We have been invited to attend as guests of the US Government. President Obama will be hosting the event and we look forward to an audience with the President himself!
The event is a gathering of the worlds leading Entrepreneurs and investors in an effort to unleash their power to change the world.
We look forward to informing you more about this amazing opportunity and updating you on Fantoo’s presence at this amazing event. Once again thank you for following and being a part of Fantoo’s journey that is, the future of email®
Fantoo’s Business Development team are supporting Dell at the Bett show, the UK’s premier education conference. Led by Tom Hopkins (Business Development Director), who has been showcasing #futureofemail to Dell’s education customers and partners from the UK and Europe.
A quick word on Corporate entrepreneurship and leading by example, this is how Dell continues to provide unparalleled support to Fantoo as their First Global Start up in residence, joined on the booth by Tim Griffin, CEO Dell UK.
(Pictured: Tom Hopkins, Seena Saini (CFO), Tim Griffin)
Where has the time gone? It’s been just over a year since we took up our position as Dell’s first global startup in residence here at their Bracknell HQ and so much has happened during that time.
Let’s start at the end…
Last month we ran our launch event in London at the boutique ME London hotel in London’s West End. This setting provided the perfect backdrop to kick-off our pilot with Dell.
One of the highlights of the event was our announcement that we wanted to give back and work with The United Nations, a close Dell partner. This is obviously a very prestigious partnership and we are honoured to be working with such an important organization integral to Michael Dell and Dell’s philanthropic interests to give back as Entrepreneurial concerns.
Over the Summer, we closed a round of funding from a great bunch of investors. They came from telecoms, global IT and software companies. Everyone was impressed with how the product has progressed and the potential for its future.
We have also been growing the Fantoo team over the past year by hiring key personnel to complement our existing team. By adding further knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to our team, we are prepared for the challenges of the year to come.
On the sales side, we are working with a select few senior sales people from Microsoft. I don’t want to give too much away right now but watch this space!
We now move onto the next stage of our Fantoo journey and I will keep you updated about further developments along the way.
Fantoo has become a Founders Club 50 member of Dell’s program, The Founders Club 50 is a two-year program focused on key areas of growth for the member companies. These CEOs have already proven they know how to start and grow a business. Dell leverages some of the best practices and networks from today’s accelerators, VC firms, top startup organizations, and then backs them with the power of one of the world’s largest technology companies.
This is awesome news for Fantoo, its employees, investors, and followers. Critical mass is coming together to take the company to the next stage, and grow the value of our collective efforts. Read more about us on the Dell home page eir.dell.com
Its been a crazy but very rewarding few months since we moved into our office at Dell HQ as their First Global Start-up in Residence!!!We received our wish list of Dell technology about a month ago, and have to say we were impressed. The Fantoo team is hard at work putting that technology to use with our product development.
We’re working closely with Dell to provide an Awesome Business class End to End Email/messaging service, in that regard the software groups (Quest, MessageOne) within Dell have been super supportive of Fantoo and together we’re excited about rolling out our collective offering.
Dell announced the two winners of its first ever “Start-up in Residence” competition – Fantoo and iNovar. Both will now work out of Dell’s UK headquarters for a tenancy of two years and one year, respectively, and will become members of the Dell UK Centre for Entrepreneurs Advisory Council, a steering committee that meets regularly to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing entrepreneurs, and hi-tech fast growing businesses.
Each winner also receives a package of business-ready technology solutions, including laptops, desktops, servers, storage and software, and access to invaluable mentorship and global networking opportunities. With office space costing upwards of £25k a year alone in London, the competition has provided both companies with a great opportunity to remove the pressures and stresses associated with running a hi-tech fast growing business, and to focus on their key goals.
Last December, start-ups from across the UK were invited to apply for the competition, with the unique opportunity to remove the burden of costly but necessary investments needed for business growth. The programme was launched as part of the Dell UK Centre for Entrepreneurs, an initiative designed to ease access to finance, technology and networking for British entrepreneurs from early-stage through to established companies.
The winning companies were chosen by a panel of judges including Tim Griffin, vice president and managing director, Dell UK and Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell’s global Entrepreneur in Residence. Each impressed for a number of reasons including their ability to demonstrate innovation and a clear vision for the future:
Jordan Fantaay, Fantoo founder, said: “Fantoo has strong synergies with Dell as one of the world’s largest IT services company. We’ve dubbed our software the “Future Of Email”® as we truly believe in its potential to transform workplaces. With our business already attracting a significant amount of interest globally, we’re super delighted to have been chosen as one of Dell’s resident start-ups. The level of support they’re providing us with will really help us free up vital resources needed to capitalise on the new opportunities. I’m particularly excited about working with the people at Dell in bringing the Future Of Email® to the business masses”.
Fantoo Guavus, and Neverware won the votes of the judges at the first Pitch Slam event at Dell World.
Shark Tank star and FUBU Founder Daymond John voted for Fantoo, based in London, has created a personal intelligence engine for email and messaging. The company can tell through data analysis which emails are priorities and send them to the top of the inbox, said Jordan Fantaay, its founder. This year, the company raised approximately $800,000 in crowdfunding. Michael Dell cast his vote for Guavus, based in San Mateo, which has raised $48 million in three series of funding since 2006. The company has created analytics applications that pull data from companies and give them a competitive edge by uncovering new insights to help them make better decisions. The United Nations Foundation’s Resident Entrepreneur Elizabeth Gore voted for Neverware, which has created software to extend the lifetime of computers in schools and to allow them to run the latest software applications. The New York-based startup, founded in 2011, has raised $1 million in seed-stage funding. It’s software and hardware, called a Juicebox, is currently in more than 100 schools in the New York area and it plans to expand nationwide next year, said Neverware’s CEO Jonathan Hefter.
Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence, moderated the event. The seven startups had five minutes to deliver their pitch and three minutes for Q&A from the judges at the Social Media Theater at the Dell World Expo before a packed crowd. People filled every seat and several sat on the floor while others stood along the perimeter to watch the event.