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Say Hello to Tenant Experience 2.0

Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 2PM CST

Cohesion's Director of Sales, Taylor Marsh, and Transwestern's Vice President/Director of Operations, Jake Smith, will discuss the future of tenant experience, including the new expanse of touchless tools and how proptech enables a more productive and efficient workplace.


The Digital Twin: Unlocking New Value in Commercial Real Estate

Thursday, August 5, 2021 | 2PM CST

In this webinar, we invite you to consider the impact a digital twin has on increasing asset value by connecting building systems, workflows, and people in one solution. Hear from our industry experts on how to enable healthy and operationally efficient buildings powered by Cohesion’s digital twin.   


Data for an  Engaging, Healthy, and Green Building

Thursday, August 12, 2021 | 2PM CST

Thru Shivakumar, CEO and Co-Founder of Cohesion, will discuss the power of leveraging data for elevating building health and sustainability through autonomous building technology. 

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Cohesion's VP of Product Ren Wang and Data Scientist Tara Larrue unpack the benefits of good indoor air quality (IAQ) at the office and explore the future of managing IAQ through autonomous building technology.  

Tenants care about clean air in the office, and the rise of IAQ monitoring technologies are only the beginning of an oncoming evolution around how we create cleaner spaces and manage building health and wellness.  A healthy building not only gives tenants peace of mind but also has real impacts on human health and productivity in the workplace.   

In this webinar, they explore the importance of indoor air quality as people return to work and examine how an autonomous building platform enables efficient and comprehensive management and monitoring of a building’s air quality. 

This webinar goes over the importance of IAQ, how IAQ is currently managed and the shortcomings of disparate systems, and the future of IAQ through the lens of an integrated platform.  

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Why Healthy Air Quality Matters at the Office

July 23, 2021

Technori is a group of entrepreneurs that host podcasts and pitch videos where followers (both accredited and not) can invest in startups for as little or as much as they want, via equity crowdfunding.

When COVID-19 put the office workers at home indefinitely, Thru Shivakumar thought her company would be dead in the water. However as the dust began to clear (working professionals and parents struggling to work from home), it’s evident offices are a needed space in the current work environment. What was an existential concern became a strength when it became clear how Cohesion could serve companies even better with a gradual shift back to safe office environments.

Cohesion empowers real estate owners to maximize asset and portfolio value with all building systems, workflows and people seamlessly connected in one intelligent building platform.

Thru joins the show to talk about the future of the workplace environment, how Cohesion uses IoT to make office systems more efficient, employees safer and more comfortable.

Cohesion Empowers the Commercial Real Estate Industry

April 1, 2021

Nexus is a newsletter and podcast for smart people applying smart building technology — hosted by James Dice. The Nexus podcast offers a chance to explore and learn with the brightest in our industry —together. James Dice, the host, is a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 

Episode 7 of Nexus is a conversation with Thru Shivakumar, CEO and Co-Founder of Cohesion, an intelligent building software platform. 

Cohesion's smart building platform bundles into a single application for tenants, operators, and owners. Real estate owners can easily facilitate workstreams, manage employees through access control, and use data to understand how visitors use their spaces and plan for maximum usage. Tenants are empowered to use features like mobile keycards to easily access their buildings and smart elevators to go to their destination in a touchless manner. Operators can leverage Cohesion's Digital Twin technology to establish rules as parameters for regular operations that could help with maintenance planning and budgeting if any problems occur and use the platform's IAQ Optimization program to give tenants transparency their building health while optimizing indoor air quality. 

The podcast discusses what makes a building intelligent and how deep system integrations help with that. It mentions the importance of digital twins, what they're used for, and the operating savings to be had by using them.

It covers some of the misalignment of incentives in real estate and highlights how Cohesion is making buildings smart with its IoT-enabled platform.

Cohesion CEO Speaks on What Makes a Building Smart

May 28, 2020

Startup Hustle is a podcast, web series and community for entrepreneurs. Driven to tell the real story of startups, entrepreneurs, wins, losses and a lot of stuff that happened in between. If you want to start, own, or build a business, then you're in the right place.

In this episode of Startup Hustle, Lauren Conaway and Thru Shivakumar, CEO and Co-founder of Cohesion talk about tripling your team during a pandemic.

Cohesion was founded in August 2018 when Co-Founder and CEO Thru Shivakumar launched Cohesion as a spin-off venture from ESD, a leading Chicago-based global engineering design firm. Cohesion delivered its smart building SaaS platform to a total of seven clients, representing 10 million square feet combined, within a year. 

