Bill Gates isn\u2019t the only high-tech magnate in the great state of Washington. Deep in his parents\u2019 basement in Richland, 18-year-old high school senior Joel Cline runs a profitable technology business of his own: Cline Communications (www.cline communications.net). CIO recently spoke with him about his life and work. \n\n \n\n\n\n\nCIO: What does Cline Communications do?\n \n\nCline: We\u2019re into Web development, hosting and marketing for small businesses and individuals. I started the company in 1999 with the idea of helping small-business owners jump on the Internet. A lot of companies charge nothing less than $399 for a business to get on the Web. That is ridiculous.\n\n \n\n\n\n\nWhat do you charge?\n \n\nWe design websites for $200 at the most. I do trade and barter with people quite a bit, though. For example, I received my senior portraits for free when I designed the photography studio\u2019s website. There\u2019s a company I do a website for that rents out those big toys that blow up and you bounce around inside of them. In exchange for their website design, I had them bring one to my house one day to give my two younger brothers something to play on. \n\n \n\n\n\n\nHow do you get prospective clients to take you seriously? \n \n\nMany think that it\u2019s some lawn-mowing business. Sometimes, I tell [prospective clients] it\u2019s more of a family-owned business so that they think I\u2019m not the owner, and then they seem to want to work with me. \n\n \n\n\n\n\nWhich is harder: going to high school or running a business? \n \n\nGoing to high school, because it keeps me away from running the business. I go to school in the afternoons so that I have time to work in the morning. But in high school, I also run on our cross-country and track and field teams.\n\n \n\n\n\n\nWhat\u2019s your best mile time?\n \n\nI\u2019ve run a 5:09 mile. It\u2019s not all that great, but we\u2019ll see what I can pull off this year.