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William LeGate        

Thiel Fellow & Co-Founder of Good Pillow

William LeGate is an American entrepreneur, Thiel Fellow, computer programmer and activist. A self-taught programmer from the age of 12, LeGate was brought to the public's attention three years later when The New York Times recommended one of the iOS applications he had programmed during middle school.

Upon graduating high school, billionaire PayPal co-founder and investor Peter Thiel awarded LeGate—then aged 18—with a Thiel Fellowship, a US$100,000 grant given annually to around 20 people under 20 years of age on the condition that they drop out of school in order to pursue an entrepreneurial path. The apps that he made have been downloaded over 7 million times.

Toward the end of his Thiel Fellowship, LeGate began creating the Ponder mobile application of which he was listed as co-founder and CEO. The New York Post dubbed Ponder as the 'anti-Kardashian' photo sharing app with Teen Vogue adding that Ponder is "drama-free. No trolls, bullying, or negativity. Just cool photos & videos."

LeGate is also the Founder and CEO of PredIQt, the first decentralized prediction market capable of offering a user-experience that rivals that of traditional centralized alternatives. PredIQt is built on the EOS.IO blockchain and powered by Everipedia's IQ token.

LeGate’s latest business venture is Good Pillow, which aims to compete with Mike Lindell’s MyPillow. LeGate’s business partner is gun control activist (and Parkland school shooting survivor) David Hogg.

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Business Insider: The 25 Most Impressive Kids Graduating From High School This Year

They're barely 18 years old, but these high school students are doing more than most adults could ever hope to do in their lifetimes...

Business Insider: The 8 Hottest Teenage Startup Founders In The World Right Now

William LeGate began developing apps at 13. Now 19, he's hoping to "revolutionize the way we discover and use apps" with his new startup, Synapps...

TeenVogue: This New Social Media App Doesn't Want to Help Make You Famous

One of the biggest problems with social media is its the ability to foster cyberbullying and promote negative attitudes. Ponder, a new social media app developed by 21-year-old William LeGate and 23-year-old Tyler Mateen, claims to be different. When you first sign up for the app, you're prompted with a page reading, "We're drama-free. No trolls, bullying, or negativity. Just cool photos & videos."...

TheWrap: Meet Ponder, The App Trying to Disrupt Facebook’s ‘Control of Ideas’

As debate continues over accusations of bias in selecting Facebook’s trending topics, one emerging platform backed by Mark Cuban is looking to completely change the metrics for ranking popular content...

NYPost: Ponder is the anti-Kardashian photo-sharing app

Instagram is riddled with fake celebrities, narcissists and cyberbullies — and it’s high time that it got disrupted...

Teenpreneur: 16-year-old William LeGate, Top Apple App Developer and a Business Owner

I am inspired by the story of William LeGate. Just in case you didn’t know him – William LeGate, probably can be dubbed as “the next Bill Gates” or “the next Mark Zuckerberg,” is a 16-year-old teenpreneur who turns his rare talent related to computers and his love for video games into a successful business...

NYTimes: The Youngest Technorati

From left, Michael Hansen, Ryan Orbuch and William LeGate at the TEDxTeen event in SoHo this month. Michael and Ryan, both in high school, developed the procrastination-fighting app Finish, which became a top seller...

Forbes: Billionaire Facebook Investor Peter Thiel Backs More Students To Skip School, Start Companies

Last spring, billionaire Peter Thiel taught a class at Stanford University on startups, imparting his own knowledge taken from founding PayPal and funding companies like Facebook to students in packed lecture halls over a 10-week quarter...

Parkland's David Hogg and William LeGate go after MyPillow ...

LeGate, a 2013 Thiel Fellow, is the CEO of PredIQt, a decentralized prediction market, according to Crunchbase. At 14, LeGate created an iOS app development ...

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