Ben is a Principal at Ridge Ventures in San Francisco. Ben primarily invests in B2B and enterprise-facing SaaS, marketplaces, frontier technologies, and startups with a strong machine-learning, open source, or infrastructure component.
Prior to joining Ridge, Ben was a founder of WP Engine, the world’s leading WordPress Digital Experience Platform. With over $100M in annual recurring revenue and 575+ employees across five global offices, WP Engine powers over 500K websites belonging to the world’s premier brands and Fortune 500 companies. Ben led marketing and open source ecosystem strategy.
Ben also served as Head of Revolution, Uber’s public policy innovation team, which he created and led while he was a Senior Product Manager. Uber Revolution developed several successful activism campaigns and also launched Beethoven, Uber’s acclaimed program and product features for deaf and hard-of-hearing drivers.
He began his career as a software engineer at the prestigious BBC News Website at the age of 18, later moving on to design and running the BBC’s developer platform. He took a similar role at MySpace upon relocating from his native London to San Francisco in 2006.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Ben has a unique, demonstrable cross-discipline set of skills and is just as comfortable debugging serverless code for his Amazon Alexa as he is designing a 12-month marketing plan for a portfolio company, developing a set of user stories for a new product or brainstorming lobbying efforts to help a startup in a regulated environment.
Ben has no formal education or qualifications beyond secondary school (high school).
As a member of Class 23, Ben is serving his fellowship at Ridge Ventures under the mentorship of Managing Director Alexander Rosen.