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Teen Business Ideas For The 20 Something Generation

EntrepreneursMarch 3, 2009By

Gregg Blanchard: Teen Business Ideas For The 20 Something Generation

There is no doubt that there are a lot of young, brilliant minds out there these days. It’s pretty amazing when a 12 year old can organize groups of hundreds of people and lead successful, strategic rebellions in the online gaming world.

It’s a sign of an entrepreneurial spirit – and the mind of a leader.

The Internet and the new world of technology has given today’s youth an advantage to develop and hone entrepreneurial and leadership skills at a very early age. Many go on to college to further develop these skills with the intention of starting their own businesses someday. The result is many bright, young minds looking for – and creating – new business ideas and startup ventures.


Gregg Blanchard, Creator and Host of the TeenBiz Podcast joins host, Anita Campbell along with co-host, Steve Rucinski, to share some of the unique insights and ideas that today’s student entrepreneurs have to offer.

Below are the questions we asked Gregg in this episode:

  • (2:39) First Gregg, can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your background?
  • (4:02) What was the biggest challenge to you as a student entrepreneur?
  • (5:05) How did you end up overcoming that?
  • (5:46) Where did the idea for your first business come from?
  • (7:22) Can you share a few of the new ideas that student entrepreneurs are coming up with?
  • (9:54) I have heard that you consider college the perfect time to start a business, why is that?
  • (11:50) Do you see evidence in students that there is something genetic in them that creates an entrepreneur? Perhaps coming from their parents?
  • (13:28) Do you see entrepreneurial spirit developing at a much younger age in students these days? Perhaps even in high school?
  • (17:30) What are some of the challenges young entrepreneurs face?
  • (19:40) Do you think that some of the young, famous entrepreneurs out there have forged the way for you? Such as, Mark Zuckerberg, the Founder of Facebook and Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates?
  • (21:29) If student entrepreneurs are so successful, why are they still in school?
  • (23:38) What Internet marketing lessons can small business owners and entrepreneurs learn from students?
  • (25:34) Give us some concrete examples of what you mean by the statement, “Student entrepreneurs see their websites as an employee.”
  • (28:30) Gregg, where can people find out more?

Listen to Gregg’s full interview now by clicking the red and yellow player below.

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8 Responses to “Teen Business Ideas For The 20 Something Generation”

  1. Luz Spielberg Says:

    Wow. Gregg is amazing! Young entrepreneurs are a living inspiration for us too.

  2. Amanda Says:

    This next generation of entrepreneurs has so much of an advantage. They are much more tech savvy having grown up surrounded by technology. I think it’s awesome that young adults are harnessing that knowledge and using it to make themselves a career online. Gregg should be proud of his achievements. I think he has a great future ahead of him.

  3. Gregg Blanchard Says:

    Thank you guys for the kind words 🙂

    @Luz The young entrepreneurs I meet inspire me as well…their talent and determination is amazing.

    @Amanda Yeah, our understanding of technology is very helpful. However, I often wish I had the experience under my belt of a seasoned businessman when I get into new, sticky situations 😉

  4. Luz Spielberg Says:

    Gregg you are most welcome! 😉

  5. Martin Lindeskog Says:

    Gregg Blanchard,

    I will follow your entrepreneurial adventure on Twitter!

    By the way: Have you heard about Venture Cup business plan competition?

    I see you are an avid soccer fan. I learned to enjoy the American version of soccer during my time in college in Manchester, NH.

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  7. Arthur Bland Says:

    This is really interesting. Two thumbs for you young man! I think must really listen to this podcast though.

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