Most high school students can (and do) juggle a lot of work—worrying about exams, SATs, finding a decent prom date or getting into college. Ask them to draft a business plan or start their own company, however, and you’ll probably get some blank stares.
Enter Diane Keng, an 18-year-old student from Monta Vista High School in Silicon Valley, who at age 15 started her first business venture—a T-shirt screen-printing business, followed by a teen marketing-consulting firm. Though Diane ended up dropping both businesses to focus harder on her studies, this past March she co-founded a new internet company, MyWeboo.com. The website’s purpose is to help active teen web-users manage all of their online identities in one place. In fact, last week Diane pitched her company at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco to venture capitalists.
Although Diane has had her advantages—such as her father, a venture capitalist himself, pitching in $100,000 to fuel her recent start-up—Diane’s success mainly arose from her hard work ethic and focus, where she gained top grades in high school and secured herself a full ride to study computer science and marketing at Santa Clara University in the fall
While school should always be a priority, Diane serves as a great example to us young adults to actively pursue our own passions and interests as well. Clearly, teenagers today are proving themselves increasingly capable of pushing the envelope on creativity and innovation. [via Wall Street Journal]
Photo: Deanne Fitzmaurice for the Wall Street Journal
Last modified: May 13, 2010