It’s no secret that I am hugely inspired by children. I firmly believe that the whims, imagination, and creativity of a child should be encouraged for as long as possible. And while the products I create may have a more “cool & sophisticated” aesthetic, I am driven by a rather youthful process of curiosity, exploration and discovery (see video in sidebar –>). One such child that I find exceptionally exceptional is Caine Monroy of East LA. This 9-year-old boy spent an entire summer building an elaborate arcade in his dad’s used auto part store with his bare hands…and cardboard. From the arcade’s conception to execution (and all the iterating in between), the level of creativity and imagination Caine employs is nothing short of magical. This is creative entrepreneurship at its finest!
This video, by Nirvan, is a heartwarming account of Caine’s story, including the best day of his entrepreneurial life. I first stumbled upon this video before my new blog was up and running, so even though it’s been floating around the internet for a while now, I just had to give it some love here.
You can also support the Caine’s Arcade Foundation which will find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids through a $250,000 matching challenge grant pledged by the Goldhirsh Foundation.