Welcome to my world, Mr President

TESSA JOHNSTONE
Last updated 05:00 07/07/2014
Dale Pfeifer
OBAMA TIME: Dale Pfeifer explains her business to US President Barack Obama.

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John Key isn't the only Kiwi getting facetime with President Obama - former Wellington woman Dale Pfeifer just had her chance too.

And she opened with the obvious line: "Hi, I'm Dale from New Zealand."

The Washington DC-based tech entrepreneur met the US President at a short-notice tour of a start-up hub called 1776 last week.

"He came over to me and shook my hand, and I said ‘I'm Dale from New Zealand'. He was like, ‘you're from New Zealand? That's a very beautiful country'."

Pfeifer, 37, was then one of the lucky few to have the chance to talk to President Obama about their business - Pfeifer's Good World allows social media users to donate to charity by tweeting or leaving a comment on a Facebook post.

The President asked questions and seemed impressed by the Good World demonstration, Pfeifer said.

"It just felt like having a great conversation with someone about Good World, and he totally got it. So while I was doing the pitch I was super calm and then afterwards I was, ‘woah, I just pitched to the President, the most powerful man in the world'."

Pfeifer quietly launched Good World two months ago and is fundraising so she can build a bigger, better version of the prototype: "We've got the ride-on lawnmower but we need the Cadillac."

Pfeifer said the chance-meeting with Obama will make it much easier to raise money.

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- The Dominion Post

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