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5 Signs Your Kid Could Be A Tech Entrepreneur

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marketwatch articleThe following is an excerpt from Alexandra Samuel | May 24, 2016 | MarketWatch.com |

A flair for coding may become clear even before a child learns to read.
In The Wall Street Journal’s small-business report, I wrote about how we can nurture tech entrepreneurs—those young stars who will create the next Snapchat or Facebook FB, -1.18% But how do you know whether your child might have what it takes? Here are five signs he or she might just be the next Silicon Valley success story:

1) They want to sell their work. Natural-born hustlers have one question when their parents praise their latest art project or Lego creation: “Do you think somebody would buy it?” Children who are excited about running garage sales or lemonade stands; children who want to sell their craft projects on Etsy; ETSY, +2.03% children who keep their action figures in the box to maximize resale value: these are ones who think about how to turn their passions into a business. That makes them a lot more likely to take their brilliant idea — like the app or site they set up while still in school — and turn it into a profitable venture.

2) They think in code. While not every tech entrepreneur needs to be a coder, most teen entrepreneurs are children who build their own apps. Children who are passionate about coding, particularly from an early age, are the kind who can master enough code to write their own full-scale applications while still in high school. That aptitude may become clear before a child learns to read, if they love apps and games that teach the fundamentals of coding by offering puzzles that are basically logic gates. Or it may show up as a passion for building with redstone in Minecraft — essentially Minecraft’s version of programming. The sooner you can get these kinds to move from coding games to actual programming, the better.

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