Few entrepreneurs can say they’ve grown their business into multi-million dollar enterprises in just a couple years. Far fewer can say they’ve done so all before even graduating high school.
Jaylen Bledsoe, 15, of Hazelwood, Mo., however, is just that rare breed of high school sophomore. He started his own tech company that specializes in web design and other IT services, Bledsoe Technologies, when he was just 13 years old and worked toexpand it into a global enterprise now worth around $3.5 million, Fox 2 in St. Louis reports. The local news station followed up with Bledsoe on Monday after first interviewing the teen back in March 2012. Since that first interview, Bledsoe has grown his company from two workers to about 150 contracted employees in order to meet demand.
Meanwhile, Bledsoe has pursued other, more traditional goals for a high school kid. He’s held leadership roles in a variety of student organizations, such as president of the Student Council and the Parent Teacher Student Association. Outside of school, he’s served as the chief technology officer of St. Louis Volunteen, a program to promote teen volunteerism, according to Patch. He was even partly responsible for bringing vegetarian options to his former middle school’s cafeteria.
Jaylen said an interest in web design, which he first discovered while attending classes at his school’s gifted-education program, was the foundation for his business. But he says it’s taken a lot of hard work and courage, too.
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