Shadow Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing in startups in the underserved AEC and CRE tech markets, announced that former BuiltWorlds’ leader Nick Durham has joined the company as senior associate, expanding the company’s presence in Chicago. Durham has more than eight years of experience working with startups in the built environment.
Durham became known in the built environment while serving as the director of communications at BuiltWorlds, a startup media company devoted to advancing tech and innovation in the architecture, engineering and construction space. In his new role, he will work with Shadow Ventures CEO K.P. Reddy on the company’s fund as well as serving as a sales and marketing advisor for the company’s portfolio companies.
“Nick’s impressive breadth of work in the startup and real estate industries are tremendously valuable, especially considering what our portfolio companies are doing,” said Reddy. “It’s rare to find both in-depth knowledge and tactical experience working with startups operating in the built environment and also marketing them with real success. He knows what success looks like and he’s familar with the obstacles faced in undercapitalized markets.”
In addition to his work at BuiltWorlds, Durham recently served as the director of marketing at PrintWithMe, a printing technology company revolutionizing the $10 billion personal printing market. Durham helped pioneer their go-to-market strategies in the multifamily and student housing sectors. Durham has also been a featured speaker on communications and entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Miami University, the National Association of Home Builders and the SHIELD entrepreneur program in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
“I am genuinely ecstatic to join Shadow and work alongside K.P. and the team,” said Durham. “I met K.P. after recruiting him for a speaking opportunity at a BuiltWorlds event and we knew we were going to eventually collaborate. There is a ridiculous amount of opportunity for startups operating in the BuiltTech space and we’re both passionate about that. I’m grateful for the chance to work with the firm’s fund, LPs and impressive portfolio companies.”