We're not saying one's high school persona can't be escaped. (God forbid.) But when we asked some successful entrepreneurs, "In high school, what clique were you in?" we couldn't help noticing a connection between their teenage temperaments and the businesses they started.
Name/Age: Steve Lake, 30
Company/Location: Sector 9 Inc., San Diego
Clique: "Classified as a semi-jock, partying, surfer guy. To me it was a great clique with lots of positive people. Actually, five of my friends from high school now run our multimillion-dollar company."
Name/Age: Kristin Knight, 31
Company/Location: Creative Assets, Seattle
Service: Staffing firm
Clique: "I generally got along with all the different groups. My group of friends were good students, very involved with school activities, but we got into our share of trouble. I was a cheerleader and worked in student government."
Name/Age: Price Givens, 28
Company/Location: Vervex Technologies; Irvine, California
Product: Database and corporate intranet software
Clique: "I had most of my interests outside of school. I hacked on my computer, I did a lot of technical drawings, I fabricated elaborate make-believe corporations and came up with all kinds of crazy science experiments. I hold an informal patent on a weather device that alerted me in my sleep if it began snowing enough to cancel school."
Name/Age: Anthony Mark Hankins, 30
Company/Location: Anthony Mark Hankins Inc., Dallas
Product: Women's sportswear
Clique: "I was the `fashion police' . . . I once wore a burlap cape to school with an artist's hat and leather pants. Some people talked about it for a while, but before the day was over, everyone was raving `burlap' and what a wonderful fashion find."