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10 Tech Whizzes Under 20

The tech world is filled with young superstars in their 20s, but there's another generation on the way up. All of these wunderkinds are making a big splash, even though many haven't even finished high school. Some are already millionaires. Others have venture capital firms supporting them. They've all established strong reputations at a very young age. Sure beats cutting lawns during the summer for extra cash.


10 Tech Whizzes Under 20

    The tech world is filled with young superstars in their 20s, but there's another generation on the way up. All of these wunderkinds are making a big splash, even though many haven't even finished high school. Some are already millionaires. Others have venture capital firms supporting them. They've all established strong reputations at a very young age. Sure beats cutting lawns during the summer for extra cash.

    Ashley Qualls (19)
    At age 14, the founder of Whateverlife.com began creating MySpace layouts for other teens, supported only by advertising. Two years later, she rejected a $1.5 million takeover offer. Today, with a net worth of $4 million, she owns her own home and counts mom as an employee.

    Ben Gulak (19)
    This MIT student invented the Uno, an electric motorcycle that seems more like a Segway than a Harley. Popular Science chose it as one of the top 10 inventions of 2008. Also last year, Gulak was awarded $1,250,000 of venture capital while appearing on a Canadian TV show. Not bad for what started out as a science fair project.

    -- Chris Morris

    Catherine and David Cook (19, 20)
    Unhappy with their high school yearbook, this brother sister team began brainstorming their ideal creation, then took it online. Today Myyearbook.com has over 5 million members and adds 20,000 per day. Meanwhile, these siblings have a net worth of $10 million.

    Arjun Mehta (14)
    How many 12-year-olds can raise $6.5 million in venture capital? Mehta did so two years ago with PlaySpan, giving game publishers the ability to set up micropayment systems. Dad Karl runs the day to day operations, but Arjun still contributes.

    Michael van Poppel (19)
    The founder of BNO News has managed to beat major news outlets on several stories by staying lean. He has 800,000 Twitter followers, several international employees and a new iPhone app that charges a monthly fee – for other people's headlines!

    Anshul Samar (15)
    Science textbooks can be boring, so Samar created Elementeo, a role-playing game that combines chemistry with battling bad guys. A half-dozen venture capitalists reached out to him, but he wanted to work at his own pace. Today, he's selling plenty of copies.

    Jake Jarvis (17)
    This coding wizard has launched several successful applications on Facebook, including one for Last.fm that tracks what you listen to online and displays it in your profile, and Courses, allowing students to connect with others taking the same classes.

    Andrew Sutherland (19)
    It was a French test that inspired the founder of Quizlet to create an online study application (and, eventually, Web site). Today, that tool has been used more than 12 million times – and the topics are a lot more diverse.

    Daniel Brusilovsky (16)
    Kids often find themselves booted from new media outlets because of their age. Not at TeensinTech.com, Brusilovsky's social network for high schoolers. He's also helping set up events and conferences for influential tech blog TechCrunch.






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