Yes. Because we need one that actually aligns entrepreneurs, investors, and customers to create success. Key problems that I observed.

  • Too much coaching, not enough doing. Let’s go build.
  • Demo days are dumb, 1:1 Customer pitches are better. Let’s go sell.
  • Alienate…

Posted on February 5, 2020

What is a lunch and learn? I’m sure the term is used in other industries, but for the building industry specifically it is when a building product representative — or any vendor, for that matter — comes to an AEC (Architect-Engineer-Contractor) company and buys lunch…

Teaching Venture Capital to LPs

Posted on February 11, 2020

When I was first exposed to it in the mid ’90s, venture capital was a different business. Back then, the mystique surrounding a venture capitalist was minimal. VCs were mostly successful tech entrepreneurs who decided they wanted to do something a little different. They weren’t…

ESG, OPM, and Startups

Posted on February 7, 2020

In many industries, the use of OPM (other people’s money) to fund growth is the norm. As a venture capital firm, that’s obviously our job. We deploy our limited partners’ capital into startups via a fund in order to deliver a return. While we have…

Conferences, Pitch Competitions, and Twitter

Posted on February 14, 2020

I must admit that I can be a little “old school.” To build a great, fast-growing company, your activities should be focused on acquiring customers, talent, and investors. I have tried to be open to understanding the “why?” of the activities in the startup ecosystem…

Pastry Chefs and Pilot Projects

Posted on February 18, 2020

At Shadow Ventures, many of our Limited Partners (LPs) are investors in other venture funds that compete with us. The feedback on our competition is that they don’t provide much strategic value in helping their LPs screen and deploy new technologies within their companies. But…

Project Based Innovation: Project Data Manager

Posted on February 19, 2020

“The Project is the Enterprise” — I have been saying this for almost two decades. If you’ve read my previous articles, I speak to the facts around innovation in the built environment especially with regard to its structural differences. I had a professor once tell…

KP Reddy

Venture Capitalist-Entrepreneur- Best Selling Author “What you know about startups is wrong.” “BIM for Owners and Developers” www.shadow.vc

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