Ben was a Co-founder and Managing Partner at Asset Management Ventures for more than 15 years. Asset Management Ventures invested in early-stage information technology and life science companies and more importantly, the intersection of those two sectors, an area he identified as the Health Science Technology sector. Investing over $100M in hundreds of companies. Serving on the board of the majority of these investments, he worked to guide each company to create real value and maximize shareholder return.
Ben has real hands-on experience as an engineer and entrepreneur with over 16 years being a technologist building innovative products. He co-founded two companies; Los Altos Technologies (mission critical computer security) and Full Source Software (the first open source Unix commercial software business) both with his business partner, Gary Kremen. In the early days of Sun Microsystems, Ben worked for Eric Schmidt (former CEO of Google) as part of a stealth team that created a next-gen parallel multiuser development platform. Later, he rejoined Sun's Javasoft company as the Senior Product Manager responsible for the management and marketing of Enterprise Java technologies. Before that, he was a hardware/software engineer at Lockheed Martin inventing tools on the first Sun workstations for designing/interfacing/simulation of custom semiconductors as well as for complete circuit boards for surveillance satellites. As a designer, he created a U.S. patent for a technique for minimal information database restoration that was of critical importance for Sun Microsystems.
When he is not trying to improve the world’s health crisis through venture capital, he enjoys having fun with his family, playing with any fragment of technology or mechanical system, absorbing even more about health and how we can be better tomorrow than we are today, and increasing his own healthspan by competing in track & field and strength competitions. For the past ten years he has been teaching a business entrepreneurship class course he created at Foothill College and serves on a number of non-profit boards such as the Foothill-De Anza College Foundation, Computer History Museum, and the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California.
He holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Michigan, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.