The following is an excerpt from Caleb Melby | April 12, 2012 | Forbes.com |
There’s a lot going on here. For one, Caine clearly has a heart of gold, and it shines through in this video. But it’s also a stunning portrayal of a young entrepreneur in action. Where the layman sees a pile of beat up cardboard boxes and old toys, Caine sees an arcade. His sheer inventiveness captured the imagination of dozens of folks in the Forbes offices (and, as the Youtube ticker indicates, plenty of others throughout the world). But you don’t need to report on billionaire entrepreneurs to see that Caine exhibits the best traits of the best ones. Here’s why we expect to find Caine on our list a few decades down the road:
1. He Is A Kid Running A Business
This is a huge tip-off. Almost as a rule, billionaire entrepreneurs have origin stories that involve peddling and salesmanship from an early age. Sara Blakely ran a haunted house, Kevin Plank sold bracelets at Grateful Dead concerts. This isn’t behavior to be ignored. It is indicative of a not-so-mythical thing: Entrepreneurial Spirit.
2. He Lives In California
There are more billionaires in California than in any other state. Silicon Valley is there, and with it the venture capitalists who are looking to fund the next big idea. As Caine grows up, he’ll have the opportunity to rub shoulders with important, wealthy and influential people. Just ask rug dealer turned VC Pejman Nozad.
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