Guillaume Dumas stole a college education.
In a Fast Company profile, the 28-year-old Québécois man details how he spent the years 2008 to 2012 sneaking into Ivy League classes across North America.
Dumas, who's now a successful entrepreneur, believes the key to collegiate success isn't enrolling, but rather networking.
According to Dumas, his "Eureka!" moment came in the form of a glance in the mirror. He realized nearly every undergraduate looks the same. In a large lecture hall, there's no one at the door checking license and registration.
Dumas told Fast Company his quest was partially out of a sense of injustice, explaining,
I think of it as an act of political protest. I was angry at how university education excludes people who cannot afford it. What happened to the belief that sharing knowledge and great ideas should be free?
Initially, Dumas attended classes as an enrolled student at Montreal's LaSalle College. But, when bills began adding up at a rate of several thousand dollars per year, he searched for other options.
And so he traveled, visiting schools like Stanford, Yale, the University of California, Berkeley and Brown.
Dumas reportedly even made himself an active presence in classes, although you'd think the professors would have noticed him when it came time for grades. The only person to ever call him out was a socialist history professor from Berkeley.
Dumas reportedly lived on a shoestring budget, writing papers for others to raise a little money.
And today, he's behind the dating startup Datective, helping rich clients find love. At the end of the day, it looks as if Dumas is drawn to the elite.
He believes education has its perks, but it's constricting for those trying to revolutionize the world. Dumas sees himself as a Steve Jobs, not a Stephen Hawking.