This Teenager Just Made $30 Million, What Have You Done?

Nick D'Aloisio who developed the smartphone news app Summly, poses for a photograph in central LondonYahoo just bought the app Summly from a 17 year old British student for a cool $30 million dollars. The App’s been active for only 4 months on the iPhone before Yahoo swooped in. The app takes news stories and renders them into straight chunks of text making them more readable on a phone, it turns articles into 400 character blurbs.

The app has celebrity backers like Yoko Ono, Ashton Kutcher, Stephen Fry, and Rupert Murdoch. The App game is like drilling for digital gold.



  1. Cosgraves

    March 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Fuck you kid,,, fuck you and are your computer nerd buddies. Hope you lose it all on some new startup

    • FLprodivider66

      March 26, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      @Cosgraves…don’t hate player!? Lol

  2. Docintoxicated

    March 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I give him 3 years before he dies of a drug overdose.

  3. LowKeyMike

    March 26, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Yoko Ono?  Yuck…….

    • edrooney

      March 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      @LowKeyMike Ron Bennington turned me around on Yoko.  All he had to say was “That’s who John chose.”  I never looked at the Yoko “debacle” that way.  If you love John, You have to love Yoko.

      • LowKeyMike

        March 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        @edrooney I like John like anyone else, doesn’t mean I have to like who he is affiliated or in a relationship with.  Yoko also was hooking up with John when he was married, turning his back on his wife and kid.   I just think it’s dumb to give attention to someone only because they married someone famous
        I know she also has a “music career”, so that could be a possible claim to fame, but I have never heard anyone say ‘Let’s put on some Yoko’

    • jayjohnstone

      March 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      @LowKeyMike ……………john’s money

  4. ADomeApart

    March 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    With that many backers I have to imagine his cut of $30 mil is going to be rather limited.  Still a nice chunk for a 17 year old, I’m sure.

  5. dirtyleft

    March 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Ive failed at life, thats what Ive done.

    • FLprodivider66

      March 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      @dirtyleft..But you’ve succeeded at making me laugh! : )

  6. JonNockels

    March 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Ashton Kutcher AND Yoko Ono? Well, then it MUST be good!

  7. SarahMcPants

    March 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    What a cute little pretentious gold mine. Maybe I should have nerd babies after all. Make mommy an app or youre grounded.

    • JonNockels

      March 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      @SarahMcPants do you need help with that?

      • SarahMcPants

        March 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        @JonNockels  No, my husband is a huge nerd, but I can put you on my back up list if you pass a series of tests.

      • JonNockels

        March 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

        @SarahMcPants I’ll sharpen my pencil.

  8. Punk0

    March 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Not impressed.  I made over 100 million sperm today, and I value life over money.  Sadly, none survived

  9. Henduey

    March 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Getting ready to rob a 30 millionaire, IT HAD TO BE SAID! (ancestors looking back in shame)

  10. DjKB

    March 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I can still beat him up! So There!

  11. jayjohnstone

    March 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    wow that’s super,go to hell pepper

  12. deliciousv

    March 26, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Because of British tax rates he now owes 47 million in taxes

  13. cigarsNscotch

    March 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    That’s one way to get laid a lot in High School.

  14. Oprahs moose knuckle

    March 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Perhaps he can use some of that money for a proper hair cut.

  15. FLprodivider66

    March 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    And I was proud of my son for taking out the garbage?

  16. elephant_droid

    March 27, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Aren’t the tax rates about 85% or some insane percentage on the rich in England?

    • blaah

      March 27, 2013 at 8:20 am

      @elephant_droid why dont you look it up instead of looking like an idiot

      • elephant_droid

        March 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        Good one, Cunt.
        Although you are a nobody, my questions goes back to a IB wire post from a couple weeks ago.
        Because I put a question mark on the comment, I look like an idiot…or does everything have to be fag this and fag that? That’s the way you like it apparently.

  17. Guilty Bystander

    March 27, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Big deal, Fez makes that much doing nothing.

  18. Morgan McNasty

    March 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Now he can focus on mastering the skin flute

  19. Aria Taint

    March 27, 2013 at 9:19 am

    At least the kid got his life together after some old queen bought him a sandwich and wanted to “just talk”.

  20. BadNewsJeff

    March 27, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Now he can afford to fix the windows in his apartment.  Looks like there’s an easterly breeze blowing through.

  21. bmqq316

    March 27, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Two things…Jack & Shit

  22. FanBoy1

    March 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I worked on feeding my family on my ever shrinking budget. without the help of Foodstamps or EBT. ( I know I am the minority)

  23. joe8775

    March 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    from the looks of him that app was called grindr

    • @iSmellBit

      March 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      @joe8775 Heyyyy!

  24. Impostor

    March 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Made a hit list of Teenagers with $30million.