Three years ago Erik Finman made a bet with his parents. He had just dropped out of high school, finding it a waste of time, and was being taught at home. If he was a millionaire by the time he turned 18, his parents said, they would not force him to go to university.
Last week Mr Finman declared victory.
“I won the million dollar bet I had with my parents!” he announced on Tuesday. “Grateful to all the friends, family, and mentors along the way.”
I won the million dollar bet I had with my parents! Grateful to all the friends, family, and mentors along the way.
Despite the volatility of the virtual currency, he is hanging onto it – believing its value will continue to rise.
Mr Finman told NBC he is currently working on multiple projects, including with Nasa to launch a rocket through the ELaNa project,designed to attract and recruit students to their teams.
And he has no regrets about not going to university.
“The way the education system is structured now, I wouldn’t recommend it,” he said.
“It doesn’t work for anyone. “I would recommend the internet, which is all free. You can learn a million times more off YouTube and Wikipedia.”