Wouldn’t be awesome to receive a check for $30 million just for developing an iPhone app? This is exactly what happened to 17 year old Nick D’Aloisio.
When Nick was just 12 years old he taught himself how to write software code for the iPhone platform. Then using his knowledge, at the age of 15, he designed a free app named Summly. The app would take long news stories from your favorite news sites and summarize them for your small iPhone screen.
Little did Nick know that this app would later be downloaded more than 1 million times! And to top it off, it even won an award from Apple, “Apple’s Best Apps of 2012 award for Intuitive Touch”.
Yahoo! took notice. Because of the app’s popularity, they decided to buy the app for $30 million.
But that’s not all, Yahoo! also hired Nick as an employee to help Yahoo! design even more amazing products besides the Summly app.
Courtesy of LA Times
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Carol Topp, CPA