find their greatness and LIVE their passion. I am a speaker, educator and life coach! I love caramel vanilla cappuccino, event planning, reading and traveling. “Remember to embrace your storm; it is only temporary!”

    • TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESSGirl Get It Together is an empowerment workshop series designed to empower, educate and transform the lives of women and teens.
  • 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.
March 4, 2015
Butler University Real Business Experience Program: Loft Area
Starts at: 2:00 pm
Ends: March 4, 2015 - 6:00 pm
March 8, 2015
Private Event
Starts at: 5:00 pm
Ends: March 9, 2015 - 12:00 am
March 9, 2015
Meteor Indy
Starts at: 6:30 pm
Ends: March 9, 2015 - 8:30 pm
March 10, 2015
Angie's List in Conference Room + The Loft
Starts at: 8:00 am
Ends: March 10, 2015 - 1:00 pm
March 10, 2015
IndyPy
Starts at: 7:00 pm
Ends: March 10, 2015 - 9:00 pm
March 11, 2015
indy.rb
Starts at: 7:00 pm
Ends: March 11, 2015 - 9:30 pm
March 17, 2015
SmartUps MeetUp
Starts at: 5:30 pm
Ends: March 17, 2015 - 8:00 pm
March 19, 2015
UX Salon
Starts at: 7:00 pm
Ends: March 19, 2015 - 9:00 pm
March 23, 2015
Startup Legal Series
Starts at: 5:30 pm
Ends: March 23, 2015 - 6:30 pm
March 26, 2015
Speak Easy Town Hall
Starts at: 5:00 pm
Ends: March 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm
  • 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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