Curiosity, passion and perseverance brought Nick D’Aloisio to the center of the world’s attention. In March 2013, Yahoo announced that it had purchased the Summly application made by a 17-year-old teenager from London. Even after that, by Forbes magazine, Nick was named one of the “30 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 who need attention”.

Yahoo has never confirmed openly what price is paid, but many expect Yahoo to have spent around 30 million dollars (around Rp. 290 billion) to buy Summly. Summly is an application with a complex algorithm that is able to summarize long news into three short paragraphs so that it is easy to read on a smartphone screen.

While working on one of his school assignments, Nick felt difficulties and frustration because of the many irrelevant articles when searching for material on the internet. That is what inspires and encourages Nick to create an application that can filter information effectively.

“I’m impatient,” he said. “Like a teenager of my generation, if it’s not interesting, I will stop reading. I just want to read the things I want to know immediately. That’s what Summly did.”

Nick D’Aloisio is a child from an Australian couple. Nick himself was born in England, but shortly after he was born, his family returned to Melbourne and had lived in Perth. When Nick was seven years old and his younger brother, Matthew, three years old, his family returned to England. They settled in Wimbledon, southwest of London. Nick attended school at King College School where he received academic scholarships. He loves art and design, and feels fortunate to be able to work with Yoko Ono on a project for the Serpentine Gallery in London. His father, Lou Motilla, was Vice President of Morgan Stanley, and his mother, Diana D’Aloisio, was a lawyer. D’Aloisio’s interest in technology took place from an early age. “I am interested in details, strange things, and esoterics (which only limited people are interested in)” he said. “I am obsessed with exploring computers.” At the age of five, D’Aloisio was fascinated by the galaxy system and the Sun so that he memorized all the constellations.

D’Aloisio received his first computer, a MacBook, at the age of 9 and used it to make films with Final Cut Pro software. He studied programming from Aashir Alvi when he was 11 years old. D’Aloisio began writing applications in 2008 when he was 12 years old.

Before Summly, he made other applications for smartphones, including SongStumblr, a music search program on the internet, and Facemood, a program that was able to predict the user’s mood through his latest status on Facebook. At the age of 15, D’Aloisio created Trimit, an application for iOS in March 2011, using complex algorithms capable of summarizing long news to 1000, 500, or 140 characters of text.

Trimit, who appeared on Apple’s App Store and was later named the “App of the Week”, was immediately attacked by downloaders, attracting the attention of Horizons Ventures, a venture capital company owned by Hong Kong millionaire Li Ka-shing, who then invested $ 300,000 (D’Aloisio has been recognized as a person the youngest in the world to receive technology venture capital when he was 15 years old).

Hours after Trimit appeared on Techcrunch (a technology news site), D’Aloisio received an email from a venture capital company led by Li Ka Shing, a Hong Kong billionaire. At that time, 15-year-old D’Aloisio had never heard of the company, and thought that perhaps the e-mail was a joke, and ignored it. A few days later Nick received a new email from Horizons Ventures and answered it.

Nick briefly spoke to Li Ka-shing by telephone. Li Ka Shing, interested in coming to London to meet Nick, and asked when he had free time to meet them. D’Aloisio said, “I can’t meet between 9am and 5pm,” and they asked why, and Nick replied, “Well, because I have to go to school” Does that make the investor doubtful? Nick laughed as he recalled the incident again and he said, “I think they like it even more.

The initial investment brought in other investors, starting with actor Ashton Kutcher, widow of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, author and famous British broadcaster Stephen Fry, until the media king of News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch. “They are like gambling by giving capital when I am 15 years old,” said D’Aloisio, referring to investments that would allow him to pay employees (including recruiting Bart Swanson from Amazon.com as Chairman of Summly) and renting offices.

Selanjutnya, Nick menggunakan umpan balik dan kritik dari Trimit untuk mendesain ulang aplikasi tersebut, dan diluncurkan kembali pada Desember 2011, sebagai Summly. Sebulan kemudian, Nick dihubungi Yahoo dan sejumlah peminat lain.

Jagoan teknologi itu membangun Summly di meja belajar di kamarnya pada usia 15 tahun. Aplikasi itu telah diunduh jutaan kali dan telah meringkas setidaknya 90 juta berita sejak versi awal aplikasi diluncurkan dengan nama Trimit pada 2011.

Bagi remaja yang ingin menjadi entrepreneur, juga orangtua mereka, berita penjualan Summly yang spektakuler mengecilkan hati sekaligus menimbulkan kekaguman. Reaksi Brian Wong (21), salah satu pendiri Kiip, perusahaan periklanan di internet, mengundang senyum, “Saya merasa tua” Beberapa tahun sebelumnya, Brian Wong diberitakan sebagai orang termuda yang mendapatkan modal ventura. Setelah itu, bermunculan sejumlah anak muda. “Nick memecahkan rekor kami” kata Wong.

Kehidupan sosial

Orangtua Nick bukan ahli komputer, tetapi mereka mendukung minat putranya. Mereka bahkan mengizinkan dia cuti dari sekolah untuk fokus pada Summly. Sang ibu menemaninya dalam, perjalanan bisnis ke sejumlah negara, termasuk Hong Kong dan New York.

Minatnya tak terbatas pada komputer. Di sekolahnya, King’s College School, Wimbledon, ia belajar A-levels (persiapan masuk perguruan tinggi) untuk matematika, fisika, dan filsafat, la belajar bahasa Rusia dan Mandarin serta bercita-cita kuliah PPE {filsafat, politik, dan ekonomi) di Oxford. *Pendidikan itu hal menarik bagi saya”, katanya.

