Flickr/edansTumblr founder David Karp never finished traditional high school.
He dropped out after his freshman year, was home-schooled for three years and then got his General Educational Development certificate (GED).
Even though Karp has found great success without attending college, yet alone finishing traditional high school, he doesn’t recommend kids these days drop out of school.
“There’s a lot that I feel like I missed out on,” The 26-year-old Karp told Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici in an interview earlier this year. “Just a whole lot of normal, social, childhood kind of stuff that I definitely missed out on.”
Karp says that he dropped out because he knew exactly what he wanted to do: work with computers and do web development.
“If somebody else had that opportunity…well I wouldn’t not encourage them to take it,” Karp said. “I don’t know that I’d be the one rooting for them to drop out of school.”