How we started

Our company was founded in 2018 with a vision to disrupt the commercial real estate industry by creating a platform to combine human experiences with building systems, the two major factors to building operations.

Four years ago, Cohesion’s journey began serendipitously at a breakfast meeting between CEO, Thru Shivakumar and Raj Gupta, the Executive Chairman of ESD. They started talking about a technology ESD was envisioning in a building, a system that bridged the gap between tenant-facing applications and legacy operational systems that would allow the building to be flexible and responsive to tenants’ needs and have quantifiable and holistic data to guide environmental optimization. Six months after that breakfast, a deal was struck to spin the technology out of a mechanical engineering company and in August 2018, Cohesion was born.

Cohesion has risen to meet the challenges facing CRE as a startup but the work is more valuable now than ever. Macro factors such as continued hybrid work, increased focus on building health, need to reduce carbon emissions, and a declining CRE workforce are driving the desperate need for technology adoption in buildings.

We are on a mission to accelerate resiliency and transparency in the built world by intelligently unifying humans, resources, and systems.

Our Core Values

Our six core values are more than just words on a wall, they are a compass that guides our culture and productivity to ensure success on all levels – as individuals and as a team. These values were carefully chosen and are reinforced to ensure a thriving workplace environment.


We always do what is right and with the highest ethical standards. We acknowledge and embrace human diversity of all forms within our company and strive to include others. In doing so, our customers, employees, investors, and shareholders will benefit.


We examine problems from all angles to create comprehensive solutions. We address the current and future needs of our customers and society. We strive to optimize the ecosystem.

Continuous Improvement

We are ambitious, always on a journey to build our expertise and enhance the solutions we provide. We collaborate with customers and partners to always deliver the utmost quality in our products and services.

Meaningful Interactions

We add value through our products and services by building meaningful connections inside the built environment to ensure true interoperability. We do not believe in wasted time, meaningless work, or siloed efforts.


We take ownership and accountability for our work. We demonstrate flexibility and go above and beyond our individual duties for the greater good of the business and our customers.

Action Bias

We stand up and take action. We encourage everyone to think critically and raise their voices to overcome obstacles and deliver the best possible outcomes for our employees, customers, partners, and shareholders.

We are committed to

Building and nurturing an inclusive workforce spanning across all team members within the company

​Ensuring an equitable recruiting process, committing to equal pay, investing in professional growth opportunities and sourcing a diverse candidate network ​

​Fostering a community of belonging where our employees feel valued, respected and engaged

Cohesion is recognized for innovative solutions and advanced technology.

Connected Real Estate Winner badge, 2022
2021 Maverick Awards Winner
Realcomm Digie Awards 2019
Boma Chicago Member Badge


We are a team of problem solvers, innovative thinkers, and those who aspire to make a difference in the commercial real estate industry.

Justin Daab

Chief Product Officer

Mike Holleb

VP of Finance and Operations

Richard Murphy

General Counsel

Nik Patel

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Thru Shivakumar

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Board Members

Dan Dal Degan

Board Member | Operating Executive at Marlin Equity Partners

Raj Gupta

Board Member | Executive Chairman of ESD

Steven Koch

Board Member

Richard Murphy

General Counsel

Kok Kua Ng

Board Member | Sr. VP, Group Investment, Frasers Property Limited

Thru Shivakumar

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

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