Jake Kassan went to the community college in Santa Barbara, California, but he couldn't focus on what to him felt like irrelevant exercises.
"I was sitting there thinking, 'I am back in high school now. I am taking classes that are things I have already learned to some degree,'" says Kassan, in a conversation with CNBC.
"I had financial goals," says Kassan. "I had goals just in terms of being successful, and I was sitting in a classroom essentially being asked to do a book report. It didn't really make sense to me."
Kassan, now 25 years old, dropped out when he was 19.