Benjamin Cole

Hi, I'm Ben. I'm an explorer, technologist, and adventurer.

I spend days as a product manager at Kickstarter, where I'm responsible for what we call the "backer experience". This encompasses all of the user-facing functionality for people who are interested in contributing to projects.

Oh, and we're hiring!

Education

MPhil in Advanced Computer Science
Trinity College, Cambridge University
Awards: Gates Scholarship, Academic Distinction

BS in Information Science
Cornell University
Awards: Summa Cum Laude, Quill and Dagger Senior Honor Society

Undergraduate Study Abroad
St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University

Research

At Cambridge, I worked with the Digital Technology Group to build a prototype mobile application aimed at helping first responders conduct more targeted searches for disaster victims.

At Cornell, I worked with the Web Lab and the Interaction Design Lab. I also did research for Google and Facebook, completing a mix of data-centered research and qualitative usability work.

Miscellaneous

Aside from all the work, I enjoy going on adventures, exploring new places, and meeting interesting people. My hobbies include biking, meditation, and hosting gathering of cool people.

I also enjoy writing, mostly about my own experiences. Since I moved to Africa, I've been keeping a chronicle of my adventures and blogging about technology for the Huffington Post.

Work Experience

Kickstarter - Product Manager

Google.org - Mobile Product Lead

Google - Technology Pioneer

Facebook - Research Scientist Intern

Cornell - Teaching Assistant (CS 211, CS 285, Info 320, and Info 515)

Google - UX Researcher Intern