The 16-year-old entrepreneur who launched a tech company when he was 14 and was almost EXPELLED… and now wakes at 4am for conference calls before school
A teen entrepreneur who was once almost expelled launched a successful tech company when he was just 14 – and now has 30 staff and wakes at 4am every day for conference calls before school.
Queensland boy Taj Pabari, now 16, founded Fiftysix Creations when he was 14 to help children with little tech know-how to build computers from scratch.
And he’s jetting off to New York to fulfill his dream of becoming the next Steve Jobs the second he turns 18, Taj told 60 Minutes.
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Taj Pabari (pictured) was 14 when he started his own tech company which helps children build their own tabletsTeen is leading a digital revolution and plans to change the world
But he had struggled to apply the same focus to his studies and at one point faced expulsion from his Queensland school.
Sitting down to hear those hard words from a teacher sparked an epiphany in Taj that set him on the road to tech success.
His business now focuses on remote communities and giving children access to electronics they might not otherwise have.
Taj’s business focused on giving communities in rural areas easy access to electronics
He said the first step in his journey was sitting down and typing ‘how do you change the world’ into Google.
‘I had some bizarre things come up – plant a garden, save humanity, donate blood -and then there was Google for entrepreneurs,’ he told 60 Minutes.
‘That’s how I got started.’
From that simple Google search, Taj has built a business which employs 10 full-time staff and has a payroll of 20 contractors across the globe.
He gets up at 4am every day to fit in a quick conference call with business partners and investors before he runs off for a full day at school.
He said the first step on his road to success was Googling: ‘How do I change the world?’
Matthew Purcell is a leading technology teacher. He said all schoolchildren should aspire to be tech-savvy like Taj
‘I was inspired by people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates and when I saw them changing the world I thought why don’t I try and change the world too,’ he told the ABC.
Matthew Purcell, the head of digital innovation at Canberra Grammar School, said Taj displayed the sort of tech-savvy all schoolchildren should aspire too.
As technology took over the world, all children should have at the very least basic computer coding skills, he said.
He told 60 Minutes: ‘They’re going to have to work with it one way or another and we’re doing a disservice to the future of our kids, our country and our economy if we’re not educating them properly about how to use this technology.’60 Minutes, Bill Gates, Fiftysix Creations, Steve Jobs, Taj Pabari, technology