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Indian among Silicon Valley's youngest CEOs

Last updated on: February 28, 2012 08:31 IST

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The technology world is witnessing massive changes, and it is mostly youngsters who are driving these changes.

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Sahil Lavingia

Age: 19

CEO: Gumroad

Gumroad is an online payments company Lavingia started.

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He is standing in front of a mural along the street near his home, which doubles as his office in the Soma neighbourhood of San Francisco, United States.

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Lavingia was born in New York and grew up in places like London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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He dropped out of the University of Southern California to work at online bulletin board company Pinterest.

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He also developed the Turntable.fm app for the iPhone.

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His products include Dayta, that's a data tracking application for iPhone, and Rmmbr, a note-taking web app that doesn't require registration.

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Lavingia has created more than 20 products.

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Josh Buckley

Age: 20

CEO: Minomonsters

Buckley is a British technology businessman and entrepreneur.

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Buckley sold a previous company for a low six figures when he was still in high school in Maidstone, England.

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His current company is backed by big-name venture-capital firms.

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Buckley was born and raised in Kent, England. He was selected in Forbes Magazine's Forbes 30 under 30 in January 2012.

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After graduating high school in 2010, Buckley moved to Santa Clara, California, to participate in Y Combinator.

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His company MinoMonsters is building the next Pokemon, says Forbes..

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Tim Chae

Age: 20

CEO: Post Rocket

Chae works at his computer where he attends "500 Startups," a crash course for young companies run by a funding firm of the same name, in Mountain View. California.

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He is hoping the upcoming Facebook IPO will help investors look more kindly on all young entrepreneurs.

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He says on his website that he first dove into trade and commerce when he was nine years old.

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Having just immigrated from my birthplace of Seoul, South Korea, I needed to connect with my peers in a way that would bridge my language barrier of not being able to speak or understand English, he says.

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After spending all of the $300 grant from my parents on trying to create my own clothing line at the age of 15 and only selling a handful of T-shirts, I was devastated, says Chae.

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During his senior year at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, California, he was fortunate enough to win some scholarships.

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But, instead of putting that towards his upcoming expensive tuition at Babson, he decided to start his first major startup called nuFlw Entertainment.

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It was with nuFlw that he got his first crack at managing employees and staff as he hired around 30 staff members, including managers, security, DJs, and promoters.

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In his second semester of freshman year at Babson, he got his first exposure in corporate entry-level and internship recruiting.

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He says no corporate recruiter wanted to talk to a freshman and college counsellors were just as quizzical about meeting with a 18-year-old.

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He says startup life isn't glamorous as it seems.

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