Starting a business is a goal of many young entrepreneurs who hope to eventually own a multi-million dollar enterprise.
For Jaylen Bledsoe of Hazelwood, Mo., he achieved this goal at the age of 15.
The high school sophomore started his own tech company when he was 13-years-old and since then, the business has skyrocketed and transformed into a global corporation now worth $3.5 million, reports Fox 2.
The young teen is the CEO and founder of Bledsoe Technolgies, LLC, a company he created in 2012 that is recognized as an IT consultancy firm which specializes in web development and graphics for local businesses in St. Louis.
It has since expanded and now serves corporations worldwide, continuing to grow in both profit and staff size. The company had only five workers when it first launched and has now contracted over 150 employees.
Meanwhile, Bledsoe’s worth has reached millionaire status.
As if launching his own company doesn’t keep him busy enough, Bledsoe takes on leadership roles for several school organizations. He is the president of his school’s student council and the Parent Teacher Student Association and spends time volunteering in the community, reports The Huffington Post.
He said learning to “take risks” has been one of the more valuable lessons that has stuck with him.
“As a minor, there’s nothing you can do that will shoot you down for too long. You can always jump back up and keep going,” he told Fox 2.
In a previous interview with Patch, Bledsoe said he hopes to attend Harvard University and plans to study business administration and computer science.
He said he then wants to go on to earn his master’s degree in law and eventually become a copyright attorney.
“It’s an adult world out there,” he told Patch. “We can all do the same things; you have to have the right amount of dedication.”
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Source: The Grio