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Entrepreneurs Under 30
Published on Nov 25, 2013
Read our article, 'Entrepreneurs Under 30' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
Quite a few young people title themselves as entrepreneurs, but we have highlighted five role models we feel have been particularly inspirational in our customers’ journey! These young men and women, often fresh out of college, started a successful business and are on track to have multi-million dollar revenues in their first year or two of operation.
Rochelle Behrens, 30, The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens
Behrens was working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and was frustrated with the way women’s blouses always gap at the bust. In response, she created her own line called The Shirt, which solves this problem with a built-in patented technology that keeps the shirt from gapping. Her idea was a hit and was featured as one of Oprah’s must-have fashion items in 2011. Rochelle used a personal experience to leverage a business idea. Do you have an idea like Rochelle’s? Check out our guide on patents, trademarks and licensing.
Kevin Systrom, 29, and Mike Krieger, 27, Instagram
The duo teamed up to create the app Instagram which launched on October 6, 2010 – within hours, the app had over 10,000 users. The app allows users to customize photos they take on their smartphone with filters and effects and then share them across several social channels. As of September 2013, Instagram had a total of 150 million active users. Kevin and Mike’s partnership helped their business goals come to fruition. It’s important to consider a partnership as one of the most important and long-lasting decisions you will make in your career. Our recent blog post on tips to maintain a successful and healthy partnership may help you decide whether sharing your business is right for you!
Sejal Hathi, 21, Girls Helping Girls
At age 15, Hathi founded the international nonprofit Girls Helping Girls which works to train and mentor thousands of girls worldwide to start entrepreneurial projects that help address global and social issues. It has so far connected over 30,000 girls in 22 countries. At age 19, Hathi went on to found Girltank which works to identify and help girls with high-potential become impactful leaders. Many entrepreneurs chose to start a non-profit out of a natural philanthropic urge or personal connection to a specific cause. If you think you may be in a position to participate or even start your own non-profit, feel free to read more here.
Andrew Mangino, 26, The Future Project
In 2011, Mangino helped cofound The Future Project which works to help underserved children reshape their schools and identify their passions. The Future Project places “Dream Directors” in inner city schools in New York, Washington, D.C., and New Haven to help encourage follow their dreams. When the company launched its initiative in October, it was the largest education initiative since Teach for America.
Adam Goldstein, 25, Hipmunk
Goldstein helped co-found Hipmunk just weeks after graduating from MIT in 2010. Hipmunk is a new form of travel site that is aimed to “put the fun back into traveling.” It simplifies the search process and provides an easy to view layout to users. Time Magazine named it one of “The 50 Best Websites of 2011.”Check out our guide to running your business like a champion, even if you are a first-time business owner.