What is Koios and Why We Started

Tom Sherwood

Co-Founder & CEO

Published on —

October 17, 2023

3 min read



In a world that is becoming increasingly intertwined with technology, the importance of more meaningful and personal methods for understanding your colleagues and peers cannot be overstated. As businesses navigate an increasingly competitive landscape, effectively working with coworkers and finding the right talent isn't just about skills—it's about creating teams that harmoniously align with company culture and values. Koios is a voice-driven AI platform that is dedicated to fundamentally enhancing how organisations engage with their workforce.

Let’s delve into what Koios is and explore the story behind our creation.

What is Koios?

What Koios offers is not just another AI platform – it's a visionary tool designed to transform the way talent leaders and organisations connect with their employees. We have pioneered an innovative model capable of providing bespoke personality assessments based on an individual’s Big 5 personality score, using a combination of the linguistic and acoustic characteristics of their voice. Our system is founded upon an unwavering commitment to conscientious and ethical practices. 

At our core, we seek to provide talent leaders with unique solutions for communication, motivation, and employee development. The driving force behind Koios is the belief that traditional methods of talent assessment, such as questionnaires, have limitations that can hinder both individual and organisational growth. At Koios, we aim to lighten, if not remove these limitations by harnessing the power of AI and cutting-edge technology. 

Why did we create Koios?

Our story began in 2020 when Alex and I, experienced first-hand the insatiable hunger for a better understanding of talent in the workplace during our time at Spotify & Elements. Witnessing the limitations of traditional self-assessments, we knew there had to be a better way. That's when Dr. Martin Lukac joined the founding team, bringing with him pioneering expertise in Computational Social Science.

Driven by our shared passion for innovation, the Koios team embarked on a journey to solve this problem by harnessing the power of AI. Martin quickly spearheaded the development of Koios’ revolutionary model – the ability to predict an individual's Big 5 personality score purely from the acoustic signal of their voice. This breakthrough has eliminated the need for cumbersome self-assessment methods, making the process efficient, cost-effective, and insightful.

At Koios, we understand the increasing challenges faced by leaders managing distributed workforces and the need to deeply understand their people. Traditional personality assessments fall short in this dynamic environment. We believe in democratising access to high-quality personality and management insights, enabling leaders and organisations to have a bespoke approach to talent management and development based on each individual's unique personality.

With our cutting-edge technology, Talent and HR leaders can now unlock the untapped potential within their teams. We provide a seamless and engaging experience, allowing leaders to gain valuable insights into the inner workings of their talent, drive meaningful connections, and make informed decisions that fuel success.

Koios is more than just an AI platform—it's a testament to innovation, driven by a desire to revolutionise the way organisations connect with and develop their talent. With Koios, the future of talent management looks brighter, more personalised, and more effective than ever before.