There's never been a better time to be a young inventor. Twenty-somethings have become the entrepreneurial leaders in virtually every activity dominated by Gen X, including kayaking, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and mountain biking. These companies strike a chord because their owners and employees have the same values, beliefs and desires as their customers. Stores and distributors know no one can hit the pulse of the fickle young adult market better than young entrepreneurs.
Cutting-edge, visually arresting products that were once hard to sell are now what every retailer wants. If you've got a great idea related to an activity you and your friends love, get out there and start selling it before you're too old for anyone to care.
Steve Christini, c/o Christini Technologies, (215) 508-3491, http://www.christini.com