Category: Start Ups

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 [...]

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 [...]

H2H: How the “Human to Human” Marketing Approach Reveals Who We Are in Business and in Life

The H2H (Human2Human) concept has taken hold of the marketing sector. But it’s not just customers who benefit from an honest, personalized and straightforward exchange with another person? What’s really happening is that we’re living in a world of transparencies while we’re pushing away intermediaries and filters, both real and self-constructed. Now more than ever, [...]

How to Have Honest Conversations with Your Friends About Their Businesses

Business is all about relationships, right? So what happens when a friend comes to you wanting to know if you have any feedback on their incredible business idea? I get hit up by fifty entrepreneurs a day who are seeking my two cents about what they should do to make their ideas a reality. And, [...]

The Chameleon Factor

A couple of years I was CEO of a company called Software Automation, a leading robotics company in the apparel industry. But here’s the thing. I wasn’t an expert in robotics or apparel. So why was I in an industry I knew virtually nothing about? Because I’m sort of an expert… at becoming an expert. [...]

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