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This 'homeless' guy flies first class for free — and says anyone could do it with a bit of effort

Ben Schlappig is a 25-year-old travel blogger.

And he’s homeless, because he spends most of his time in the sky, flying first class — for free.

He says anybody could get free first-class tickets, if you play it smart.

“It sounds cliché, but I'm living my dream,” Schlappig told Business Insider.

We spoke to Schlappig to hear his story:

Schlappig is a popular travel blogger. His blog, called “One Mile at a Time,” has over 34,000 Twitter followers and 55,000 Instagram followers. Traveling is more than a hobby for Schlappig — it’s a near obsession. “Since a young age, all I ever wanted to do was to fly and travel,” he tells us. That obsession has turned into a real job. He makes a living primarily through his blog and a travel-consulting business he runs. This is his swimsuit.

Uber's CEO explains why the app's time estimate for a car arriving is 'almost always' wrong

It's not by accident or poor calculation that the time estimated in the Uber app is different than the time it takes for a car to arrive, said its CEO, Travis Kalanick, in a series of tweets on Sunday.

Investor Jason Calacanis launched a debate when he called it a "#firstworldproblem" that Uber cars are always later than their estimates in the apps. Others quickly disagreed, including Fortune's Dan Primack, who argued that the wrong estimates leave room for a rival to come in and provide better service at same price.

The difference in time estimated to some people is an annoyance, especially if it jumps from two to six minutes.

In a rare public response, Kalanick explained

There's a huge change going on at Intel that no one's talking about (INTC)

Most of Intel's sales has historically come from the PC business, where its chips are used to power personal computers.

But with a shrinking PC market, Intel has been exploring new ways to grow its business, making headways into other areas like chips for data centers and connected devices.

In order to accelerate this shift, Intel has also been making a huge change in its culture that's starting to show up more prominently these days: executive hires from outside the company.

"Intel historically promoted most its senior management from within but has recently shown an increase of pulling in folks from the outside," Moor Insights & Strategy's principal analyst Patrick Moorhead told Business Insider. 

When it comes to Yahoo's daily fantasy sports, it doesn’t matter if you know what you’re doing

Daily fantasy sports leagues had a big year in 2015.

Companies like DraftKings and FanDuel showed that there's a huge audience for daily fantasy sports — and a lot of money to be made for the dedicated player.

But there's a lot of controversy, too. For instance, New York and Nevada have actually banned DraftKings and FanDuel entirely, ruling that it was a form of gambling. FanDuel and DraftKings have pushed back, insisting that it's a skill-based game, but the future for daily fantasy sports remains hazy. 

None of which has stopped Yahoo from stepping in with its own daily fantasy sports league, which

Why this startup realized having two CEOs is better than one

As the proverb goes, two heads are better than one. Yet, when it comes to running a business, the idea of co-CEOs has been described as "flirting with disaster". There's simply not enough room for two at the top.

One startup has found a way to make it work, and having two CEOs has changed the entire mission of the company.

For the past seven years, Ian Hogarth was the sole CEO of his company, Songkick. But in June, his title changed to co-CEO when his band-tracking app merged forces with CrowdSurge, a ticketing platform.

Hogarth and his new co-CEO, CrowdSurge's founder Matt Jones, even made matching t-shirts with each other's faces to celebrate the occasion.

There's a real-life, edible version of 'Candy Crush' made in a London sweet shop — and we found out how it's made (KING)

"Candy Crush" is the addictive smartphone game made by King, the Swedish game developer that was acquired for a giant $5.6 billion (£3.7 billion) by Activision Blizzard in November.

The distinctive and simple look of "Candy Crush" and other games by King is a big part of the game's success — you can instantly tell when someone in public is playing the game.

It turns out that Candy Crush fans are able to buy edible sweets just like the ones they play with in the game. We went along to Spun Candy in London to find out how they're made.


SEE ALSO: Hey, people who love pancakes, this is how we make the yummy stuff you pour on top!

In case you've never played "Candy Crush," here's...

A former Uber exec says that half of Uber's staff may have been hired in the last 6 months

A former Uber executive has revealed what he believes to be the extent of Uber's hiring spree this year.

Six-year-old Uber is now thought to have 4,000 employees globally, excluding drivers.

More than 2,000 of those could have been hired in the last six months, according to Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, ex-VP of Mobile at Uber.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if over 50% of Uber employees have been hired in the last six months," he said during an interview with Business Insider at Balderton Capital's office in London, where he now works as a venture capitalist. "I wouldn’t be surprised at all."

Fjeldsoe-Nielsen was keen to stress that he wasn't sure on the exact figures and that he was purely guessing.

Investors are grumbling that a bunch of billion-dollar startups missed big on 2015 revenue

It’s not always easy for startups to generate revenue, even when they’re well-funded and supposedly worth billions of dollars to venture capitalists. But some investors seem to be running out of patience with founders who are still trying to figure out their business models.

Fortune’s Erin Griffith recently wrote about Wall Street falling out of love with billion-dollar “unicorn” startups, in part because the revenue they generated in 2015 didn’t live up to the hype. Griffith says investors have told her that most of the 131 unicorn startups missed their 2015 revenue projections. One also told her the startup CEOs weren’t apologetic to investors whatsoever.

"They're not even humble about it," the investor told Griffith.

My new rule for startups: Show me something that would impress my 5-year-old son

Having a 5-year-old son who's suddenly into science and technology has made me realize that Peter Thiel was onto something with his famous quote: "We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters."

My son talks all the time about inventions he wants to build when he grows up. A time machine. A teleporter. A car that can fly and bypass traffic. A spherical shield made up of lasers.

Sure, OK, he's 5. These are not just big ideas, they're almost impossible. Until they aren't.

But these statements made me reflect on the technological advances I've seen in the last couple of years. I'm suddenly sad to realize that I haven't seen anything truly groundbreaking in the field of information technology since the iPhone in 2007.

The non-BS reason your star employee just quit
Posted January 2, 2016 0:11 AM
The non-BS reason your star employee just quit

It’s every manager’s worst nightmare.

An employee you love who is exceptional at his or her job just resigned, seemingly out of the blue. When you ask the employee what you could have done to stop it or make them happier, they don’t have a good response. They offer some form of “it’s not you, it’s me,” that horrible breakup line people use to soften the blow, but all recipients know is BS.

Michael Lopp is the author of a few management books and he's overseen teams of software engineers. Lopp recently wrote a great article on his blog, Rands in Repose, that clearly states what that star employee wouldn’t say.