My 15 year old guest Anneke DiPietro who attends Stanford's online high school, created Xirkl, a new social media platform that represents the needs of the user as opposed to advertisers. At just 15, Anneke already has her name attached to two separate patents currently progressing through the system. Just how does Xirkl differ from Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat?
The social media platform developed by Anneke is based on a simple premise. Any number of people may follow you but you can only follow 21 people.
"Xirkl will always the user's needs first. That's rule number one and that will never change," promises Anneke.
Anneke says that "every day is like a mini-MBA for her - but with far less homework, thank goodness!" A project that started as a chance to learn about spreadsheets and budgets has propelled her into the worlds of finance, entrepreneurial tactics, and sophisticated software development.