As 2010 comes to a close, we thought it was time to name the 5 teen entrepreneurs to watch for in 2011. We saw a lot of great teen startups and projects in 2010, and it’s looking like 2011 is going to be a huge year for teenagers involved with technology. Also, we’d like to thank all of you for sticking with us in 2010. It has been a very fun year for us, and we hope it was the same for you. Stick with us for 2011, because we have a lot of cool stuff on the way. Without further ado, here are our five teen entrepreneurs to watch for in 2011:
Brian Wong had a huge 2010 as he worked to launch his stealth startup kiip. kiip received close to 300k in funding, making Brian one of the youngest entrepreneurs ever to receive funding. We definitely expect Brian to have a huge 2011 when he launches kiip, a mobile advertising service.
While his product only has funding from friends and family, Robin Kim still has an awesome idea on his hands. Currently in beta, Taggers allows you to add tags that represent you to your profile. 2011 is going to be big for Robin as he continues to find more funding for Taggers, and he launches the product out of beta.
Since 2010 was already big for Jessica Mah, we honestly don’t know how it could get any bigger. Jessica’s company InDinero received over $1 million in venture capital, a major accomplishment. 2011 is going to be huge for Jessica as she continues to work on InDinero, to better the service and add new features.
Stephen Ou definitely had a great 2010 when he launched iTunes Instant and TwtRoulette, both services getting him a ton of press. Torwards the end of 2010 Stephen launched OhBoard, a whiteboard application for Chrome. From what we can tell Stephen is very focused on building OhBoard and being transparent through the company’s blog. We can see 2011 being very big for Stephen as he continues to grow his application and as he launches new projects.
Even if the project was launched just a few days ago, we can see Mark Bao’s new project Threewords.me really going somewhere. Being the next Formspring, Mark has found a spectacular product. Threewords.me allows you to autonomously submit what you think about someone, in just three words. In just a few days the product is already going viral. We can see Mark having a big 2011 as he continues to grow Threewords.me and when he launches new projects.
While there are so many teens out there who are creating awesome products and startups, these are the top 5 entrepreneurs we think are really going to have a big 2011. We hope the best for 2011 to all of our readers. May you continue to learn, because really, isn’t that what this is all about?