Lowering the Bar… In A Good Way
As you may have heard by now, there is a new millionaire in the tech industry. His name is Nick D’Aloisio, and he’s 17 years old. D’Aloisio is the founder of mobile news app Summly, which uses a summarization technology based on an algorithm he created to present a condensed version of news articles for mobile devices. Yahoo! recently purchased the app for a reported $30 million.
Upon hearing this news, at first I was shocked, then a little jealous, but now I feel as if I have just caught a breath of fresh air. What D’Aloisio’s extraordinary accomplishment shows is that age is not a barrier to business ventures. Particularly in the technology industry, the number of young entrepreneurs striking it big has been increasing, D’Aloisio the latest and one of the youngest. This is encouraging information to all young entrepreneurs out there. In today’s world, people evaluate you more based on what you have to offer, rather than allow their preconceived notions about age or experience skew their judgment. To that tone, the part that I find most inspirational about this story is that Yahoo! decided to take D’Aloisio onto their team. He will work full-time on the mobile and technological side of Yahoo!, helping them reach their new vision to make peoples’ daily routines more entertaining and meaningful, with mobile devices a large piece of that puzzle. One thing I would not have thought about as a junior in high school is that I would be working full-time for Yahoo! without even graduating. How the times have changed.