Imagine if Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, and Larry Ellison were all friends in their early 20s, right during the onset of their entrepreneurial passions…would the world be full of grander innovations and triumphs? After all, a network and environment of higher-level collaboration is the ultimate ingredient for success.
That is the school of thought behind the Kairos Society, a super-charged entrepreneurial think-tank comprised of the best and brightest of our generation from around the globe.
Founded in 2008, the Kairos Society was the first of its kind: a student-run entrepreneurial organization that spanned multiple universities across the country. At the first Kairos Global Summit in 2009, its Fellowship encompassed the top 16 schools for entrepreneurship in the US.
And it all started with a single question posed by current Kairos Chairman and Founder Ankur Jain:
This became the founding vision and inspiration for the Kairos Society – now at its Fifth Annual Global Summit – and its mission of uniting the future titans of industry has spread into a vibrant community of trailblazers and pioneers kicking into gear their goals of changing the world.
Elite Daily had the chance to experience last weekend’s Global Summit at the NYSE trading floor as the winners of Kairos 50 were unveiled. For those who don’t already know, the Kairos 50 is already a who’s who of rising stars in the tech industry, self desribed as “what transpires when 350 of the top Kairos Fellows team up with 150 Global Innovators for a weekend in New York City”.
So what happens at the Global Summit? For one, over 100 newly-formed game changing startups are launched right there on the trading floor in front of a hungry and ambitious crowd of college entrepreneur representing over 20 countries.
This powerhouse event is also packed with 150 of the most influential world leaders who serve as mentors to the many founders whose promising startups are in that do-or-die early stage of growth. Kairos 50 participant Theo Koullias had this to say:
Prior to attending the event, Elite Daily was curious to see what would transpire at the Summit. As a fervent believer in “kill or be killed” competition as a driving force behind success, Elite was eager to experience things from the opposite lens. I mean, after all, it was Rockefeller and Carnegie being at each other’s throats that drove them to be the best… not friendship.
Yet, at the same time, nearly every leading start up-turned-billion-dollar-corporation of today from Yahoo to Facebook has been a result of creative collaboration and dynamic founding teams. And after leaving the Summit, Kairos had us here at Elite Daily convinced of their philosophy and methodology. And we weren’t the only ones...
Elite Daily spoke with Arielle Assouline-Lichten and founder, Theodora Koullias, of Jon Lou, a rising tech-meets-fashion company and one of Kairos 50:
What did you think about the Summit?
What other Kairos 50 startups caught your eye?
What do startups really gain from this?
Elite also spoke with Trevor Burbank, Co-Founder & CEO of Teach Twice at the Summit, whose education-model-disrupting startup is one of the Kairos 50.
What are some of the perks of being a part of the Kairos society?
Which other Kairos startup did you like the most?
And the best part of the event was...?
Overall, how would you sum up the Summit?
If you are interested in becoming a Kairos Fellow, want to check out their next event, or just want some info, click here.
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