January 17, 2001 Florida Times Union
Just take a look at Shaleen Shah, an active and ambitious 17-year-old who runs his own Web site design firm in Orange Park. When Shah spoke to a Times-Union reporter a year ago about his business, one of the first things he said was “going global can really open up the market for us.”
See there. Not your ordinary teenager.
In the year that Shah’s business, Draven Web-Crafting, has been up and running, he has already expanded. In addition to designing Web pages for clients across the country, Shah now has a small import/export business and hopes to launch a computer training class soon.
And besides running the business — which has three full-time employees — Shah doubles as a normal 17-year-old. He hangs out with his buddies, and goes to college, too.
Shah started the second semester of his freshman year last week at the University of North Florida. He is taking Introduction to Cultural Geography and a literature class.
“I didn’t want to work for anyone else,” said Shah, who rents a suite in a two-story office building near the Orange Park Mall. “From the beginning, I was somebody who wants to follow, not lead.”