Jordan Fantaay, Founder & CEO of Fantoo, on the Global Entrepreneur Summit & Meeting President Obama

Fantoo is leading an email revolution! By reorganising your messages, integrating a team chat function and pinpointing the most important emails in your inbox, the company aims to streamline and improve email productivity. Fantoo is Dell’s first global start-up in residence and was one of the first pitching companies to take part in our Race to Scale initiative at Crowdfinders Live: The Science of Crowdfunding. 

In the first of our In Focus features, we hear from Fantoo Founder & CEO, Jordan Fantaay, who discusses his recent trip to the Global Entrepreneur Summit in Silicon Valley, and an extraordinary meeting with none other than the President of the United States, Barack Obama! 

I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend and represent the UK at this year’s Global Entrepreneur Summit in Silicon Valley. The brain child of President Obama, its been coined as a gathering of the world’s leading entrepreneurs seeking to change the world.

I was a guest of the US Government who had picked up the costs for the stay for all global entrepreneurs attending. I did not have any expectations but was happily surprised to find that the event was uniquely well structured and geared to a founder entrepreneur aspiring to grow and globalise their vision. Day one kicked off with John Kerry (US Secretary of State) electrifying the event by stating that the future of innovation and entrepreneurship was in the room and that we owed it to ourselves and the world to persevere with our vision and ambitions.

There was a constant theme from John Kerry and other US Government officials to mix and network with the investor parties at the summit, clearly indicating that great ideas need capital to flourish and not enough of it is being infused into the ecosystem outside of Silicon Valley.

Day two started off with Reid Hoffman (Founder of LinkedIn), Sundar Pichai (CEO of Google), leading on to Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook) and Sergey Brin (Founder of Google) taking to the stage to talk about starting up and scaling their businesses. To say it was insightful, is an understatement!

Last but not least, was the meeting with the President – at times it did feel like being in a movie with secret service agents running around, bodyguards with ear pieces and smart ties. I was lined up for a handshake and to deliver a quick Fantoo pitch, so to raise an eyebrow I said, “We’re the future of email and collaboration, we’re replacing outlook”. The President was appreciative of our vision and admitted that fortunately he did not look at outlook all day like most folks!

To find out more about Fantoo, visit: http://www.fantoo.net/

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