Young, ‘digital natives’ ready to take business world by storm

SALT LAKE CITY — The fresh-faced photos are as much a part of the legends as the names of the companies they started.



a car parked on the side of a building: University of Utah freshman and game developer Andrew Wang poses for a photo with his Tesla Model 3 outside the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Studio building on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.


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University of Utah freshman and game developer Andrew Wang poses for a photo with his Tesla Model 3 outside the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Studio building on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

Mark Zuckerberg sporting a Harvard hoodie in his dorm room. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak with their first computer prototype, housed in a wooden box. Bill Gates grinning next to a computer terminal at Seattle’s exclusive Lakeside School.

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But it turns out the story arc of these youngster founders — all 20-somethings who would go on to earn icon status as they built their now-marquee brands of Facebook, Apple and Microsoft — have been far more the exception than the

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