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Ben Wald

Founder

New York, USA

As the Founder at Very, Ben has helped lead over 250 product launches in the last decade.

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Past Experience

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 advising several non-profits and serving as a judge for the last five years 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.

Credentials

  • Businessweek’s Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs
  • Featured at Forbes Under 30 Summit
  • Published in Inc. Magazine
  • Angel Investor and Venture Fund LP
  • Delivered keynote presentations at MIT, Pixar, Summit of Minds, and other tech conferences on various topics ranging from cybersecurity in IoT, the playbook for Agile IoT development, and how technology is changing the future of work
  • Frequently a panelist and speaker on sustainable development and social impact hardware innovations
  • Technical Advisor for Kinema and EveWealth
  • Judge on innovation and hackathon competitions such as ASME iShow for the last 6 years and recently for Conservation X Labs

Industry Experience

Ben has led the investment and development of several ventures that have spun out of Very like Peridio, an OTA Firmware orchestration SaaS platform in 2021, Foresight, a platform that measures and predicts employee burnout in 2018 and was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 for co-founding ReadyCart, which was acquired by Grapevine Inc in 2017.

Extracurriculars

  • Boxing, Yoga, Triathlons
  • Woodworking
  • Sustainable and Biodynamic Agriculture
  • Cooking
  • Traveling

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