Entrepreneurship requires risk, courage, and most of all, perseverance. In a recent interview with Under30CEO, ContextMedia cofounder and President, Shradha Agarwal, details the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur. Shradha explains, “…there’s an amount of courage in almost anything you pursue, but there’s probably a lot more perseverance and grit that’s required as an entrepreneur. It takes a lot of courage to launch, but it takes even more courage, persistence, and grit to keep going.” To see the full article and learn more about Shradha’s perspective on entrepreneurship, click here.
Ashik Desai on The Innovator’s Dilemma
Posted on February 18th, 2015
In Pharma Marketing, tech innovation is frequently avoided because of the high risk and pushback that come from heavy regulation. Ashik Desai, EVP of Business Growth and Analytics of ContextMedia recently published an article, “The Pharma Marketers’ Innovator’s Dilemma” in DTC Perspectives. In his article, Ashik explains the need to strive for innovation in pharmaceutical marketing despite these difficulties, and describes a system of evaluation he employs to decide which innovations to pursue. Click here to read the full article.
Shradha Agarwal Featured in Article on Chicago Venture Summit
Posted on February 11th, 2015
Outside of ContextMedia, Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal are also investors. In 2012, the pair founded Jumpstart Ventures, a private angel fund that is invested in over 30 ambitious early-stage companies solving real world problems. In 2014, J.B. Pritzker hosted the first Chicago Venture Summit, where he aimed to make Chicago attractive to investors looking for opportunities beyond Silicon Valley. As both an entrepreneur and an investor, Shradha Agarwal was recently featured in a Blue Sky Innovation article detailing the return of Chicago Venture Summit in 2015. Shradha is mentioned alongside other attendees from the 2014 Summit, including Padmasree Warrior, Peter Thiel and Travis Kalanick. Full article here.
Brad Purdy on Creative Office Tactics
Posted on February 2nd, 2015
Many new offices have ping pong tables and an open layout, but what should a company really prioritize when creating its headquarters? ContextMedia COO Brad Purdy speaks to Bisnow to provide insight to the design of ContextMedia’s headquarters, which the firm has called home since May 2014. Click to read Brad’s perspective on the topic, along with the perspectives of other real estate and tech figures from Chicago.
ContextMedia Hosts Job Growth Press Conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Posted on January 26th, 2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and ContextMedia CEO Rishi Shah announced today that the company plans to hire for an additional 200 jobs in Chicago this year including positions across all functional areas and skill levels. ContextMedia also expects to add 400 additional jobs in Chicago next year as it continues to expand. The company, which moved into its current 33,000 square foot headquarters at 330 North Wabash Avenue in April, has already outgrown its space and will be looking to expand in 2015. “ContextMedia is a great example of the tech economy we have in Chicago today and the even stronger tech economy we are building for tomorrow,” Mayor Emanuel said.
ContextMedia Named to Forbes Most Promising Companies in America
Posted on January 22nd, 2015
After more than doubling in employees over 2014, ContextMedia is proud to be ranked #47 on Forbes’ list of Most Promising Companies in America. Forbes’ third annual list of America’s Most Promising Companies recognizes 100 privately-held, high-growth companies. Companies that made the list boast compelling business models, strong management teams, as well as notable customers and investors. Forbes’ final assessment was based on growth (both in sales and hiring), quality of management teams and investors, margins, market size and key partnerships. To view the full list of companies please follow the link here.
Illinois Technology Association Spotlights Brad Purdy
Posted on October 16th, 2014
Following ContextMedia’s ITA Citylights Lighthouse Award, ContextMedia’s COO, Brad Purdy, was featured in a Spotlight with the Illinois Technology Association. Brad discusses the path that brought him to ContextMedia, explaining that the “rare combination of social impact and an amazing team made the decision to join CM an easy one.” Brad also discusses he experience he’s gained as COO, as well as his commitment to growth and innovation at both ContextMedia and in the larger Chicago tech community. Click here to read the full interview.
Taking a “Risk” on the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs
Posted on October 15th, 2014
Why is now the right time to invest in female entrepreneurs? In an article on Built In Chicago, Jessica Tenuta, co-founder of Packback Books, discusses some of the challenges female founders face in starting a company today. Shradha Agarwal, President of ContextMedia, has risen to become one of Chicago’s most preeminent female founders. Jessica details Shradha Agarwal’s investment in her company and in female founders across Chicago, and reflects on the impact those investments are having start-up gender landscape. Read the full article here.
Shradha Agarwal Interviewed on Fox Business
Posted on October 7th, 2014
Shradha Agarwal, Co-Founder and President of ContextMedia, immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 19, and would go on to help start ContextMedia while attending Northwestern University shortly thereafter. In a featured interview about Immigrant Entrepreneurship Fox Business’ STOSSEL, Shradha discussed what led her to decide to start her company in the United States and how she integrated her Indian values into her American work ethic at ContextMedia. To watch the full episode, click here (Shradha’s segment starts at 33:02).
