Welcome to “The Process” a new audio series from Dr. Michael Gervais and Finding Mastery.
In this series, we’re going to learn about The Process: What really goes on “in the thick of it,” for those on the pursuit of mastery?
In this first season, we’re going to follow Kairos and their CEO Alex Fiance.
Kairos is a global community of fellows, founders & advisors that work together to identify society’s most pressing challenges and then build and fund new solutions to address them.
They focus on areas where outdated industries and governments are failing to meet our communities’ needs.
Over the course of the next 6 months, we’re going to learn about young entrepreneurs tackling the worlds biggest problems – what are some of the biggest problems? How do they find the entrepreneurs they believe can solve them? How do they determine which companies to invest in? And we’ll dig into the mindset of these entrepreneurs.
Young people have the ability to make a big difference and we’re going to learn from some of the brightest minds of the next generation.
Episode 1: Introduction to Kairos
On the first episode of “The Process,” Alex Fiance shares some background on his upbringing, why he’s always been interested in supporting entrepreneurs, how Kairos was formed, and why they are focused on “problems worth solving.”
Episode 2: Avoiding the Hype of Silicon Valley
Alex shares they’ve made a new investment in a company called iBeat, a smartwatch that continually monitors your heart rate, oxygen levels, and blood flow for life-threatening emergencies.
Topics discussed include why they chose to invest, their process for determining if a company is the right fit, what Alex believes are the most important traits for an entrepreneur to have and answers a few questions from the Finding Mastery Tribe.
Episode 3: The Mindset of an Entrepreneur
Alex updates us on the recent public launch of one of their companies, Cera, who offer a personalized home-care solution to the aging population, allowing elderly people to live where they are most comfortable and happy.
We then get to learn from Tim Hwang, the founder of FiscalNote, a Kairos company.
Tim shares why he cares about making societal impact and how his merging interest in technology and politics was the impetus for Fiscal Note. We discuss his company’s values, the biggest mistake he’s ever made, and why entrepreneurship is about the intersection of risk and passion.
Episode 4: Entrepreneurship Globally
On the 4th episode of The Process, Alex Fiance updates us on the latest happenings with Kairos and discuses the challenges they are currently facing: having to make investment decisions at a faster rate than ever before and the pressure that comes with it.
We then get to learn from Andres Blumer and Bruno Ocampo-González, co-founders of Mi Aguila, a company that is rethinking workforce transportation in Colombia and Latin America. Andres and Bruno believe their technology platform can help solve the transportation issues that plague their local market. They share what they believe are the most important qualities for any entrepreneur: persistence, emotional intelligence and self awareness and also discuss the challenges of building a company in Colombia.
Episode 5: Assessing The Founder/Company Fit
After taking a break for summer, “The Process” is back!
Alex and Mike discuss the latest with Kairos: how their recent investments have fared and what’s in store for their upcoming K50 event in late November.
The K50 program is a global recognition of the 50 most-innovative startups from around the world, with young founders tackling global challenges. Companies are awarded at the top of the World Trade Center in front of 100 of the most influential CEOs, investors, media, and leaders of today.
Alex then invites on Michael Wong, founder of Homevest, a company they are considering investing in.
Homevest is a service helping homebuyers purchase their first home by contributing to the down payment. They don’t lend money – instead they invest with you in a new home, sharing ownership, the mortgage and expenses proportionately.
Homevest creates a halfway point between buying and renting. Partnering with Homevest means you just pay what you can afford for the down payment, and buy part of a home first, instead of waiting and saving for years. Homevest buys the other part of the home and rents it back to you. As a co-investor, you can repurchase home equity at any point, and you alone control when to sell.
Alex wants Mike to get a chance to meet a founder pre-investment and assess whether he has what it takes to execute on his ambitious vision.
Episode 6: Getting Company Culture Right
On the 6th episode of “The Process,” Alex shares how Mike’s interview on the last episode shaped their investment decision and why creating the right culture at a company is vital to its longterm success.
Alex and Mike also discuss Kairos’ upcoming K50 event and what to look for when assessing if an entrepreneur has the right mindset to go the distance.
Episode 7: The Finale
On the final episode of Season 1 of The Process, Alex and Mike reflect on what they’ve learned over the course of the past year and discuss which skills will be necessary to succeed in a world where automation could soon be the norm.
All episodes will be available on the main Finding Mastery podcast feed. Subscribe here.