19 year old gets $1M to launch a social app. Watch out, Zuckerberg
He has $1 million in the bank, a promising new company and a rolodex that makes Silicon Valley swoon.
“Hang on, I’ve got to take this,” says 19 year-old Cory Levy. “Hi, Mom.”
I’m interviewing Levy in our office when he takes the call. As I wait, I cannot shake his eerie resemblance to Mark Zuckerberg. It’s not just his curly hair, the hoodie, the strangely similar necks and chins. It’s the fact that this teenager is wicked smart with serious ambition. He wants to change the world.
“Worried parents,” he sighs as he hangs up the phone. “They live in Houston. They always like to know where I am and what I am doing.”
What he’s doing is remarkable for someone his age. He is co-founding a startup called One, which has created a mobile app that notifies you when people around you share your interests. You create a profile, and when someone with similar interests is right next to you, you get a notification. Levy and his co-founder, 28 year old Michael Callahan, have the ambitious goal of making missed connections history. Read the Full Story…
Buzzing with new ideas?
Buzzwords. They proliferate in the tech and innovation sector like nowhere else. Every day you hear some new expression and you’re not sure whether to whack it into your business plan and impress the investors with how happening you are, or whether it’s one of those which is going to make everyone in the room cringe.
But the very fact they exist suggests there may be some purpose to them. The normal language doesn’t quite stretch to the extreme novelty that the latest developments have brought. Perhaps the buzzword is the semantic catchup to the technology trailblazer.
I don’t want to rehash the ‘pushing the envelope’ and ‘thinking outside the box’ expressions here, but thought it might be fun to just mention a few that are very applicable to early stage innovators and entrepreneurs so that you don’t have a blank moment in that critical meeting. Check it out more….
One Year in San Francisco as an Engineer Turned Start-up Founder
Here is a time-line of my first year in San Francisco. You can also view the time-line on Dipity. Hint: You may want to start at the bottom and work your way up.
One year in Startup Valley — August 5, 2011
It’s been a great first year. Gearing up for year 2 in the city. The upcoming year, I will be focused on turning my web apps into a company (one that can make money). Learning how to live on less, as I am now an unemployed engineer turned founder.
Picture.ly makes debut in Chicago — July 22, 2011
Picture.ly, our startup that was created at Startup Weekend has made its way to Chicago for techweek. Pretty excited about the debut.
I quit! — May 12, 2011
Having so much fun in startup land! Founded a networking community, and two web projects. I’m learning more than I have ever learned at work. Going to work seemed more of a distraction from my real “work.” Decided it was time to quit. Gave my job notice, went to part-time, but due to contractual obligations will remain with my company until 8/31.
Curator’s Notes – There are many fascinating stories in the start up sector these days, also there are many deals going on with acquisitions and such. Do you have a favorite start up that you know of, perhaps a favorite that is off the grid right now but worth a worth a mention. Please let me know below.
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