Technology has changed my life tremendously. Not only did it help me throughout high school, but it also greatly contributed to me getting into colleges that without it would have been dream schools. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in technology, but the release of Apple’s first iPhone transformed my interest into a passion. My mom and I waited in line for over three hours just to get a glimpse of this truly revolutionary device. As I waited, I remarked on the unexpectedness of the iPhone as I had only ever thought of a phone as a means of calling and texting others. I finally reached the end of the line and had the opportunity to explore this computer-phone hybrid, and I realized that technology was developing to a point so refined that what used to take tons of space and expertise to do had been condensed into a handheld device that any person could use. I saw the affect of this development firsthand in my classes as we shifted from writing on paper with pencils to drawing on smart-boards with styluses.
Several years after that initial breakthrough, Apple yet again released a game-changing product: a large but mobile touchscreen computer, the iPad. I remember spending hours in line with my father to get a look at the iPad just as I had years before with my mother. Those uninterested in technology may find waiting hours for a glimpse of a new product ridiculous, but I have always found an awesome feeling in being among the first consumers to explore a new product.
This love of being the first to have some exclusive item translated into a business idea during my sophomore year of high school. Streetwear companies like Supreme and Kith along with sneaker titans like Nike and Adidas were releasing highly sought after products that seemed to sell out before they were even available to buy. I saw this as a profitable opportunity. I started using my resources to buy large quantities of rare sneakers at their retail prices and then sell them for double or sometimes triple that amount. From early on, this scheme depended on technology as eBay was my main selling platform. As my profits increased, so did my hunger to expand into other areas of the resale market. I identified one clothing brand called Supreme that had a massive following and released exclusive items that had big resale markups. Tapping into the incredible power of social media, I made a twitter account that would publish information about upcoming item releases including the timing, pricing, and exclusivity of these pieces of apparel.
When I created this page, I never anticipated that it would evolve into what it is now. Initially, followers trickled in with an increasing amount of new people following everyday until the trickle became a steady stream. About two years after I established the account, two Turkish men contacted me asking if I would be interested in hiring them as private contractors to run a “bot system” that would help customers secure the items they wanted without having to worry about them selling out first. A “bot system” is a sophisticated online backchannel through which users can manipulate the add-to-cart feature on retail websites, so I was wary of pursuing this potential opportunity to shift from a fan page to a business. I decided to take the risk, however, and it has paid off immensely as my page has gained tons of followers and attracted attention throughout the world. Currently, my tweets reach seven million people every twenty eight days with about five hundred new followers everyday. Without technology, none of this would have been possible.