- The World Economic Forum announced its selection of 100 of the most promising Technology Pioneers of 2020, who are shaping industries from agriculture to healthcare while also working on sustainability issues and much more.
- Many Technology Pioneers are also using their tech to support COVID-19 responses around the world.
- Kalido fuels organisational and societal prosperity through AI-powered opportunity matching.
- The full list of recognized Technology Pioneers can be viewed here.
Kalido, the AI matching engine which fuels people powered enterprise and communities, has been selected from a highly competitive shortlist, as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. Kalido fuels organisational and societal prosperity through AI-powered people and opportunity matching. Kalido is co-founded by Sanjay Varma (former-Alibaba #3), Vikas Sagar (former Snr Partner at McKinsey), and Ashvin Sologar (former Partner at McKinsey). Their mission is to democratise opportunity for all, everywhere. They have each moved their families from various parts of the world to headquarter in London, where they are scaling their operations.
The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. Technology Pioneers community is an integral part of the larger Global Innovators community of start-ups at the World Economic Forum.
Following its selection as Technology Pioneer, co-CEO Sanjay Varma of Kalido will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. Kalido will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with policymakers and private sector leaders to help define the global agenda on key issues.
“We’re excited to welcome Kalido to our 20th cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “Kalido and its fellow pioneers are developing cutting edge technologies all over the world. Beyond their innovations, these firms are contributing greatly to improving the state of the world.”
Sanjay Varma, co-CEO of Kalido said, “Too often, arguments around income inequality rest on the assumption that it’s a zero-sum game for the haves and have-nots, with AI, villainously, exacerbating the divide. Kalido’s technology and business model are built on the core philosophy to democratise opportunity for everyone, everywhere – and this is when this seemingly zero-sum game changes into a win-win for everyone. Kalido powers enterprise productivity and community prosperity by matching individuals to opportunities that play to their strengths and aspirations in a safe and trusted way. At Kalido, AI is a force for good, unleashing hidden potential and serving as a professional growth compass for every user. We are humbled, grateful and hugely encouraged by the World Economic Forum, selecting us as a Technology Pioneer. It’s an endorsement of Kalido’s belief that we can use technology to collectively reimagine a path to prosperity for individuals, enterprises, communities and societies in an increasingly dynamic world.”
This year’s cohort selection marks the 20th anniversary of the Tech Pioneers community. Throughout its 20-year run, many Technology Pioneers have continuously contributed to advancement in their industries while some have even gone on to become household names. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.
2020 Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The diversity of these companies extends to their leadership as well, as over 25% of 2020 Tech Pioneers are female led. The firms also come from regions all around the world, extending their community far beyond Silicon Valley. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here.
Technology Pioneers have been selected based on the community’s selection criteria, which includes innovation, impact and leadership as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms.