Weina Scott answers about 100 tech support e-mails a day. The Web site must be perfect — one glitch, and 6,000 irate customers will bombard her inbox.
First, though, she has to study her physics.
At age 17, Weina is the chief executive of her own Web-based podcast hosting company and makes an annual salary of US$40,000 for working 20 hours a week. Her office is her laptop in her parents’ townhouse near North Miami Beach, Fla. She balances her work duties with doing homework for seven advanced placement classes at Krop Senior High School and applying to colleges.
Passion is something Weina has plenty of. She is the creator of Switchpod.com, which gives users space to upload audio and video programs as podcasts. She started the site last year with the help of friend Jake Fischer, a 16-year-old living in Minnesota.
The two met while posting on a message board on the topic of Web site hosting. She was looking to start a company; he was looking for a programmer. They agreed to team up to create Switchpod. Within a few months, they had 300,000 monthly visitors.