Cameron Johnson – Not Your Typical Entrepreneur

Published: 15th February 2008
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Continuing Cameron's story, although he didn't win the Junior Achievement "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" Award, he did hire the 16 year old winner to work for him on his next Internet venture where together they created Cameron recognized the inefficiencies in a similar business and quickly designed a more effective business concept. The company's product was online advertising that paid its customers to view ads they wanted to see online. This business became his most successful and from it he learned the power of improving on existing ideas.

Board at Age 15: Certainly Not - Bored at Age 15

Quickly Cameron began to receive international attention. After reading a story about Cameron's companies, a Japanese company contacted him and invited him to Japan and to be an Advisory Board Member to FutureKids in Tokyo. He was invited to Japan by the CEO of the company. With his experience building businesses on the Internet at such a young age, it was a perfect match. FutureKids taught Japanese kids about computers and the Internet, allowing them exposure and hands-on training that they would not otherwise have access to. Cameron continued this work and also became a consultant to Fortune 500 companies.

The Japanese media blitz thrust his name into every Japanese household. It was not long before he was approached to have his biography written by a Japanese ghostwriter. The book was called, "15 Year Old CEO", and was published in Japan becoming an overnight best seller.

Secret Principles on Entrepreneurship

"You Call The Shots" is a book Cameron authored on learning how to succeed your way and living the life you want. In his book he divulges the 19 essential principles he lives by when creating his business ventures. It is these same principles that he developed over time that has accelerated his own success at such an early age. These principles are fundamental and apply to anyone starting or growing a business. I'll share one of them here.

Principle #2: Start Small

If starting a new business, look for success in a business that requires minimal cash investment and has the ability to generate a strong word of mouth marketing. This will help to build your confidence and put you ahead of the game. Cameron repeatedly demonstrated the success of this principle beginning at the young age of 9 years old.

Look for more of Cameron's principles in my next article!

Author Bio:

Cameron Johnson has started, run and sold twelve successful businesses by the time he was twenty-one. His successes have been featured in Time, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, USA Today, and many more publications, as well as on the Today show and Good Morning America. When he was fifteen, he became an advisory board member of a Tokyo-based company. He has consulted to Fortune 500 companies and spoken at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Every one of his businesses has been a success, even in the worst days on the Internet. To find out more about Cameron, visit

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