Built In Chicago Names ContextMedia as “One Coming into Their Own”
Posted on July 6th, 2014
Among five other Chicago tech companies, ContextMedia has been recognized by Built in Chicago as “One Coming into Their Own.” Co-Founder, Shradha Agarwal, shares her excitement of two big milestones: a new office and doubling in revenue. To fill the space and keep up with demand, the company plans to hire an additional 100 ContextMedians by the end of the year. Read here to find out more behind ContextMedia’s success!
ContextMedia Founders, Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal, listed as Techweek100 Leaders!
Posted on June 19th, 2014
The Techweek100 recognizes Chicago area leaders impacting the business and technology landscape. Honorees range from technology managers to ‘key enablers of the digital ecosystem’. For the first time, both ContextMedia’s Founders, Rishi Shah and Shradha Argawal, have received Techweek100 recognition. Argawal was honored by Techweek100 in 2013 and could not be happier to join the ranks of amazing leaders again. See the full Techweek100 list here.
ContextMedia’s Investment in the Innovators
Posted on June 16th, 2014
If there is anyone who understands the difficulties of receiving start-up funding it is founders Rishi Shah and Shradha Argawal of ContextMedia, Inc. In 2006, venture capitalists were not sold on 19 year old Shah’s healthcare technology vision, leaving Shah and Argawal with nothing but self-support for the creation of their start-up. Eight years later, ContextMedia has established one of the leading healthcare media providers with promise of tremendous growth. Shah and Agarwal celebrate their success by giving back. Over the past two years, ContextMedia has invested $32 million in start-up investments and has even provided incubator space for the Chicago entrepreneur community. ContextMedia estimates another $10 million in start-up investments over the next three to five years. Interested in ContextMedia’s start-up story and investment plans? Follow the link to read more.
Startup Bonds Run Deep – The Importance of First Hires
Posted on June 2nd, 2014
Built In Chicago recently wrote an article featuring ContextMedia, discussing the importance of first hires. One of the most powerful relationships at a startup is the one between the founding team and their first hire. At ContextMedia, Jim Demas, CFO, was that first hire, after Shradha Agarwal (CSO) and co-founder Rishi Shah (CEO) scrapped their original team and started what they call ContextMedia 2.0. Five years after he was hired, Shradha now says, “Usually he’s the first person we text or call…if Jim was not there, the company would look very different.” Jim was originally invigorated by the energy that Rishi and Shradha emitted and as a result, he wanted to work hard for them. Starting a company? Your first hire can dictate the flow of your future business! Read more here.
Leadership, Humility, and the Role Each Plays at ContextMedia
Posted on April 17th, 2014
Rishi Shah, Founder and CEO of ContextMedia, was recently interviewed by Chicago Tribune, for the Blue Sky Innovations feature. In the interview, Rishi talks about leaving college before graduation, ContextMedia’s office move, and the his angel investment fund. Rishi has come a long way since dropping out of Northwestern, and his digital media company has, too. Rishi speaks about his co-founder, Shradha Agarwal, and why their relationship works so well. While they are both excellent leaders, Rishi brings the confidence and exuberance necessary to run a company, while Shradha brings a level of humility and rationale to keep the company grounded, yet profitable. Want to learn more about Rishi, Shradha, and their company? Read the full article here.
Don’t Judge A Book by its Cover — Why Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond Gender, Race, and Age
Posted on April 9th, 2014
Looking beyond race and gender is important in a mentor/mentee relationship. Forbes recently wrote an article about the tendency of entrepreneurs to gravitate towards mentors who are similar to them in age, race, and gender. But there are reasons to step outside of your comfort zone and find a mentor with whom you share deeper values — not just superficial similarities. Just ask Shradha Agarwal, Co-Founder and CSO of ContextMedia. Shradha states, “Women mentors are really great at helping build confidence, teaching communication skills, and training on other hard skills that are needed to succeed. Male mentors add perspective and allow us to learn how we are being perceived.” For Shradha, both men and women are helpful in their own way, for different reasons. For other entrepreneurs, life stages are more important than ‘age’. Finding a mentor who is a good fit for you as an individual is essential, but its even more important not to judge a book by its cover, or a mentor by their age, gender, or race. Read the full article here.
ContextMedia Featured on Fox News!
Posted on April 9th, 2014
ContextMedia, Inc. was recently named one of Chicago Crain’s “Best Places to Work for Millennials”. It was big news — even Fox heard about it! They interviewed Shradha Agarwal, President and Co-Founder of ContextMedia, to be featured in their segment highlighting some of the best companies to work for. Jake Hamilton of Fox News calls these companies “vibrant”. Best part? We’re hiring! Want to watch the video? Click here.