It might seem odd to look back at the life of a 17 year old, but Nick D’Aloisio is no ordinary teenager. The British-Australian high school student sold Summly, his news aggregator app, to Yahoo for a reported $30 million in cash and stock this week. A pretty amazing feat at any age.
The London-based whiz kid taught himself code at the tender age of 12, and came up with the idea for an app that summarizes news stories into a format viewable on smartphones when he was studying for a history exam. Here, TIME presents an exclusive series of images from his life.
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