Asia, Europle, and America's Top Young Entrepreneursposted by MR WAVETHEORY at 12/14/2006 06:09:00 PM
In Asia, some of the interesting ones:
Ario Pratomo in Jakarta runs his own logistics company that sells cargo space for a unit of Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi airline. Fellow Indonesian Hendy Setiono runs a fast-growing chain of kebab sandwich shops with 65-odd outlets.
Divyank Turakhia, co-founder and director of Bombay-based Directi Group, was doing Internet consulting at age 14 before launching his domain-name registration and site-building company two years later with $600 he borrowed from his parents. At 24, he runs a profitable company with more than 250 employees and clients around the world.
For many young entrepreneurs, starting their own companies is a way to unite different threads in their lives. That was what moved 25-year-old Karm Singh, a British-born computer science graduate of Indian heritage, to launch a Web site called Desitouch.com that features music and video from South Asia. Something like a cross between iTunes, MySpace, and YouTube, but for Bollywood productions and Bhangra music, and it has already attracted a strong following from the South Asian community at home and abroad.
Of course, today's young entrepreneurs grew up with the Internet, so many of their businesses revolve around the Web. Dutchman Ben Woldring, 21, launched his first Web site at 13 and now offers his compatriots four online comparison sites that let them shop for the best rates on fixed and mobile phone service, Internet access, and utilities. Austria's Fathi Said, 24, started a Web hosting business at 18 and lost it at 20, then started another that's even more successful.
The Web is also home to Julien Genestoux's Jobetudiant.net, a job site aimed at French students that has already attracted 200,000 registrations. London's Wayne Berko is running a similar site—but aimed solely at getting students and professional actors jobs as film and TV extras. And Britain's Neil Waller has turned the notion of an online travel site on its ear. He launched Marbellainfo.com to give British travelers better information about the Spanish coastal resort city, only to discover that the locals liked using it just as much. Now he aims to launch travel-and-community sites for other popular destinations.