Daily steps toward lasting change.
 

We are revolutionizing the coaching industry by connecting real humans to real humans with the help of not-humans.

The very best way to experience lasting change is through personal, high-touch, consistent coaching. Kai is making it ridiculously simple.

 
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The Kai team is thrilled to be a part of the Techstars Chicago Summer 2018 cohort.

 
 

Team

 

Jonathan Smith

Founder, CEO, miniature golf enthusiast

Jonathan graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009 with degrees in Economics, History, Political Science, and Philosophy.

He began his career at a small research firm specializing in empathy and the emotional drivers of behavior change.

While pursuing his own fitness journey, Jonathan has trained under a US Army Green Beret, a world-champion bodybuilder, and a competitive powerlifter with two world records.

Jonathan started Kai on his 30th birthday, after leaving his role as Director of Insights and Strategy at a church with over 50,000 weekend attendees, the 4th largest in the U.S.

Jane Decker

Cofounder, COO, big deal in Japan

Before joining Kai, Jane built her own personal brand to over 1,000,000 streams and 14,000 social media followers across multiple platforms. She’s also a really big deal in Japan.

Her previous startup gig was Customer Engagement for Jumper Threads (Brandery '17).

At Kai, Jane leads a team of behind-the-scenes human coaches, making sure every Kai client has an incredible experience on their journey towards change.

Jane and Jonathan are brother and sister, have partnered on multiple projects over the last 10 years, and currently live in the same apartment building and share snacks.

Dan Rye

Cofounder, CTO, owner of 500+ board games

Dan Rye graduated from Ohio University in 2004 with degrees in Computer Science, Math, and Business.

He has held Senior Software Engineering roles at Cincinnati-based Quest Diagnostics and Duke Energy, and has previous CTO experience for two healthcare startups in the Employee Wellness and Patient Portal space.

Before joining Kai, Dan was the Enterprise Architect at a church with 11 physical sites, over 50,000 total weekly attendees, and a weekly global streaming audience of 5,000+. 

At Kai, Dan is using Python, Node, Angular, Twilio, and Firebase Firestore to build Change Agent, our custom software that combines human and machine effort to scale great coaching.

 
 

Our Experts & Advisors

Behind the scenes, Kai works with experts in nutrition, exercise science, and cognitive psychology to constantly improve Kai's hard and soft coaching skills. Below is a selection from our network.

 
  Kari Kelly, MSc Adult Learning   Certified Professional Coach, Masters in Adult Learning and Performance Consulting.

Kari Kelly, MSc Adult Learning

Certified Professional Coach, Masters in Adult Learning and Performance Consulting.

  Jason Harbin, Strength Coach   Strength coach, top ranked, drug-free powerlifter with two world records. 

Jason Harbin, Strength Coach

Strength coach, top ranked, drug-free powerlifter with two world records. 

  Zach Franke, Health Coach   Certified Holistic Health Counselor (AADP), Lead Health Coach at Rebooted Body

Zach Franke, Health Coach

Certified Holistic Health Counselor (AADP), Lead Health Coach at Rebooted Body

  Maura Lairson, MSc Nutrition   Registered Dietitian and Medical Writer with a therapeutic focus on oncology, metabolic, endocrine, pulmonary, and cardiovascular health.

Maura Lairson, MSc Nutrition

Registered Dietitian and Medical Writer with a therapeutic focus on oncology, metabolic, endocrine, pulmonary, and cardiovascular health.

  Philip Lipschutz, NASM   NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Philip Lipschutz, NASM

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  Beverly Grant   Over 30 years of experience in executive team leadership and consumer goods

Beverly Grant

Over 30 years of experience in executive team leadership and consumer goods

  Eric Feigl, MSc Kinesiology   Masters in Kinesiology, Ohio President of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists, Host of "Fitness Candor" podcast.

Eric Feigl, MSc Kinesiology

Masters in Kinesiology, Ohio President of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists, Host of "Fitness Candor" podcast.

  Vivienne Bechtold, Growth   20+ years in consumer goods, team leadership, and growth consulting.

Vivienne Bechtold, Growth

20+ years in consumer goods, team leadership, and growth consulting.

  Sean McCosh   Former EVP for SparkPeople, one of the largest diet, fitness and healthy-living communities on the web.

Sean McCosh

Former EVP for SparkPeople, one of the largest diet, fitness and healthy-living communities on the web.

 
 
 

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