Ann S. Price, 39, CEO and president
of Motek, a supply chain execution software firm in Beverly Hills,
I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. When I was 13, I realized the lady I babysat for was playing cards with three other women who all had children. I offered to watch all the kids in one house and save them baby-sitting dollars in return for more money. While other girls [worked both] Friday and Saturday nights, I made in one night what they made in one week. My specialty has always been negotiating win-win situations.
David Woo, 39, CEO and president of
The Amanda Company, a developer of voice pro-cessing systems based
in San Juan Capistrano, California
On the freeway [en route to my mother's work], we regularly passed a large structure that was shaped like a sphere. I was fascinated by it. When I mentioned to my mom that I wanted to work in that building, her response was, "Well then, you have to go to college and become a scientist." From that moment on, my goal was to become a scientist.
Jennifer Carey, 37, president and
CEO of JLC Environmental Consultants Inc. in New York
I was about 8 years old when I sent away for my first "ecology" package in the mail. The kit contained old ecology stickers and binoculars and other things [used to] observe nature. I liked the outdoors and was often in the stream, down at the end of the block, checking out the wildlife, like crayfish, and catching them and bringing them home. I often joke that I wanted to be "Jennifer Cousteau."