Marissa Mayer Wants 17-Year-Old Kids To Work For Her
4:15 pm, March 26th | by Meredith Lepore
Marissa Mayer is capturing attention again today with a new hire. According to Business Insider, Yahoo! recently announced that it bought a startup called Summly — but the company is really buying the talent behind Summly, which is its founder founder Nick D’Aloisio, who happens to be 17 year old. Yahoo! paid $30 million for him. Marissa Mayer basically just hired Charlie from Girls’s younger brother to work at Yahoo.
Summly is a news summarization app and fits in perfectly with Marissa’s push to make Yahoo! “a predominantly mobile company.” “After spending some time on campus, I discovered that Yahoo! has an inspirational goal to make people’s daily routines entertaining and meaningful, and mobile will be a central part of that vision,” D’Aloisio, now 17, said in his own statement. “For us, it’s the perfect fit.” According to All Things D his job is to “be a great person to put in front of the media and consumers with Mayer to make Yahoo seem like it is a place that loves both entrepreneurs and mobile experiences.”
But it has been reported that, like many 17 year old boys, Nick isn’t the most mature of human beings. According to TBI, last year he cried when the blog Gizmodo wouldn’t write about Summly. In his defense, he hasn’t even finished high school yet! He still lives in London with his parents.
This may not be the right person to be the face of a company that has had its fair of struggles. But then again, everyone wants to have a Mark Zuckerberg-esque wunderkind on their team — even Marissa Mayer.