When Eddy Zillan first started trading in cryptocurrencies, he was too young to open an account on the trading platform, Coinbase, which requires its users to be at least 18 years old. But at age 15, Zillan glossed over the site’s terms of agreement and opened an account on Coinbase and another trading platform called Kraken, cautiously purchasing $100 worth of the cryptocurrency ethereum.
Zillan says he was initially skeptical of putting his money on the fledgling cryptocurrency market, which he’d first heard about in reference to the now-defunct drug trading website, the Silk Road. When Zillan began investing in 2015, there were few credible resources available offering advice on how to invest in cryptocurrencies.
“At the time I invested, there were no YouTubers, there were no investors, there was no one I could learn from,” Zillan said in an interview with Business Insider. “There were no books or mentors, and it was really hard to teach myself a formal education in that field.”