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Teen runs web business for three years

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Apr 28, 2017
Photo by: submitted Sean Wilson-Bynoe with his mother Cheryllann. He is a naval sea cadet, and already a petty officer. He drills one weekend per month in Marshalltown.

FHS sophomore Sean Wilson-Bynoe is just like any other teenager. He enjoys biking, computer games, and even SCUBA diving when he can get the chance. However, what’s interesting about the 16-year-old, is that he’s an entrepreneur who has been co-heading a web-design business since he was 13.

“I think it feels good to bring money in,” Wilson-Bynoe said, remarking that he’s been earning money from the start-up for three years.

This year, he’s already seen several thousand dollars from the web-coding projects he’s completed for clients all over the world.

“I create the code for the websites, and he does the designing,” Wilson-Bynoe said of his partner Jordan Maclee, whom he met three years ago while playing the computer game “League of Legends” together.

Maclee is 22, and he resides in London, England. The pair pull in jobs and divide the work load via the internet.

Along with designing the websites, Wilson-Bynoe said Maclee does the marketing, which brings clients in, and the two split the profits.

Their business, called “Non Mechanical” has completed jobs for clients in places such as Spain, the United Kingdom and New York.

“He taught himself online,” Sean’s mother, Cheryllann said of how her son learned to code.

“When he needs to learn something he goes online to look for mentoring; he’s always learning.”

Sean’s mother said he’s been interested in entrepreneurship since he was very young. She said she fosters his desire to learn and stretch himself.

“I bought him an HD computer — you have to support them,” she said, adding that he’s been interested in learning and entrepreneurship from the time that he was very young.

“We would go to different conferences and things. He’s an avid reader, and I think he just realized that in order to do something substantial or give back to his community, that he needed to start somewhere. By being an entrepreneur, he can hire others. He’s always had this knack for pushing himself.”

A member of FHS’s Future Business Leaders of America, Wilson-Bynoe pushed himself into the Jacobson Institute BizInnovator Contest last year. The contest is sponsored by the University of Iowa.

“Sean entered the competition in April of 2016 and earned honorable mention in Iowa,” said FBLA advisor Diane Goudy, adding that she encouraged Sean to enter the completion.

“This [was] outstanding for an FHS freshman. He is the first student from FHS to enter,” she said. “He wrote an executive summary, and then he was interviewed by judges through Skype. We at the high school are very proud of him and his entrepreneurial spirit.”

Out of 219 applicants, Wilson-Bynoe was one of 12 finalists in the competition.

With only two years left before he graduates from high school, Wilson-Bynoe is considering his  options for college.

“I plan to go to school for computer science; although I haven’t narrowed down exactly where yet. I had some sights, but based on recent news it didn’t seem like they were as good as I thought they were,” he said, adding that he’s currently considering Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California to continue his education.

Nonetheless, his business won’t fall by the wayside.

“I plan to expand my business out, and put more money into it,” he said.

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