How we started

Our journey started five years ago over a breakfast meeting between our CEO, Thru Shivakumar, and Raj Gupta, the Executive Chairman of ESD. Their conversation sparked the idea of a technology that could bridge the gap between tenant applications and legacy building systems. They believed that by making a building flexible, responsive, and data-driven, we could unlock opportunities for optimization and value creation. And so, six months later and a spin-off from a mechanical engineering company, Cohesion was founded.

Since then, Cohesion has become the go-to platform for CRE and Enterprise organizations looking to elevate their operations and assets. With industry priorities constantly shifting – from hybrid work to building health, environmental sustainability, and CRE workforce automation – our smart building platform ensures that the built environment is prepared for anything.

Building Smart, Working Reimagined, Knowing More.

Striving for Excellence

At Cohesion, our success is rooted in the unwavering dedication to our core values. Each and every Cohesionite embodies these six pillars, resulting in a culture that is impossible to replicate, and, of course, exceptionally cohesive. This commitment permeates every aspect of our business, from customer interactions and team collaborations to groundbreaking products, marking the Cohesion difference immediately. We don’t boast about having values; we hold ourselves to the elevated standard that we’ve built together.


Explore the power of Team Cohesion.

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Have Integrity

We are honest.
We are good humans.
We do the right thing.

Do it with Care

We get to 100%.
We focus on quality.
We are thoughtful.

Own It

We get shit done.
We know when to ask for help.
We figure it out.

Communicate Purposefully

We do it clearly.
We believe in context.
We don't waste time.

Work Smart

We are curious.
We chase the "a-ha!" moment.
We solve tomorrow's challenges.

One Team

We are partners.
We have each other's backs.
We include all voices.

our mission

Accelerate resilience in every building by connecting people, places, and the planet.


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

Cohesion Ceo Thru Shivakuma smiles for a photo.

Thru Shivakumar

Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer

CTO Nik Patel Smiling at the camera.

Nik Patel

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Sabrina Zahn

Chief Marketing Officer

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Kurt Emshousen

SVP of Finance and Operations​

Chad Flores

VP of Product

Taylor Marsh

VP of Sales | Commercial Real Estate

Dave Costa

VP of Partnerships

Raj Gupta

Board Member

Steven Koch

Board Member

Rick Snyder

Board Member

2023 Will Reed Award Winner
2021 Maverick Awards Winner
2020 Built-In "50 Startups to watch" Badge
Connected Real Estate Winner badge, 2022
Real Awards 2020

Cohesion is recognized for innovative solutions and advanced technology.

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

Ready to be a part of the team?

Email us your resume at [email protected] or

 check out our open positions.