The 15 year-old founder of Phenona, a Perl platform-as-a-service vendor, has sold his company to Canadian software languages specialist ActiveState.
Seattle teenager Daniil Kulchenko set up Phenona after running into problems accessing Perl online during a holiday programming job.
He set up a cloud provisioning system to fix the problem, and began offering modules for Perl, MySQL, Redis and Mojolicious.
"Based on interest in Phenona's beta programme, there is obviously serious demand for this," he said. "Joining ActiveState will greatly accelerate our goal of bringing the best solution on the market for deploying apps to the cloud."
ActiveState said that it will integrate Phenoma's modules into its own programming language platform-as-a-service portfolio, and will support all current users in the transition.
"This acquisition is a validation that ActiveState is determined to move quickly into the cloud space," said Al Hilwa, programme director of applications development software at IDC.
"This move is further evidence of the high level of energy and innovation taking place in the cloud application platform space, and highlights how companies are moving to pool their efforts to strengthen their offerings."
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and Kulchenko will work part time at ActiveState until he has finished high school.
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