5 Young Entrepreneurs On Their Path To Success And Riches

by Silicon Valley Blogger on 2007-06-1134

These young entrepreneurs are well on their way to success and riches. Their profiles will inspire you.

Now I’ve seen everything. Once more, I feel pretty old. But hopefully not too over the hill to be able to continue contributing to a dynamic work environment or to be able to leave some type of legacy for the world. Too many of us have these glorious aspirations for success but not enough time to achieve them.

But for many aspiring entrepreneurs, stories like those I’ll be sharing below are inspiring… or enviable, depending on how you look at it.

Meet some of these top hotshot whiz kids on their way to fortune, some fame and almost certain success; that is, if they’re not THERE already! If you want to get that little fire under your belly to get you going on your own business ideas, then just take a look at how these children are making a name for themselves. They are focused, creative, eager and passionate, and display many attributes that will assist them in making get strides very early in their lives. What else they have is a great headstart. The good thing about being so young and starting early as an entrepreneur is that if you make mistakes, there is a lot of time for you to be able to recover. The downside? Well, you’ll need to find funding somewhere, and it may be a little bit more of a challenge to be able to find someone to invest in your ideas. Unless of course, you’ve got supportive parents, relatives and friends who’ll be able to bankroll you financially.

Just check out these kids. Pretty impressive eh?

Top Young Entrepreneurs To Inspire and Impress You

Note that four out of five of the people listed here are based in Silicon Valley, USA! Maybe we have hope after all.

#1 Anshul Samar: Elementeo CEO

Elementeo Anshul Samar

Anshul Samar is a 13 year old student at Lawson Middle School in Cupertino. He’s also the articulate CEO of his gaming startup, Elementeo. His company is aiming to inject fun into learning with the creation of a fantasy role playing board game that teaches chemistry. This is how his game works (from Venture Beat):

You command an army of chemical elements, compounds and catalysts — represented within a 66-card deck (the fire and brimstone card at left is for “Sulfur,” for example). Your opponent has his own deck with the same number of cards. Your goal is to battle your competitor and reduce his IQ down to zero. Pit your oxygen card against your opponent’s iron card, for example, and you learn that you create rust. Score one for oxygen. Kind of like rock-paper-scissors, but with chemicals, dice and 66 impressively illustrated cards featuring monster-themed caricatures of chemicals.

So far, his goal is to reach $1 million in revenues by the end of his first year on the job, which is by summer of 2008. He’s seeking funding to mass produce his idea and has been attending entrepreneurship technology conferences to gain some visibility. Impressive, how he’s put together a sharp team which includes his 11 year old sister as the VP of Sales.


#2 Ben Casnocha: Comcate Founder

Ben Casnocha, Comcate This ain’t your regular kid at 19 years old. He’s the 6′ 4″ founder of Comcate, a software company that provides customer support tools for local governments. He started the company based on a sixth grade technology class project when he was just 12 years of age while he attended the Town School for Boys, a popular school in San Francisco. Since then, several dozen clients from small to mid-sized cities are ringing up annual revenue of around $750,000 for his company. And while teens his age are focusing on college, he’s schmoozing with famed Silicon Valley high tech executives and VCs. As if that weren’t enough, he just wrote a book as well called “My Startup Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley”, which I’m tempted to pick up. Last I checked, he doesn’t look anything like a geek either. If you want to keep tabs on this whiz kid, check out his blog at Ben Casnocha: The Blog.



#3 Aaron Swartz: Co-founder of Reddit and more

Aaron Swartz, Reddit

Now 21 20, Aaron Swartz was just 14 years old when he co-authored the RSS 1.0 specification, which you’re probably intimately familiar with if you’re a blogger. It’s a standard or format for feeds that allow you to subscribe and keep up with your favorite web sites via automatic updates. That’s just the start. Here’s what else he’s gotten into so far (as per Wikipedia):

  • Co-wrote the RSS 1.0 specification
  • Joined the W3C’s RDF Core Working Group
  • Co-designed a lightweight markup language called Markdown
  • Founded Infogami, which he no longer maintains but is part of a project list called “Not A Bug”
  • Co-founded Reddit, a highly popular social bookmarking web site which unfortunately, he was fired from

Even with these stops and starts, this guy is on the way to the moon as evidenced by his personal web site.


#4 Jake Lunn: Nautical Napkins Founder

Jake Lunn, Nautical Napkins

This 11 year old British lad was fascinated about sailing boats and cool yachts so his parents literally teased him into starting a company to support his dream of owning a super yacht one day. So it was very apropos that he started a company that created and sold custom and personalized napkins for boats! So far, he’s still busy building that fortune or just enough to have paid back his investment in a second hand printing press and along the way has won an innovation award. If you go check out his site, Nautical Napkins, you’ll see that he’s offering the ultimate luxury linen napkins for the yacht set. More on Jake and other entrepreneurial teens in this article.



#5 Suhas Gopinath: Founder, CEO and President of Globals, Inc

Suhas Gopinath, Globals Inc

According to Wikipedia, Suhas is now 21 years old. When he was just 14, this guy from Bangalore, India founded a company called Globals, Inc in San Jose, California. The reason for trying his luck in the United States rather than his native country was because there are laws in India that prevented him — then as a minor — to start a company legally. Starting with only 4 employees, he now employs around 400 students between India and the U.S.A.

He jokingly shares that he wants to retire at the age of 24. Right now, he’s a workaholic and national icon who’s listed in India’s record books as “The World’s Youngest Chief Executive”. He’s also terribly frugal and has shockingly turned down a $100 million investment from a VC firm. So far, he’s doing very well on his own, with 200 clients throughout the world, offices in 11 countries and software products that address market niches such as software for schools akin to an electronic class register that tracks the grades and attendance of students. Another product his company has developed (and is a candidate for a patent), is a data management tool that would help IT companies decrease their workforce and lower their costs.