Di luar urusan komputer dan bisnis, Nick sering berkumpul dengan teman-temannya pada akhir pekan untuk main rugby dan kriket. “Saya main di tim A saat berusia 14 tahun, tetapi kini tak lagi”. kata D’Aloisio.

Apa yang dia lakukan dengan uang hasil penjualan Summly? la menjawab dengan serius, uang itu akan disimpan di dana perwalian sampai ia berusia 18 tahun. Dalam wawancara radio, ia mengaku terganggu dengan ramainya pembicaraan di Twitter soal tas yang akan dibelinya.”Tas saya rusak, talinya hampir putus. Jadi ini bukan karena saya mendapat banyak uang”.

“Saya lebih suka menyimpan uang di bank. Kalaupun ada yang akan saya lakukan dengan uang itu, saya ingin melakukan angel investing,* ujar remaja langsing berambut coklat tua itu.

Saling Menguntungkan

D’Aloisio menyatakan, “tidak ada masalah terkait hak cipta.” Aplikasi ciptaamya, Summly mampu melakukan analisis statistik untuk meringkas berita, ia telah menjalin kerja sama dengan sekitar 250 penerbit konten, termasuk Wall Street Journal milik News Corp. Perusahaan yang berbasis di New York itu membuat kontennya cocok dengan Summly. Program itu menguntungkan perusahaan media.

“Kami memperkenalkan karya mereka kepada pembaca baru dari kalangan muda” katanya. “Jika pembaca suka ringkasannya, mereka akan membaca seluruh berita. Ini akan meningkatkan jumlah pembaca” ujarnya. Namun, teknologi itu memiliki kelemahan, kadang aplikasi ini kesulitan memperpendek tulisan yang terlalu rumit.Penjualan yang diumumkan pada bulan Maret 2013 adalah akuisisi Yahoo kelima dalam lima bulan terakhir. Ini merupakan upaya dari CEO Marissa Mayer untuk menarik lebih banyak ahli teknologi untuk membangun pelayanan smartphone dan komputer tablet. Teknologi makin penting dan diyakini Mayer telah diabaikan perusahaan internet. Sementara ini, Summly tak bisa lagi diunduh dari App Store karena akan diintegrasikan dalam peranti lunak Yahoo.

D’Aloisio akan bekerja untuk Yahoo di London. Ini memungkinkannya menyelesaikan SMA. la mengaku bergairah untuk bekerja di perusahaan Internet klasik yang lebih tua dari dia (Yahoo didirikan tahun 1994). DAloisio akan meningkatkan perhatian pada pentingnya pemrograman komputer dan berharap hal itu diajarkan di sekolah, la juga akan mengembangkan Summly, tak sekadar untuk meringkas berita. “Saya berupaya agar Summly mampu meringkas Wikipedia, buku, blog, apa pun”, kata Nick dengan penuh gairah.

Furthermore, Nick used feedback and criticism from Trimit to redesign the application, and was relaunched in December 2011, as Summly. A month later, Nick was contacted by Yahoo and a number of other interested people.

The tech hero built Summly at the study desk in his room at the age of 15. The application has been downloaded millions of times and has summarized at least 90 million news since the initial version of the application was launched under the name Trimit in 2011.

For teens who want to become entrepreneurs, as well as their parents, Summly’s spectacular sales news discourages and creates admiration. The reaction of Brian Wong (21), one of the founders of Kiip, an advertising company on the internet, smiled, “I feel old.” Several years before, Brian Wong was reported as the youngest person to get venture capital. After that, a number of young people appeared. “Nick broke our record” said Wong.

Social life

Nick’s parents were not computer experts, but they supported his son’s interest. They even allowed him to take time off from school to focus on Summly. The mother accompanied her on business trips to a number of countries, including Hong Kong and New York.

His interest is not limited to computers. At his school, King’s College School, Wimbledon, he studied A-levels (preparation for college) for mathematics, physics, and philosophy. He studied Russian and Mandarin and aspired to PPE (philosophy, politics, and economics) in Oxford . * Education is interesting for me “, he said.

Outside of computer and business matters, Nick often meets with friends on weekends to play rugby and cricket. “I played on team A at the age of 14, but now no longer”. said D’Aloisio.

What did he do with Summly’s money? He answered seriously, the money would be kept in a trust fund until he was 18 years old. In a radio interview, he claimed he was disturbed by the hectic talk on Twitter about the bag he was going to buy. “My bag was broken, the rope was almost broken. So this is not because I got a lot of money”.

“I would rather save money in a bank. Even if there’s something I will do with that money, I want to do angel investing, * said the dark-brown-haired slim teenager.

Win-win solution

D’Aloisio stated, “there are no copyright related problems.” The application was created, Summly was able to do statistical analysis to summarize the news, he had collaborated with around 250 content publishers, including News Corp.’s Wall Street Journal Company based in New York made the content match with Summly, the program benefited media companies.

“We introduce their work to new readers from young people,” he said. “If the reader likes the summary, they will read the whole story. This will increase the number of readers, “he said. However, the technology has weaknesses, sometimes this application has difficulty shortening writing that is too complicated. Sales announced in March 2013 are the fifth Yahoo acquisition in the last five months. This is an attempt by CEO Marissa Mayer to attract more technology experts to build the service of smartphones and tablet computers. Technology is increasingly important and it is believed Mayer has been ignored by internet companies. Meanwhile, Summly can no longer be downloaded from the App Store because it will be integrated into Yahoo software.

D’Aloisio will work for Yahoo in London. This allowed him to finish high school. He claimed to be passionate about working for a classic Internet company older than him (Yahoo was founded in 1994). DAloisio will increase his attention to the importance of computer programming and hopes that it will be taught in schools. He will also develop Summly, not just to summarize the news. “I tried to make Summly able to summarize Wikipedia, books, blogs, whatever,” Nick said passionately.