Hey Guys, Today I have a very exciting young tech entrepreneur, who has a built quite a presence/name for himself online and in the tech world and he’s only 17, you can only wonder what this little genius has up his sleeves for the future, he has just recently launched a new start-up called iPad Case Finder, with technology changing and moving so fast these days, I’m sure you will say teens like Daniel should be watched very closely...Age is nothing but a number, just ask Daniel..
Enjoy the interview
Daniel I’m so excited to have you on YHP today, How are you doing?
Thanks for having me on YHP today — I'm excited!
Can you give us some brief background information about yourself?
Sure. I'm a 17 year-old entrepreneur with a huge love and passion for all things technology. I started out my technology career in 2006 when I started working for a software company called Remend. From there, I went to work for companies like Qik, TechCrunch, Apture, atebits, TechCrunch, and start a few ventures of my own including Teens in Tech Networks, and most recently, iPad Case Finder.
What does your company do? What role do you perform in it?
Currently at Qik, I serve as the Special Projects Team Lead and Product Marketing Lead, managing product marketing and product management as well. I'm the Founder & Chairman of the Board over at Teens in Tech Networks, a company I started over two years ago. I'm also a Co-Founder at iPad Case Finder, which is my latest venture.
At what age did you begin your entrepreneurship journey, when did you realise how much you love technology?
I started getting interested in technology when I was in middle school (age 12-14), and got really interested in computers and the internet in 2006.
When did you start your first business?
I started as a tech journalist when I started my first podcast, Apple Universe, in March 2007, which in January 2010, I had to close down to time constraints.
What do you like the most about you do?
I love being able to interact with people, and build products that hopefully make an impact on people and help them succeed.
I know you were contemplating about the possibility of either going to college or not, have you made your final decision? How did you come to that decision and why?
Yes, I've decided that I'll be going to the College of San Mateo studying Digital Media. I realized that I really needed college to help my career, even though most people argued against that.
What’s been the best advice you’ve been given so far?
It's hard to narrow down all the advice I've been given to one, but when I first started being more active in the Silicon Valley scene, someone told me to never let me age get in the way of my dreams, and I've followed through with that (I hope!).
What is your best technology, application, business tools out there?
I use tons of tools, but I would have to say my favorites are Dropbox, Spotify, HipChat, WordPress, Twitter, Facebook and list goes on.
How did you get involved in Techcrunch?
I got involved with TechCrunch last June, when I approached Michael Arrington about the possibility of working with TechCrunch. Since then, I've moved on from TechCrunch.
Apart from all the companies you’re involved in, what other business do you admire the most and why?
I love companies like Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Intel, and others due to their impact on technology today.
How do you manage to do so much, how do you manage your time?
I've learned over the years to manage my time, and that homework always comes first, no matter what!
You’ve recently just taken an Advisory position at Tatango, why did you decide to go on board? Don’t you feel it might be a lot of work for you considering the other projects you are currently involved in?
I joined Tatango in September 2009, which feels just like yesterday for me, because I really believe in the product, team and vision of the company. Derek Johnson, the CEO, is incredibly smart and works very hard, and I admire that from him.
Out of all the projects you’re currently involved, which one is the most exciting and why?
It's hard to narrow down all the projects that I've worked on into one exciting, but I have to say, iPad Case Finder, my latest project has been tons of joy. There is a new challenge each day, and it's fantastic to see a product that you build grow like that.
What do you think will be the next technology to erupt in the technology world?
I'm really excited to see the future of mobile and geo-location — both super hot right now.
What do you think you would be doing if internet never existed?
I prefer not to think about what would happen if the internet didn't exist — I'm very happy with the internet right now :)
Who’s been the most fascinating person you’ve met so far?
I had the chance to shake Steve Jobs hand three years ago, and that was really surreal for me. I've met tons of other people that I've looked up to like Mark Zuckerberg, Ron Conway, Michael Arrington, and so on.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I try not to think more then a few weeks down the road, so it's too early to tell what's going to happen in five years. Ask me again in 4.5 years :)
What advice would you like to give tech kids looking to follow you?
Never give up on your dreams. If you want to be the next Bill Gates, no one can stop you, so don't let that be a factor to stop you.
Thanks for your time Daniel