A Green Thumb For Startups

Jared Schutz can't help himself: He starts companies. At 24, he has a BA from Princeton University, a coin collection, a few dogs--and a business track record that most 60-year-olds would envy. His first venture was trading government scrap metal, finding buyers for old shell casings and helmets. Sealed bids let the 16-year-old operate with no one the wiser. "It beat having a paper route," Schutz says. In 1994 those earnings provided his grubstake for Chicago-based American Information Systems Inc., a technical consulting firm he co-founded with two partners while still in college.

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