Fahrenheit 212’s people are the best and brightest innovators in the world. We hail from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and industries, but are connected by a shared passion to make things better and to make better things. Voices of Fahrenheit is a series that shares perspectives from the individuals behind the innovations at Fahrenheit 212 to give you a glimpse into their days and what makes them tick.
This week, we interview Kosta Stavreas, Engagement Manager at Fahrenheit 212. Interested in the Engagement Manager role? We’re hiring!
What do you do at Fahrenheit 212?
The most important thing that an Engagement Manager can do is help structure the problem. It’s the foundation underneath the house. Innovation is a challenge to be solved. You take a complex problem and you structure it; when you are inventing a solution you need to have a solid foundation.
When do you feel most creative?
It can happen in any point of time; my brain works in flows. I have certain days where I am incredibly creative and other days that I have to keep myself inspired. What I have learned is to follow the flow.
Do you have any rituals for the innovation process?
I do not think that great ideas come from just one person. Each of us is responsible for contributing to a piece of the idea or building on it. If I ever get stuck, I bring people in the room. We talk and add pieces together. After I have had lots of stimulus, then I need some time of pure silence. A lot of great things happen when you put many smart people together.
Where do you call home?
Home used to be Australia. But home is where the heart is. And my heart is in New York.
What do you never leave home without?
My sunglasses. I do not know why.
When did you first get into the field of innovation?
Straight after college, but I did not even know that it was innovation! My first job was helping inventors commercialize technology. We were working with universities, public companies, and entrepreneurs that had invented some brand new piece of technology and needed to get it into the market.
What innovation are you most proud of?
I like technology. I built a software program that was an analytics application; we took something very complicated and we made it a lot simpler – and that’s very hard to do. But I expect my best innovations are ahead of me. Every day feels like the path to even more impactful new things.
What is your go-to reading source?
Flipboard! I have curated 40 different sources of content. I get so much valuable stuff that I don’t need anything else. But there is an author that consistently blows my mind: the guy that writes “Wait But Why.” He can write the most complex stuff of the world in the clearest and most entertaining way.
What is your favorite innovation in the last decade?
Elon Musk’s Battery. He is building the world’s biggest battery factory and he has developed a battery park for homes. Batteries are the missing ingredients to solve climate change. Imagine storing sunlight and wind for the home through the day and then powering the house during the night with that clean energy. Batteries could be the missing piece that hold the ecosystem together.
What is the best advice you’ve received at Fahrenheit 212?
To listen for the unspoken; to listen for the things people are not saying. In the world of unspoken things that’s where innovations can live!
Do you have any side projects, hobbies, or a previous life you would like to share?
I am the Innovation Chair for a non-profit that is called The Entrepreneurs’ Organization. We are working on designing a new awards program that recognizes not the result that an entrepreneur can have but the conduct that they display along the way. We have come up with an innovative way of recognizing the entrepreneurial journey by celebrating exemplary conduct that has an impact.