Young entrepreneurs that impacted digital culture

Sometimes a youngster will appear with such precocious vision and talent that seems so beyond their years it is almost unbelievable.


Often these young prodigies go on to change the world with a creation that is so original, or one that answers the needs of so many you wonder how could such a creation come from somebody so young.

Digital culture is one area that is no stranger to this sort of upstart. In fact, a truer statement would be to say that the digital world is a breeding ground for young prodigies. In an area that is dominated by originality and never ending paces forward, there have been a flux of young minds that have had a huge impact on the digital world with their creations and developments.


At Kalexiko, we love a good inspirational story, and the story of Nick D’Aloisio really left us gobsmacked. So to spread the inspiration we thought we would compose an article exploring the recent news around Nick D’Aloisio’s app ‘Summly’ and bring you some other examples of young entrepreneurs whose young footprints have left eternal marks on the world of tech.


Nick D’Aloisio, 17- Summly

Summly is the creation of Nick D’Aloisio. Summly redefines the way a user reads the news and articles online. The Summly app condenses articles that are hundreds and thousands of words long into informative and digestible algorithmically generated summaries from hundreds of sources. This means that if you merely want the bones, or to get straight to the point with an article, Summly will pick out the main points of an article and reproduce it in a summary. The app was developed by D’Aloisio when he was fifteen and revising for his history GCSE. Not many other teenagers would be able to create a world storming app out of the boredom of GCSE revision, but D’Aloisio did and his vision has blown up recently after striking up a large deal with Yahoo.


D’Aloisio struck a multi-million pound deal with Yahoo, who have now acquired the app. As a result, the current form of Summly will end but it will be incorporated into Yahoo’s line of products, consequently as a result of the acquisition, D’Aloisio, who turned seventeen last week, has become Yahoo’s youngest employee.


The application received a number of big investors when it emerged in its first form as well as appraisal from celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Yoko Ono and Rupert Murdoch. With Yahoo acquiring the app it will be interesting to see what new heights Summly will reach, as well as what new creations will come from D’Aloisio.


Though clearly a very talented and precocious teenager, D’Alosio showed his true aged when asked if he had any grand spends in mind, with his new fortune; to which he answered; ‘I’m getting maybe a new pair of trainers I think.’


Though Nick D’Aloisio is probably one of the youngest to strike it big in the digital world to the level he has, there are still other young entrepreneurs that have made a mark in the digital world that is larger than their years. Here are a few that we find particularly inspiring.


Mark Zuckerberg 28, Facebook

No article about young entrepreneurs would be complete without a mention of Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg is the mastermind behind the lifeline that is Facebook. Zuckerberg founded Facebook when he was a 21 year old Harvard student in 2004. The social network site has now grown to over 1 billion users and subsequently Zuckerberg became the worlds youngest billionaire as a result of his creation receiving a valuation of over $100 billion. Zuckerberg’s creation has permanently altered the dynamics of how people interact with one another as well as changing the way that companies interact with a client base.


Almost every person, business and brand now have a Facebook page. In bringing his vision alive Zuckerberg is not only one of the most important and market influencing entrepreneurs but also a demonstration that genius is not defined by age.


David Karp, 26- Tumblr

David Karp founded the micro-blogging site Tumblr when he was just 21 years old. He begun developing the site in 2006 during a two week gap between consulting jobs. The Tumblr service was release in February 2007 and gained 75,000 users within two weeks. The initial funding behind Tumblr was made up from Karp’s own savings and made $13 million in revenue in 2012. Like Facebook, Tumblr has grown from being the homegrown experiment of a tech-whizz to becoming a worldwide social connector, with usership having grown to 150 million users in March 2013.


Pete Cashmore, 27-

At Kalexiko we regularly use as a source of daily tech news and inspiration. is the largest independent news source; dedicated to covering social media, digital culture and technology. The site was launched in 2005 from Cashmore’s home in Aberdeen, Scotland and has grown to a company with over 80 employees and more than 3,200,000 Twitter followers and over 1,000,000 Facebook fans. In its eight years of running, has become the center of the digital news world, as a consistent and creative hub for lovers of all things digital.


Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, 29, 26- Instagram

Instagram has become possibly the favourite photo sharing application available. Instagram was launched in in October 2010 on Apple’s app store and is reported to now have over 90 million users. What really made Instagram unique was the inclusion of digital filters. Once a photo had been taken a user could apply a filter from a range of different effects to allow for customisation of a photo; for a truly unique and almost vintage feel to shots. After the Facebook acquirement of Instagram in 2012 the app has been on a constant ascent. Users are able to share their Instagram moments instantly through their Facebook accounts, letting people show off their snapped moments and customised creations whenever, wherever.


So, there you have a few of the favourite young guns of the digital world. These young visionaries have certainly had an impact on the lives of us here at Kalexiko; in fact, their creations have tailored the direction of most companies in the digi-world.


These are just five of our favourites here at Kalexiko, if you think we have missed someone out or if you have benefitted from the creation of another young industry visionary, then let us know!