KIMO is a friendly AI assistant that aids people in their self-development. The basic system was built by Krishna Deepak Nallamilli (CTO), and Rens ter Weijde (CEO), who met in Harvard Business School and shared the same worries about the lack of human development towards the AI-era. The story of why we built what we did, you can find below. Let’s start with the two founders.
Krishna has been vice-chairman at Aditya in India, a renowned learning institute with over 70,000 students. In his role, he experienced the difficulty for students to compete in the future world directly: there is a lot to learn, and only so many hours in a day. The old ‘classroom model’ of learning felt inadequate to address future learning needs of the workforce, and he dreamed of building a personalized learning mentor which would be driven by machine learning to optimize this process. He could clearly see the potential here due to his background in computer science and experience with machine learning.
Rens has worked as a strategy consultant (McKinsey, Purpose+) for 8 years in The Netherlands, and served over 75 clients in his life as a consultant. He successfully founded Purpose+ and published two books around corporate transformations. In his journeys as a consultant driving corporate transformations, he found the lack of successful re-skilling of the workforce to be one of the largest hurdles for corporate transformations to succeed. He feared that in preparing for an AI-driven world – where new skillsets, countries and business models become dominate – this could become a serious pain point. Like Krishna, he dreamed of a better, more engaging, way to re-train our population for the AI-era. He came to the same conclusion as Krishna did, working with a different target audience and on another continent.
When Krishna and Rens met in Boston during their studies, their mutual interests came to light. They decided to partner up using the strengths on both sides. Krishna would lead the development team in India, Rens would lead the front-end in The Netherlands. This set-up, although geographically far apart, would give Krishna direct access to his talent pool where Rens kept direct access to the client base in Western Europe.
Long story short: in May 2019 we will be ready to launch our first AI solution for better human development. Our first solution (PA) will focus on better time management. Later this year, we will also go live with our learning solutions.
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