The younger generation doesn’t sit around waiting for the next big thing to happen, they create it themselves. And, this doesn’t just involve the internet; we seem to have bred a generation of wiz-kids. Which makes sense, given the advantages they have over when my generation was growing up.
I didn’t own a personal computer until I bought my own in 1994. My daughter had her first at the age of 5. My son started hitting the keyboard at the age of 3.
My idea of a personal video game was the hand held Coleco football game. If you remember, it wasn’t really a video game, but a series of lights that turned on and off.
But enough of my jealousy of what these kids have compared to what we had, because those advantages have brought us some great startups, social media sites, and toys, not to mention a new breed of young millionaires.
Below are 3 of the Top 10 Teen Entrepreneurs of 2012 according to Addicted to Success:
In 1999, at only fourteen years old, Adam Hildreth together with his six friends launched the famous English social networking site Dubit. Dubit became one of the most popular websites in 2004. By 2005, Dubit had a net worth of more than 3.7 million dollars. Adam later founded Crisp thinking, which developed software that protected people from online predators, online harassment and spamming. He is ranked 23 in the top 100 richest young people in the UK according to the 2011 Sunday times rich list.
Adam Hildreth is estimated to have a net worth of 38 million dollars.
When he was only 14 years old, Sean Belnick created bizchair.com, an internet retailer for all types of furniture. Sean Belnick began with an initial investment of 500 dollars and ran his business operations from his bedroom. In 2004, he moved into his first warehouse and by 2009, he had more than 702,000 square feet of warehouse space from the initial 40,00 square feet. In 2010, bizchair had sales of more than 58 million dollars.
Sean Belnick’s net worth is reported to be 42 million dollars.
Juliette made her millions after launching the website Miss O and Friends when she was still only 10 years old. The site, which targets mostly teenage girls, is filled with celebrity gossip, games, quizzes and lots of feature articles. She has also launched a line of Miss O and friends books.
Juliette Brindak is currently the CEO and editor of her site and book line and has a networth of 15 Million Dollars.
As noted above, today’s youth doesn’t sit around waiting for next Facebook game, or the next Facebook for that matter, they logon to their laptop and create their own. Young entrepreneurs are the future, so we are lucky to have so many innovative and forward thinking kids to help lead the way.