John Banner has been selected to be part of the prestigious 30under30 list of Forbes magazine for the 2019 edition. Thanks to this appointment he becomes an emblematic figure of the Tech “made in France”.
What is 30 under 30?
Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” ranking rewards each year a selection of 30 talents per country. Criteria ? To be less than 30 years old and to be an entrepreneur, designer, engineer, sportsman …. who is revolutionizing its sector of activity. On the benches of the very select “under 30 club”, there are 29 other personalities who are making things happen, among them: Arthur Menard de Calange, president of Owayn, Fanny Abes, president of Fempo and of course Kylian Mbappé…
How is the selection made?
To make its choice, the magazine leaves a jury of experts grade the various candidates on the interest of the project which they carry but also their values, the contribution of new ideas, their potentials, their impacts …
The jury of experts was composed this year of:
- Dominique Busso (CEO Forbes France)
- Francesco Maio (CEO Fashion Capital Partners)
- Frederic Jousset (Founder of Webhelp)
- Stéphanie Hospital (Founder of CEO de OneRagTime)
- Chantal Baudron (Founder of Chantal Baudron SAS et Business Angel)
- Taïg Khris (Founder of OnOff)
And John Banner in all this?
Young French entrepreneur passionate about Tech he founded Sphere, his first company, while he is still in university (2014). For Sphere, he creates the first artificial intelligence-based algorithm for connecting people in an ephemeral social network. He has been recognized as an “inventor” by a double gold medal at the Lépine 2017 competition for this technology. The same year, the company will be recognized as the carrier of the best event technology of the year by Viparis.
Since then, he has constantly optimized and reinvented himself to offer his clients his technical knowledge and his visionary intuition of private social networks. Sphere, is now, used by the largest companies. His customers include Google, Paris 2024, CES Las Vegas, SNCF, Jacques Attali’s Positive Planet Foundation, and the Galeries Lafayette, Bercy …
And now, what are John Banner’s projects ?
The entrepreneurial adventure does not stop there for John Banner. In 2018, he decides to open a subsidiary in San Francisco, Widr Inc. This will be the name of the first social network “made in France” based on a AI. The app offers professional recommendations through your contacts or their connections. It is available on iOS and Android with a network base of hundreds of thousands of contacts around the world.
Widr, what are the services?
We all remember long hours scrambling Google pages indefinitely. Looking for a lawyer specialized in bodily injury, a babysitter in whom to really trust. The osteopath who does not crack, a UX / UI developer to launch his app, a very delicate dentist for his children…
The Widr network has been invented for all those moments. To find the right trustworthy person recommended by a friend or by the friend of a friend.
Do not forget “Everyone can become an entrepreneur” (Xavier Niel)