From the Classroom to the Boardroom▼ 創業不是夢 ── 十四歲少年勇闖職場 One teenager's invention could become the world's next big success story.
Taylor Rosenthal is not your typical teenager since he spends his time negotiating million-dollar business deals. This 14-year-old boy from Alabama had an idea for a new kind of vending machine. Rather than selling candy or soda, it would give out first-aid▼ materials. Now, Rosenthal's idea could make him one of the world's newest multi-millionaires. The idea came to Rosenthal when he was at a baseball tournament▼ . He noticed that many of the players got minor injuries. His first thought was to set up a small stand to sell medical supplies, but he realized it would cost too much to pay someone to sit there. Thus, the RecMed vending machine was born. He made a prototype▼ in 2015 and quickly raised a hundred thousand dollars from investors▼ . This would be an amazing accomplishment on its own, but he wasn't done yet. Last year, Rosenthal tried to sell his vending machines at amusement parks and stadiums. Seeing the possibilities, one business offered him US$30 million for the idea. Amazingly, Rosenthal turned it down because he was looking for something in the neighborhood of US$50 million, and not a penny less. This young man is shaping up to be the next business icon.
invention n. 發明（物）
Many great inventions were made in the 20th century.
typical a. 典型的
This mountain scenery is typical of South America.
give out sth／give sth out 放出……；分發……
Carrie helps give out food to homeless people every week.
minor a. 輕微的；較小的
Vincent thought he was very healthy, until he suffered a minor heart attack.
Ella's back injury resulted from a bike accident.
accomplishment n. 成就
The first landing on the moon was a great accomplishment for mankind.
amazingly adv. 令人驚訝地
Amazingly, nobody was hurt in the fire.
shape up to be sth 逐漸發展為某物
Dad's company is shaping up to be a pretty big business.
▼boardroom n.（董事會的）會議室 ▼ first-aid a. 急救（用）的 ▼tournament n. 錦標賽 ▼prototype n.（新型汽車和機器等的）原型，雛型 ▼investor n. 投資者
本文 "... because he was looking for something in the neighborhood of US$50 million, and not a penny less." 中的名詞 neighborhood 原本是「附近社區；鄰近地區」的意思。然而，文中的片語 in the neighborhood of... 則表「大約／接近……」；而若要表示「在某人的社區／鄰近地區」則可以用 in sb's neighborhood。例：
We invited the Brown family to our party since they are new to the neighborhood.
The building project will cost in the neighborhood of eight million dollars.
Sylvia was in my neighborhood last night, so she stopped by and had dinner.