Ben has a wide-angle view of the world. And it’s not just because he’s a published amateur photographer. Born in Peoria, raised in San Francisco, and educated in Cambridge, Ben looks at everything in life from multiple angles. Ben focuses on investments in the web-enabled consumer services and e-commerce sectors. He currently serves as a director on the boards of KidZui and TheWrap.com and is a board observer for Course Hero, Mozes, and SAY Media (formerly VideoEgg). Ben joined Maveron from Storm Ventures where his board involvement included Ad Infuse (acquired by Velti), Adgregate Markets, BooRah (acquired by Intuit), DeviceVM, Marketo, Mobio, and YieldBuild. Ben began his career in venture capital at RRE Ventures, where he invested in Massive, an in-game ad network purchased by Microsoft in 2006 for over $200 million. He also served at the strategic venture capital arm of the CIA, In-Q-Tel.
Ben came to venture as an operator in several technology start-ups. In the mobile industry, Ben served as VP of strategy at Greystripe, a mobile rich-media ad platform. At Yahoo!, he directed the Southeast Asia mobile strategy. Ben was also an engagement manager at ZEFER, an Internet consulting firm (acquired by NEC), which raised over $150 million in venture capital financing and grew to over $100 million in annual revenue.
Ben lives in the Bay Area with his wife and twin boys. He’s an avid traveler and deeply involved with humanitarian relief efforts. His travels have taken him to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Africa, Brazil, and Central America. Of course, with the arrival of twin boys, he’s narrowed his scope a bit to the local beauty of the Bay Area and Seattle. Ben received his BA in computer science with honors from Harvard University and his MBA from Columbia Business School, with dean’s list and Beta Gamma Sigma distinctions. Ben is also a member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows, an exclusive professional organization for the venture capital industry.