A 15-year-old high school student who started a tech company when he was 12, took it global and now employs more than 100 people three years later and is giving God the all the glory for his success.
Jalen Bledsoe, founder and CEO of Bledsoe Technologies LLC, took to his blog on Monday after recent media interviews of his success went viral this week to give thanks to his "Lord and Savior" for blessing the work of his company, which is worth $3.5 million according to a FOX 2 NOW report.
"In light of recent media attention, I've been so busy speaking on the company and not thanking someone who should be thanked," began Bledsoe in the post entitled, Blessing to Motivate. "I'd like to thank my Lord and Savior. Without him, I would be nowhere. He's given me the blessing to have the company and profound success, but to also be a motivation to others," he wrote.
According to his profile on his company's website, young Bledsoe is an expert in start-up businesses, entrepreneurship, Venture Capital Funding and direct marketing platforms that target small and mid-sized businesses and caters to a global clientele.
"Over the last few years, I've been able to motivate that kid, who smokes weed all day, to go and learn about entrepreneurship; who plays video games all day, to go and learn how to develop his own video game; who's considered a nerd at school, and is bullied," the teenage businessman noted in the post.
"Often, my peers will say that I'm so lucky to do what I do, or how they wish they could do the same. Every time that I've heard this phrase, I get a sense of pride, knowing that I've had the opportunity to motive my peers," he said.
"Age is nothing but a number, don't let this prolong your dreams. Your past does not limit your future, but expands your knowledge on how to make your future great," he added citing a few motivational words. "Success is not calculated on the amount of likes you receive on an Instagram picture, but is defined by the amount of internal pride created by your accomplishments. Find a skill of yours, and go master it!"
His company profile states that he has been recognized for his academic excellence and leadership winning a "Presidential Academic Excellence Award" from President Barack Obama in 2009. He also received the "Gateway Young Achiever of the Year" and was selected as the second place winner for the Missouri Parent Teachers Association "Diversity" contest.
He currently attends Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in Ladue, Mo., and plans to attend Harvard University to study business administration and computer science.