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Stephen Straus

Co-Founder & Managing DirectorKUNGFU.AI

Austin, Texas Area

Member Since May 2021


Artificial Intelligence
Professional Services


- Co-founder and Managing Director, KUNGFU.AI, an AI professional services firm ( - Serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits -Founder of Impact Dyslexia ( - Founder The Startup Diversity and Inclusion Pledge ( - Former General Partner, Austin Ventures - Graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Business School

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15 ways successful entrepreneurs can support the next generation

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New entrepreneurs often approach their hoped-for mentors first, but successful industry leaders can and should proactively reach out to help the next generation of professionals, leaders, and business owners. Often, new and young entrepreneurs are advised to seek out a mentor. Their eagerness to learn and humility when asking for help can be a huge asset in their entrepreneurial journey. However, they shouldn’t always have to do the leg work to forge a successful mentorship. Rather than waiting for an up-and-coming professional or budding entrepreneur to contact them, established business owners and leaders can be proactive and give the next generation a leg up by sharing their experiences, insights, and assistance. There are several opportunities for successful leaders to pay it forward, and it doesn’t have to be through one-to-one mentorship (although that can provide amazing insights and opportunities for both parties). Whatever the time commitment they’re able to give, leaders can and should find ways to help the next generation as they begin their journey. Below, 15 members of Fast Company Executive Board share ways to do just that.

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Company bio

Kung Fu AI. [/kuhng foo/] - noun - Discipline or skill achieved through hard work and practice. KUNGFU.AI is an AI services provider helping companies transform data into augmented capabilities that achieve ambitious goals. We help from strategy to implementation, using data and AI to see new trends, develop new ideas, and optimize operations to better serve the people who matter most. Our difference: Expertise. Our blended teams of senior business executives, data scientists, and IT leaders bring comprehensive capability help end-to-end -- through data modernization to AI strategies and implementations. Focus. We believe in Practical AI where we focus on applying the simplest solutions to tackle the biggest business challenges. We identify narrow use-cases ripe for solving with available technologies to de-risk and accelerate adoption. Values. We use AI for good. We believe in using AI to augment good people to accomplish great things. On the flip side, we turn down work that doesn't align with our values. We also use the time we're not working to delight clients for pro bono work to help make the world a better place.



Area of focus

Data Science
Artificial Intelligence
Managed IT Services

Company size

11 - 50

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