Thomas Suarez – CarrotCorpAt 15 years-old, Suarez is already a seasoned businessman. He formed his own company, CarrotCorp, when he was 11 and has made various successful apps for the iPhone and iPad. In his spare time he also codes apps for Google Glass. Not only that, he has designed his own 3D printer which, according to him, will work ten times faster than the MakerBot model he uses at home, and is now awaiting patent approval. Essentially, he couldn’t find the right support to vest his interests in. So when the right DIY app kit came out, he taught himself. In the below video, he explained what inspired him and how he get where he is today. In his talk, Suarez suggested that not only do kids need to be offered more resources and support to learn digital skills, there has now become a need for role reversal, in that the young must teach their elders about new technology. Take advice where you can, no matter the age or apparent lack of experience.
Harli Jordean – Marble KingJordean’s ascent to fame began at the age of six. London’s own mini-tycoon, who is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the world’s youngest CEO, has his own online business selling marbles. Within months of launching of launching the site, his mother Tina was shocked to see orders flooding in – with Jordean handling them all on his own. Since then he’s been so busy that he employed his mother and two older bothers.
His mother explained that Jordean has a hand in everything.Read more about young entrepreneurs:
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Sanjay Kumaran – Go DimensionsAt ten years-old, Sanjay was already the CEO of a tech company, co-founded by brother Shravan, who is only two years older. Go Dimensions, which was started in their bedroom, creates mobile phone applications for both iPhone and the Android. The two brothers have been heralded as India’s youngest mobile application developers and were invited among the top ten designers in the world to meet the South Korean prime minister.
Image source For the time being their goal is to take the company global and to develop a tablet called GoSheet. The tablet would be customisable; a seven year-old could use it to play adventure games while a 25 year-old could use it for business purposes. This would be possible, as the tablet will allow multiple users to be added with every person having a different login on the tablet and who can access the applications which they prefer through their respective logins. Their advice? “You should have a strong idea, self-confidence, a good business plan and know about sources of funding,” said Sanjay. “Have you heard of dad funding?” Shravan, who spoke about the need for a good business plan, suggested: “It should be realistic; also, one should have a conservative and optimistic outlook.” Possibly their best advice centres around giving away 15 per cent of their profits to charity. They believe: “Be the change to make one.”
Cory Nieves – Mr. Cory’s CookiesAt five years old, Nieves got tired of taking the bus to school, and in the hopes of buying his mother a car, started selling hot cocoa outside a pizza store to set aside some funds. Cookies were later added to the mix. However, unlike the many burgeoning business men and women that start out selling lemonade and get shut down for not having the right permits, Nieve’s mother Lisa found a way around. Read more about young Brits in the workplace:
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