17-year-old Korean CEO on making $1 million in sales


At just 17 years old, Sukone Hong has realized his entrepreneurial dream by building not one but two businesses.

The first, a South Korean fashion brand of which he is CEO, has made over $1 million in sales this year and won the recognition of Harvard University. The second, a braille smartwatch for the visually impaired, has advanced orders in the thousands.

That’s one way to get back at the bullies.

“It was hard for me to get engaged with school. I kind of got bullied. I had to find something that could change my life,” Hong told CNBC Make It.

Building a brand

Teen Hong began his entrepreneurial journey four years ago, when he was in just eighth grade.

Struggling to fit in with classmates at…


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