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September 27th, 2013
Do teenage entrepreneurs even need to go to college?
The democratization of technology wrought by the mobile Web and a proliferation of app stores has made it easier than ever to succeed as an entrepreneur—and at an earlier age than ever before, ReadWriteWeb reports. Which poses a tough question for some high-school students who’ve managed to strike it rich with a hit app: Do they really need to go to college at all? That’s the conundrum facing Ryan Orbuch and Michael Hansen—self-described “techie kids” who built a task management app called Finish when they wanted a way to organize their studies for high school final exams. Finish sells for 99 cents in Apple’s App Store. To date, users have downloaded it nearly 40,000 times. That’s not a bad haul for a couple of kids who just wanted a way to fight procrastination when it came to their coursework. (Yes, so they then went on to build an app instead of hitting the books.) Orbuch has also started an umbrella company called Basil for other projects he is working on…