Recently named the winner of Warren Buffett’s “Grow Your Own Business” challenge, Jake Johnson is stepping back into the entrepreneurial world with his patent-pending product Beaux Up. Jake and his sister are partners in their new business, Joxie, a lifestyle brand creating products that are smart, fun, diverse, and focused on individuality and self-expression. Joxie’s first product is Beaux Up bow ties, an edgy twist on the classic self-tie bow tie where bow tie halves can be interchanged on a unique clip allowing a completely customizable experience for the wearer. Jake was the creator of the Beaux Up idea, but he also enjoys marketing and the business of entrepreneurship. He is currently working with the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson NC as well as other community partners to find ways for Beaux Up to provide funds – and cool bow ties – for those in the community seeking employment and assistance getting back to work.
Jake is a tenth grader at River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC, but he has been involved in business from a much earlier age. At age 8, he and his sisters came up with the idea for Flipoutz, a silicone bracelet that holds coins that kids can trade and track online at flipoutz.com. As part of Flipoutz, Jake appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and lived to tell about it! He and his sisters were also featured on PBS Biz Kids and were nominated for ChiTAG’s Young Inventor of the Year.
No stranger to entrepreneurship and the working world, Jake started his career as an actor at age seven. Among his favorite roles are the youngest “Ricky Bobby” in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Lucas Moran” on six seasons of Lifetime’s “Army Wives.” Jake plays soccer and basketball, runs cross country and track, plays piano, and has been a national finalist in the National History Day contest in both the performance and the documentary categories.
Jake believes entrepreneurial activities are an investment in the future and he enjoys sharing his ideas with other business minded kids. A favorite quote is by Warren Buffett who said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Jake is happy to be a part of Independent Youth and encourage other teens just like him to start planting!