Generation Next

Shazad Mohamed, 15

GlobalTek Solutions Inc.
He was trained from the womb for business, his father says-exposed to everything from the theory of the universe to the origins of life, along with healthy doses of classical music, opera and other kinds of music. That's a logical explanation, considering the fact that Shazad Mohamed first sat in front of a computer at age 3. At 8, he started to really focus his attention on computers, and at 12, he founded his company, GlobalTek Solutions Inc., an e-business solutions provider in Carrollton, Texas.

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With the full support of his parents and the entrepreneurial spirit burning within, Mohamed says starting a business just seemed natural. "I'd been interested in business for a long time," he says. "The technology industry was booming, and I saw a great opportunity."

This business-savvy teen set up shop in 1999 and now expects several million in sales for 2002. And according to Mohamed, his youth isn't really an issue. "While there may be initial shock about [my] age," he says, "when we get down to it, people realize we're a very solid company, so it doesn't really become that big of a factor."

With all this success under his belt, Mohamed has no intention of slowing down. Currently seeking venture funding to expand his service offering, he wants to turn GlobalTek Solutions into a multibillion-dollar company in the next decade. Oh, and he plans to get his Harvard MBA in a few years. For Mohamed, it's just all in a day's work. -Nichole L. Torres

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This article was originally published in the May 2002 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Generation Next.

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