Positive spin: RADAR spins out of ID Experts

Maybe it’s the fact that I grew up on a steady diet of Laverne & Shirley and Joanie Loves Chachi. Or maybe it’s that I’m nostalgic for the Portland tech days of yesteryear, when the tech community was littered with successful spin outs born from tech giants like Tektronix and Intel.

Or maybe I’m just happy that in a world of every company trying to get bigger and bigger—regardless of the strategic value of doing so—that a Portland grown startup had the sense to spin out a company. That’s why I was happy to hear about RADAR emerging from ID Experts.

“It became pretty clear early on that once we got early adopters and traction, for RADAR to achieve and reach its ultimate potential and shareholder potential, was for RADAR to operate as much like a startup as it could,” Sher-Jan said.

The business was mostly autonomous from its parent: It even had a completely separate office and infrastructure.

“It always made sense for me and the board saw the value of having it independent,” he said. “It can attract a different kind of startup talent and (offers) flexibility in go-to-market and different sales models.”

As an added bonus, this puts startup types Dylan Anderson—a serial early stage CFO—and Travis Cannon—Portland Startup Weekend and Portland Startup Digest—in yet another early stage pursuit.

For more information, visit RADAR.

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