Last weekend, more than 200 visionaries, business icons, world leaders, and entrepreneurs gathered in New York City for the 2017 Kairos Global Summit. Organized by the Kairos Society, a global fellowship of more than 1000 entrepreneurs under the age of 26, the Global Summit is an opportunity for their members and alumni to mix and mingle with some of the world’s brightest minds and most prominent leaders.
Launched in 2008 by Ankur Jain, Alex Fiance, and Ryan Bloomer, then undergraduates at Wharton, the purpose of Kairos is to identify and bring together great young minds that have the ability to change the world. They believe that the creation of their global entrepreneurial community, one that now has a presence in more than 50 countries, amplifies each individual member’s potential impact and pushes the collective towards innovation. (Mashable)
Kairos’ Global Summit is exclusive. The weekend included a star-studded dinner at the Rockefeller estate and transportation by helicopter was included for VIP guests. A reception in the World Trade Center was similarly flashy, but the centerpiece of the weekend was, true to Kairos’ mission, all business.
Each year, the Kairos Society selects 50 startups to highlight as emerging game changers. They call this annual cohort of companies the K50. The 2017 K50 were unveiled on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The poetics of the newest technologies taking center stage in a space that has, thanks to the digital revolution, become functionally obsolete was not lost on the attendees.(Business Insider)
For Diamond Inc., the chance to present their AI-fueled universal search tool in such an iconic space was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that rivaled even their place as one of the selected K50 companies.
The Summit was also a chance for Diamond’s leadership team to collect in-person feedback from similarly tech-savvy young people, and the response was clear: Diamond is changing the way people work.
“Everyone always has the same issue of trying to find all of their files and trying to access all of their information across a number of different platforms,”
said Adam Adelson, an undergraduate student at USC studying Mechanical Engineering, “it seems like Diamond could bring it all together and make it easy.”
Andrea Castiglione, the head of an AI-based hedge fund that has its eye on emerging tech like Diamond, went even further, saying that his “productivity is definitely going to be improved” through using the tool. “It’s very difficult to remember where everything is,” he added, noting remembering where a file is stored as his biggest hurdle when trying to work quickly. “Having the ability to search easily is really going to change the game.”
The feedback was affirming for the Diamond team. After so many hours, weeks, and months, with their heads buried in developing a crisp product and smooth user experience, it was rewarding to hear Columbia University senior and Kairos Society Executive Samantha Wiener insist that Diamond could save her at least an hour a day — or the better part of a workday each week.
In the words of Sweyn Venderbush, Managing Partner of Dorm Room Fund’s New York City Investment Team, “Being able to search across multiple things is unbelievable.” While the Diamond team shares in Venderbush’s enthusiasm, there’s one thing they want to make clear. It is believable, and it’s called Diamond.