Category: Start Ups

Startups, Here’s Everything you Need to Get Started with CRM

Welcome to the wonderful world of sales and marketing. If you’re a startup and need a foundational understanding of sales and marketing technology, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to get started with CRM. What in the world is CRM? CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management. Simply put, it’s a database […]

Business Networking #Fails to Avoid

This post by Andrew Ackerman originally appeared on Alley Watch. He graciously updated it to share 5 business networking fails we should all avoid to make networking a little less painful.  I am not all that easily annoyed but not everyone in the startup and investment worlds aren’t as easy going as I am. So […]

Why Solar Tech Alone Just Isn’t Cutting It: An Interview with Extensible Energy

John Powers is the CEO of Extensible Energy and a member of Shadow Venture’s AEC/CRE Lab. We asked him to share more about his company’s work in solar tech, including what role renewable energy will have on the smart grid systems of the future. Read on to learn more.  Where would you place solar on […]

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

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 D.R. Horton) in ICON’s [...]

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 [...]

KP Reddy on The Culture of Innovation: For PMI Atlanta

KP Reddy on The Culture of Innovation For PMI Atlanta February 28, 2018   What does innovation mean to you? The best definition I’ve borrowed is that innovation is about creating abundance where there was once scarcity. If you look at the shared economy, that’s a perfect example. Technology freed up excess inventory to be [...]

Hitting the Iceberg

Hitting the Iceberg I have been a passionate entrepreneur since launching my first business at the age of 19. With my first IPO reaching a market cap of some quarter-billion dollars in my 20’s, I quickly learned how to take a good product idea and build it into a multimillion dollar enterprise. I also have learned [...]

A Brief History of Corporate Innovation

sk anyone under the age of 25 today “who invented the mouse?” or “who invented the graphical user interface (GUI)?” and you may get a lot of blank stares and fun wild guesses. These two inventions were the sparks that launched the personal computing revolution, and both were invented by Xerox. What a great illustration [...]

Gender conversations over chai

I used to host this “salon” at my house called “Chai with KP” on Friday mornings. It was a time when people could get together and talk about different subjects, strengthen relationships and gain insights. One Friday morning, the topic of gender issues came up. It was a fascinating discussion that was completely eye-opening for [...]