New Yorker John Cronin has faced a hurdle on his road to multimillion dollar business success that most do not have to deal with. John has Down syndrome, a genetic disorder that can cause widespread physical and cognitive symptoms. Even so, John had the idea to create and sell “crazy socks” and went ahead and built a business that does just that.
Towards the end of 2016, John wondered what he would do after finishing high school. He didn’t seem to have much in the way of opportunity because he lived with a learning disability. So he approached his dad, Mark, and shared his idea of starting their own business. And given John’s fondness for wearing crazy socks, there was one thing that he wanted to specialize in.