What did you do in high-school ?
While researching a story, I entered the wonderful Bermuda-Triangle world of YouTube and one clip lead to another and before I knew it, I landed up looking up amazing stories of entrepreneurs who launched their own companies. Oh these guys and girls are not even 21 years old yet !
Today kids have access to so much technology at their finger tips. The world is such a small place and networking, collaborating can happen with anyone from anywhere in the world. The next Uber could be from anyone from any country from any age group as being a tech geek is no longer a nerd-stigma. Geek is the new cool.
Kids are proudly learning to code, launch their own sites and are encouraged by their fellow classmate’s success. Kids are full of optimism who see the simple facts in life and ask the question of why cant thing be different. It is this kind of naivety and freshness that will change the world.
So whilst us “oldies” moan about this thing called responsibilities and life, check out what these kids have achieved:
Brian Wong – 19 years old.
Brian founded Kiip. This company lets brands, give real rewards to gamers for achieving specific tasks within the game. Brian raised $15.5 million in funding.
Juliette Brindak – 16 years old.
Juliette launched a tween social networking site Miss O and Friends when she was only 16. Her website generated over 10 million monthly visits where Procter & Gamble, one of her early investors, valued the company at $15 million in 2008
Sean Belnick – 14 years old.
Sean created bizchair.com which is an ecommerce site selling furniture. He started the company with $500. In 2004, he moved to his first warehouse, and in 2009, had more than 702,000 square feet of warehouse space. The company had sales of more than $58 million in 2010.
Shubham Banerjee – 13 years old.
Shubham founded Braigo, a Braille printer which he made with Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit after doing a Google search of how blind people read. Shubham develops low-cost machines to print in Braille and Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup.
Nick D’Aloisio – 17 years old.
Nick sold his mobile news app Summly to Yahoo for $30 million.
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