We Are Transforming Commercial Real Estate With Smart Building Technology That Enhances The Workplace Experience, Streamlines Operations And Optimizes Revenue In One Single Digital Platform

We are a Chicago-based smart building platform for owners, operators and tenants of commercial office buildings.

Safety, transparency and technology are in high demand to help employees experience workplace connection, collaboration and community. The Cohesion app fulfills these demands by integrating building systems and IoT devices for seamless interactions in the workplace environment.

Our platform also allows building operations teams to create an efficient and sustainable tech-enabled workplace experience. They can monitor and optimize indoor air quality, manage building access control and occupancy and report on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives. The platform offers an opportunity to accelerate focus on energy efficiency and a greater emphasis on reducing the carbon footprint of commercial buildings.

Our company was co-founded in 2018 by CEO, Thru Shivakumar and CTO, Nik Patel with a vision to disrupt the commercial real estate industry and bring it into a new, connected and autonomous experience.

Thru’s extensive background in the commercial real estate industry led her to working alongside Raj Gupta, the executive chairman of Environmental System Designs, a leading Chicago-based global engineering design firm at the forefront of next generation building design. After discussions about creating a new smart building system technology, Cohesion was founded and became a spin-off venture of ESD.

Nik’s impressive technological background combined with an entrepreneurial mindset has led our company to great success. By leading and executing the strategy of our software development, we can achieve our company vision and goals to have a more connected ecosystem within the workplace environment.

As a multiculturally-founded company, Cohesion puts great value on providing an inclusive and healthy workspace. We have more than 100 employees worldwide and continue to prioritize our six Core Values:
Integrity, Commitment, Ingenuity, Meaningful Interactions, Continuous Improvement and Action Bias.

In 2021, our company raised $15 million in our Series A financing round with the support from investors such as The Morgan Stanley Next Level Fund, a fund that invests in early-stage technology companies with women or diverse members as part of the founding team, and The Hyde Park Angels, along with other noteworthy investors. We were also named BuiltIn’s Best Companies to Work For in both 2021 and 2022.

Through integrated technology, Cohesion is making buildings smart, simple and sustainable.

With support from our remarkable board members, we have the tools to implement forward-thinking strategies that elevate our company’s prosperity.

Dan is the operating executive at Marlin Equity Partners and has held several leadership positions over the years at tech companies such as Salesforce, Ensighten, Synchrony [sold to Divine]. and SpringCM [acquiredby DocuSign].

As Senior Vice President of Group Investment at Frasers Property Limited, Kok Hua executes strategic mergers & acquisitions and corporate initiatives in key markets the Group operates in Asia Pacific and Europe. He is also tasked to initiate new markets and assess opportunities in the PropTech space that are complementary to the company’s real estate businesses.

Raj is the Executive Chairman of ESD where he leads the company’s mission to Improve Society Through the Built Environment. He works on long-term initiatives to support the company’s future, including the expansion of career development paths for employees, promotion of the ESD brand and corporate governance.

Steven has a long history of civic engagement, currently serving as a board member to several Chicago organizations, such as the Chicago Tech Collaborative and the Chicago River Task Force, the Chicago Community Trust, mHUB, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Navy Pier Inc.


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