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Rob Salkowitz: 'Young World Rising'

12/09/2010 at 8:00 p.m.

Suhas Gopinath was 15 years old and failing high school. His mother told him to stop spending so much time at the local Internet cafe. But at that little cafe in Bangalore, Gopinath was fast becoming one of the world's most successful young entrepreneurs. It was simple, he taught himself how to make websites, and companies in the United States started paying him for his services. Ten years later he hobnobs at Davos, and his company is worth millions.

Rob Salkowitz says Suhas Gopinath's story is far from unique in India, Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. That's because the median age in those places is under 30. Young entrepreneurs are using the digital technologies they grew up with to make their own jobs, and hire a lot of their compatriots. Rob Salkowitz says those young entrepreneurs are far better at addressing their countries' social and economic needs than older companies in the United States.

Rob Salkowitz is a writer and business consultant in Seattle. He is the author of several books including "Young World Rising: How Youth, Technology and Entrepreneurship Are Changing the World from the Bottom Up." The World Affairs Council sponsored his speech in Seattle on September 16, 2010, at the University of Washington's Global Business Center.

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