x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Summly app creator an inspiration for teenagers

Seventeen-year-old Nick D¿Aloisio has proven that young people with the ability, and the right opportunities, can shape the way knowledge is delivered.

In an interconnected world, it is difficult to stay abreast of the news and other significant developments. Those of us who don't want to miss out on world events either bookmark a webpage to read later or skim through it.

But a teenager from London has made things easier. Seventeen-year-old Nick D'Aloisio is the creator of Summly, a smartphone application that simplifies knowledge by reducing online articles to about 400 characters - fewer characters than three tweets.

Now, the pioneering application has been bought by Yahoo! for a whopping $30 million (Dh110 million). Not bad for a schoolboy who had the idea when he was only 15, and still lives at home with his parents.

Nick also has a message for like-minded teens: "If you have a good idea, or you think there's a gap in the market, just go out and launch it, because there are investors across the world right now looking for companies to invest in."

Nick is an inspiration, because he has proven that young people with the ability, and the right opportunities, can shape the way knowledge is delivered - something previously seen as a job for grown ups.