Teen Entrepreneurs Are Wise Beyond Their Years

Brian Wong is just 19, but he sounds like a seasoned entrepreneur.

At the Teens in Tech miniConference in San Francisco on Saturday, Wong, founder of stealth mobile gaming company  Kiip.com, talked about the major barriers he has had to overcome — as a teenage entrepreneur.

Wong previously held a business development position at Digg, where he helped launched the Digg Android mobile app. One piece of advice he shared sounded like something you’d hear from someone with gray hair: Don’t ever say, “I’ll do it later,” Wong told the audience. There is a limited amount of time, “so get out there and execute,” he said.

The Teens in Tech miniConference is a smaller version of the Teens in Tech Conference that I wrote about in February. The next one is due to come in January. The goal of the conference, says co-chairman Sam Levin, is to help inspire tech-savvy teens and introduce them to others in various IT industries.

It was humbling to meet some of those in attendance, such as Stephen Ou, who, at the age of 15, has developed a program called iTunes Instant that functions a lot like Google Instant, but focuses on music results. Makes me wonder if he’ll soon find himself employed at Apple, similar to how the YouTube Instant creator notoriously got a job offer recently.

Besides Wong, other speakers included Ben Goering (pictured). The 20-year-old talked about the choices he had to make as a teen entrepreneur, such as dropping out of Kansas State University.

“It’s important to learn from your mistakes,” he told the audience. Goering is now a software engineer at Livefyre.