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Erik Gibbs

Indian teen answers LinkedIn ad, gets deal for her crypto app

Sean Walsh, founder of California-based cryptocurrency venture firm Redwood City Ventures, was in the market for a new app. He knew what he wanted, but didn’t know where to find it so he decided to take a unique approach. He posted an ad on the LinkedIn website, detailing his desire to find a direct-to-consumer app that fit his needs, Walsh told the International Business Times. He knew it was a longshot, but even longshots can pay off at times. And, it did.

One of the respondents to his ad was Harshita Arora, a teenager from the city of Saharanpur in northern India. Arora had developed her Crypto Price Tracker app and launched it on the Apple App Store in January. It received a highly positive response and a rating of 4.7 out of the 49 reviews left by users.

Walsh told the news outlet he liked the product, liked the feel of it and liked its simplicity. He contacted Arora and struck a deal to purchase the app. Walsh used adjectives like “amazing” and “exciting” to describe the app, saying that Arora’s technology would make Redwood City Ventures “more competitive in the global marketplace.” He also likes the fact that it was designed by a woman, because it rightfully shows that anyone can be a developer.

The Crypto Price Tracker aggregates data on more than 20 exchanges and 1,000 different cryptocurrencies. It also provides pricing for 32 fiat currencies and displays historical data of the currencies on a graph while giving the user the ability to create pricing alerts. Users can also view gains and losses and additional analysis to help in the investment process.

Arora is relatively new to coding. She began at the age of 13, but quickly showed a knack for programming languages. The 16-year-old daughter of a financier is home schooled by her mother and got into cryptocurrency only in 2016, and the combination of her passion for coding with the cryptocurrency world seemed like a natural fit.

Terms of the deal were not released, but Arora isn’t ready to exit the game. In an email to IBTimes, Arora said she wants to use part of the payment to fund a trip to the U.S. to work through a 0-1A visa program, with dreams of making it to Silicon Valley to work with a startup company.

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