Ben believes that attracting and retaining top-tier talent is a key differentiator, which is why he champions reinvesting profits into employee benefits and cultural experiments.

 



Ben has led the investment and development of several ventures that have spun out of Very like ReadyCart, which went on to additional raise outside capital and was acquired by Grapevine Inc in 2017.

Before founding Very in 2011, Ben served as the executive director at Ashoka Changemakers, where he spearheaded the software development of a suite of products to connect social entrepreneurs with global resources. Ben continues to pursue his passion for social impact by serving as a judge for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ annual Innovation Showcase (ISHOW), a global competition for hardware-led social innovation.

During Ben’s early career, he co-founded two successful startups. Ben dropped out of Babson College to pursue his first endeavor — an online education software company that secured more than $5+ million in seed capital, was later acquired by eCampus, and resulted in Ben being named as one of Businessweek's Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs. He also co-founded LookSharp, which secured $10+ in venture financing and was acquired by WayUp in 2017.