Rishi U. Shah, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of ContextMedia, is a successful media and technology entrepreneur & investor who founded ContextMedia in 2006 to improve health outcomes by serving actionable health information to chronic disease patients. Today, the company’s digital place based media networks and mobile media offerings impact hundreds of millions of patient visits across 10,000+ hospital & health systems and the firm’s clients include 33 of the 35 largest life science manufacturers.
In addition to his work at ContextMedia, Rishi serves on the Board of Directors of many civic organizations including Young Presidents Organization (YPO), 1871, MATTER, and the Academy for Global Citizenship, an internationally renowned charter school. In 2012, he co-founded a personal venture investment firm, Jumpstart Ventures, through which he has made over 45 direct investments in fast growing early to late stage startups. Additionally, Rishi serves as a mentor for numerous technology start-up accelerator/incubator programs including TechStars Chicago, HealthBox and Blueprint Health in New York City.
Previous to ContextMedia, and while in his first year in college, Rishi founded NBR, a Northwestern University-based collaborative publication distributed to more than 60 leading college campuses worldwide. In high school, he founded a home computer consulting firm whose clients were acquired by a national electronics retailer. Rishi has also started and led several non-profit initiatives including the Urban-Suburban Domestic Exchange Initiative, a program sponsored by the Gates foundation to facilitate cross-school interaction.
Crain’s Chicago Business recognized Rishi as the youngest ever member of their annual 40-Under-40 class in 2009 and he frequently lectures at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management & McCormick School of Engineering. A Chicago resident, Rishi is an avid fan of his hometown Bulls.
Shradha Agarwal has a lifelong passion for building organizations to connect people and information, as well as align profit and purpose, having started her first business at age nine. In 2006, Shradha co-founded ContextMedia, a healthcare media company that delivers lifestyle education to 20M patients each month nationally. As President of the fast-growing company, Shradha is focused on product innovation, scaling operations and talent development. Her organization has doubled its revenue, profitability and distribution year-over-year while being consistently recognized for its culture, customer service and technology leadership.
Shradha co-founded JumpStart Ventures in 2011 to fund other passionate entrepreneurs who are executing ambitious solutions in healthcare, education and media communications, and has since backed more than 40 companies with over $10 million in venture investments. She mentors entrepreneurs at Techstars, Impact Engine & Blueprint Health, but is equally invested in the venture philanthropy model for scaling nonprofit solutions through SVP Chicago and The Chicago Public Education Fund. She serves on the boards of OneGoal and Chicago Children’s Choir and spiritedly supports youth education, women leadership, and civic engagement. The CEC recently honored the two ContextMedia co-founders with the “2015 Chicagoness Award” for their deep commitment to developing the city’s ecosystem. Shradha was also recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House and awarded the Prominent Woman in Tech by ITA. She enjoys sharing stories, traveling internationally and exploring new cultures, food and music.
Chief Operating Officer
Brad grew up outside of New York City along with a brief stint in Kuwait. When he isn’t reading or learning about new technology, Brad enjoys traveling, skiing and advising early stage businesses.
Throughout his career, Brad Purdy has consistently found himself at the intersection of business and technology. These experiences have been instrumental in developing his financial perspective and technical acumen. At ContextMedia he leverages his passion for innovation to further develop existing media products while evaluating new business opportunities.
Prior to joining ContextMedia, Brad was most recently a member of Citadel’s incubation equity strategy group, Surveyor Capital. Having worked in various roles within technology focused investment teams, Brad was able to gain broad insights into corporate development, system architecture and software implementation.
As a student at Northwestern University, Brad spent his summers at numerous hedge funds. Specifically, he focused on emerging markets technology, energy derivatives and macro strategies. He also served as President of the Institute for Student Business Education, Northwestern’s largest undergraduate business organization, where he continues to serve on the board of directors.
EVP of Business Growth and Analytics
Ashik grew up in up-state New York and attended high school at Deerfield Academy. He enjoys traveling, learning about early-stage ventures, trying new restaurants and cuisines, tennis and skiing.
Growing up surrounded by medicine, a pre-medical student at Northwestern, Ashik Desai has always had his feet deep in health-care. His vision early on was to find a niche in which he could sustainably improve health outcomes for patients. At ContextMedia, Ashik is able to follow this vision everyday, as he leads the companies many growth initiatives with a strong focus on measured, data-supported execution and success.
Prior to joining the Executive Team at ContextMedia Ashik attended Northwestern University with plans of attending the Fienberg School of Medicine. He completed the Honors Program in Medical Education and studied Economics with a Finance Certificate from the Kellogg School of Management.
Through his experiences and course-work outside of biology and medicine, Ashik was able to discover his fond passion of health information and the influence it could have on patients. He spent his summers working in health care Private Equity and being the first intern at ContextMedia. Outside of the classroom, Ashik served as the Vice-President of the Institute for Student Business Education, Northwestern’s largest undergraduate business organization and now sits on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Dave Sheehan leads all marketing and communications, and drives the rapid growth of the ContextMedia’s marketing divisions in New York City and Chicago.
Dave has been a fixture in the advertising agency industry in Chicago, and most recently spent 14 years as President of HYConnect, developing the agency from a startup to one that generated nearly $180 million in billings. He then sold it to Myelin Communications, a holding company wholly owned by Baird Capital, in June 2015. Prior to joining HY Connect in 2002, Sheehan started and built another full-service agency that he sold in 1997, and spent several years at Campbell-Mithun in Chicago in various senior account management positions. He has a history with ContextMedia, and served as an advisor for 7 years before joining the team as Chief Marketing Officer in 2016.
Madan Nagaldinne leads ContextMedia’s People Strategy, Talent Acquisition, Compensation & Benefits, Learning & Development as well as People Operations in its New York City and Chicago offices.
After graduating from the London School of Economics, Madan spent nearly 9 years in the SF Bay Area in senior HR leadership roles, before having a tenure as Director & Head of Human Resources for Amazon’s India and Singapore operations. At Amazon, Madan led the firm’s Asia expansion and oversaw people growth of its engineering, operations, customer success, supply chain and finance teams across multiple countries.
Most recently, before joining ContextMedia, Madan served as HR leader for Facebook’s Global Sales teams and was HR Lead for its NY office. In his 6 years at Facebook across Asia and North America, he helped lead Facebook’s expansion into 11 countries, and also served as Director & Head of HR for Facebook’s APAC operation.
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