Kids, Coding and Millions.
He was born in London to Australian expat parents (his mother is a lawyer, his father works in commodities for Morgan Stanley), who moved back Down Under when Nick was one. He spent six years in Melbourne and Perth and was an outdoor, sporty type until the D’Aloisio-Montillas returned to London when he was seven.
His love of computers developed to the point where he pestered his parents to invest in an Apple MacBook because he was intrigued by its iMovie application.
Eventually, he taught himself via online videos and launched his first app, Finger Mill — a workout for your fingers — at the end of summer 2008, when he was 12, and when there were only a few thousand apps available.
D’Aloisio has been recognised as the youngest person to receive a round of venture capital in technology, at just 15 years of age.
As of March 2013, Summly was sold to Yahoo for a reported US$30 million making him one of the youngest self-made millionaires. D’Aloisio was awarded “Innovator of the Year” in New York City by the Wall Street Journal for his work on Summly and at Yahoo.
It is also worthy of note that D’Aloisio was also included in TIME Magazine’s ‘Time 100’ as one of the world’s most influential teenagers, as well as being profiled in their “Secrets of Genius” Publication.
He also won the 2014 Apple Design Award at WWDC for its technological and product excellence. When Apple launched its iPhone App Store in 2008 he visited an Apple Store and asked the staff how he could learn the coding to make his own apps (‘It was all so new,’ he says, ‘that they were like, “We don’t know either”’).
Summly a news summarisation service that he describes as ‘a completely novel way of consuming content on mobile’. Essentially, it pulls in news from a variety of sources and uses a computer algorithm to boil it down to a couple of key sentences, with users choosing the subjects most relevant to them. If you’re interested, you can click through to a longer summary, or the entire, original article.
The latest version, which is free, has already been downloaded more than 750,000 times since it launched in November 2012, with its summaries being read more than 75 million times.
This shows one story out of many were anyone irrespective of age, whether as a kid or adult can pick up coding with any prior experience and become succesful and made out a tremendious fortune out of it.
Why not give it a try today by learning your first line of code, you can code your way to millions.