About

Ben is the Co-Founder of Madrona Labs out of Madrona Venture Group in Seattle, WA. Previously, Ben ran The Garage, Microsoft’s Grassroots Innovation program for side projects, hackathons, and science fairs within the company. He works with UP Global as an international Startup Weekend Facilitator to develop startups and corporate innovation programs.

He is the co-founder of Functional Delights, creating the Apple-featured SeizeTheDay and Zero apps for iPhone with over 1 million downloads. He is an iOS and web developer. At Microsoft, Ben worked on Office for iPad as the Apex (formally MacBU) team as the Shared User Experience Program Manager. He has also previously been a software engineer at Cisco Systems, and Solutions Designer at ExactTarget, now a Salesforce.com company.

He has a BS in CSE and a minor in Entrepreneurship from The Ohio State University.

You can read a profile in The Seattle Times.

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Work

 



Office for iPad Spring 12 – Spring 13

Microsoft Office for iPad brings the full power of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to the iPad in a touch-first way, designed and developed natively for the iPad.

Responsibilities:

  • Search Experience
  • Ribbon and Galleries
  • “Create New” Experience
  • Product Activation & First Run Experience
  • Text Selection UX
  • Word Ruler

 



Red Ride Summer 13 – Winter 13

Red Ride is a app to aggregate all of the ride sharing options in your city such as Uber, Sidecar, car2go, etc. It allows you to quickly see which option is the fastest way to move around your city.

Responsibilities:

  • iOS Development
  • Product Direction
  • Business Development


OneNote for iOS Fall 12 – Spring 13

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone and iPad is your digital notebook for capturing what’s important in your personal and professional life. Jot down your ideas, add pictures, update your shopping list, and check your to-do’s from this Microsoft Office app.

Responsibilities:

  • Program Management:
    • Commanding Space, Ribbon
    • Search
    • User Experience
    • Notebook Management
    • Microsoft App Ecosystem Interoperability
    • First Run Experience

 

Rewardster Spring 11 – Fall 11

Rewardster is an automatic rewards platform that helps consumers get the best deals from merchants they love. More information is available here.

Responsibilities:

  • Product Experience

 

 

Zero Winter 10 – Current

Functional Delights’s second app, Zero is a minimalist and beautiful reminder-based to-do list for the iPhone with cloud sync to iCal. More information is available here.

Responsibilities:

  • User Experience (product design, feature set)
  • Python Cloud Sync Infrastructure
  • Back End User Management

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Frosh Spring 11

Frosh is a fresh brand for incoming college students. The flagship product, The Frosh Tee, allows high school students to show off where they’re headed. More information is available here.

Responsibilities:

  • Web Design
  • WordPress Theme Development
  • Photography

 

 

DryerBro Winter 10

DryerBro alerts you when your laundry’s done using the iPhone’s accelerometer. More information is available here.

Responsibilities:

  • Project management
  • Javascript (Build with Appcelerator Titanium)
  • Copywriting

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SeizeTheDay Summer 09 – Current

I formed Functional Delights, LLC with Ian Kono in September of 2009. We launched SeizeTheDay, an iAd-supported reminder-based task manager for the iPhone in July of 2010. More information is available here.

Responsibilities:

  • iOS Development
  • App Design

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HackerFollow Fall 10

HackerFollow “Twitterizes” HackerNews. It allows you to follow a set of HackerNews users’ submissions and comments.

Responsibilities:

  • Design
  • Front End Development
  • Back End PHP Scraper Development

 

 

Business Builders Club Spring 10 – Summer 10

The Business Builders Club is a group of passionate students who collaborate with the Columbus Community and organizations around the world to foster entrepreneurship. The BBC recruits, educates, and funds talented students at Ohio State.

Responsibilities:

  • Website Project Management
  • WordPress Theme Implementation
  • Photography

 

 

It’s This For That Summer 10

A satirical site which generates startup pitches.

Responsibilities:

  • This
  • That

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We Are All Buckeyes Summer 09 – Spring 10

We Are All Buckeyes was a campaign for student government at The Ohio State University. The team was successfully elected in the Spring of 2010.

Responsibilities:

  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Site Development
  • Video Production