If you’re a troublemaker in training, you could do worse than follow the lead of Semyon Dukach.
The former MIT blackjack team leader has made his name beating casinos, leading unconventional startups, and selling companies for tens of millions—all with a strong anti-establishment undercurrent.
Now Dukach is unveiling a new “Troublemaker award,” and its first winner: Zack Kopplin, a student activist who has gained notoriety for opposing the teaching of creationism in publicly funded U.S. schools.
The award comes with $10,000 in cash, supplied personally by Dukach (pictured above). The plan is to select a winner every year: a person or group of people under the age of 20, from anywhere in the world, who exemplifies “going against the legal or moral climate of a place,” Dukach says, for the greater good and betterment of society.