Thanks to my buddy Ramit, (with an earlier nudge from Kare) I was formally introduced to the teen entrepreneur sensation from San Francisco Ben Casnocha, author of the recently published book My Startup Life: What a (very) young CEO learned on his journey through Silicon Valley. (Perhaps my favorite comment from a reader of Ramit’s review of the book was “I love and hate people like Ben. At the same time they inspire me, and also force me to evaluate my current state of failure in life.” Haven’t we all felt that?)
He was a total delight to talk to (I prerecorded this interview), and I was impressed not only with his feat of starting a business and writing a book all before attending college but also with his incredible writing talent.
We talked about his journey building a company at age 14 (all starting from a middle school project) as well as explored themes from his book such as:
- The importance of (but not obsession about) passion at work
- How to develop a bias toward action, not just talk
- Personal branding
- The power of entrepreneurship as a way of life, not just another incarnation of a job
Hearing him describe his love of reading and writing made me thankful for how my parents raised me: with book in my hand since I was old enough to hold one.
Read to your kids! Great things will happen, like Ben Casnocha.
Date: Friday, June 1
Time: 11am-12pm Pacific Standard Time
Topic: Wise words from a teen entrepreneur sensation
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