20 Under 40: New leaders, classic values

Arian Mahmoodi, 19
SellYourOldiPhone.com

Hometown:  Potsdam
Professional position: Founder and CEO, www.SellYourOldApple.com, www.SellYourOldMacBook.com, and www.SellYourOldiPhone.com
Family: Father, Farzad Mahmoodi, mother, Terrie; sister, Taranae
Education: Presently attending Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, with a concentration in real estate finance
Community involvement: Various entrepreneurial ventures; company is based in Clarkson University’s Peyton Hall Business Incubator, Potsdam
Last book read: “The Real Crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy — How to Save Yourself and Your Country” by Peter Schiff

Born in the north country, Arian S. Mahmoodi is a precocious young entrepreneur.

Mr. Mahmoodi, 19, is the founder of SellYourOldApple.com, a web-based business that recycles iPhones, iPads and MacBooks.

The entrepreneurial bug bit Mr. Mahmoodi at a young age.

“I think the main differentiator has been fully applying myself and taking full advantage of all opportunities that I come across,” he said. “I did not waste my talent—I applied it.”

When he was 5, he started by selling candy to family members. Later ventures included mowing lawns and pet sitting, then selling old video games on Amazon.com. Later, he started two websites, SellYourOldiPhone.com and SellYourOldMacBook.com.

“At a very young age, I had an entrepreneurial mindset and wanted to start a business,” Mr. Mahmoodi said. “I got somewhat lucky; the north country was a great place to launch my businesses. I was able to hire students from the local universities to develop my website and advertising artwork.”

All of this happened while Mr. Mahmoodi was a student at Potsdam Central School. He became president of his senior class and was a member of the National Honor Society chapter there.

– Christopher Robbins
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