Being born in the world’s tech capital is something like built-in brilliance. Dabbling in the digital world is normal; coding and cloud technologies are conversation starters. For Seattle native Rashaad Fontenot, technology is more than a hobby; it is the foundation of his life’s work. Rashaad was born to innovate; he possesses a passion for developing automated business solutions and interactive data visualizations of complex information. With over 15 years of experience in startups and Fortune 500 companies, this seasoned software developer turned entrepreneur is well versed in engineering digital solutions, artificial intelligence, and emerging cloud technologies.
No one begins at the top. Rashaad Fontenot is a multi-layered self-starter who dedicated time and effort to cultivating his skillset from novice to expert. Long gone are the days of pecking away at his Commodore computer in 1986. After spending years in early childhood education and real estate, Rashaad returned to his first love: technology. Formal training and the sticktoitiveness required for independent learning has transformed him into a highly skilled “Techie”. From working as a software engineer at Microsoft to managing million-dollar ad campaigns for the nation’s largest online charity, Rashaad has amassed a wide range of portfolio projects and business solutions that have directly contributed to over $50 million in revenue. He is now an entrepreneur on the rise as the founder of KidElite Robotics Academy, a program aimed at training the next generation in STEM disciplines, and co-founder of Axum Analytics, which exists to aid companies in gaining a competitive edge by converting unstructured data into structured understanding.
Rashaad Fontenot is a forward-thinking innovator, problem-solving entrepreneur, and proud father of two. He is a graduate of Highline College, ITT Technical Institute, and the Coding Dojo. His dedication to education and advancing technologies are evidenced in his endeavors to deliver data solutions to organizations and introduce young people to cutting edge technology. Through his work, Rashaad brings order to chaos and transforms ordinary into excellence.