When 15-year-old Erik Finman received $1,000 from his grandmother in 2012, he invested it in bitcoin, the then-obscure form of online currency. A year and a half later, he sold his investment for $100,000 and used the earnings to launch Botangle.com, an online tutoring service that runs on video chat.
The business now has more than 20 staffers (including programmers, designers and animators) and over a 100 active users. Although the user base is relatively small, the company attracted much buzz after Finman participated in a Reddit Q&A, offering tips for startups and answering questions about finding success with bitcoin.
"Some people can't comprehend how a 15-year-old could do something like this," Finman told Mashable. "What a lot of people don’t understand, young or old, is that you can create anything you want with no barrier to entry on the Internet."
Botangle, which launched in May, allows users to video chat and learn about any subject from computer programming and dance lessons to art and French classes instructed from, say, someone in Paris. Lessons are specialized and one-on-one, so users can set up a schedule that works best for them.
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