Whether in communities or in business, Chase Koch has one primary focus: helping others unlock their potential.
“Everyone has a gift, and everyone has tremendous potential. How can we remove the barriers that stand in the way of unlocking each individual's potential so that they can do that?” said Koch, the president of Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), during an interview with Yahoo Finance’s Influencers with Andy Serwer podcast.
That concept of removing barriers fuels Koch’s work with the Stand Together philanthropic community, which partnered with the Family Independence Initiative in March to launch the #GiveTogetherNow Campaign to provide direct cash assistance to families in the United States affected by the pandemic.
Addressing recent social unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, Koch mentioned Stand Together’s support of several community-based groups, including Urban Specialists in Dallas, dedicated to respecting human dignity and fostering mutual respect.
“Our whole idea around this is we got to get all kinds of people to stand together and think about, ‘How do we drive a society of mutual benefit where we're helping eachother instead of hurting each other?’” Koch said. “And that starts with a belief in equal rights and starts at the dinner table with our kids and these principles and what we teach them. So, until we start thinking along those principles and basically all of America thinking that way, I think it's going to be hard to overcome the situation that we're in right now.”
Koch also discussed his role leading KDT, which aims to bring value to entrepreneurs that goes beyond just a check. Seeing Koch Industries as a laboratory of ideas, he explained, entrepreneurs can benefit from Koch’s resources, and Koch can benefit from the technology by bringing it to a global scale.
During the wide-ranging interview, Koch also shared lessons about his business experience, as well as stories about growing up, from his first summer job at a western Kansas feedlot to his time in Austin after graduating from Texas A&M.
Catch the full interview on Influencers with Andy Serwer here.