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Kids Inc: Meet the youngsters running their own companies

 
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It is not uncommon for shrewd high-tech chief executives in California to keep their cards close to their chest until they are absolutely ready for a product launch. It is called being in "stealth mode".

Thomas Suarez is typical in that way. He is working on a patent-pending 3D printer which, he says, will work 10 times faster than the MakerBot model he uses at home.

But in most other ways, Thomas is anything but typical. At 15, he is a seasoned businessman.
The teenager tinkers with 3D printing technology when he's not in school or codes new apps for smartphones or Google Glass (which he wears all the time outside of school).

He also has his own company, CarrotCorp, formed when he was 11 years old and making his first apps.

Thomas' most popular creation to date is "Bustin Jieber," a smartphone game that allows people to pretend to whack pop star Justin Bieber to make him scream and it all happens to the Benny Hill theme song.

Between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, California has always celebrated youth culture and entrepreneurs. Increasingly, these worlds are colliding as kids here start their own companies.

Thomas also does product and technology reviews for the Tribeca Film Festival and is already a popular speaker at technology conferences. But isn't running a company as well too much pressure for a teenager?

"There's something that makes me want to keep going and keep innovating," he says, laughing at being asked if he'd be better off outside climbing trees or riding a bike.

"I feel that my interests will always lie in technology. Maybe I should go outside more but I just really like this stuff."

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