Down to Business

No corporate cubicles for these twentysomething entrepreneurs.

Google's founders were just 25 when they launched the company that turned them into billionaires. That dream is alive among young adults fresh out of school, who have enthusiasm and creativity to spare. In fact, 25- to 34-year-olds start businesses more frequently than any other age group, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

Ryan Comfort, 22, found the inspiration for his business halfway 'round the world. Comfort, who graduated in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, was touring Asia before his senior year began when an oil painting in a Thai market caught his eye. Comfort learned that the artist painted oil copies of photographs, and he was so impressed with the quality that he decided to start a business selling paintings by Asian artists to U.S. customers via the Internet.

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