Feeling worn-down and inadequate? Well, one Irish entrepreneur Jordan Casey is launching his third company at the ripe-old age of 14, indicating yet again that young people aren’t vacant vessels with little to contribute to the world.
Even Paul Graham, Co-Founder of Y-Combinator, stated once that young founders have plenty of strengths like stamina, poverty, rootlessness and ignorance. These aren’t necessarily disadvantages, because, after all, startup life is very much about persisting with a consistent level of focus and energy even when there’s little certainty and money. It’s no wonder we’re seeing so many young folks taking a leap and starting their own business.
Whereas many other 14-year-olds are busy procrastinating with their homework, Jordan is building startups, one after another. His first two include Casey Games, a game development company, and Teachware, a web-based application being used by 300 teachers to manage their students’ information. More recently, he unveiled Eventzy, an event management platform that is currently operating in BETA and set to launch publicly next year.
“We will have a free version for smaller events and a paid version for larger, corporate events,” Jordan told the Irish Times “We won’t be competing with Eventbrite as they are mainly about tickets. Our software will allow users to manage events and promote them on social media.”
A young person doing something many adults don’t dare to do always draws our attention. It’s not just the ‘cute factor’ that compels us – it’s the fact that stories like these challenge the status quo and open our minds up to new possibilities. Jordan is another example of how the education system doesn’t cater to everyone’s interests. Jordan taught himself how to code. Becoming an entrepreneur is a bold and admirable choice he made.
But what about other kids who only take what’s handed to them in schools? They may have potential far beyond their school curricula, but are unable to recognise or access these opportunities.
Last year, Creel Price, Founder of Club Kidpreneur stated, “There is something quite special about kids learning the highs and lows of business, how to handle customers, building their financial literacy skills around handling cash and setting prices to make profit.”
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