June 16, 2021


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A bootstrap approach - Czech immigrant Jan Bednar's ShipMonk

Nancy Dahlberg | 5/26/2021

Jan Bednar grew up mostly in the Czech Republic, in a village of 5,000 people called Bakov nad Jizerou, about 50 miles northeast of Prague, near where Škoda cars are built. He caught the entrepreneurial bug early in life, starting a DJ business at age 13 and maintaining a steady bunch of side hustles while a student. His entrepreneurial model was his father, who owned a small chemical transportation company in the Czech Republic. “He has been my idol ever since I can remember.”

Bednar visited Fort Lauderdale as a teenager to take an English language course and fell in love with Florida. “It was the first time I was by myself, anywhere without my parents, and just had a lot of fun.” He returned to his hometown but itched to return to Florida to pursue the American dream.


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