Life for 24-year-old Australian crypto enthusiast Michaela Juric has turned itself around after escaping the darknet to become Australasia’s number one Bitcoin trader on Localbitcoins.
Six years ago, Juric, who now trades under the handle Bitcoin Babe, was struggling with depression and contemplating suicide. The darknet became a place where she spent her Bitcoin on illegal substances.
Today, she runs her Bitcoin trading business and has turned her use of Bitcoin into positives against all odds. Becoming Australia and New Zealand’s top local Bitcoins trader didn’t come without a large degree of hard work and application. She proudly affirms:
“I originally started out day trading and after that, I moved to peer-to-peer trading. I’m the number one local trader on Bitcoins for Australia and New Zealand. Which is a pretty cool thing to be.”
Juric said it wasn’t easy getting to where she is today without any background in cryptocurrency and limited IT skills, but through cryptocurrency, she saw that she could become her own boss, which spurred her to develop her own platform as well as trade on Localbitcoins.
She likes to impress upon those thinking of embarking down a similar road, that cryptocurrency trading has no gender barriers and empowerment is simply down to the individual’s determination to get ahead and learn in the process. She says, “With Bitcoin and crypto, it’s always changing – whether it be the price or the rules or the regulations or the people. It’s evolving. It’s never a dull moment. I think that’s why I love it so much.”
Bitcoin Babe is on the right track as Beno Delo discovered for himself, the latter becoming the UK’s first crypto billionaire at the age of only 34. The difference is he got there in only four years due to the success of BitMex which he co-founded in 2014, estimated to now be worth USD 3.6 billion.
Delos secret, according to him: “It feels mad… I have just had my nose down in a start-up for the past four years. It has been non-stop. I was doing 18-hour days at one point. We have all had to make enormous sacrifices to build BitMex.”
This story has a certain irony as Belo’s role model when starting up was billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who famously referred to Bitcoin as “probably rat poison squared”.
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