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 ( metavision.com ). 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.