Meet The 21-Year-Old Entrepreneur With Down Syndrome Who Has A Million Dollar Company

A young man with with Down syndrome has proven his entrepreneurship expertise after creating a million dollar company.

John Cronin, 21, has always had a flair for fancy socks, and after graduating high school, he decided to turn his passion into a career.

“I love all the Socks”

Since the beginning, John loved accessorizing his socks with his outfits, even though he faced criticism from his older brothers who were skeptical of his zany fashion sense. However,  their opinion didn’t stop John from staying true to himself.

“They are not the fashion police,” John told Today. “I love all the socks that are very very colorful and let me be me.”

Planning for the future

Following his graduation, John was at a crossroad. While John didn’t know what he wanted to do with his future, he knew he wanted to go into entrepreneurship. Teaming up with his dad, the pair originally wanted to start up a food truck, but the idea quickly fell flat.

“One of the problems, me and my dad, both can’t cook,” John said. “Both of us are good at eating.”

Going back to the drawing board, John realized he could start a business based on something he loved: crazy socks.

“John had worn crazy and colorful socks his whole life, so it was something he loved and he suggested we should sell socks,” John’s father Mark said.

“I wanted to do something fun and creative,” John added.

Body Pulled From A River In Philadelphia Identified As That Of “Shark Tank” Entrepreneur

Authorities have identified a body found floating in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia as 58-year-old Philip Reitnour.

Reitnour was the entrepreneur behind the app “EmergenSee” featured on an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank.

The business owner and his partner Jason Friedberg appeared on an episode of the show, for start-ups, to receive investments from experienced moguls for a stake in their company, three years ago.

Reitnour appeared on Shark Tank in October 2014 to present the mobile app “EmergenSee”, which helps transform smartphones into security systems, allowing users to broadcast audio, video and their location to others.

The investors were concerned during his pitch that he had poured millions of his own money into the app and that he was outsourcing the tech development. They were also unsure about his business model which was based on a monthly user fee of $8.99 per month. After all, the sharks are looking to make back their money, and then some.  

He said contrary to the 10 minutes of air time, his pitch to them was closer to an hour and a half.

“I really had a great conversation with them…but you can’t get the true gist of what was said because it had to cut to the chase,” he added.

The entrepreneur did not receive any financial support after promoting his product during his appearance. He later claimed that he didn’t go on the show for the money or a deal.