Most teenagers spend their free time at the movies, playing video games, keeping track of friends on social media or some other carefree activity.
But by the time George Matus was 12, he had already built his own flying quadcopter and was working with drone companies to test every product on the market.
Flash forward six years, and today he is CEO of his own drone and software company, Utah-based Teal, which has four full-time employees, 15 contractors and sells the world's fastest consumer drone.
"Between when I was 11 and 16, I flew everything on the market and I really got frustrated with what was out there and by what I wasn't able to do yet," Matus said. He wanted a drone that didn't restrict him to only taking pictures, or only racing. "It got to the point where I was wanting to push the limits."
After creating a "wish list" of all the things he wanted in a drone, Matus formulated the concept for Teal, and the prototyping process began. Keep in mind, this CEO was only 16 at the time, and he had homework, projects and papers to keep up with, too.
After years of "flying, crashing, rebuilding and modifying" dozens of versions of his product, Matus completed his dream drone, the Teal.