What were you doing at age 12? Jaylen Bledsoe, now a 15-year-old sophomore from St. Louis, began building an IT company, Bledsoe Technologies, LLC. Three years later, Jaylen’s company is valued at over 1 million dollars!
This young man has done what many people only dream of, while navigating the challenging and confusing tween to teen years. Bledsoe Technologies is the #1 IT consultancy firm run by a minor in the midwest, and one of the nations fastest growing companies.
What started with two contractors has now expanded to 150 contractors. So not only is he creating income opportunities for himself, but for others as well.
To accomplish what Jaylen has accomplished takes someone with dedication, work ethic, and wisdom. Jaylen has accepted the success and attention he’s received with gratitude. His hopes are to be a blessing and inspiration to other kids. Check out this quote from Jaylen’s blog:
Over the last few years, I’ve been able to motivate that kid who smokes weed all day, to go and learn about entrepreneurship…(motivate the kid) who plays video games all day, to go and learn how to develop his own video game…(and motivate the kid) who’s considered a nerd at school, and is bullied.
This is definitely a young man wise beyond his years. He is currently working on a project for hotels that will allow you to check into your hotel from your smartphone, and use your smartphone as your hotel room key. Sounds big, and I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out!
After he turns the tech and business world upside down, Jaylen plans to take his talents to Vanderbilt University and then on to Harvard. It’s going to be fun watching this young man work in the future!
Check out Jaylen’s interview on the St. Louis Fox News affiliate station, Fox 2 below.
BMWK – If you could talk to Jaylen, what would you say to him or ask him?
How do you motivate a kid who says he wants to develop video games but only wants to spend all day playing them?
Briana Myricks says
@Pamela, I think that if you show them all the perks that come with creating video games (some of the heavy hitters in the arena, how much money they make, how many games sell) and maybe even find a workshop where they do video game development, that would be a motivator. Some kids are intimidated by the thought of college because they don’t know what they want to do. But when they see how possible it is and exactly what it takes, it gets them on the ball. Good luck!