15-year-old Ben Pasternak is quickly becoming a household name.
He first came to Business Insider’s attention when he built an app during science class which was a hit in Apple’s App Store, briefly beating Tinder and Vine on the charts.
Pasternak now has the tech bug. All he wants to do is build apps. But unfortunately school goes back this week and that’s a slight problem.
He’s currently working on an app which he describes as a “more personalised messenger”. He said it’s a cross between Snapchat and Instagram and has already met with a couple of investors and claims he is looking to close a deal soon.
Pasternak said the amount of money he’s seeking, if he could keep it for himself, would “buy a couple of Ferraris”.
He’s just returned from a ridiculous trip around San Francisco and Silicon Valley where he hung out with some of the best in the business.
Now he sees school as something that’s getting in the way. Although he did say he wants to finish year 12, he’s considering doing that in the US.
“In Australia they treat a 15-year-old below but in San Francisco I felt like one of them,” he said.
“I’m definitely no Mark Zuckerberg yet but we’ll see what happens.”
Pasternak visited the Facebook, Instagram, Yo, Apple and Google offices.
Sheryl Sandberg walked past him a couple of times.
“When I saw Mark [Zuckerberg] at first I was star struck at first, I was like two metres away from the most powerful person in the world, it was totally surreal,” he said.
“You know how he pretty much wears the same thing every day? He was exactly like every photo of him. It didn’t feel real.”
Here are a few of his photos from the ultimate tech trip.