Donny is a grade 12 student based in Vancouver, BC, already created a name for himself as early as a 12 year old teen, Almost 6 years after his first bloom, Donny shares some insight on his experience.
Hey Donny, how are you doing? Welcome to YHP
Can you briefly give us some background information about yourself?
Sure. My name is Donny, and I’m a grade 12 student here in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Starting in around 2004, I began developing websites for profit and quickly created a small business out of it. Today, I continue to manage my company, Kinkarso Tech Ltd, while studying as a graduating student.
What motivates you? Inspires you?
I used to believe that money was the main motivator in doing what I do, but soon discovered how unfulfilling it really was. Today, I’m able to find my drive simply because I love what I do, and have the passion of making a difference in the world. Through my work, I want to make an impact on my community, and world around all of us.
When did you start developing websites?
I started around when I was 12 – 13 years old, although my first ‘work’ can’t really be considered to be... websites ;)
So your business Kinkarso Tech Ltd., what do you do there?
When I first started, I would do absolutely everything from building the websites themselves, to getting the word out about them. Now it’s different. My job within Kinkarso Tech is mostly to just read emails, review the work of my developers, and answer emails. I spend nearly all of my time within the business as a project/people manager.
What are the fundamentals that you believe defines a successful entrepreneur?
Easy – passion. In the past, I remember trying so hard to quit doing business online. I had gone so far as to give away all my assets to random people online. Even after that, I couldn’t keep myself from the sheer satisfaction I get from being a discovering entrepreneur. I had to go back and start from scratch again.
Do you have any role model/influence?
One of the people that I look up to is an Internet marketer named Justin Brooke. As a very successful entrepreneur, Justin is an even better person. He had always been there whenever I had questions or needed advice. Justin was responsible for getting me into marketing on a whole new level, and remained there as a mentor throughout my growing process. Great dude, awesome entrepreneur – check out his info-packed website at sitefling.com.
What are your hobbies?
3 nights a week, I have senior basketball practice with our school team. Basketball is one of those things that I think about so much that I dream about it at times. On the rare occasion, I also play a bit of guitar and piano. I also love light-hearted movies :).
How do keep a balance between business and school work?
Since I started grade 12, this has become more and more difficult to manage. However, I find that the more I worry about it, the more time I spend slacking off! In the end, I completely understand that if I utilize my time responsibly, there is never, not enough time to balance business, school, and everything else in each 24 hour day.
Have you suffered any setback or negative effect, how did you overcome it?
I am a firm believer of human potential. I believe that no matter the goal, anyone can accomplish it IF they can control the ideal mindset. Whenever I am down because of something that has happened, I will first understand what logically needs to be done. Then, I will not begin until I’ve sculpted a mindset that’s confident and ready for my preceding actions / challenges.
What project are you currently working on? Can you give the YHP readers some insight on it?
Since the beginning of the summer vacation, I’ve pooled all of my resources together for the development of something very exciting. ‘Rayku’ is an education-based project that will, hopefully, bring personalized learning closer to people around the world, through the Internet. This is still in private development with 3 teams and 4 freelancers actively working on it every single day. You can expect a beta preview to be available by late 2009. Other than that, I don’t want to disclose too much, too soon :).
What has been your most memorable moment so far?
There have been so many memories, it’s mind-blowing. Because of doing what I love, I’ve experienced a 2-hour photo shoot for a magazine, had private meetings with millionaire angel investors / fellow entrepreneurs, organized a project with respected political & community leaders, and so much more. In the end, my most memorable moment is still the time I discovered how to create my first HTML button on a plain white webpage.
If you weren’t making money off websites, what do you think you will be doing?
Teaching people how to make money off websites.
What advices would you give to any young entrepreneur starting up their business?
Keep at it, and love every single moment. It is always a learning process, and the knowledge you gain for each milestone you reach or miss is worth so much. Understand your limits, and push through them! Always set your goals as high as you can, and know that the sky is not the limit but just the beginning.
Thanks for the Opportunity Donny.