Enjoy lunch with teenage entrepreneur Jaylen D. Bledsoe in St. Louis.
Motivation, perseverance, good old fashioned hard work, and the willingness to take risks, fall down, get back up, and do it again have made Jaylen D. Bledsoe an amazing entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and technical prodigy at the young age of 18 years. His journey and success actually began at 12 years of age when he started his own Information Technology Consulting business called Bledsoe Technologies, LLC.
With a dream and $100, he began marketing his technology services, and within two years he had 150 contractors working for him. The scope of services his company provides is vast and includes brand development consulting. The clients he works with include Jordin Sparks and Steve Harvey.
Knowing the importance of building a solid brand, Jaylen Bledsoe began rebranding his company, transitioning from Bledsoe Technologies, LLC to The Jaylen D. Bledsoe Global Group. His expertise and success is multifaceted and includes start-up businesses, brand & business development, Venture Capital Funding, direct marketing platform development and implementation, entrepreneurship, and increasing revenue streams.
Outside of his daily business practices, Jaylen D. Bledsoe is also a motivational speaker for various groups around the globe. He brings enlightenment, wit, comedic humor, and moving stories to his audiences young and old. He has been featured keynote speaker for Disney Dreamers Academy, NSBE, Junior Achievement, Steve Harvey Mentoring Program, Stanford, Google, and Facebook just to name a few. Jaylen has spoken to over 125,000 people around the world from youth to senior citizens – sharing his inspiration, award winning attitude, and down to earth stories about how to be successful in this journey of navigating life.
When asked about his success, Jaylen will honestly tell you that it hasn’t always been easy. His parents were only 16 years old when he was born, and his upbringing was filled with struggles. Knowing that he wanted to do more and be more than what he was born into, he continued to look forward to the big picture and to the blessings he had been given, and truly made an effort to strive toward excellence in everything he chose to do. His positive thinking, great determination, and willingness to never give up has led to his amazing and inspiring success.
In 2009, Jaylen was awarded for his exemplary accomplishments when he was given the “Presidential Academic Excellence Award” from President Barack Obama. In 2014, Ebony magazine selected Jaylen as an Ebony Power 100, signifying him as one of the 100 most influential African-Americans alongside President Barack Obama, Oprah, Beyonce and Steve Harvey. Jaylen Bledsoe currently serves or has served in many community and advocacy capacities including being Board President of the National Youth Rights Association, board member at Multitasking Hearts Corp and special advisor to Jordin Sparks’ Charity, The M.A.D. Girls. In the great words of Jaylen D. Bledsoe, “Don’t let your setback cause you to sit back, prepare for your comeback!”