"I started reverse-engineering how it worked," he said."Whenever they [parents] would put parental controls, I would turn off in a few hours." His most notorious hack to date was when he found a security flaw in Yo, the viral app that let you send a simple message -- "Yo" -- to your friends."If I hadn't done it I wouldn't have started Monkey, and Monkey is one of the best things that happened." To avoid the issues with its predecessor, Monkey employees – who have an average age of 18 – built AI to detect inappropriate content, Turner says. Once reported, the AI scans the chat, according to Turner.
The average user is 23, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower, and it's pretty evenly split between female and male users -- 48 to 52 percent.
(Monkey says that the average age of its users is only 17.) Monkey is the brainchild of Turner and co-founder Ben Pasternak.
It has all the elements of a good story: technology, mystery, celebrity, and sex.
If you haven’t heard of Chatroulette, this Daily Show segment is a good primer.
Soon after, Pasternak was calling Turner with the idea for Monkey, a way to create a community of teens where they could meet people or find others with shared interests. You didn't meet people you had a lot of in common with." Turner and Pasternak aren't just your average teens with an idea.