Kevin Started a Tech Company at Age 14

Kevin Schulmeister helped his teachers use technology when he was 8 years old. At 14, he started his own business. Today he is a college student and small business CEO.

Kevin’s passion for technology blossomed in his third-grade classroom. “Whenever I helped teachers, I knew my way around computers and the technology in the room,” he says.

By the time he enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy course at his high school, Kevin had grown up helping people understand technology.

He started his sophomore year building networks from donated routers and switches. Kevin soon tested his skills at a national cybersecurity competition in Washington, D.C. His team finished 5th out of 1500.

When he was 14, Kevin decided to put his tech skills to practical use. He began fixing computers for neighbors and eventually started his own business.

When he was 14, Kevin decided to put his tech skills to practical use. He began fixing computers for neighbors and eventually started his own business, which he called K-Tech.

“I was working with home clients, cleaning viruses and upgrading their operating systems,” he said. He eventually grew to have 40 clients and brought on two classmates as business partners – all before graduating from high school.

Kevin says the “soft” and technical skills he gained from Cisco Networking Academy courses were crucial to his business. If a network goes down for a client, he can solve the problem while explaining it in a calm and reassuring way.

Being an entrepreneur also gives Kevin the freedom to do something else he loves -- mentor high school students in technology.

“I’ve always been the kind of person to help, to show, and to teach,” Kevin says. “Technology is growing and everyone is going to have to be able to use it.”

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