Twenty-year-old Michael Topschij runs two companies and has developed 14 computer applications which have chalked up 1.4 million downloads.
He's about to rub shoulders with 5000 app developers in San Francisco in the hope of learning what it takes to create the most downloaded app.
The self-confessed computer nerd and entrepreneur developed his first app at 14-years-old and on the back of its success started his first company DV Artz three years later.
This is awesome to see the largest newspaper in New Zealand promoting tech kiwis on the rise and not just our big guns.
The article goes on:
Mr Topschij first got into developing apps when he was a 13-year-old and started blogging about then popular game Club Penguin. The blog got such a huge following that he asked his mother for $100 to buy an Apple developer's license to develop a tips and tricks app for the game.
This is a cool reference. It shows that students of any age can take their passion or hobby or make a pretty good career out of it if the effort's put in.
The more we can get New Zealanders making careers out of their passions, the better off we'll all be in my opinion.