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WEB/DIGITAL 17 year old girl makes $70K/month online.

Discussion in 'Business Models, Niches, Industries' started by Peter2, Aug 21, 2007.

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    This is a great article about a 17 year old girl that is really in the fastlane. I think this is great inspiration for the ones of you that are interested in starting a profitable website.
    http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/118/girl-power.html
     
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    Great find, great article ... FASTLANE!!!! Rep speed added!
     
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    Yes, I read that one last week (I really like that magazine). What really struck me is that she had not network for supporting her. No rich uncle, MBA brother or anything like that. Amazing story.
     
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    In March 2006, an associate of MySpace cofounder Brad Greenspan approached Ashley with a bid valued at more than $1.5 million. She passed. Three months later, Greenspan's people came back with a second offer: $700,000, a car, and her own Internet show with a marketing budget of $2 million.

    Her response:

    "Sorry, fellas. "I created this from nothing, and I want to see how far I can take it," Ashley says. "If I wanted to do an Internet show, I could do it on my own. I have the audience."


    LOL. I love it. That jackel Brad from Myspace got PWNED. What a crappy offer. If this chick can keep it up, she's going to be getting offer MUCH larger. Brad knows it too. I think he had her pegged for a sucker.

    I hope this chick sells out for $50 million+ one day.
     
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    That will happen ... and then the following day we will see David Bach lecturing us on his slow-lane, middle-class garbage on how to make millions by saving money in our 401K. Who the F*ck finds that compelling?
     
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    I think she should put up the business for sale, get a couple of millions... and then start over again... do it again and again. In any case, amazing, truly remarkable.
     
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    dropping out

    I'm curious...

    for those of you that read the article...

    did you have any sort of emotional reaction when you read that she dropped out of school?
    if so, what was it? why?

    thanks.
     
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    Re: dropping out


    Yeah, I was disappointed to read that. I could care less if you go to college or not. But I do think everyone should at least get a high school diploma. The way I see it, high school is where you learn how to communicate and learn social skills and other basic life skills that help you throughout life. Those are something I think everyone needs to learn.
    If you're at home in your basement all day working on XYZ.com instead of spending time with friends and learning communication skills and how to be social, I think you're missing out on something important. It's like being home schooled. I think you're missing something important if you're home schooled. You might turn out to be a math genious, but you have no idea how to talk to people or communicate. You'll be an introvert sitting in your basment with no friends.

    Then again, $70K a month at any age is tempting. If I was in her shoes would I have done the same? Probably.
     
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    Re: dropping out

    i dont think shes missing the sociability part, being that her site revolves around that. i think the lack of a HS diploma will hurt credibility later in life, however she can always get a GED. problem being this is a huge oppertunity, a once in a lifetime. if she had not gone through with it... would it have turned into, i wish i would have, type deals.
     
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    Re: dropping out

    I think you missed my point. It's not about getting a diploma or GED. Those are just piece of paper for others to judge you on. There's certain skills one develops at that age that are important in life. More so than money I think. Like learning to make friends, how to communicate and interact with others. This is something you can't learn sitting in a basement on the internet all day while your friends are all at school in a normal social environment. Lots of home schooled kids suffer form this. Sure they can do college level math while they are still in 9th grade. But they have ZERO friends. They don't know how to communicare or interact with others cause they never learned how.

    There's a chance this girl could wind up with $50MM, but have no friends because she does not know how to communicate and interact with others.

    Remember the Unabomber? ULTRA smart guy. ZERO social skills.


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    Oh i understood i just mashed my two thoughts together when responding, sorry.
     
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    Very impressive! I checked out the site and it is indeed an attractive layout!

    Good for her!
     
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    Re: dropping out

    There's a photo of her sitting on a couch with 3 of her friends, plus the article referenced her taking her friends out in a limo for a sweet 16 party, so it's clear she has a social life. Also, the ValueClick Media guy had no clue she was only 17, which suggests she's at least decent in her communication skills.

    If it were my child, I would allow them to be home schooled and I would require that they continue to participate in Church and some sort of after school activity for balance.
     
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    Thank you for sharing. I found Ashley's story to be very inspiring, although I too was a little disappointed that she dropped out of high school.

    On the other hand, it may have been the best move for her. I think all that she has learned since dropping out of high school is far more valuable than anything she couldn've learned by finishing high school.
     
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    Great find.. and thanks for sharing.

    As I continue to read threads here in Fast Lanes, I'm getting more and more ideas! :thumbsup:
     
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    Re: dropping out

    Except the Unabomber did go to college, and graduated from Harvard.

    I dropped out of college a year and a half ago. Definitely more social life since leaving.
     
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    Social skills do not develop until end of 1st year - 2nd year of college unless you are really lucky in HS (skilled athlete, popular, good looking.. etc)

    People sound professional on the internet when they have to. We all see it on the boards- we can write up documents and articles for newspapers and then post with simplistic words on a messageboard.

    How much is college and friends worth though? No matter how much cash you got, it won't help you with friendships. Good for her though.
     
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    Great link Peter!!! I just received my magazine in the mail Im going to go read it now. Why are you guy's so disappointed she dropped out of HS?
     
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    C'mon guys, read the whole story.

    This is no high school drop out.

    She's doing online classes, and will have her HS diploma-- and-- probably an associates degree in design from Henry Ford Community College (good school, I grew up in Detroit)-- by the time the rest of her HS class is ready to graduate!

    -Russ H.
     
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    wow, its unbelievable what one can accomplish when they create a problem and figure out solutions as they go, instead of worrying about creating a problem. i'm blown away that she has handled her company as well as she has to the level she has and is continuing to do so making a majority of the decisions herself!
     
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    Damn, what a prodigy! This girl is definitely on the fastlane; seventeen and the world at her feet. Yikes!
     
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    This should be a warning to all the 15 year olds who want to start their own business: get too successful, and some moron judge will step in and put a "guardian" between you and your company. She's lucky-most guardians (who are usually working with a fixed pot of money such as an inheritance) will simply steal the money for themselves and leave the kid to live in the barrio and work at McDonald's. Hopefully the girl in the article will get the guardian out of the way before long and regain control of her business so that doesn't happen to her.

    On the positive side, she's done a lot already. She makes $70k a month just from ads, the designs are free. Imagine if she charged a couple bucks per pink heart. She's shown incredible maturity and a natural business acumen. It makes me think that some people are just naturals at business.
     
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    I don't understand how Big Brother can step in and take over like that. Is that even legal? If it's some stupid State thing, I would be packing up and moving out of state.
     

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