From Nov. 5 - 7, Kevin Zhang, a sought-after 23-year-old entrepreneur and e-commerce expert who within one year took $3,000 and turned it into a $20 million business, will be in NYC speaking to impoverished students at schools in Harlem and Brooklyn as well as to inmates at Crossroads and Horizon juvenile detention centers to teach them about the financial and self-employment opportunities of eCommerce.
“My goal is to stop the cycle of incarcerated youth leaving prison and returning to a life of crime because their employment options are limited. I view eCommerce as a means of extending opportunity to driven, hardworking individuals from all backgrounds because it works for everyone regardless of background, economic status, education level and finances. eCommerce is democratization if entrepreneurship. Starting your own successful business is no longer reserved to those with money or connections. Technology has broken a lot of barriers and now is the time to get into it because there’s no expert advantage. We’re all new in the space and it’s a level playing field in a fast growing industry with a pie big enough for everyone,” said Zhang. “My passion for free eCommerce education was born because of my parents’ struggle as immigrants. My father worked as a lab technician to support our family while completing his education, and my mother cleaned houses and waited tables to attend community college. After witnessing my parents' struggle with financial security for most of my life, I internalized the value of hard work, sacrifice and discipline at a young age.”
The Son of Chinese immigrants who lived on food stamps to make a better life for him, Zhang graduated with high honors from Vanderbilt University and pushed aside a traditional career path and high paying job at a world renowned management consulting firm to start his e-commerce business (Kreator Consulting and Generation E) with $3,000 he put on his credit card. Today, just a year later, it is a $20 million company employing over 50 people.
“Given my background and the legacy of my parents, I have a deep passion for social mobility and elevating those around me,” said Zhang. “I have identified eCommerce as a perfect pathway for individuals of all backgrounds, even non-traditional ones. I founded Generation E – a movement aimed at inspiring and empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
Generation E provides all of its educational content for free, and Zhang invests in the members of Generation E with his capital, expertise and infrastructure. He has set aside $200,000 to invest in the members of Generation E within this next year.
“I hope to eventually introduce 1 million aspiring entrepreneurs to the world of eCommerce so they can turn their dreams into realities just like I did,” added Zhang.
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