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13-year-old Goa teen manages cryptocurrency worth millions of dollars

A cryptocurrency money management platform, PolyGaj, was created by a Class VIII student at a school in Goa

NEW DELHI — Gajesh Naik, a Bambolim-based school student in Goa, started creating online instructional content during the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The content’s goal was to help elementary school students cope with a shortage of physical education classes in vernacular schools.

The 13-year-old Gajesh from Panaji’s People’s High School performed exceptionally well this year. He now manages millions of dollars after he established PolyGaj, a cryptocurrency money management ecosystem.

Gajesh has so far built two apps, or decentralized applications, on the Polygon network that provide access to crypto-investing.

Learnt coding from a young age

Gajesh began learning to code at the age of eight at a Bootcamp and now knows C, C++, Java, JavaScript, and Solidity.

He became interested in blockchain technology after witnessing fascinating lectures at the international blockchain conference in Goa in 2018, which the Goa government co-hosted.

Gajesh’s rise during pandemic times

While youngsters his age were distracted adjusting to online learning, Gajesh used to upskill himself from chatbot programming to Blockchain Technology application during the pandemic.

As per BuyUCoin.Com, Gajesh enrolled and completed various online degree courses, including from University Buffalo, State University of New York, because physical classes were halted due to the pandemic last year.

Making his presence felt on social media

He has a huge follower base on social media, including Twitter, where he actively engages in debates about cryptocurrencies. Currently, he has over 22k Twitter followers, including Dimitry Beterin (father of Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum), Sandeep Nailwal (co-Founder of Polygon), Jayanti Kanani (CEO of Polygon), and Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Founder of Paytm), among others.

He’s also created bitcoin educational videos for his YouTube channel, which has over 12,000 subscribers from all around the world.

Gajesh is the youngest person in the world to complete all five levels of Google’s tough Foobar challenge.

Since online classes have begun, the adolescent plans to dedicate up to five hours to academics while working on PolyGaj the rest of the day.

PolyGaj and StableGaj

It is pertinent to mention here that PolyGaj is a one-stop DeFi (decentralized finance) and NFT platform. In contrast, StableGaj is a decentralized stablecoin swap that offers stablecoin trading on the Polygon network.

PolyGaj is a DeFi protocol built on the Polygon blockchain, which has raised millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies, including a recent investment from US billionaire Mark Cuban in the Polygon blockchain.

Non-custodial software applications that handle a user’s cryptocurrency without middlemen like banks or investment managers are referred to as DeFi.

Aasif Ganaie

Aasif is a journalist and a news enthusiast based in Jammu & Kashmir. He voyages to explore and uncover the stories More »

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