The Ultimate Catch: Intriguing Seattleites
Brayden Olson24 | Kirkland
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Occupation: CEO of Novel, Inc.
Why We Heart Them
Don’t be fooled by his age, he’s ambitious, motivated, active, extremely successful and wise beyond his years — and not to mention, dangerously attractive. This young game industry entrepreneur makes being a geek, cool and hot.
Brayden founded his company, Novel Inc., in 2009 while he was still a student at Seattle University. Soon after, this boy-genius received prestigious recognitions and was named “2010 Top Student Entrepreneur on the West Coast,” one of Fortune Magazine’s “2011 Startup Idols,” “Young Professional of the Year 2011″ for the Eastside by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, and the youngest member ever admitted into Entrepreneur’s Organization Seattle Chapter — and his career has just started.
Like most guys his age, he has been a fan of video games ever since he was a little boy, but the difference is, Brayden was able to translate his childhood passion into a successful business. Novel Inc. recently received millions in funding and their core focus is to use the technology of video games to solve companies’ complex problems and make business more efficient and fun. Their mission is to make innovative consumer video games and leverages videogame technologies for business application.
Novel has quickly taken off since it began and has been featured in BusinessWeek, The New York Times, IGN and TechFlash. It was also ranked as one of the “Top 30 Most Underrated Innovations of 2010” by The Huffington Post and elected as one of the “Top 3 Emerging Businesses in the Region” by the City of Bellevue.
This busy CEO is also the chair of the Young Entrepreneur Social, a non-profit organization that gives guidance to Seattle’s entrepreneurs — helping Seattle’s most successful leaders get connected and provide them with volunteer and mentorship opportunities.
“It can take years to build up to being able to make your impact, and it also always takes a mentor, supporter and people who believe in you to give you your shot,” says Brayden.
To inspire future leaders, he spends time speaking and volunteering with students and is looking for more opportunities to get involved at the high school level. Lately, Brayden has found joy in traveling, and plans to take a significant amount of time off this year to jet set the globe as Novel prepares to launch into foreign markets.
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