After they arrive in New York City on Apr 20, the 200 young
fellows of Kairos Society will house helicopters firm for the
Rockefeller Estate north of Manhattan.
There they will attend a dinner, sup with universe leaders, and set
the bulletin for the next two days of discussions directed at using
entrepreneurship to solve the world’s biggest problems.
That, after all, is what Kairos does — gathers together the
brightest immature minds and connects them with leaders who are
grappling global issues.
At April’s meeting, like every Kairos meeting, there will be
leaders from a far-reaching operation of sectors and disciplines — from
former CIA conduct Michael Hayden to Amazon CTO Werner Vogels;
Starwood Group founder Barry Sternlicht, to George
Whitesides, the CEO of Virgin Galactic. The list goes on.
Kairos Society was founded as a brotherhood program in 2008 by
then-UPenn tyro Ankur Jain. Since then it has stretched to 55
countries, anticipating the best and brightest students with a knack
for starting businesses, and helped to launch companies around
“When we horde these private global meetings, there are no
boring speeches or lectures. Instead, consider of it like a private
cooking party where today’s universe leaders work side by side with
the next era of entrepreneurs to bring new solutions to
the world,” Jain told Business Insider last month.
Events are free for fellows, but again, they are selective.
Perhaps that’s because Kairos meetings, despite braggadocio attendees
like President Bill Clinton and former Joint Chiefs of
Staff member Admiral William Owens, have flown under the
The companies that it has helped to launch, however, have
The last collection of Kairos companies lifted $600 million in
appropriation and now have a $2.5 billion valuation. The organisation includes
startups that find to solve problems embedded in anything from
the US’s 401k assets system (it’s called Abaris), to a
Colombian company called Mi Aguila rebellious the transportation
network for the Colombian workforce.
Casper cofounder Neil Parikh got his entrepreneurial start
as a Kairos fellow. His first company, called Water Walla, aimed
to tackle purify water shortages.
went on to start companies like Periscope (yes, that Periscope),
and Clear Motion, a Boston-based company anticipating a tech solution
to rough automobile rides now valued at $1
That is because Kairos is now looking to lift its own 8-figure
fund to stake the next moonshot ventures from fellows around
“We’re putting together a fund as a vigilance to institutional
capital, so that they know when we invest, we know this company
is prepared for the big leagues,” Jain said. “It’s a way to put our
income where the mouth is.”
After cooking at the Rockefeller estate, Kairos will take over the
top of One World Trade Center for a two-part brainstorming
meeting. First, world leaders will representation the fellows
on what they trust are the many dire problems entrepreneurs
can tackle. These are spaces where old industries and governments
have unsuccessful to innovate.
Jain told us to consider of it like a “reverse Shark
After that, attendees will do a deep dive into a
series of rising record trends that could help assist the
fellows in their quest. That’s the finish of day two.
On day three, the top 50 Kairos associate companies will present
before their peers and investors from all over the universe on the
building of the New York Stock Exchange.
After that, there’s a party. You can’t work all the time,
after all. Not even when you’re trying to save the world.