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Our Background
Where we come from & why you trust us.

IT Specialists

We’re from an IT and telecommunications background, with Michael and Darren founders of the telecommunications provider Optionbox and managed service provider Optionbox Networks.

Optionbox and Optionbox Networks have numerous accreditations and we are partnered with some of the largest telecoms and IT firms in the world. For instance, Optionbox Networks is a Microsoft Silver Partner. Furthermore, Optionbox and Optionbox Networks director Michael Fontana has been featured in numerous publications, including Glassdoor and Hacker Noon, sharing his valuable IT and telecoms insight.

The Team

The team at Business Tech Planet draws from a wide range of skills and experience, from writers, editors, coders, and graphic designers, to the co-founders of Optionbox, a UK telecoms company providing services to more than 300 clients nationwide.

Jack Mitchell

Co-founder & Managing Editor

Jack Mitchell has been the Operations manager at telecoms and MSP Optionbox for more than 4 years. He has played a crucial role in the company, from marketing to helpdesk, and ensures that the IT requirements of over 300 clients are continuously met. With his innate passion for technology and troubleshooting and a particular interest in Apple products, Jack now delivers the most comprehensive tech guides to make your life easier.

Michael Fontana

Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief

Michael Fontana has been a director of telecoms and MSP Optionbox for over a decade and has worked in various telecommunication roles over the last 20 years. Michael has been involved in many exciting projects, such as co-founding telecoms and IT businesses and has now built up a team of more than 15 staff, serving over 300 clients nationwide. With a wealth of experience in IT and a passion for technology, Michael is now helping BTP to produce the highest quality guides on the internet.

Darren Shepherd


Darren Shepherd has been a director of telecoms and managed service provider Optionbox for over a decade. During this time, he has been involved in a range of exciting projects and — together with Michael Fontana — he has built up a team of more than 15 staff. Optionbox and sister company Optionbox Networks collectively serve over 300 clients nationwide, from SMEs to multi-million pound enterprises.

This is just a small selection of the accreditations held by the team behind Business Tech Planet, perfectly exemplifying the experience and expertise of the people behind BTP.

Why We Started Business Tech Planet

At Optionbox and Optionbox Networks, we get asked a lot of questions about our solutions, as you can imagine. Unfortunately, they’re not always questions we want to answer on our own website. For example, whether or not VoIP works without the internet. So we decided to found Business Tech Planet to answer these questions in an informative and detailed way, with no commercial intent. This site is purely about informing people and businesses on what technology is and how it works.

We hope that you find our blog to be a useful resource, so thank you for reading!