Jon Levy was, by his own admission, a painfully awkward, geeky kid. He was big into science and computers well before it was cool.
"Back then, I would watch 'Star Trek,' play on my computer, kind of be into science. But back in the '90s, there were no dot com billionaires, there were no iPhones, there were no mainstream superhero movies," says Levy. He is now 36, and he wore a not-at-all geeky man bun and black leather bomber jacket when he came to the CNBC offices for an interview.
"So if you were a geek, you were relegated to the fringes of society. Now you can be a geek and be everybody's hero."