Welcome to the Clever Tykes blog We blog about raising entrepreneurial kids. Topics include entrepreneurial and enterprise education, research and resources, news and inspiring stories. We share insights from parents and educators and fascinating anecdotes from the childhoods of successful entrepreneurs. To receive our blogs straight to...

Shan-Lyn Ma, co-founder and CEO of Zola, was born in Singapore and moved to Sydney, Australia, when she was four. There, her dad fought for Southeast Asians’ labour rights at a nonprofit and her mother was an entrepreneur at heart. In Australia, Ma's mother taught her...

Steve Case, the former AOL chairman and CEO, talks about how island life led to an understanding of community. “I was born and raised in Hawaii, so that’s interesting. Both my parents were born and raised in Hawaii, which is probably more interesting, because Hawaii has...

Deborah Meaden, entrepreneur and Dragon's Den dragon, tells her story and the beliefs it led to. “I grew up in a single-parent family and we didn’t have a lot of money. I don’t say that looking for any sympathy, because a child doesn’t notice, except that...

Karen Mehta, Headteacher of Ashbridge Independent School, discusses how her own childhood has influenced the way she teaches others. “From an early age I was taught the value of hard work and coming up with good ideas. I would run stalls in my street and put...

Noel Farrelly from Tilney Group describes the principles he follows in raising his children. “I have raised my children repeating four specific principles, which they know by heart. I have lived by them and have encouraged them to also. They are:  Turn up on time Say...

Heidi Zak, founder of ThirdLove, shares her experience working on a farm stand as a teenager. “I think my dad is my biggest influence. He grew up on a small farm outside of Pittsburgh. Through a lot of hard work and by focusing on education, he has...

Ritu Nayaran, CEO and co-founder of Zūm, explains how her mother was her biggest champion. "[My mother is] my dreamcatcher. As a child and growing up, I was fascinated by math and physics. I wanted to be an engineer or an astronaut. At that time in...

In an interview for the DGA, Steven Spielberg explains the unconventional mischief he got up to in his high school years, that set him up well for his career. “I was in high school in Arizona and visiting some cousins and I took a tour one...

Parent and business leader Kathryn Campbell plans to incorporate diversity into how she raises her daughter, to promote empathy and being open to the views of others. "Empathy and being open to the views of others are important values for us as parents. We appreciate that...

Anne Boden MBE is the founder of Starling Bank. In an interview with Money Observer, she talks about the childhood influences that combined an interest in money with a focus on making good choices. “I learned from a very young age just how important [money] is...

Mike Bandar, co-founder of Turn Partners, explains how pursuing sports during his childhood taught him the meaning of commitment and discipline. “Throughout my whole childhood, my parents always ensured my brother and I had at least two active hobbies or sports. "We generally had one staple that...

Naomi Pryde, partner at DWF LLP, shares the childhood memories that had the most impact on her academic and professional career. “I was taught that I could be anything and do anything. I was taught to politely question everything and not to necessarily take ‘no’ for...

Amy Cheadle, founder of The Northern Dough Co, reflects on her experience encouraging her kids to overcome challenges by thinking creatively. “As a parent, I often challenge my kids with problem solving to encourage their creative thinking. I might share a simple task from my own day...

This is a passage from the book Originals: How Non-conformists Change the World, by Adam Grant with foreword by Sheryl Sandberg. The book debunks the myth that entrepreneurs are bigger risk takers than non entrepreneurs: "...

Michael Greenberg, from Call For Content, describes how his competitive family had an unintentional impact in his entrepreneurial upbringing. “My parents raised us with entrepreneurship deeply embedded, unintentionally. […] We had to earn our money growing up and were encouraged to run side hustles like shovelling...

James Daily, founding partner of Daily Law Group, learned from his parents that there was no problem he could not solve. "My parents taught me to be grateful and find the silver lining, even if you have nothing or are facing pain, loss, or failure. After...

Hayley Luckadoo, owner of Luckadoo Media, shares the words of wisdom she received from her mother. “I was always an ambitious child, but I would be terrified of anything not working out. I'd talk about the hundreds of ways something could go wrong and I'd plan...

You may have heard the Jim Rohn quote, "we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with", but you may not realise how early that becomes true. In the book Atomic Habits, author James Clear discusses the norms of cultures,...