Michael Farmer and Joseph Galante, two technology entrepreneurs shared their stories as part of the Fort Hays State University College and Business’ Entrepreneur Direct speaker series. Farmer and Galante presented in the Robbins Center’s Eagle Communication Hall. The presentation was open to students, faculty, and the public.

Michael (Mike) Farmer is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Leap2. Mike has worked with new technology ventures at the senior manager level at several companies. He has co-founded four new ventures, raised over seven million dollars of early-stage capital, and authored or co-authored 10 patents. Mike has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Technology and Management. Mike currently serves on the U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Science and Technology Advisory Board’s, John O. Farmer Inc. Board of Directors, and Leap2, LLC.

Joseph (Joe) Galante graduated in 2007 from FHSU’s Department of Management and Marketing. He is a member of the Enterprise Customers and Technology Partnerships team at Square Inc., one of the fastest growing companies in the world. He started at the San Francisco-based technology company two years ago and has been part of its growth from startup stage to a global company processing more than $15 billion in payments a year. Before that, he worked as a financial reporter covering Silicon Valley for Bloomberg News in San Francisco and New York. While a student, he worked as a reporter for the Hays Daily News.

Entrepreneur Direct is a Fort Hays State University speaker series that features a successful entrepreneur in an informal setting accessible to students, faculty, and the public. The program is intended to connect students with successful entrepreneurs who have stories and advice to share. A panel asks questions about entrepreneurship and encourages questions and interaction with the audience.

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