Despite being aged only 19, Jordan Daykin is running his third business, the idea for which he had when he was just 13. On this week's episode of BBC TV's Dragons' Den, the entrepreneur secured £80,000 investment from Deborah Meaden for his company, Grip It Fixings, which is stocked in more than 1,000 UK stores and sold in Germany and Belgium with a patent pending in the US. Daykin also also set up RS2Services, inspired by his love of online fantasy role-playing game Runscape, and tutoring agency, Tutor Magnet
BusinessZone caught up with the teenage business owner to find out more about his experiences on the show, and what it's like to run companies at such a young age.
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If you believe in something enough, go for it or you'll regret it in the future. Be confident about yourself and your product and if you receive negative comments, turn them into positive ones and make changes accordingly. Be careful about who you trust and only trust people to different extents depending on how well you actually know them.
About Dan Martin
Dan Martin has 10 years experience as a journalist writing about entrepreneurs and the issues that affect them.
After three years working as a researcher for Sky News, he joined BusinessEurope.com as a reporter. This was followed by two years working as news editor for Startups.co.uk during which time Dan also contributed to Growing Business magazine. In 2006, he joined Sift Media as business editor before being promoted to editor of BusinessZone.co.uk. He also has responsibility for UK Business Forums, the UK’s most active online forums for small business entrepreneurs. In addition, Dan founded The Pitch, BusinessZone.co.uk's nationwide competition for small business owners. He host the grand finals in 2009 and 2010 in front of an audience of 300.
As well as interviewing many entrepreneurs, Dan has written content for leading business organisations such as the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, British Chambers of Commerce, Forum of Private Business, Investors in People and Business Link for London. Among the publications that have quoted Dan are The Times, Mail On Sunday, Financial Times, Personnel Today and Bristol Evening Post. His articles have also been published by publications including eGov Monitor, Virgin Express in-flight magazine and Personal Success.
Dan regularly speaks at events about small business and social media issues. Among the events he has presented at are the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies' annual conference, Learning Technologies, Publishing Expo and World of Learning. He has also chaired high profile debates featuring senior representatives from Business Link and the Federation of Small Businesses and Dragons' Den judge James Caan.
Dan was named the 10th most influential political blogger on Twitter by the Independent and won the public award for best B2B tweeter at the Golden Twits 2010. He also organised the Bristol Twestival, part of a global Twitter driven charity initiative, in February 2009 and March 2010. Volunteers from 175 cities around the world organised events using the social network. In total, $350,000 was raised for charity: water in 2009 and $500,000 for Concern in 2010. In Bristol, £1,500 and £5,600 was raised.