Anita Newton posted a great piece on how to explain to your kids what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. I found it aligned quite well with our mission at Erec Makes a Fire: to teach children between 4-8 about the entrepreneurial spirit. Even if you are not an entrepreneur yourself, check out her list that frames what entrepreneurs do and see what curiosities it sparks in your children’s minds.
It really is the epitome of the famous saying, “Give a person a fish they eat for a day, teaching a person to be a fisherman they eat for a lifetime.” Preparing children in the most critical developmental stages of their lives to understand how to jump on opportunities, fund ideas, and create value will impact their future’s priceless ways. See how Cameron Herold explains how he and his family believe in teaching children entrepreneurial concepts too.
There are very few adults out there that have started the one company they have dreamed about. Jordan Casey leveraged his curiosity and passion to create three, and he’s only 14! His latest project is to help users manage events they are hosting or attending and will be launching it next year.
As some of you may already know, starting your own company as an adult not only takes courage and strength but an ability to pull out of the loads of work you’re already entrenched in and make the time to start over. Giving children the opportunity to “strike while the iron is hot” and build the skills necessary to pursue a project of their own early is the greatest gift you can give them.
That’s why I created this book now on Kickstarter To help children and their parents create that comfort level at home – early on – while children are in their most important cognitive developmental stages of their lives.
You can read more about Jordan and his projects here: http://venturebeat.com/2014/11/10/this-14-year-old-irish-entrepreneur-just-launched-his-third-company/
Product Hunt is a great service that keeps you updated on the multitudes of new products being added to the marketplace everyday. Last week they collected a bunch of the top products that were made by teens. Including a beautiful task manager, a creative photo-based guessing game, and a “StumbleUpon for Product Hunt”.
The ever-lowering costs to develop and distribute ideas has allowed anyone with the passion and drive to create a real chance to Kickstart a business. Erec Makes a Fire helps families start immersing their children in the principles required to go from idea to success.
Check out Product Hunts list here:
Just yesterday I posted about some kids jumping on an opportunity during Fleet Week to sell some lemonade to passerbys. Today for fleet week I found a family upping the competition by not only offering a full snack bar but leveraging the crowds to help donate all proceeds to PHS’ volunteer group.
This time I decided to interview the awesome parents that are taking the time to teach their kids some valuable lessons:
I was recording more videos for the soon to be launching KickStarter Campaign when thunderous waves of sound barriers being broken made that entirely impossible.
I was glad to pulled away to go checkout some amazing arial acrobatics. What gave me even more excitement was what I saw on the way!
How perfect! The masses of people arriving to the show was an opportunity the kids jumped on in this house. The brother was directing and marketing their perfectly positioned ice cold product while the sister poured and and collected payment. This experience will help shape how kids see the businesses they work for (or create) in a perspectives others will not have the luxury to. Kudos to you and your family
According to Huffington Post, Mr. Cory was discovered by Jamie Feldman while standing in line at J. Crew shopping for suits. It’s what businessmen do. The New Jersey-based entrepreneur is the CEO of his home-based company, Mr. Cory’s Cookies. Read more about this stylish kid on Elite Daily.
Thomas Suarez is now a 12-year-old app developer but started programming to solve the needs of his peers before he broke into double digits. If you don’t tell kids they are too young to understand/do something they may just been naive enough to do anything… Thank goodness.
Yet another new perspective on the cognitive abilities of young children:http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/25/247160180/yes-your-toddler-really-is-smarter-than-a-5-year-old
I believe that the way to help a child grow into a their full potential, one that is not forced upon them nor spoon fed to them, is to surround a child ( at a very young age ) as well as their family with subtle, situational and abstract thoughts that convey a strong larger message within. We have been using this method for as long as history can remember for things such as manners, physical activity, potty training, making friends and many more but I believe the same principles can be used to teach more complex concepts that are locked into many university level 101 classes such as economics, business, and science. Having the basic familiarity with these concepts, conveyed through story, can help give more opportunity to children during the most creative, opportunity rich times of their lives.
Erec Makes a Fire is one of the books to begin that trend by targeting the message of entrepreneurism, customers, product development, supply and demand, and exchanges in children before the age of 9 through an entertaining story with fun and lovable characters.
Alexandra Jordan, 9
Alexandra is getting her entrepreneurial feet wet ( creating something from nothing ). Her application Super Fun Kid Time is a play date finder for kids. As reported by readwrite.com which recently published an article about some teens and tweens getting their hack on.
Like many kids growing up in our technology driven world access to online learning as well as the ability to write software without costs is allowing the entrepreneurial spirit in these youngsters turn their ideas into tangible products and services that can be distributed to a market just as easily.
Time and time again we see examples of kids creating some pretty amazing things; even early then we thought was possible. Providing your children with a level of comfort and understanding around pushing an idea into a tangible product or service will allow them to take them with the tools to apply their skills and creativity early in life creating greater options and pathways for their careers as adults.
“I usually get bored in the summer and it’s very hard to find playdates,” she says. “So I thought ‘Hey! A good idea is to make a playdate finder!’ because I’ve been learning how to program.”
Jordan is learning Ruby on Rails and HTML on a site called Code Academy, an online service that teaches programming skills. Her website is still in beta, and although she had some help from her father who is a programmer himself, she proudly explains that she designed the site’s logo and graphics and wrote its basic structure in HTML.
Jordan revealed her application at a hackathon last month, and since then she has been working diligently to get it up and running. She’s drawn interest from other companies like ooVoo, a video chatting application that she’s integrating into Super Fun Kid Time for virtual playdates.
The Sunnyvale, Calif., student says she’s the only coder at her school. This year, though, she plans to start a weekly tech club where she’ll teach fellow fourth graders how to code.
Like many nine-year-olds, she enjoys reading, biking, and jumping rope. But her excitement for programming dwarfs those other hobbies. “When we get back from [the Next Web Hack Battle] we are going to program a Raspberry Pi!” she says.