Next Generation of Under30CEOs on CNN

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 12, 2010

entrepreneurs( — Life has its share of both stormy and sunny moments. There are clouds (your car broke down) and then there are silver linings (but at least it’s a nice day for a walk).

While most of us would classify the recession as the mother of all clouds it, too, has a silver lining. The current recession has sparked a big upswing in entrepreneurial pursuits, and small businesses are cropping up around the country.

According to a recent study by the Kauffman Foundation, “Rather than making history for its deep recession and record unemployment, 2009 might instead be remembered as the year business startups reached their highest level in 14 years — even exceeding the number of startups during the peak 1999-2000 technology boom.”

Although the highest spike in startup rates was among people ages 35-44, the entrepreneurial bug hasn’t only bitten those established in their careers. Many young people are also turning toward owning their own businesses as an alternative to finding a full-time, entry-level job.

“Young people are keenly aware of the recent economic downturn, and have seen parents, relatives or friends lose their jobs,” says Alice Horn, executive director of the South Florida chapter of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurs.

“They understand they cannot count on the same job — or even the same career — for an extended period in the future. For growing numbers, this means ‘making their own job’ as entrepreneurs.”

Below, how three young people are doing just that:

Zephyr Basine, Editor-in-Chief,

Giancarlo Massaro, Founder,

Alex Hodara, CEO, Hodara Real Estate Group

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About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.


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