Ben first jumped into the startup world in 2006 as Director of Web Products at the social gaming company Hive7, which raised a Series A from True Ventures. In 2010, Hive7 was acquired by Playdom. Ben helped grow that company from 3 to 30 people. In late 2007, he helped design and launch Hive7's hit social game Knighthood, growing that game 2 million MAU, over 7 million users world- wide and generating six figure monthly revenues.
Prior to Hive7, from 1999 to 2006, Ben was working for IDEO, a design innovation firm, and AKQA, an interactive advertising agency. In 2006, Fast Company ranked IDEO #5 and AKQA #48 of the most innovative companies in the world. As a multi- disciplinary design generalist, Ben worked on many award winning projects for clients such as HP, Yahoo, Microsoft, MoMa, Philips, HBO, Ford, Target, Gyrus ENT, Polyvision.
He is a named inventor on patent #7799044 for his work on the DIEGO surgical tool system for Gyrus ENT.
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