Teenage Millionaires: 17-Year-Old British Boy Sells App To Yahoo! For Over $30 Million Dollars!!!!

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Nick D'Aloisio

This young and brilliant British bloke is surely making it rain on these heaux for sure!!

According to LA Times:

Meet Nick D’Aloisio, the 17-year-old British entrepreneur sensation who just sold his popular news-reading app to Yahoo Inc. for close to $30 million, instantly becoming one of the world’s youngest self-made technology millionaires.
It’s the classic Silicon Valley success story of a young software prodigy striking it ridiculously big. But this time it’s unfolding on the other side of the pond.

D’Aloisio, who taught himself to write software at the age of 12, built the free iPhone app Summly that automatically summarizes news stories for small screens in his London bedroom in 2011. He was just 15. Soon he had backing from Horizons Ventures, the venture capital arm of Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing and big names such as Zynga’s Mark Pincus and actor Ashton Kutcher. (He also found a mentor and investor in Stephen Fry. They made this fun promo video together.)

Before it was pulled from the app store on Monday following the announcement of the Yahoo deal, the app had been downloaded nearly 1 million times. It had deals with 250 online publishers including News Corp. and 10 employees in London. “To me, Yahoo is the best company to be joining right now because it’s one of these classic Internet companies. With new leadership from Marissa Mayer, Yahoo has a strong focus on mobile and product, and that’s the perfect fit for Summly,” D’Aloisio said in an interview. “The real idea is to take the core of the technology and find different fits for it and make it as ubiquitous as possible on the Web,” he said. “We want to take summarization and build beautiful content experiences around it.”

He says his parents –- his dad is an energy financier, his mother is a lawyer — will help him manage the financial windfall but that he was not driven to the deal by dollar signs. “Technology has really been the driver behind this whole deal,” he said. “I can’t wait to see how it plays out at Yahoo.” The sudden flash of worldwide media attention has been a bit overwhelming, he said. But not in a bad way.

“It’s been an absolutely awesome experience,” D’Aloisio said. “I’d love to do it again someday with another company.”

Wow. We’re sure it’s just the beginning for this young man.

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