On Friday, May 3rd, the Vancouver College Alumni Association presented the VC alumni speaker series featuring the founder of Lightspeed, Dax Dasilva (VC'94).
Dax is the creative mind behind Lightspeed, the rising star tech company that was recently IPOed to over $200 millions in March. He is also the founder of Never Apart, a non-profit organization based in Montreal to bring about social change and unity through cultural and spiritual awareness.
Lightspeed is built upon the celebration of diversity. For the first 7 years, Lightspeed was in its bootstrapping phase. During this time, Lightspeed cultivated its own culture of inclusivity. At the 10 year mark, Dax established the cultural centre for Never Apart, where innovation and creativity is celebrated and put on display. The 12,000 square feet of gallery, music production and creative space provides a platform for artists to express their cultures. The goal is to encourage and ignite the flame inside all of us as changemakers.
His book, Age of Union, was released on Monday, April 29th. In the book, he outlines the four pillars of union - leadership, culture, spirituality, and nature, with which spirituality is the most emphasized.
Here are some questions asked during the Q&A session:
Why share the Age of Union now, in 2019?
In this day and age, we need advocates to create change for the environment. We are also lacking spirituality. Often times we hear about ways to take care of ourselves physically and emotionally, but rarely do we talk about the soul. We need to rally for awareness and expand ourselves to inspire and be about the greater good.
With over 800 employees at Lightspeed, how do you stay calm?
Faith. I just try to become the perfect instrument. Instead of having my own expectations, I remind myself that I am a steward, a conduit of what is given to me.
I believe there is a greater source that is unseen, but tangible through faith. Often times, the soul is undernourished. It diminishes to amber, but never extinguished. But when the soul is well-nourished, the flame ignites and becomes unquenchable. For me, spirituality sets the foundation.
As a VC alumnus, how did VC shape you into the person you are today?
I came out to my classmates in grade 9 and again in grade 11. Instead of shunning me, they accepted me. The brotherly love that I fortunately received continues to this day. VC plays an important part of my identity formation, and I am just lucky that I thrived in the right fertile ground.
Dax is Goan, Jewish, and an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. He hopes to inspire others to embrace and celebrate diversity.
"Change can start small. Every small thing matters for the greater intention. You can create greater union by extending your circle of empathy to the animate and the inanimate. Ignite the changemaker in you."