Ben Sand - Slum to Raising $73 million in Silicon Valley

Ben Sand - Slum to Raising $73 million in Silicon Valley

About This Event

What You Will Learn

  • Starting and exiting a startup
  • Surviving near death moments in the technology industry
  • Highlights of Ben's Startup life


From a slum in Chippendale to raising $73M in Silicon Valley

Ben grew up in Australia, started a few courses at uni and TAFE and worked on a farm, in childcare and doing computer repair. His background includes computer science, marketing and amateur legal work.

Somewhere in 2000-2010 Ben learned about startups and has not looked back since. After a few false starts and lots of learning, his big break came in 2013 in the USA.

Ben is a co-founder of augmented reality hardware company Meta ( ). Ben wrote the company's successful Y Combinator application and ran its 3 successful Kickstarter campaigns totally US$1.7M. He helped lead the company as Co-CEO, where he did optical research, hiring, marketing and helped raise US$73M. Meta is now valued at $300M with 150 employees and still growing strong.

Ben now coaches startups, and is very interested in companies with a strong purpose and goal to improve the world. This Friday Ben will share a few highlights from his startup life and stories of how he made through some near death moments.

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