Introducing Ben Finkel
Ben Finkel is my co-founder here at Jelly. Ben and I have been friends and collaborators for many years. During one of our frequent walk-and-talks around San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Park, we accidentally came up with the idea for Jelly. It was one of those ideas that we couldn’t get out of our heads.
Unlike myself, Ben graduated with honors from a fancy university (Brown) with a degree in Computer Science and Math. He then worked at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, developing algorithms for outer space systems and applied image-processing. In 2005, Ben packed up and headed for San Francisco to be an entrepreneur.
When Ben and I met, he had just co-founded Fluther, a Q&A service. I became an advisor to Fluther and helped their small team raise a modest amount of capital from Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, Ron Conway, and Naval Ravikant. Ben and I discovered a shared philosophy and worked well together as a team.
Fluther was aquired by Twitter after I stepped away from my day-to-day role at the company so we didn’t get a chance to work together on the tweets, so to speak. Ben managed New User Experience on the Growth Team at Twitter, helping grow an active user base from fifty million to more than two hundred million people.
Ben will serve as Jelly’s CTO, focusing on shipping fantastic products, attracting world class engineers, and in general, running a tight technical ship. We’re putting together a core “dream team” at the moment. Next, we’ll be heads-down on developing Jelly—the idea that we couldn’t get out of our heads.