I started my first company when I was 16 years old with a lot of misconceptions. When you read Inc. Magazine or Forbes, they make you think that you have to hit the home-run or do something extremely large to be significant or make a difference in this world. After realizing how daunting the task would be to build an enterprise at 16, I thought the right start would be to beginning to build it piece by piece, in small steps. Eventually, these small steps lead into large changes, innovations, and accomplishments.
It was meeting these day-to-day goals that led me to receive an award at the White House this year and be given the opportunity to have a meeting in the Oval Office. To speak to members of the United Nations, be named one of the top Entrepreneurs under 30 Years old, receive an award as the “Best Tech Company” run by someone under 30, and meet and work with industry leaders like Steve Case, Founder of AOL and Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder of Priceline.com.
I believe that entrepreneurs are needed now more than ever and it’s essential that young entrepreneurs take action on their dreams now.
How young is too young? I suggest that young entrepreneurs start as soon as possible. I understood at 16 that I may fail, but also that being young is the best time to start a business because if it doesn’t work out, you can still go to school, you are still supported by your parents, and at least you can put something on your resume. Either way, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain.
Entrepreneurs are looked to for not only problem solving, but as equally important, they’re an essential component in the effort to create jobs and better their communities. I’m honored to be a part of the Fresno community and I believe that the Valley has a number of young entrepreneurs that have the ability to influence our nation by starting their own businesses one step at a time.