Last week, 19-year-old John Meyer dropped out of a prestigious university computer science program to work full-time on his tech startup, Fresco News.
His parents weren’t happy at first. He was attending NYU where his mom is a professor, he told Business Insider.
But they eventually came around to support him, because they had to admit: Meyer is already a successful independent computer programmer. He’s been writing apps since his freshman year in high school, 2008, after teaching himself the programming language Objective C.
And he’s been making money at it since his sophomore year of high school, he says.
“Money-wise, I’ve been pretty fortunate. I’ve been able to support myself since just a year after I got started,” he said.