Hot Clicks: High school drop-out is one of world's most successf - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hot Clicks: High school drop-out is one of world's most successful teens

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - 16-year-old Ben Pasternak was living with his family in Australia 6-months-ago, but now he's living on his own his New York City. He's already worth millions thanks to his company and social app that just launched worldwide. It's called Flogg and it's basically "Instagram meets E-bay" allowing teens to sell belongings to their friends.

Pasternak created his first app at age 15 and after it was downloaded more that 3 million times, the tech world took note. His parents weren't on board at first with their son dropping out of high school in the 10th grade, but when companies like Google and Facebook started asking to meet with Pasternak and investors started throwing money at him, they warmed up to the idea, knowing that in the tech world, things change so rapidly, an opportunity today may not be there tomorrow. 

Pasternak now is managing a staff of seven people who are all in their late teens or early twenties but for him, the business isn't the hard part. Remembering to eat and pay his bills have proven a little more difficult. 

In an interview with the New York Post, Pasternak also talked about other problems that come with being a minor living in the Big Apple alone. Yes, he may have millions of dollars, but his parents have to co-sign for everything. He recently left his debit card in a cab and when he went to the bank to get a replacement, they wouldn't give him one until his parents approved. "So as of right now I have access to $0.”
 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • How to get free eclipse glasses

    How to get free eclipse glasses

    Friday, August 18 2017 9:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 01:43:18 GMT

    ATHOL, Idaho - With the total solar eclipse just days away, many people are scrambling to find a pair of glasses to safely watch the once-in-a-lifetime event. But the hot commodity is almost nowhere to be found in the Inland Northwest, except at Silverwood Theme Park. Silverwood has 3,000 pairs of glasses. The first 200 people in the park get a free pair, the remaining 2,800 will be sold for $6 each. Glasses are only given to people who buy an admission ticket. 

    >>

    ATHOL, Idaho - With the total solar eclipse just days away, many people are scrambling to find a pair of glasses to safely watch the once-in-a-lifetime event. But the hot commodity is almost nowhere to be found in the Inland Northwest, except at Silverwood Theme Park. Silverwood has 3,000 pairs of glasses. The first 200 people in the park get a free pair, the remaining 2,800 will be sold for $6 each. Glasses are only given to people who buy an admission ticket. 

    >>
  • Woman stuck in swimming pool turns to Facebook for help

    Woman stuck in swimming pool turns to Facebook for help

    Saturday, August 19 2017 1:59 PM EDT2017-08-19 17:59:35 GMT

    EPPING, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman who became stuck in a swimming pool after the ladder broke turned to Facebook to ask for help getting out. Sixty-one-year-old Leslie Kahn was swimming in her pool Aug. 11 when the ladder broke, leaving her stranded. She said she didn't have the strength to pull herself. No one else was home and her cellphone was inside.

    >>

    EPPING, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman who became stuck in a swimming pool after the ladder broke turned to Facebook to ask for help getting out. Sixty-one-year-old Leslie Kahn was swimming in her pool Aug. 11 when the ladder broke, leaving her stranded. She said she didn't have the strength to pull herself. No one else was home and her cellphone was inside.

    >>
  • 3 Spokane Valley children killed in Alberta crash

    3 Spokane Valley children killed in Alberta crash

    Friday, August 18 2017 4:49 PM EDT2017-08-18 20:49:08 GMT

    HANNA, Alberta - Three Spokane Valley children were killed in a car crash in Alberta earlier this week.  RCMP in Hanna, Alberta responded to the crash on Wednesday evening near the intersection of Highway 36 and 570. Investigation shows an SUV traveling westbound on Highway 570 collided with a semi-truck traveling south on Highway 36. The driver and the adult passenger of the SUV were taken to a Calgary hospital. 

    >>

    HANNA, Alberta - Three Spokane Valley children were killed in a car crash in Alberta earlier this week.  RCMP in Hanna, Alberta responded to the crash on Wednesday evening near the intersection of Highway 36 and 570. Investigation shows an SUV traveling westbound on Highway 570 collided with a semi-truck traveling south on Highway 36. The driver and the adult passenger of the SUV were taken to a Calgary hospital. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Washington state waitress confesses to skimming $30,000

    Washington state waitress confesses to skimming $30,000

    Saturday, August 19 2017 5:29 PM EDT2017-08-19 21:29:11 GMT

    PORT ORCHARD, Wash (AP) - A Washington state waitress has confessed to skimming about $30,000 from a restaurant throughout the course of nine years. The Kitsap Sun reports  the Madison Diner waitress was caught after new restaurant owners installed sales software on the registers. The 26-year-old told a Bainbridge Island Police detective the money helped fuel a gambling addiction.

    >>

    PORT ORCHARD, Wash (AP) - A Washington state waitress has confessed to skimming about $30,000 from a restaurant throughout the course of nine years. The Kitsap Sun reports  the Madison Diner waitress was caught after new restaurant owners installed sales software on the registers. The 26-year-old told a Bainbridge Island Police detective the money helped fuel a gambling addiction.

    >>
  • Firefighters extinguish suspicious brush fire behind Spokane apartment complex

    Firefighters extinguish suspicious brush fire behind Spokane apartment complex

    Saturday, August 19 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-08-19 21:00:48 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighter were investigating the cause of a small brush fire behind a Spokane apartment complex Saturday afternoon.  Crews were called to a brush fire behind the Deer Run Apartment complex Nevada and Westview Ct. around 12:30 p.m. Responding firefighters were able to get the fire knocked down quickly and keep it from spreading to the nearby apartment building.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighter were investigating the cause of a small brush fire behind a Spokane apartment complex Saturday afternoon.  Crews were called to a brush fire behind the Deer Run Apartment complex Nevada and Westview Ct. around 12:30 p.m. Responding firefighters were able to get the fire knocked down quickly and keep it from spreading to the nearby apartment building.

    >>
  • Monument Hill Fire burning northeast of Quincy now fully contained

    Monument Hill Fire burning northeast of Quincy now fully contained

    Saturday, August 19 2017 3:32 PM EDT2017-08-19 19:32:24 GMT

    QUINCY, Wash. - Firefighters say the Monument Hill Fire, which burned about 6,000 northeast of Quincy is fully contained as of Saturday morning, but fire crews will remain fire lines all day Saturday checking for hot spots. Local fire crews will monitor the area in the days to come. The Monument Hill Fire broke out Wednesday evening about 6 miles northeast of the town of Quincy in Grant County.

    >>

    QUINCY, Wash. - Firefighters say the Monument Hill Fire, which burned about 6,000 northeast of Quincy is fully contained as of Saturday morning, but fire crews will remain fire lines all day Saturday checking for hot spots. Local fire crews will monitor the area in the days to come. The Monument Hill Fire broke out Wednesday evening about 6 miles northeast of the town of Quincy in Grant County.

    >>