This 24-year-old used Snapchat to launch a startup so successful, he turned down jobs at Facebook and Uber — all while fighting cancer

24-year-old Khallil Mangalji is a happy guy. He just closed a $US1.8 million round of venture funding for his two-year-old startup, Fiix, and got some good news about his health.

The cancer tumour he’s been fighting for the past year while launching his startup is in retreat and the prognosis for a full recovery is good, he told Business Insider.

His young life is a reminder that good things often require hard choices, teamwork and, sometimes, fighting with everything you’ve got.

An annoyance leads to a startup

Mangalji is CTO and one of three cofounders of a Toronto startup called Fiix, which sends licensed mechanics out on house calls to do minor auto repairs like installing new brake pads and changing tires or oil.

Fiix was launched two years ago by Mangalji and his two college buddies Zain Manji and Arif Bhanji, who would hang out and dream up apps to generate some cash while they finished their computer science degrees. They had already tried a few things, none of them successful, like an “Airbnb for weddings” and “a magnetic weight lifting app,” Mangalji tells us.

But on this particular day, one of them had to deal with getting snow tires put on his car. The local shops were all booked up, so he was forced to hire someone off of Kijiji, Canada’s version of Craigslist, who was coming to his house to do the work. Read more

Julie Bort – Business Insider Australia – 4 Sep 2017