Nick D’Aloisio is the 16-year-old founder of Summly, an application aimed at transforming how we consume news on mobile devices by using natural language processing and machine learning to generate informative, bite-sized summaries.
Nick received his first investment at age 15 from Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka Shing (Horizons Ventures, also behind Siri, Spotify and Facebook investments). That investment helped fund the creation of an early Summly prototype, which received over 200,000 downloads and was chosen by Apple as its App of the Week in the UK and other countries. Although it was only the seed of what Summly was to become, the app received widespread attention in major media outlets around the globe, such as Forbes, BBC, and Wired.
Since that time, Nick has focused on building a world-class team of investors, advisors, technologists, and backers to help build a full-fledged mobile news app.
When he’s not working on Summly, Nick is in his final 2 years of school at King’s College School where he received an academic scholarship. He loves art and design and has been fortunate to work with Yoko Ono on a project for the Serpentine Gallery in London.
He taught himself to code at age 12, and prior to Summly created several apps, among them, Facemood, a service which used sentiment analysis to determine the mood of Facebook users, and SongStumblr, a geosocial music discovery service.