Erik Finman is one of the more high-profile cases of young tech experts who invested early into Bitcoin and made their fortune as the currency boomed. He has recently discussed his life and plans for the future with TheNextWeb.
Finman invested in Bitcoin at age 12, and made hundreds of thousands of dollars, before turning this into millions when he moved out to California. He gained a negative reputation in some circles due to his Instagram posts boasting about his wealth and success. Some people even compared to Big Pharma pariah Martin Shkreli.
According to Finman, "I think being a provocateur is a fun way to get people to pay attention to my ideas. You see the reaction to it, people go crazy. But that helps draw attention to the actual world-changing projects that I want to do".
He has recently founded a new company, Finman Technologies. His latest project will involve the opening of a new school that is designed to help out kids who don't perform well in the traditional educational environment, much like he didn't.
"Teachers will make a lot more money at this school at very little cost to students", he claims.
If cryptocurrency can really disrupt finance in the way that it promises, then we could see more simple but revolutionary business ideas like this become a reality, although the days of kids like Finman becoming millionaires are unlikely to return.