These talented young people have done a lot to attract vast opportunities to their doorsteps. I’m curious to see how their lives and careers will shape up in the following years. If you’ve heard of any other such “super kids” out there, drop me a line here as I’d like to hear about more stories of this nature too. It’s a way of showing our kids — or anyone, in fact — that sky’s the limit. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.

Don’t you wish you could have started so young?

Copyright © 2007 The Digerati Life. All Rights Reserved.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve Olson June 11, 2007 at 12:35 pm

This is one of the most inspriring posts I’ve read. It’s amazing what young people are capable of if we let them just do it.

Ben Casnocha June 11, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Thanks so much for the link! I’d be honored if you picked up the book.

Silicon Valley Blogger June 12, 2007 at 7:26 am

I can admit that these are the types of posts I really enjoy researching and doing. I was quite uplifted when I came across these stories.
Ben, I’m adding your book to my collection :).

Aaron Swartz June 12, 2007 at 7:41 am

Not to quibble about a compliment, but I’m actually 20.

Silicon Valley Blogger June 12, 2007 at 7:50 am

Aaron, thanks for dropping by! I’ve changed things accordingly. Kudos to all your work. At 20, I can only vaguely remember muddling my way through a Comp Sci degree in a foreign land.

Ethan June 15, 2007 at 4:04 am

perhaps you should include tom hadfield, although he’s 25 now.

Vijay Teach Me June 21, 2007 at 10:47 am

Now this is called kick in the butt

Stephanie @ PoorerThanYou June 21, 2007 at 1:09 pm

I ran a newspaper in my home town from the time I was 6 until I was 12. When I read things like this, I wish I’d kept doing it!

MauoNkids August 27, 2007 at 11:21 pm

This is really a good example of what young people are capable of if we help them to belive in themselves. It’s important to help kids build confidence and real life experiences work pretty good. This is the kind of positive post kids and adults need today. (from Italy)

David September 1, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Great post and yes I want to start young again.

Shania December 22, 2007 at 5:21 pm

this is very inspiring and I hope to make a company too

Gratefully Rich December 30, 2007 at 7:02 am

These kids have really shown the way for others to follow. They are in a sense the real pillars of future generations. They are so focused at this tender age, and i can’t stop praising them for their focus.

Danna Harding January 24, 2008 at 11:52 pm

The talent of these young people are absolutely amazing. I was reading in the advocate about another young entrepreneur by the name of Kody Higginbotham. He is 18 yrs. of age and has a multi-million dollar corporation in LA which is a consulting and technology company. The company is Mandel Enterprises LLC. The website is mandelenterprises.homestead.com. I think this is a temporary website for the host but there domain is mandelenterprises.com. Try both of the domains. One of them will work.

Jayson January 26, 2008 at 11:09 am

These young adults and kids are amazing. It’s incredible to see what they’ve done and can do at such a young age. They’ve already done more than most people do in a lifetime.

Sastry April 24, 2008 at 6:42 am

It takes an immense pleasure by saying that Suhas is one of my good friend and even though I am elder to him there are many things that I need to learn from him. Would like to take tips from him in setting up an organisation and being an entrepreneur.

Scott Gostyla June 13, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Wow, now I feel old. These young entrepreneurs are really impressive. “My goal is 1 million in revenue before I finish middle school”…wow.

Bill July 18, 2008 at 1:08 pm

I don’t know whether to smile or cry! These kids have a lot going for them!! Well done.

Thanks for the post — and thanks again for submitting another great post to my blog carnival.

dreamyacht November 17, 2008 at 4:25 pm

These children are so incredibly inspiring. It is very uplifting so such young minds doing big things. I can only hope and pray that my children will be so inspired.

Jobirn December 12, 2008 at 11:06 am

Thanks for sharing.
Good job by these amazing guys! If only I were a child with such talent!

Matt | Small Biz Bee January 15, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I love seeing young people with a healthy entrepreneurial spirit. It will benefit them greatly throughout life, regardless of what they end up doing.


Millionaire Acts May 8, 2009 at 1:05 am

I love those little entrepreneurs! I wish I started a little bit younger. Although I started investing at the age of 22. That age is quite old compared to these kids.

Star July 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I am 12 years old and with the help of my dad who does SEO I am building my own web sites; the only thing is when I talk to people on the phone I have to pass it to my dad as they think I’m playing around. Good to see others are pursuing their ideas.

Vishnu July 18, 2009 at 7:16 am

I am 15 years old now. Without any one’s help, being in a middle-class family, I got my first check at the age of 13. I got PC at 12, started at 12. Because of the burning desire, i achieve! I strive for perfection! Started at 12… Now 15. I own a network and am the CEO. But i have no authority over the world.

Business Opportunities Seeker January 3, 2010 at 4:50 am

I envy the achievement of these your entrepreneurs. I have so much to learn from them.

Bill June 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

The Indian kid is really inspirational. He’s much younger than I am and already, he’s accomplished so much more than I and my peers have thus far. He puts me to shame, that’s for sure.

Bill and Ben August 3, 2010 at 3:22 am

some really great stories there, and aaron schwartz even commented!

Mahesh September 27, 2010 at 1:58 am

I’m very happy to hear that somebody in INDIA becomes the youngest entrepreneur in the world, where students in INDIA are still depending on their parents until they get a job, this guy (Suhas Gopinath) is an inspiration for every INDIAN.

divya December 8, 2010 at 6:13 am

I am proud to be an INDIAN.

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