Remember the parent-to-parent joke about how only their kids knew how to program the VCR?
Well, Andy Tabar was one of those kids. On steroids.
Tabar is winner of the “Huge Upside Potential” group in StartupNation’s 2008 Dorm-Based 20 ranking.
The 21-year-old Tabar started building Web sites at age 11. By the time he was 14, he turned a profit. Now, the incoming senior at
Maybe “potential” is a bit of an understatement.
Tabar’s latest venture is called Bizooki.com, a business-networking site that aims to connect people around the world together on potential projects. For example, if you are a business owner that needs assistance on anything from Web design to writing music for a commercial, Tabar wants you to log on to his site to find talent.
One of the reasons the
“We’re seeing the shift from big corporate
Tabar says that he has put tens of thousands of dollars into the venture. And though he has years of Web-building experience Tabar has hired employees virtually, from across the
“I realized the importance of talent not only locally but globally and how the economy is shifting that way,” he says.
Bizooki will launch this fall, and Tabar sees his viral marketing campaign hitting full stride by the end of the year. So far, he says, investors have shown interest, but he wants to wait until he graduates next year before entertaining any offers. Between work and school, he’s kind of got his hands full right now.
But it seems as though Tabar’s had his hands full for a long time now.
He got his start building Web sites as a child because “it just felt right,” he says. It evolved into doing them for local small businesses, his church and musicians. Tabar has also constructed online entertainment guides in
“I’ve always just naturally wanted to create, and I’ve always been a worker,” Tabar says, referring to what drives him.
He also calls himself a “dreamer” pointing out that his influences are not limited to the tech world and include music and professional basketball’s Cleveland Cavaliers who have their own underage overachiever in star LeBron James.
“There are a lot of positive roll models out there,” Tabar says.
What comes after Bizooki for him? Tabar says he would like to get involved in tech work that can help developing and third-world countries, becoming involved in social entrepreneurship. As a partial preparation, Tabar is taking a class this semester on the economies of
“I’ve had a vision,” he says. “I’ve pursued it, it’s coming to fruition, and it will continue to grow. My message is: You can do what you want to do in terms of starting your own business. The opportunity is out there for every student today.”