Nick D’Aloisio

Inventor of Summly


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Nick D’Aloisio (born 1 November 1995) is a British computer programmer, philosopher and internet entrepreneur. He is best known as the developer of Summly, which is an automatic summarization algorithm, developed with SRI International. D’Aloisio has been recognised as the youngest person to receive a round of venture capital in technology, at just 15 years of age. As of March 2013, Summly was sold to Yahoo for a reported US$30 million making him one of the youngest self-made millionaires. D’Aloisio was awarded “Innovator of the Year” in New York City by the Wall Street Journal for his work on Summly and at Yahoo. D’Aloisio was also included in TIME Magazine’s ‘Time 100’ as one of the world’s most influential teenagers, as well as being profiled in their “Secrets of Genius” Publication. Until October 2015, D’Aloisio led the critically acclaimed Yahoo News Digest, which launched at CES 2014 and won the 2014 Apple Design Award at WWDC for its technological and product excellence. During the summer of 2015, he was also the “Entrepreneur in Residence” at Airbnb. He is currently a student at Hertford College, Oxford University, where he is studying computer science and philosophy. In April 2017, D’Aloisio announced the publication of an academic paper in the peer-reviewed journal Philosophical Psychology (Routledge, Taylor & Francis) entitled “Imagery and Overflow: We See More Than We Report”, and the presentation of a second paper at a conference held at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp. A third paper of his was published in the peer-reviewed philosophy journal Ratio (Wiley-Blackwell), and three additional papers recently received conditional acceptances from the peer-reviewed psychology journals the Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (Springer), Disputatio: An International Journal In Philosophy and Philosophia, (Springer). D’Aloisio has also peer reviewed for the journals Consciousness and Cognition (Elsevier), Philosophical Psychology (Routledge) and Synthese (Springer). According to the online publisher TechCrunch, D’Aloisio has raised US$12 million of investment for a new venture that was founded in early 2016.


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