About KIP101

"As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information."

​~Benjamin Disraeli, 1868 & 1874-1880 UK Prime Minister


KIP101 was founded to help people get the information they need to succeed professionally.  Our innovative platform connects people for 1-on-1 conversations and knowledge-sharing to help with career exploration, job search, transitions, networking and other professional development needs.

Our Origin

The idea for KIP101 originated from two observations.  First, most people in the workforce today (over 85%) are not thriving professionally.  Second, too few are leveraging one of the best tools for figuring out how to achieve success: 1-on-1 career conversations.  A pressing problem and a promising solution.  KIP101 aims to provide a bridge between the two and make career development's best-kept secret universally accessible, so that everyone can have a good shot at maximizing their talents and enjoying satisfying careers.

Our Founder

Our founder Grace Chao worked in finance, consulting and education before starting KIP101.  Her experiences include serving as the Managing Director of a successful consulting firm she helped build from scratch and Founding Board Treasurer of a high-performing charter school for underprivileged children she helped establish.  Grace has an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s from Carnegie Mellon University.  Grace hopes KIP101 will help more people fulfill their potential in the workplace.

Columbia Startup Lab

KIP101 is a member of the 2020-21 cohort of Columbia University's Startup Lab.