Random rants (7): Do all our kids have to become billionaires by age 17?

Nick D’Aloisio is 17. When he was 10, he pestered his parents to invest in an Apple MacBook ‘because he was intrigued by its iMovie application’. When I was 10, I pestered my parents for a Subbuteo team in the West Ham colours. When D’Aloisio was 12, he launched his first ‘app’, Finger Mill, a ‘workout for your fingers’. When I was 12, I still had a yellow Chopper bicycle and watched John Noakes on Blue Peter. When D’Aloisio was 15, he came up with Trimit, an ‘application that cut down longform web content into tweet-sized bites’ and it ‘quickly hit 30,000 downloads’. When I was 15, West Ham beat Fulham 2-0 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley and I watched it for the first time on a colour TV – my gran’s, rented from Rumbelows. (Alan Taylor scored both goals). Today, Nick D’Aloisio is being branded ‘the new Mark Zuckerberg’, having just announced that Yahoo! are acquiring ‘Summly’ (something else he founded at the age of 15). Summly (apparently) is ‘pocket sized news for iPhone. News you want. Now.’ Or something like that. Congratulations to Nick, and to Yahoo! … but can we all now just, like, s-l-o-w down a little bit? What’s the rush? Do all our kids have to become billionaires by the age of 23?

One thought on “Random rants (7): Do all our kids have to become billionaires by age 17?

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    PJ

    March 26, 2013 at 4:10pm

    Don’t you just hate ‘ a Clever Nick’!

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