Ian Purkayastha, 19-year-old “Truffle Dealer”
In the digital age, most of today’s young, hot-shot entrepreneurs are working in the world of high tech, specifically in social networking. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams come to mind.
Then there’s Ian Purkayastha, a 19-year old international businessman who’s “networking” the old-fashioned way — face to face — and making a big splash selling and promoting one of the world’s most ancient and low-tech products: Truffles. To be sure, there aren’t billions to be made in truffles, at least not yet. But truffles are by far the most-expensive ingredient in the culinary world, fetching up to $5000 per pound for the most desired varieties.
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