Nightly News   |  March 26, 2013

Is he the new Mark Zuckerberg?

Nick D’Aloisio, 17, has just sold a smartphone app for a reported $30 million to Yahoo. The self-taught tech whiz has been creating apps since he was 12. NBC’s Chris Jansing reports.

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>>> the u.k. with a bright idea and some serious computer skills is the world's newest internet millionaire. even before he's finished in high school , he's got a big time job at a big name tech company, and we get his story tonight from chris jansing .

>> reporter: with his artfully messy hair, mischievous smile, he looks like a normal teenager. and then he talks. he's describing a smart phone app that takes a news story and summarizes it. and he just sold it to yahoo.

>> it's pretty overwhelming.

>> his story, echoing that of mark zuckerberg , except nick is a lot younger.

>> i've been doing apps on and off since i was 12.

>> reporter: he started making money right then. it was summly that caught the eye of a hong kong billionaire when nick was all of 15.

>> the question was, when are we going to meet you? i was like, before or after school.

>> reporter: other investors followed, yoko ono , ashton kutcher and rupert murdoch .

>> of course it makes me feel old. once you pass legal drinking age, it's like, there's no more novelty factor.

>> reporter: certainly nick is a role model for teen tech whizzes with an idea and a dream. he taught himself basic programming and took inspiration from the movie about zuckerberg, "the social network ."

>> a million dollars would be cool. you know what's cool? a billion dollars.

>> reporter: nick says he didn't do it for the money. besides, he still has another year and a half of high school . then he hopes to study philosophy at oxford. what then? it's okay, he still has time. chris jansing , nbc news, new york.