A few weeks ago, I was contacted by another young entrepreneur who runs a company called Broadgate Business Financial. He is a sophomore in college and his company provides financing to small and medium businesses. I don't have any financial interest in his company, he hasn't asked me for any, and he hasn't asked for this plug, but in an effort to support the young entrepreneurs, he gets a post on my blog. What he wanted was permission to syndicate my blog in his B2B Business Blog. Since I don't make money from my blog and it is intended really as a forum to express my thoughts and build interest around my industry, I of course granted permission. Hopefully it will add to his blog and help make some better entrepreneurs.
One of the most gratifying things about blogging is when I hear from a young entrepreneur - the young entrepreneurs of this world never cease to amaze me. They remind me of my younger days and all of the dreams and ambitions that come with youth. When I was in college I spent much of my days trading stocks and on the phone with brokers. At that time I thought I was a special kid and that I was an "entrepreneur." In reality I was really my own hedge fund and there was nothing clever about my activities other than that it was secretive - while my buddies were out playing or studying, I was researching or trading on the market.
I never would have tried to conduct "real" business wth anyone because I would not have thought that adults would have taken me seriously. This perhaps is the most inspiring thing about today's young entrepreneurs. While it is more socially acceptable to be a teenager or entrepreneur in his twenties, by and large, most young entrepreneurs don't give a XXXX what people think of their age. Those that think they are too young really are missing out on the next wave of ingenuity and the next generation of business leaders.
Hopefully, these young entrepreneurs won't get too caught up in "growing up too fast" and they will enjoy some of their youth while they can. I wish them happiness and success in their personal and professional endeavors.