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Six Sizzling Entrepreneurs Under 40

Posted: 06/18/2012 10:26 am

"Don't dim your light."

"Ask as many questions as you can -- it's the cheapest path to riches in this world."

"Only work with the best people, and treat them well."

That's just a taste of the advice I gleaned from fascinating conversations with these six wildly successful entrepreneurs, all of whom began making a mark on the business world while still in their 20s. From eco-conscious baby products and conference name tags, to consumer empowerment websites and social media tools, these young go-getters are taking risks and seeing the rewards. They're living the Life Out Loud.

Many thanks to the Summit Series for providing me with an introduction to these six, as well as hundreds of other movers and shakers who are also grounded, generous, and warm-hearted people.

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"I didn't set out to be an entrepreneur; I just accidentally ended up here," said 31-year-old Alexandra Mysoor, the child of immigrant parents from India.

In 2007, Alexandra and her husband, Prashanth, had their first child. Through a lactation nurse, Alexandra learned that most plastic baby bottles contain BPA, which is toxic. In addition, news had just surfaced about lead being found in toys from China. Alexandra and Prashanth recognized a huge problem that had a simple solution: Create a place where parents can buy reliably safe, non-toxic baby products at an affordable price. Hence Generation Orange was born.

"Don't dim your light," Alexandra advised. "If you aren’t your true self, if you have low self esteem, you’re going to attract unhappiness to you. It’s a waste of energy. You can really be anything you want to be.”

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