‘Erec Makes a Fire’ Teaches Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship to Kids

November 18, 2014

4:30 pm

It’s never too early to start getting your kids passionate about entrepreneurship. Not only does it encourage free-thinking, but it can also help to establish a sense of self-identity, and teach them all the other principles associated with running a business that can help support them throughout the rest of their lives. To help with this task, entrepreneur Sean Shadmand is producing Erec Makes a Fire, a new children’s book aimed at teaching kids the various concepts of entrepreneurship – and he’s currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help make it a reality.

“I’ve successfully created and exited four startups in my career in DC and San Francisco and have always loved teaching what I’ve learned to aspiring entrepreneurs in high school, college and early-stage companies,” said Shadmand in an email. “I’ve taken the essence of those learnings and condensed them into this simple story book.”


Erec Makes a Fire highlights the story of Erec, a caveman who discovered fire and saw a need for it in his community. Throughout the book, kids learn how Erec recognizes this opportunity to serve the people around him by providing this commodity. According to Shadmand, the fire not only represents a product, but also the more basic concept of an idea or a sparked interest that plays as the motivating figure for all entrepreneurs.


The books is meant to target children between the ages of 3- and 8-years-old. The Kickstarter is not only meant to raise money for the project, but to encourage additional feedback to help hone down the final story of Erec Makes a Fire – to pin down the right story that can make the most sense and provide the greatest value for that age group.

Right now, the Kickstarter has raised over $6,900, placing it near its final goal of $8,000. And, with 9 days left to go in the Kickstarter campaign, Erec Makes a Fire is close to becoming a reality – go check it out.


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.