12-Year-Old Entrepreneur Skates Into Success
Carson Kropfl is an inventor, business owner and environmental activist.
He enjoys the excitement of surfing. In addition to riding the waves, he likes riding his skateboard. Kropfl is a very hard-working 12-year-old.
You heard right. The San Clemente, California, boy just completed seventh grade. And, school had a lot to do with the creation of his company.
His story is proof that necessity is truly the mother of invention. Carson had enjoyed skating for years. He liked to use his skateboard to go to places, including school. But over time, he grew increasingly frustrated that he had no place to store his board once he arrived.
As a student, he could not change the size of his locker. But he realized he might be able to change the shape of his skateboard. And, from that small desire, a business was born.
"I have a skateboard company called Lockerboard and what I do is, I take recycled skateboard decks and reshape them to fit inside of backpacks and lockers."
Carson first just made a shorter skateboard in the shape of a square for himself.
"But then my parents told me I had to clean and do chores to pay for my surf contest and surf lessons. But I hate to clean, so I asked them if I could try selling my Lockerboards instead."
Carson's parents not only said yes, they agreed to help him make it happen. They searched around for the best tools for creating skateboards. But he says one tool made his mother a little nervous.
"Then we used a table saw but my Mom didn't like that because I was making skateboards by myself. And my Mom was like, ‘I'm not sure if this is safe,' and my Dad was like, ‘its perfectly fine!' And, then a board shot back and hit him straight in the stomach..."
Carson made his first sales in the room where students ate at his school. He put a few skateboards on a table and his schoolmates started buying them up.
Within months, Carson had an agreement with a manufacturer. The young man says he has now sold about 700 skateboards in under two years of operation.
His skateboards come in a number of shapes and designs. Each one costs around $100. But not all the profit goes to Carson. Some money goes to a non profit group that supports the health and well-being of a place close to his heart.
"I donate one dollar for every Lockerboard sold to Ocean Unite because they're focused on ocean conservation."
Carson's hometown of San Clemente sits along a beautiful coastal area of the Pacific Ocean. And Carson, the surfer, wants the ocean to stay that way.
The young business owner says he is not exactly sure what he will do when he grows up. But he sure will stay busy.
"I kinda want to be doing what I'm doing now -- being an entrepreneur. If it's not Lockerboard, I'm pretty positive I'm going to be creating something. And, I'm going to be an activist traveling the world, supporting ocean conservation and how we could help our earth. And, traveling the world, skating and surfing, because I am an athlete."
I'm Dorothy Gundy.
1.pay for 支付
Using a credit card to pay for an order is simplicity itself.
2.make it happen 实现...
I know it's not easy, but you should at least make it happen.
3.ocean conservation 海洋保护
She researches methods of ocean conservation.
4.shot back 回应；回击
I shot back, which sort of ended the conversation, but provided little else in the way of an answer.
5.His skateboards come in a number of shapes and designs.
a number of 若干；一些
This equipment has saved the lives of a number of new born children.
We have lived here quite a number of years.
6.In addition to riding the waves, he likes riding his skateboard.
In addition to 除了...之外
In China, both late marriages and late childbirth are advocated, in addition to fewer and better births.
There's a postage and packing fee in addition to the repair charge.
他喜欢冲浪的刺激。除了冲浪，他还喜欢玩滑板 。年仅12岁的克罗普尔非常勤奋 。
你没听错。这位来自加州圣克莱门特的小男孩刚刚读完七年级 。学校和他创办的公司有很大的关系 。
他的经历证明了需求才是发明之母。多年来，卡森一直喜欢滑板 。他喜欢滑着滑板去各种地方，包括学校 。但时间一长，他越来越沮丧，因为找不到地方存放自己的滑板 。
作为一名学生，他无法随意改变储物柜尺寸。但他意识到自己可以改变滑板的形状 。怀揣这样的小小愿望，一家企业就这样诞生了 。
卡森的父母不仅应允，还同意助他实现梦想。他们四处寻找适合制作滑板的最佳工具 。但他指出，其中一件工具让母亲有点紧张 。
他的滑板款式多样，风格各异。每一款的价格约100美元 。但卡森并没有独占所有利润 。其中一部分收入捐给了一家非营利性组织，该组织支持一个关乎健康和福祉的地方，这是卡森最关心的问题 。
“我想做我现在正在做的事情——成为一名企业家。假如没有Lockerboard公司，我肯定自己会创造一些其他的发明 。而且，我打算成为一名在全球奔走的活动家，支持海洋保护以及如何保护我们的地球 。还有，环游世界、玩滑板和冲浪，因为我是一名运动员 。”