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AMA: Growth + Marketing Technology

Shadow Ventures' 'Ask Me Anything' series shares conversations between industry experts and our Labs startups.   Anand Thaker is an advisor focused on marketing technology and growth leadership. He is the CEO of IntelliPhi. Recently he had his fourth successful exit with an IP acquisition of their core Apollo platform to a top management consulting firm. [...]

The 1 Company That Embodies Everything We’re Looking For

Photo via ICON. A core belief of Shadow Ventures is that world-changing breakthroughs don’t all happen in Silicon Valley. Case in point? Earlier this week, I was in Austin, Texas for a private investor unveiling of ICON’s new 3D printed affordable housing solution. Late last year, Shadow invested (alongside Oakhouse Partners, Vulcan Partners, Emaar, and [...]

HAVYN Brings ‘Drama Free’ Package Delivery

HAVYN smart lockers offer durability and a small footprint. Two years ago, Mike Myers was working as a freelance product designer out of an office building on Market Street in San Francisco. “It’s not a great part of town,” Mike said, and nearly every time he received a shipment notification, the package would be gone [...]

Embue Brings IoT to a Market Ripe for Disruption

Image via Embue Robert Cooper is a serial entrepreneur whose first startup, a spinout from Cornell University, was acquired for 24X. Let’s just say, he was hooked, and he’s been building companies ever since. His latest venture, Embue, is a member of Shadow’s CRE Lab and blends Cooper’s passion for sustainability and the built environment [...]

Turns Out, It Is Easy Being Green

When Tommy Linstroth was 10 years old, he discovered an easy way to make money. After school, he scoured local constructions sites for the aluminum cans workers tossed aside during the day. Then he’d bring his collection to the grocery store, exchange the cans for loose change, and walk home feeling like a genius. That [...]

A Better Way to Rent with Rentivity

They say the first step to coming up with a solution is to deeply understand the problem. After decades in the real estate world, Mike Daniels was painfully familiar with the disjointed systems both residents and property managers navigate in order to accomplish simple tasks when trying to rent out a unit. What started as [...]

qlair Has One Mission: Cleaner Air

iqlair team at work. image source qlair is a Shadow Labs company focused on clean air management. Ellie Amirnasr founded qlair with two colleagues from MANN+HUMMELL, a global air filtration company. Because of their background, they knew what many of us don’t realize: Indoor air pollution can be up to five times higher than outside [...]

Creating a Digitally Mediated Project Communication Platform

In Architecture 3.0, I write about new opportunities for design and construction professionals to help shape the industry beyond their traditional roles. Additionally, digital technology is continuously transforming the industry, advancing beyond many workers’ understanding and communication skills. Technology moves formally analog information into digital data which moves seamlessly from office to trailer to the [...]

Startup Specialist Lakshmi Shenoy on Building in Second Tier Markets

Starting a new innovation hub is basically like founding a startup. That’s according to Lakshmi Shenoy who six months ago left her role as VP of strategy and business at 1871, a top-rated tech hub in Chicago. She's now CEO of Embarc Collective, a 30,000-square-foot coworking space set to open in Tampa Bay in March [...]

We Asked 10 AEC Experts to Rank Their Favorite Technology Tools. Here’s What They Said.

As one might expect in a STEM-heavy industry, AEC is full of technology tools designed to make it easier to design, build, and manage the built environment. So full, in fact, that it can be hard to keep up with the latest solutions on the market. That’s why we asked 10 built world experts to [...]