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Role Reversal In Tech World

With their knowledge of the Internet, some kids have catapulted themselves into early success.

And CBS News Correspondent Russ Mitchell reports on This Morning how that success has affected one member of the Class of 2000.



Frank Olivieri is a sixth grade teacher from Queens, N.Y., and he didn't even own a computer until 1992. But last month he built one of his own. He did it with help from a Web site.

"The valuable information that I needed to build this computer I found at AnandTech," he explains. And he got quite a surprise when he realized who was behind the site.

"I said 'wow.' I couldn't believe that this person who was responsible for all of this was 17," Olivieri adds.

AnandTech.com was created by Anand Shimpi, a high school junior from Raleigh, N.C.

"Once people find out, they're either turned off or really impressed," Anand says.

Oliveri was definitely not turned off. On the contrary, he thinks Anand knows more about computers than most adults.

"I've been to many other sites and nobody, or no other site has what AnandTech has," he says, adding that a lot of the other sites are not doing as many reviews as his on a daily basis.

"Anand is consistent; there's something every day," he says.

Two years ago, Anand started his business from his bedroom. His Web site reviews computer hardware and gets 1.5 million hits a month - and that's very attractive to advertisers.

"What happens is they'll come to me and say: We want to advertise on your site, we want to advertise on these particular reviews. And that's how it works," he explains.

Companies pay competitive rates for the ad space, though Anand won't say exactly how much money his Web site brings in.

"Enough to cover the expenses, and enough to, I guess, make a comfortable living off of," he says.

And there's a little left over for something to get around town in - like a BMW convertible.

"Now you have things like the 17-year-old executives and the 18-year-old executives," he says. "The Internet really opened up a bunch of doors for us," he adds.

The CBS News poll released this week indicates that adults are aware that their age has not given them any advantage in the world of the Web. Only one in four parents polled said that parents today know as much as their kids.

So what ever happened to the saying that with age comes wisdom?

"In this case, wisdom belongs to the younger person, not to the older person; this is their area," says Olivieri.

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