Ben

I’m a Silicon Valley transplant now living and working near Washington, DC. I work with companies locally, across the US, and around the globe. I enjoy meeting and collaborating with the best and brightest of the tech industry. My goal is to help promising companies succeed, and in turn, accelerate the growth of vibrant tech scenes and communities.

What Ben does now

Partner | 2014 - Current

Independent advisor, consultant, thought leader

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Chief Product Officer | 2018 - Current

Leading product and design


Ben's operational experience highlights

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VP of Product & UX | 2010 - 2014

What I did
Built the product organization from 5 to 30, customized a product-driven culture and process, helped grow revenue 10x and take the company public. 

What I learned
Applied behavioral science, strategic UX, how to drive user engagement, the keys to operating as a successful executive and product leader.

VP of Product & UX | 2006 - 2009

What I did
Started the product team, grew it to 12, introduced disciplined UX, implemented Agile/Scrum, helped increase the valuation from $30M to $400M in 3 years.

What I learned
Criticality of doing one thing well, hardcore Agile methodologies, big data & real-time computation, limitations of pure technology.

Lead/Sr. Product Manager | 2001 - 2005

What I did
Grew cross-sell up-sell and feature ARR by $100M in 2 years, personalized item pages, contributed to nearly every part of the eBay e-Commerce app, led a small PM team.

What I learned
Fundamentals of PM (from Marty Cagan), product strategy, hard work & discipline, metrics-driven decision making, marketplace dynamics, importance of good design, constructive interactions.

Rajesh

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I left a career in consulting to dive head first into world of entrepreneurship and have never looked back. I love helping entrepreneurs take life-changing ideas and turn them into real products and real companies. I’m a native Texan who recently returned home to Austin after 6 years in DC and Chicago.

What Rajesh does now

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Partner | 2014 - Current

Independent advisor, consultant, thought leader

Rajesh's operational experience highlights

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Director of Workplace Products | 2015 - 2017

What I did
Managed cross-functional team of 17 and grew revenue 20% for a 4-product suite that helps consumers reach financial goals, formed and led consumer-facing product guild.

What I learned
Product strategy, enterprise product management best practices, coaching teams through an Agile transformation.

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Senior Product Manager | 2013 - 2015

What I did
Led a team of 3 and helped grow revenue of a 3-product suite by over 500% in 2 years, launched a product that won Best in Show at Finovate.

What I learned
Encouraging a product culture of constant learning, using data science / machine learning strategically, transitioning a company and product suite through an acquisition.

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Product Manager | 2011 - 2013

What I did
Improved the core Home Energy Reports product by increasing operational margins by 30% to prepare for IPO.

What I learned
PM best practices (from Ben), behavioral science, operational efficiency, how important design is to product success.

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Consultant and Manager | 2003 - 2008

What I did
Worked with government clients to design and build systems that would help them better serve citizens.

What I learned
System architecture (batch data processing and APIs), Java software development, improving operational efficiency, client relationship management, waterfall development.