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This article was published on April 29, 2011


    Tammy Camp: “Fantasies are selfish, dreams have purpose.”

    Tammy Camp: “Fantasies are selfish, dreams have purpose.”
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    Yesterday, at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam, entrepreneur and world record holding kiteboarder Miss Tammy Camp took the stage for her keynote speech, “Shoot for the Moon: A Path to Innovation and Inspiration.”

    Camp was born in Atlanta to a Taiwanese mother and a father who served as a U.S. army intelligence officer. When she was a little girl Camp remembers biking down her stairs in hopes of flying like Wonder Woman, only to crash with a scar on her upper lip and chin to show for it today. But this crazy story symbolizes how ambitious Camp is. She’s a dreamer who wants to make this world a better place. In fact, she’s just come back from Kuwait where she was raising a one billion dollar fund for Silicon Valley startups. But, Camp draws an important distinction between dreaming and fantasies.

    Fantasies are selfish. Dreams have a purpose.

    -Tammy Camp

    People fantasize about things that will make their lives happy. But dreams are different, dreams happen when we imagine a world that we want to live in. Dreams are the stuff of The Wright Brothers, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Dreams take work. Camp worries that as a world we are no longer dreamers, we are fantasizers. But we have the ability to reverse this trend. “The one community we can turn to are the entrepreneurs that still dare to dream,” she says.

    See her full presentation here from The Next Web Conference.