|Were Daniels and Ballard punked by this guy? (Indianapolis Star photo)|
The question of just how much vetting of Litebox was done by officials of Develop Indy and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation before putting Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mayor Greg Ballard in front of the cameras with the company's founder, Bob Yanagihara, is coming more into focus after yesterday's quickly-called press conference to announce the company was building a new manufacturing plant in Indianapolis that would create more than 1,000 jobs. Yanagihara told reporters yesterday that his company employed 69 workers in California and Minnesota. A quick search of businesses registered to do business in California and Minnesota according to their respective Secretary of State's websites shows no registration for the company. Yeah, I would say Gov. Daniels and Mayor Ballard got punked big time. The only person missing from yesterday's press conference was Ashton Kucher. Oh, and did I mention that Litebox is the registered trademark of another company?
UPDATE: Here's an ad for a 3D product where the same guy behind Litebox was seeking investors. Looks like he's full of innovative ideas.