I love what I do. I love building products and businesses from very early doors. I love building teams and solving tough product and engineering challenges. I love ideas. I love being challenged and challenging others. I get to do this every day, and so I feel incredibly forunate.
I founded my first startup in university with a brilliant co-founder. We bootstrapped that business to 7-figure revenue in 3 years.
Since then I've founded or been instrumental in the early stages of a number of tech or operationally-intensive companies (generating real revenue) in various capacities - typically leading operations or tech. In my previous position I was the first technical hire (and then CTO) at a blockchain startup, raising pre-seed funding from several prominent US VCs.
Currently I'm leading tech @ CetoAI. We've just closed our seed round, we're generating revenue and are looking for brilliant engineers to join us.
I'm deeply curious about the nature of reality and experience itself and have a strong desire to help ensure that we as a civilization fulfil our potential out in the stars (rather than destroying ourselves before we get there). To that end, I am a regular (very small) donor to the Future of Life Institute.
Vue is my go-to for frontend development, with NuxtJS for SSR web apps, typically hooked up to MongoDB. I also build in React (this site is built in NextJS). For both, serverless / edge deployments are my strong preference, wherever the requirements allow.
For design I use Figma, but know the Adobe suite pretty well too, as well as AutoCAD for 2D technical drawings.
I'm lucky to have worked with, managed and mentored a some fantastic people. Here's what some of them have said:
"Ben and I worked together at DAOHQ where Ben was the CTO. Upon joining DAOHQ, I was amazed by the infrastructure Ben had led the team to set up. The stack and engineering culture at this pre-seed startup mirrored and exceeded what I had worked with at medium-enterprise levels. That said this was one of the most robust web application architectures I've worked with up to this point. Ben also did a great job at pushing engineers, including myself, to become truly full stack while he himself took time to understand the technologies that domain-experts were working on within the company to make seamless decisions on the direction of the application. These practices led to an innovative, efficient engineering culture with a small team, unmatched by many larger teams."