Forget child labor, these kids are the boss
Should schools be teaching kids how to be entrepreneurs? If the brainy folks I listen to at conferences have the future right, yeah, the only people who will be gainfully employed outside of the top 20 or 25 percent of the populace will be artists and people who run their own companies. So we need to start training kids young on how to be entrepreneurs.And the best way to do that is via schools, either as part of the curriculum or as after-school programs. It’s already happening, as this piece I wrote on Teen Titans shows. It highlighted young people raising money for companies after going through after-school programs like Youth CITIES, in-school classes like NFTE, alternate approaches like NuVu Studio, and other efforts. I was focused on the Boston area, or I might have run across this 18-year-old associate at a venture capital firm.
I felt like I was writing about teenage sports or music prodigies, and perhaps I am. Most kids who pursue professions instead of academics don’t make a living at those professions, and I suspect that these young people will mostly not become tycoons. But then, most entrepreneurs fail at least once, so maybe starting young will work out in their favor.