Sean Walsh of Redwood City Ventures posted an ad for a cryptocurrency app on LinkedIn. He was startled to learn that the one he liked was created by a 16-year-old, home-schooled girl in India.
When Sean Walsh posted an advertisement on LinkedIn for a direct-to-consumer cryptocurrency app he didn’t expect to attract many enticing opportunities. Walsh, the founder of California-based crypto-asset venture capital firm Redwood City Ventures, felt it was a bit of a shot in the dark since the handful of potential responses may not have what he was directly looking for or might have an asking price that was out of his range.
But not only did Walsh find an app he liked and at a negotiable price, it came from a coder and designer he would not have expected: a 16-year-old girl in India.
Harshita Arora, the industrious home-schooled daughter of a financier father and homemaker mother in the northern Indian city of Saharanpur, launched Crypto Price Tracker in January and in just one day it surged to the top of the Apple App Store.
The app has received very positive reviews, earning a 4.7 rating out of 49 reviews. With the constantly fluctuating prices of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple and the countless others, investors will likely maintain interest in apps like Crypto Price Tracker for quite some time.
It wasn’t a bad start for a young woman who only started learning digital design and coding at the age of 13. Arora grasped the iOS concepts from tutorials on YouTube and through online courses.
“I didn’t have any idea how old she was,” Walsh said in a phone interview with International Business Times. “She just seemed like a professional software developer.”
Arora and Walsh spoke on Skype, with Walsh struck by her maturity, intelligence and flawless English.
“It was quite a surprise when I learned her age,” Walsh said with a laugh.
Walsh had taken a look at her app and believed it fit his criteria based on the collection of products and services he was trying to build out.
It didn’t take long for Walsh and Arora to strike a deal. Less than two weeks before her email to Walsh on LinkedIn, Arora had received her first wire transfer.