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Interviews

Sabirul Islam grew up in a crime-ridden borough of London, England.

His eyes were opened to entrepreneurship by his cousin, who offered Sabirul a job at the age of 13. But when Sabirul was fired a few weeks later, he decided to take matters into his own hands. At 14, he gathered six of his friends and started Veyron Technology, a website design company. Sabirul made his first $1000 within the first two weeks.

In January of 2008, at age 17, Sabirul self-published his first book. The World at Your Feet offers young people guidance and encouragement to turn their entrepreneurial vision into reality. It’s safe to say that Sabirul is an expert on the subject: not only has the book sold 60,000 copies, Sabirul has also launched a board game (‘Teen-Trepreneur’), become a globe-trotting public speaker (over 600 speaking engagements), and started his own publishing company for aspiring teen authors.

Now 19, Sabirul keeps busy by developing an interactive website for young entrepreneurs, writing three additional books, and otherwise setting out to conquer the world.

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As a 13-year-old, Alex Maroko was cut from his basketball team. At 15, after years of practicing training techniques, Alex became a freelance athletic trainer. As word of mouth spread, the clients rolled in.

After graduating high school, Alex moved from Michigan to Tampa Bay, FL, where he played Division II basketball at Eckerd College. That’s also where he decided to take his business to the next level.

In early 2009, Alex went from training clients in person to doing everything online. His first product, a video that teaches how to dribble a basketball better, earned $20,000 in the first week of its release. In the six months since, Alex has been developing more websites and products, along with an online coaching program.

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Syed Balkhi used to get online at three o’clock in the morning to trade stones for a game called Neopets.

When he was 12, his cousin pointed out that he could do the same thing with domain names – all while pulling in a handsome profit. Soon he was developing websites, designing them, and running a paid domain name directory.

Originally from Pakistan, Syed is now 19 and attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Along with a handful of college friends (Amanda Roberts, David Pegg, and Mohammed Karim), Syed has started a successful web service company called Uzzz Productions. His blog for WordPress beginners, WPBeginner, has been up since July 2009 and already attracts an incredible 145,000 unique visitors each month.

Maybe it’s genetic: Syed’s six-year-old brother is running a successful blog of his own with Syed’s help.

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As an Australian teen, Jacob Cass first began making money on his terms as an eBay seller. But his true love was graphic design.

Jacob nabbed his first freelance job at the age of sixteen and in November 2007 he started a website and blog dedicated to his business, Just Creative Design. He immediately began raking in clients, awards, and recognition. Not satisfied with one successful blog, Jacob launched Logo Designer Blog and Logo of the Day to further preach his passion.

In January 2010, after earning a degree in graphic design, Jacob received a job offer from an unlikely source: his Twitter account. He packed his bags and moved from Sydney, Australia to Brooklyn, New York, where he currently works for Carrot Creative – a marketing agency that focuses on new media design and development. With what little free time he has, Jacob enjoys travelling and listening to music.

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