This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Grandma gives you $1,000. You invest it in Bitcoin as a competition to one-up your brother. It grows into $100,000. You sell it and start an education start up. At 15 you realize you have a lot of pressure on you. It’s important to do one thing good for a day – be CEO for a day, be an accountant for a day, be everything and anything for a day – until you realize what it is you really want to do and what day you want for the rest of your life.
Erik Finman is a 15-year-old entrepreneur from Idaho. Not long ago, he invested $1,000 he received from his grandmother into bitcoins. Soon after, he sold them for $100,000.
With his earnings, Erik has decided to address some of the negative experiences he has had with the educational system and provide learning that is focused on the student. Instead of learning passively in a classroom, he wants students to learn by experiencing the world the way they want to.
From his home in Idaho, using just a computer and the Internet, he started Botangle.com. He now manages a 20-person team comprised of programmers and other professionals from all over the world.
Recently, he has been working on a Botangle event called „Intern For A Day,“ which allows interns to work for top companies for an entire day.
Erik hopes to help other teenage entrepreneurs „because you’re never too young to do something great.“
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