“Opening Acts” featuring Cartavi Founders’ Glenn Shimkus and Paul Koziarz (VIDEO)

We were pleased to have Glenn Shimkus and Paul Koziarz, founders of Cartavi as our first “Opening Acts” guests to share the story of their new start-up. Opening Acts is a new interview series that takes place before we start the monthly Chicago Founders’ Stories interviews and introduces exciting new start-ups to the Chicago entrepreneurial community.

Cartavi is solving a big problem: document management. Picking up where the Dropbox’s of the world stop, Cartavi uses vertical expertise to create a true document management solution. Cartavi Cloud is a document sharing platform designed for real estate transactions. It helps facilitate the back and forth of document exchanging. Its purpose is for agents, brokers, inspectors, attorneys, and consumers have one place to go.

Glenn came up with the idea when he noticed all of the obstacles his wife faced as a realtor. Glenn began looking for an easier route for his wife. Neither founders knew much about real estate but took advantage of working with leaders in the industry like the National Association of Realtors and the Council of Residential Specialists. They spent 15 months having top producers test their prototype. By doing that, they noticed the value of being mobile for realtors.

Since our interview, Cartavi was acquired by DocuSign, a leader in e-signature. Glenn and Paul will remain working for Cartavi and keep its office in Chicago. Please join me in congratulating Cartavi on a successful exit.