IMG_1160-vignetteBen is the Co-Founder of Pioneer Square Labs in Seattle, WA. Ben previously co-founded Madrona Venture Labs, and ran The Garage, Microsoft’s Grassroots Innovation program for side projects, and hackathons. He worked as the PM on the user experience of the first version of Office for iPad. 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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Spare5 April 14 – Current

Spare5 is designed to be the default “do work now” app for every smartphone owner on the planet. It is the first company to come out of Madrona Venture Labs.A tremendous opportunity exists to better people’s lives by making time they spend on mobile devices more valuable. A host of companies can benefit immediately by tapping the nearly unlimited resource of people’s time and expertise to improve their data and understanding of their customers. We are bringing them together.


  • iOS Development
  • Project Management
  • Business Development
  • Data Monkey



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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Product Experience



Zero Winter 10 – Winter 11

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.


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




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.


  • 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.


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




SeizeTheDay Summer 09 – Summer 11

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.


  • iOS Development
  • App Design




HackerFollow Fall 10

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


  • 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.


  • Website Project Management
  • WordPress Theme Implementation
  • Photography



It’s This For That Summer 10

A satirical site which generates startup pitches.


  • This
  • That




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.


  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Site Development
  • Video Production