One of Cohesion’s first customers, 151 N. Franklin, was recognized by the Digie Awards at Realcomm 2019 as the “Most Intelligent Office Building.” Since then, Cohesion has grown to be trusted by real estate leaders including The John Buck Company, JLL, Transwestern, CBRE, and Riverside Investment & Development. 

Cohesion was recognized in major publications, such as the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business, upon the announcement of $6.5 million raised in SEED funding in July of 2020 from major investors including Citadel’s Ken Griffin and GCM Grosvenor’s Michael Sacks.

Cohesion’s most significant product innovation to date grew from the COVID-19 era. In 2020, the company announced the launch of its innovative indoor quality program at 150 N. Riverside, a prominent Class A Tower in Chicago to enhance occupant health and wellness. The program is the first of its kind, and in May 2021, the fully automated program was able to address tenant air quality concerns by measuring pollutants in real time and autonomously mitigating issues. The program resulted in a 46% decrease in average volatile organic compound (VOC) levels and an 82% decrease in fluctuation of VOC levels. The robust building control platform gives commercial landlords the ability to ensure the cleanest air and provide occupants transparency via continuous monitoring that is displayed in the app to keep them informed as millions of office works prepare to return to work.

In 2021, Cohesion has been awarded the Best Application of IoT Technology for Buildings by Connected Real Estate and the winner of CoreNet Global’s Innovation Award for Property Management for its IAQ Program. 

Over the past 12 months, Cohesion has grown its customer square footage over 3.25x and grown the team by over 6.5x. The company is an active member in the Chicago tech community and has been recognized by Built In Chicago’s Best Places to Work and the 2020 Inno on Fire list by Chicago Inno. Cohesion has built a collaborative, enthusiastic, and cohesive team of problem solvers and innovative thinkers. 

The company is poised to disrupt the commercial real estate industry with green, healthy, and autonomous buildings and continues to look for people to join their growing team. 

Visit their careers page to see their open positions:

Cohesion CEO Triples a Team During a Pandemic

May 26, 2021

Chicago Innovation highlights successful tech startups in Chicago and how they have successfully pivoted for COVID by answering questions and taking Q&A from the audience.

Cohesion CEO and Co-Founder, Thru Shivakumar, speaks on the importance of never giving up and to always have the grit to move forward. Cohesion is a company that started only three years and it's already grown significantly. Not only because of the heavy work that went behind, but because of everyone's collaboration and positive attitude. 

IT's because of that Cohesion is a one-of-a-kind platform that bridges the gap between siloed tenant-facing apps and legacy building engineering systems. Its single, smart building platform arms the commercial real estate industry with Indoor Air Quality monitoring tools, streamlines all building operations and creates touchless access controls for elevators and mobile credentials. Because Cohesion leverages the most comprehensive insights, they can empower forward-thinking owners and operators who want to increase asset value by delivering the best-in-class tenant experience in green, healthy, and operationally efficient buildings.

Cohesion CEO Panels in Chicago Innovation's Panel on Successful Tech Startups

March 18, 2021

The Internet of Things is making a big impact on our ability to measure, manage, and control physical space. Whether it's sensors, switches, equipment, or other connected devices, the ability to integrate "things" allows data to flow instantaneously from one system to another. This session focuses on what an IoT strategy should include, why you need an IoT strategy, and how to get started.

Cohesion's CEO, Thru Shivakumar speaks on how her company has used IoT to help the commercial real estate industry. 

Cohesion helps commercial buildings better integrate disparate systems into a smart building SaaS platform. It empowers real estate owners to maximize asset and portfolio value with all building systems, workflows, and people seamlessly connected in one solution. In addition, the vertically integrated platform improves health and wellness, experience, efficiency, and sustainability by leveraging the industry's most comprehensive data, enabling operators to enhance tenant experience, save money, and increase operational transparency.

CoreNet Global Hosts Cohesion's CEO on their IoT Strategy Panel

April 29, 2021

During Chicago Inno's annual Startups to Watch event, local Chicago startups spoke on their newest innovations and how it's positively impacting the city. 

Cohesion is the only application that creates touchless access controls for elevators and mobile credentials, arms you with Indoor Air Quality monitoring tools, and streamlines daily operations tasks like work orders, mass communications, and visitor management. This platform forms through a unique combination of native features and powerful integrations with existing building systems. By breaking down system data silos and incorporating occupancy data, Cohesion brings building systems under a single pane of glass and unlocks the building's full potential. 

Cohesion's platform addresses all its stakeholder's needs no matter how complex they may be. The flexibility the platform offers can provide solutions like no other while paving the way for a healthier, sustainable, and smarter building.

Chicago Inno Hosts Cohesion's CEO After Making 2020 Inno on Fire List

January 29, 2021