13-Year-Old CEO Makes a Deal on ‘Shark Tank’

October 13, 2014

8:00 pm

Noah Cahoon is the CEO of the toy company Paper Box Pilots, that creates designs to turn boxes into airplanes and other play vehicles for kids. He is 14 years old and runs the company with his father Brian who also works for Oracle out of Salt Lake City. The Cahoons appeared on the latest sixth-season television episode of ABC’s business pitch program “Shark Tank.” At the time, Noah was 13 years old and he used his young business savvy to make a deal with investor Kevin O’Leary. You can see O’Leary’s feedback on Paper Box Pilots in his tweet below.

The Paper Box Pilots was born when Brian and Noah started as a hobby then they creating designs airplanes out of empty cardboard boxes. Last year, they realized they could start selling those designs to retailers. So far they’ve made about $7,500 in sales from their online shop and small independent retailers. Noah has been involved with every sale so far. The Cahoons came to Shark Tank looking for $35,000 in return for 25% equity and a partnership with a Shark who can mentor them to accelerated growth.

Regardless of the investment opportunity, Noah has gotten a great early education in starting and running his own business and his dad has also gotten to live his entrepreneurial dreams. The father-son team has been able to enjoy the startup journey and life together – a priceless experience in entrepreneurship.

The Paper Box Pilots Team

The Paper Box Pilots team of Brian Cahoon, Noah Cahoon and Milo Cahoon.

You can watch the full Shark Tank episode here.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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