Quoted: The secrets to Tumblr’s David Karp’s success

“I have a hard time taking too much credit for it. I had a lot of just dumb luck and incredibly enabling parents.”

David Karp, 26, answering Charlie Rose’s question about finding focus and success at an early age. Karp is founder and CEO of Tumblr, the blogging platform Yahoo is buying in a $1.1 billion deal announced last week. Karp, who grew up in New York City, said his dad indulged his many interests, which included a fascination with the online world as soon as he discovered AOL. His parents also let him drop out of school at age 14 and switch to homeschooling. “He needed the time in the day in order to create,” his mom, Barbara Ackerman, told the Associated Press.

 

David Karp at the Webbys last week. (Brad Barket/Invision/Associated Press)

 

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