Meet teen developer and entrepreneur, Brandon Boynton. This year, Brandon, a self-taught Apple developer, has won Apple’s Worldwide Student Developer’s Contest, appeared on CNBC, and has placed top six in a nationwide entrepreneur contest.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a nationwide program that teaches teens how to start a business. In the class, students create a detailed business plan, and compete for real money to start up their business in front of investors, Shark Tank style. Boynton won his local competition in his hometown, competed at Regionals in Boca Raton, Florida, and finally competed at Nationals in Washington D.C.
1. Who are you?
My name is Brandon Boynton, I am 17, and go to Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana.
2. What is your business?
MostBeastlyStudios LLC, with our feature app, The BullyBøx.
3. How did you come up with your business?
8th grade was a very tough year for me in regards to being bullied. Since then, I had become skilled with my knowledge of Objective-C, and its use in the Xcode program. One day, I was sitting in history class, (I probably should have been paying attention) and I was reminiscing on 8th grade. I was in the midst of tearing up when I thought, “Wait… I have a passion for anti-bullying, and I know how to develop apps… Why can’t I put the two together?!” So, I went about doing so. I spent my entire fall break coding, and coding until I finally had it! The BullyBøx!
4. What was your favorite part(s) about YEA?
The experience I gained through YEA was like no other. It truly changed my life, and caused me to think like an entrepreneur. But even more than that, YEA opened doors for me that I never would have known existed without the program! The experience and opportunities with YEA are without comparison.
5. What did you learn in YEA?
In YEA, I learned what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Hard work, dedication, passion, and a strong work ethic. I learned that this career path isn’t for everyone, but I was 100% certain that it’s for me.
6. What would you say to others considering YEA?
If you are considering YEA, you need to have a strong work-ethic. If commitment and dedication scares you, this isn’t for you. However, if you are a dedicated student that wants to better their future, YEA is the best choice to do so.
7. Where do you see yourself in the future?
In the future, I would like to grow my company (MostBeastlyStudios LLC). I would like to see the studio in an office space in Indianapolis, with many employees. I would like to see myself driving to work on a sweet motorcycle (haha). I want to be designing “apps that make a difference” with my employees.
8. Why entrepreneurship?
As an entrepreneur, there is no “corporate glass ceiling”. You aren’t limited to a salary. However, you also don’t have the safety of a salary. Entrepreneurialism is also one of the most rewarding careers. You don’t clock in and clock out, making the same no matter how hard you work. With entrepreneurialism, there is no clocking in and out, you never leave work! However, when your hard work and dedication pays off, there is no better feeling. Watching you business, “your baby”, grow… That is the reason entrepreneurialism is worth it.
9. Is there anything else you want to add?
10. Where can others buy your product or find out more about you?
You can find more about The BullyBøx on our website. There is also great information at our IndieGoGo page. If you would like to bring the app to your school, or your child’s school, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page, email email@example.com, or dial our call center at (949) 963 – 9139.