BusinessWeek’s recent ranking of America's best young entrepreneurs under the age of 25 included two Pennsylvania companies and four young entrepreneurs among the top twenty-five: Brian Pedone of ABP Software
in Stroudsburg, and Ebele Mora, Jason Smikle and Fabrizio Sousa of Truly Unique Vision
Pedone, 25, a 2005 graduate of East Stroudsburg University, is founder of ABP Software, a software development firm, and Pedone's Heavy Hitters, a boxing gym. According to BusinessWeek's profile of Pedone, the gym is a sideline business (Pedone was the 2003 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Central Champion and earned the title "Fists of Stone Pedone") and he is currently focused on ABP's latest application, an online password-management tool, NeedMyPassword.com
, which is designed to store and retrieve passwords. ABP had revenues of $50,000 in 2007, and Pedone expects the business will be profitable by January.
Truly Unique Vision grew out of a desire to create an online TV network of videos by students showcasing college life on campuses across the country. Smikle, 22, and co-founders Mora, 24, and Sousa, 24, teamed up in 2005, and by 2007 the business had brought in about $50,000 in revenue, mostly from market research, with $125,000 projected in 2008, according to BusinessWeek. Smikle told the magazine he expects the business will include 40 college campuses in 10 cities by spring 2009.
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