Meet The Real Teens Of Silicon Valley

05/15/2015 04:09 pm ET | Updated May 15, 2015

“Do you know Zach Latta?” asked Fouad Matin, 19, on the roof of San Francisco’s unofficial tech teenager headquarters one recent night. “You know he rebuilt Yo’s backend. He’s baller.”

We watched the sun set over Twin Peaks, and Matin told me about his high school dropout friends like Latta, 17, who served as lead engineer of Yo, a viral messaging app that simply sends the message “Yo.” A large steel vent, on which someone had written the words boob mansion, pumped out hot air and the smell of tortillas from a vegan Mexican restaurant downstairs.

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