Born and raised in Missouri by a single black teenage mom, Jaylen D. Bledsoe started his company and became a millionaire as a teenager.
”Taught me to code at 11, start biz at 12, hire over 150 employees by 14, and at 18 inspiring more #BlackGuyNerds” – Jaylen D. Bledsoe
At 12, while most kids are thinking about sports and playing outside Bledsoe started an IT consulting company. A year later with a $100 and providing free services for friends he started Jaylen D. Bledsoe Global Group specializing in website design and various IT services. His company started out with only 2 employees but now has over 150 contracted employees. His company expanded into a global enterprise expanded his services to photography, videography, computer repair, search engine optimization, voice recordings and consulting. Currently at 20, with a net worth of $3.5 million in 2014. In 2015, he started The Flare Digital Agency which helps build businesses for Fortune 500 Companies and Celebrities with the help build their business, grow brand recognition, and manage systems to increase efficiency. Fortune 500 companies like Ford Motor Company and AT&T, and celebrity clients Steve Harvey and Jordan Starks are among some of his clients. Bledsoe’s generated over $175M for his company. He recently founded Bledsoe Foundation with a mission if the resources and education to enable success for youth through financial literary, entertainment, entrepreneurship among other key areas.
He serves on the board of Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club, Multitasking Hearts Corp, Notes For Life A&T, advising Jordan Sparks’ The M.A.D. Girls, Inc. and has before served as the President of the National Youth Rights Association.
“I see greater meaning in knowing that I’ve motivated someone with my story, inspired someone with my words, or impacted someone with my business rather than just enjoying the check that’s offered,” he told The Huffington Post.
Bledsoe credits the technology program for gifted third-graders at his St. Louis school for his success. There, he took a yearbook design class, where he taught himself web design while in the sixth grade. He also had a mentor, who gave him invaluable advice.
“Take risks, there’s nothing that you can do as a minor that will shoot you down for too long because you are young. You can come back up and keep going.” -Chain grocery store CEO, Scott Schnuck
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“God gave me the chance, but use it and don’t wait like others wait for it to blow.” His tip for young people: take a risk. “If you are young, nothing can stop you in your development for a longer period. You are young, so you can always make a comeback that works out better.”