High school student, 15, builds $3.5million IT company in just three years

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High school student, 15, builds $3.5million IT company in just three years

By Hayley Peterson

  • Jaylen Bledsoe of Hazelwood, Missouri, founded Bledsoe Technologies, an information technology consulting company, when he was just 12 years old
  • The company now has about 150 contract employees around the world
  • It helps companies with website design, graphics and other technology consulting services
  • Bledsoe said he’ll be working with hotels for his next project, creating a mobile app that lets customers check in online and use their phones to unlock their rooms

article-2411630-1B9F915A000005DC-639_634x433A 15-year-old high school student has turned his tech startup into a multi-million-dollar enterprise in just a couple of years – without even taking any time off class. Jaylen Bledsoe of Hazelwood, Missouri, founded Bledsoe Technologies, an information technology consulting company, when he was just 12 years old. Since then, Bledsoe Technologies has grown into a global enterprise worth around $3.5 million, KTVI-TV reports.

The startup, which now has about 150 contract employees around the world, helps companies with website design, graphics and other technology consulting services. At age 15 and considered a millionaire, Bledsoe says the guiding principle to his success is his willingness to take risks.

‘There’s nothing you can do as a minor that will shoot you down for too long,’ he told KTVI-TV. ‘Because you’re young, you can always jump back up and keep going. He said his mentor is Scott C. Schnuck, the man who founded the Schnucks grocery store chain. Bledsoe said he’ll be working with hotels for his next project, creating a mobile app that lets customers check in online and use their phones to unlock their rooms.

He wants to attend undergraduate school at Vanderbilt University and then go to Harvard for his graduate degree. He is currently attending Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School, a private school in Missouri.

Bledsoe’s interest in IT was sparked by video editing course he took in third grade.

While on vacation in Florida, he purchased $200 worth of textbooks on hypertext mark-up language (HTML) and hypertext preprocessor (PHP) code to help him expand his knowledge, Patch reported last year.

‘I don’t see many eighth graders do the things that he does but it’s all his doing,’ said Curtis Bledsoe, Jaylen’s father. ‘I’m very proud of him.’

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6 Comments on “High school student, 15, builds $3.5million IT company in just three years”

  1. Simply Maria

    Praise God that he has discovered his gift from God and using it! May he continue to bless people with jobs and continue to make his family proud. I pray this child knows the Lord.

  2. 1servant

    Great job Jaylen I’m proud of you.when I’m at work I see so much negative with the youth. This is refreshing
    keep up the good work

  3. Jen

    I am so inspired!! So proud of this young man! what a testimony he is and he’s only just begun. #Eyes have not seen nor ears heard #Amazing

  4. Mrs. Anderson

    Wow! So moved. With a little ingenuity, alot of hard work, and God leading you, you can accomplish what you set your mind on. Just by hearing this young man it renews my spirit and reminds me that with God I can still move forward. I’m not going to let my set backs become my reason to sit back. Praise be to God for this post. Thanks EX Ministries team for bringing it to the forefront of my attention. Now I need to get back in the game and most importantly get me a mentorto help me navigate through the baking industry & banking industry for that matter (my current profession). God bless you all and keep stories like this coming!

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