Who Says a 6-year-old Can't Run a Company?

Watch, if you will, a few seconds of this video. What do you see? We don't know about you, but what we witness is the emergence of some real corporate diplomacy.Google Logo
The child on the left is clearly the more aggressive negotiator of the two, using all tactics at her disposal - from a meaningful nudge to an enterprising bite - to convince the other one to agree to the business deal, whatever that may be. For her part, the child on the right can be considered the more reserved negotiator, evincing a calculated nonchalance that clearly makes her all the more appealing of a company partner. By the end of the video the two seem to be moving toward some kind of agreement that merges their disparate approaches to business.

If this scenario sounds far-fetched to you - if you'd wager that what you saw was merely baby talk - then you've never met the following CEOs. Today we present you with a list of some of the youngest business leaders out there:

  • Lizzie Marie Likness: The next time you see a kid selling lemonade or food from a stand, consider that they might be the next Rachel Ray, or, as it happens, Likness. At the age of six, Marie was just a girl who needed to pay for horseback riding lessons, according to her website. But where some kids would simply whine until their parents shelled out the green, Likness turned to business to generate the capital, setting up her own food stand at a local farmers market. Her selection of healthy foods was a smashing success, and soon she was looking beyond the farmers market and at the corporate world at large. Today Likness is rapidly becoming the next TV food personality, with her own online show and an array of appearances on programs like Rachel Ray.

Her answer was to found Empower Orphans, a group aimed at carrying out projects that directly improve the lives of orphaned children. One such project, for instance, involved the establishing of a library at Feltonville School in Philadelphia. The project, which provided the school with 3,000 children's books, functioned to improve literacy within the institution.

  • Neha Gupta: We don't know about you, but at age nine we were hardly thinking about ways to get involved in charitable work. It wasn't until later that we learned the importance and value of giving back. But that was a lesson that Neha Gupta learned very early on, and by nine years old she found herself concerned about the dire condition of India's orphaned children and wanted to do something to change it.
  • Nick D'Aloisio: We live in an age when we want all the text we read to be condensed into the dimensions of an iPhone screen. At age 17, D'Aloisio - a British tech whiz with a clear enterprising streak - sold an app that condenses news stories to Yahoo for a cool $30 million, according to estimates discussed in The New York Times. Oh, and did we mention that he actually developed the app at age 15? His app - which uses an algorithm to extract the most salient points from long-form stories and present them in short form - attracted the attention of investors like Wendi Murdoch, Yoko Ono, and (as if this guy's cool factor couldn't be upped any more) Ashton Kutcher. 

Here at Fonality, we know that anyone can helm a successful business provided they have the motivation and the tools. We can help you meet the needs of that latter category with our unified communications offerings.
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