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After months of reviewing stacks of business plans, researching markets, and interviewing founders, we’ve found the man with the plan to be the next Sprout. Proposable will provide an innovative solution for sales proposal creation, delivery, and measurability, enabling salespeople in every industry to maximize their sales efforts and gain new insight into when and how their proposals are being viewed. Proposable will provide a monthly subscription service whereby proposals can quickly be created, delivered, monitored and organized securely online.

Proposable is the creation of James Kappen, a repeat entrepreneur hailing from the Los Angeles area. James’ previous ventures include a bidding platform for the global tradeshow industry and Santa Barbara Homeowner Magazine, a regional lifestyle magazine for the seaside town of Santa Barbara, Ca. James loves creating music and is an avid song writer and multi instrumentalist. James will be relocating to Bloomington to begin work on Proposable later this month.

We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity that James brings. Shaking up the traditional sales process has been a goal of ours for years. James has been in direct sales, and he’s managed other salespeople, so he knows firsthand the problem we’re about to solve. In addition to giving new insights to salespeople and valuable tools for sales managers, Proposable has the potential to drastically shorten sales cycles. The value proposition for customers is awesome. Proposable is going to be a very disruptive force in the CRM market.

Proposable intends to integrate with leading lightweight CRM solutions to provide a seamless experience for users. If you have an open CRM or contact management system, let us know and we’ll add you to the partner queue.

Follow James on Twitter at, or visit to sign up for updates.

James Kappen

James Kappen

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Posted by Brad on October 1, 2009 SproutBox 3 Comments

The Selection and Advisory Committee is the guiding light that helps SproutBox identify, target, and grow the next generation of entrepreneurs. Each quarter, the committee assists the SproutBox founders with the selection of a new Sprout. The committee meets to review applications and hear pitches from entrepreneurs from all over the world. Once a Sprout is selected, committee members help mentor entrepreneurs by sharing their knowledge and experience over lunches, coffees, chats, and calls. The close relationship our Selection and Advisory Committee members have with each entrepreneur will be a critical component in the success of our companies.

Our committee is already loaded with successful entrepreneurs. Now we’re adding some more tech firepower. We’re proud to announce these new additions to our team!

Neal Patel – Google, Inc
Business Development and Strategy

Neal works in business development and strategy at Google, Inc., where he focuses on initiatives and partnerships that further Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Prior to joining Google, Neal worked as a strategy consultant and also spent over five years structuring and negotiating M&A and corporate finance transactions. In his spare time, Neal advises various start-ups and investors in the tech sector, and is also a co-founder of Bacche, Inc., an upscale children’s apparel company whose clothing celebrates the world and its cultural diversity. Neal holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Anand Iyer – Microsoft, Inc
Technology Evangelist

Anand joined Microsoft in January 2005 as an Evangelist, Microsoft’s ambassador to the Silicon Valley. During his tenure there, he has been in the midst of several launches, such as Visual Studio, SQL Server, Vista, Office and many others. Anand is actively involved in the startup community in the Silicon Valley and liaises with Microsoft corporate development teams and startup companies. Before joining Microsoft, Anand worked for Cisco Systems’ New Business Ventures team, pioneering XML-based manageability solutions. Anand has close ties to the state of Indiana – he graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a degree in Computer Engineering.

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Posted by Mike on July 29, 2009 SproutBox 2 Comments

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us. We’ve been hard at
work bringing together the greatest talent and most influential
and innovative minds that Indiana has to offer. We’ve known from
the start that our mission is a bold one. Transforming
Bloomington into a hotbed of high tech startup activity will
take an incredible team. Well, we’re happy to share with you
that this part of our mission is well underway.

Our investors and advisors will play a critical role in the
recruitment and development of these game-changing businesses.
The Selection and Advisory Committee will meet quarterly to
review applicants and help select the next startup for SproutBox
to invest in. In addition, members of the committee will spend
time with SproutBox entrepreneurs to share their experiences and
guide them towards success. We’re very proud to announce some of
the people who have already committed to leading the charge.

The first ten members of the SproutBox Selection and Advisory
Committee are:

Peter Dvorak
Founder and Chairman, Pinnacle Asset Management

Jeff Hamilton
President, P.T.S. Electronics

Matt Lesher
Attorney, Baker & Daniels

David Mann
Managing Partner & Co-Founder SpringMill Venture Partners

Nick Mathioudakis
Partner, Baker & Daniels
Former EVP & General Counsel, Aprimo
Co-founder, JMM Ventures

Cullen McCarty
President, Smithville Digital

Robert ‘Mack’ McCormack
CEO, Pinnacle Asset Management
Former CEO, AuthorHouse

Bobby Schnabel
Dean, IU School of Informatics

Ron Walker
President, Bloomington Economic Development Corp.

John West
Owner, FC Tucker/OBR Realtors
Chair, Franklin Initiative Advisory Council

The commitment of this group is proof that Bloomington is ready
to shock the tech world.

Stay tuned. In the next few weeks we’ll be introducing more
members of the team, exciting new partnerships, and details of
our work environment.

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Posted by Brad on November 20, 2008 SproutBox No Comments